The final previews before the next MotoGP round kicks off at Silverstone on Friday:
CAPIREX SEEKS CONFIRMATION AT SILVERSTONE. DE PUNIET GRITS HIS TEETH
With the Catalan Grand Prix having been completed last weekend, the MotoGP series moves on to Silverstone in the UK, for the sixth round of the world championship. The British venue is one of the most prestigious circuits in motorsports. Completely renovated in recent years, Silverstone is among the fastest tracks on the MotoGP calendar. The Pramac Racing Team has traditionally had decent performances in the British Grand Prix, although those had been at Donington until last year.
The team has been very concerned about the physical condition of Randy De Puniet, but fortunately, the blow to his ankle during a crash in last weekend's race hasn't put his participation at Silverstone in doubt. Just last year, De Puniet qualified in the second spot on Silverstone's front row, and he finished the race in sixth place.
Loris Capirossi is particularly motivated after his performance in Barcelona, where the Italian earned his best result so far this season. At Silverstone, he'll try to continue the recent progress made with his bike's setup.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
"If we work like we did in Barcelona, we can get a good result again. We're pleased with the work Loris has done on the bike, as it gives us the base on which to build a good race at Silverstone, which is a very difficult track, with both slow and very fast sections. We've identified the areas we need to work on, and we're confident and calm."
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team Rider
"I'm positive about the next race. We've recently found a good base, and we'll try to put it to good use at Silverstone, which is a difficult race, as the track is still pretty new for everyone. The weather conditions here could shuffle the cards more than usual, so we'll have to do a good job and take advantage of this situation."
Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team Rider
"I must say that I really didn't need this ankle injury. I tried to relax the last couple of days, and fortunately, my doctor visit ruled out ligament damage. It's a shame because I did well at Silverstone, especially in qualifying. I hope that although my physical condition is not 100%, I can repeat that performance this weekend."
Karel Abraham is hoping for sunny weather at Silverstone
After a successful Grand Prix of Catalunya, the Cardion AB Motoracing rider heads directly to the Silverstone circuit for the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
With a length of 5 902 m, the Silverstone circuit is one of the fastest circuits in the world motorcycle championship.
"The new Silverstone Wing is spectacular," said Karel Abraham about a new paddock built at the Silverstone circuit together with the other parts of the circuit which the riders had the opportunity to try out last year when Karel Abraham didn't finished the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
But this year, when he starts in the premier class, Karel Abraham wants to score good result and built on the results of the previous two races in which he finished in tenth place.
However, the effort of Karel Abraham could be affected by the adverse weather conditions which are predicted by the weather forecasts.
"I prefer dry conditions. Racing in the wet is always risky," concluded Karel Abraham.
0% ALCOHOL 100% MOVEMENT
Silverstone, 9 June: After the eagerly awaited Barcelona GP which saw over 146.000 spectators on track through the weekend, LCR Honda MotoGP Team is back on track at Silverstone. At this weekend Toni Elias' RCVs will be branded with the Effenbert logo.
The logo of the famous Czech beer, that takes its origins from the ancient tradition of brewing, started a new marketing campaign across Europe in 2008 and will support LCR Team at the sixth round of the season in Great Britain. Toni Elias will be an exceptional witness for Effenbert promoting their non-alcoholic beer: It's a newly designed lager, fit to road safety and for those who do not like alcohol, with a content close to zero.
Elias: "As a sportsman I do not drink alcohol but off track, when I relax with my friends, I like to get one beer like the majority of people my age. But I prefer to do it responsibly so that's why I chose non-alcoholic beer. The taste is rich and agreeable but thanks to this beer I can keep my mind clear and drive my car. I suggest to young people to do the same because you can enjoy a good beer and not run unnecessary risks!".