Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone:
England expects: Scott Redding heads home to Silverstone
Silverstone, Great Britain - 27 August 2013: On Friday Scott Redding will head out on track for the first free practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He'll do so as the Moto2 World Championship leader and with the weight of British expectation on his shoulders.
A daunting prospect for most 20-year-olds, but not Redding, who looks forward to racing in front of his home crowd each year.
"Your home Grand Prix is always special, mainly because of the fans. You can feel the support when you're there and you can see it everywhere you go. It's a special feeling to know all these people have come out to support you and the other British riders."
And the support is obvious, with the stands filled with flags and banners, a lot of which feature the now distinctive number 45.
"When you go out on track for a session and you see all flags and banners in the stands, you get goose bumps. Not just the first time; every time. And then there's the clapping and cheering, which really motivates you and makes you feel almost invincible.
The support really is incredible, but in the race you don't tend to see it, because you're focussed on the race. Last year was different though. When I overtook Marc Marquez last season I could see everyone standing up and cheering on the last lap after they'd seen the pass on the big screens. It was a bit like at Donington in 2008 when I won my first race; you just feel a change in the atmosphere around the track. It's incredible.
But it's during the build up to the race where you feel it most, when you're walking around the paddock or doing something with one of the sponsors in the public areas.
It adds to the motivation, without a doubt. I know some riders who feel under pressure because of the expectation, but I like it. It adds to the feeling of invincibility knowing that everyone is there, cheering you on and hoping to see you on the podium, preferably the top step."
And Redding is no stranger to the podium at the British Grand Prix. The 20-year-old Briton stood on the top step after winning the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington and he was there again, this time in third place, the following year. Last season he returned once again to the podium, this time in the Moto2 class, after taking a hard fought second place at Silverstone.
"It's a great feeling, because you're looking down on a British crowd and you know they're happy to see a British rider up on the podium from the cheers. It's what they all came to see; to watch a British rider win, or at least finish on the podium, so it's great when you get the chance to repay them for their support by giving them what they came for."
The Moto2 Championship leader already has two wins to his name this season, after taking victory at Le Mans and Mugello, but can he make it three in front of his home crowd this weekend?
"There's no reason why a win shouldn't be possible this weekend. I go into almost every weekend looking for the win now. There are only maybe two or three tracks where I know I may have to settle for a podium finish rather than the win; maybe the track doesn't suit the bike or there's a long straight that punishes my size, but Silverstone isn't one of those tracks. I always go into this race looking for the win, and the same is true this time around."
Redding remains a fan favourite in Great Britain, which means he's very much in demand during his home race, not just by the fans but also by the British media, who will be out in force at the British Grand Prix.
"The schedule is very tight at every race, but it's much more obvious at your home race when you're trying to dedicate as much time as possible to meeting the fans, doing appearances and supporting sponsors, for whom Silverstone is a very important race too.
We try to get all the media stuff out of the way on the Thursday, so that I can spend the small amount of free time I have on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday talking to the fans rather than to a camera or a journalist. This is important for me, because the support I've received from the British race fans has been incredible and this is the only time I really get to thank them for that."
Having already confirmed that he'll step up to the premier MotoGP class next season, Redding is well aware that one question is going to be on everyone's lips, fans and journalists alike, at Silverstone this weekend.
"I must have been asked what I'm doing next year a thousand times already. It's been asked in every interview I've done in the last two months and I'm sure it's going to be the question everyone wants the answer to at Silverstone. But, until the team are ready to make an official announcement, all I can say at the moment is that I'll be racing in MotoGP next season."
And what does Redding count as the best thing about racing at home?
"The support you get from the home crowd is unbelievable, and very humbling, so I'd have to say that the best thing about your home race is the fans; without a doubt."
More information and high resolution images are available on the Marc VDS Racing Team website at www.marcvds.com.
FOLGER FLIES TO UK ON FORM AFTER BRNO PODIUM
MAPFRE Aspar heads to Silverstone full of confidence whilst his team-mate Eric Granado continues points chase
The Moto3 bikes will be dwarfed by the longest circuit on the calendar this weekend as the series heads to Silverstone for the eleventh round of the championship. This famous old track measures just shy of six kilometres and with its flat but fast layout it is also one of the most technical. Three riders remain inseparable at the top of the championship but as the season enters its second phase any number of contenders are targeting the podium.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger is determined to be there after returning to the rostrum at Brno on Sunday. The German is finally reaping the rewards of a season of hard work and he is looking more and more like the title contender from last season. Jonas returns to the scene of his debut Grand Prix win back in 2011 full of confidence and determined to raise his game again. On the other side of the garage his MAPFRE Aspar team-mate Eric Granado is focusing on improving his race pace after an impressive qualifying session at Brno failed to materialise into points. The Brazilian rookie gets his next chance to impress on British soil.
Jonas Folger: “We took a big step forward at Brno and we go to Silverstone in a great mood. Things already started to come together for us at Indianapolis but we didn't get our rewards so it was a nice boost for us to pick up the result at Brno and confirm that we are working in the right direction. The bike is handling really well now and at Silverstone we will try and take another step closer to the front. Our rivals are very strong so we need to work on improving our performance levels and hopefully that will see us back on the podium. I have good memories of Silverstone because I scored my first ever win there and I am sure we can do a good job this weekend.”
Eric Granado: “Silverstone is a long and technical track and I will have to work hard there otherwise it's easy to get lost. I have a good bike and a great team and we are doing things in the right way but just falling short in certain aspects at the moment. We need to improve our race pace because that is what cost us on Sunday, so the goal will be to get started straight away at Silverstone on Friday. I made my World Championship debut there last year and it was a difficult weekend for me but I am sure that things will be different this weekend and we can come away with a good result.”
SILVERSTONE THE LAST OF GRUELLING TRIPLE-HEADER
MAPFRE Aspar riders head to the UK feeling full of confidence after positive recent form
After travelling straight to the Czech Republic from the USA the Moto2 World Championship riders continue their relentless pursuit of glory this weekend as the series heads directly to the UK and the county of Northamptonshire for the eleventh round of the 2013 season. At 5.9km Silverstone is the longest circuit on the calendar and although it is much flatter than Brno its wide, open and fast nature is reminiscent of the venue of last Sunday's race. With the title favourites missing out on the podium on that occasion, they will be keen not to let more points slip away this weekend.
MAPFRE Aspar Team rider Nico Terol is currently eighth in the championship on 72 points with his team-mate Jordi Torrres just one position and two points behind him. The healthy rivalry between the pair is getting the best out of both of them and at Brno on Sunday Nico was back to his best, leading the race and fighting for the win before eventually finishing in a solid sixth. Jordi is taking giant strides in his first full season as a Grand Prix racer and he is looking forward to fully experiencing Silverstone for the first time this weekend.
Nico Terol: “We did a lot of work at Brno and that allowed us to run in the front group in the race and fight for the win. The feeling was really good, we just didn't manage to finish the job off but I was happy with our performance and the goal is to continue at the same level at Silverstone and try to fight for the podium again. Silverstone is a long and wide circuit, not dissimilar to Brno, with one fast section and one that is more tight. Last year I didn't feel comfortable there but I liked it on the 125 and I am sure it will be different this time around because we are in much better form.”
Jordi Torres: “I have done a lot of physical training this summer so three races in a row is not a problem for me in that sense. In fact I am already looking forward to getting to Silverstone and riding. It's a tricky circuit and I didn't race there last year so I will have to work hard on getting a feeling back for the track. It will probably rain at some stage so we will have to be ready for anything but I like the track and I am sure it can suit us. We need to find a good balance in terms of the bike set-up and my riding. The goal is to work hard from the start on finding a strong, consistent race pace.”
ANTONELLI AIMING TO IMPROVE AT SILVERSTONE
Niccolò Antonelli heads to Silverstone this weekend with extra confidence after a top ten finish at Brno just a few days ago. The Italian youngster is keen to add to his points haul on British soil on Sunday whilst his team-mate Lorenzo Baldassarri is determined to bounce back after a crash. As always the weather conditions are likely to play a key role in the outcome of Sunday's race but the young Team GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 riders are ready for anything.
Niccolo’ Antonelli “At Brno we knew we had to score points and we managed it. It was our main objective and even though we could perhaps have finished higher up I didn't want to risk everything. I was happy with the result because it gives myself and the team a nice boost going to Silverstone. I like the track there and I am confident we can do well.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri “I am still disappointed about the crash on Sunday but it is another lesson learnt for the next time we are wheel to wheel with a bunch of other guys in race conditions. We still need to find something to give me complete confidence with the bike so that's the target this weekend at Silverstone.”
WAROKORN READY FOR NEXT CHALLENGE AT SILVERSTONE
Thitipong Warokorn continues his Moto2 World Championship adventure at Silverstone this weekend, standing in for Ratthapark Wilairot at the British Grand Prix. The Thai rider had to fight through the pain barrier to finish the last race at Brno on Sunday but he is determined and enthusiastic ahead of the next challenge.
Thitipong Warokorn “Sunday wasn't easy but I wanted to prove to the team and to myself that I could make it through the race and I did it. Even though I was in a lot of pain I was happy and now I am looking forward to getting out on track at Silverstone. Everything will be new to me again but I am going there feeling optimistic and confident."
Fausto Gresini “Warokorn proved that he is a rookie with a lot of courage on Sunday. He showed his bravery to finish a race that will serve as great experience for him. Now he faces another challenge and another new track but I am sure that if he shows the same determination that he did at the weekend then he will take another step forward.”
PRADITA TO PUT EXPERIENCE INTO PRACTICE AT SILVERSTONE
It might not have been a result to write home about at Brno but Doni Tata Pradita's experience in the Czech Republic Grand Prix should prove very useful to him as the Moto2 World Championship moves on to the next round at Silverstone. The Indonesian rider was able to lap with a fast group of riders for much of the race last Sunday and he is now looking forward to putting the lessons he learnt into practice at the fast and flowing British circuit.
Doni Tata Pradita “I go to Silverstone feeling confident that i can do a good job because at Brno in the race I was able to run with a group of fast riders, improve my pace and gather confidence. I realised that I can do much better than I have been so from the British GP I want to do that and I want to show what I learnt in the Czech Republic. ”
Fausto Gresini “Doni Tata Pradita's efforts paid off in the race at Brno and I was happy for him because he was able to learn a lot from running with a faster group of riders. That experience in the Czech Republic should serve him well at the next round in England.”
Redding and Kallio target the podium at Silverstone
Silverstone, Great Britain - 28 August 2013: Scott Redding heads to Silverstone this weekend looking for his first win at home since his historic victory in the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix.
After taking his first Moto2 win last weekend at Brno, Mika Kallio arrives in England on a wave of confidence and determined to deny his Marc VDS teammate a victory in front of his home crowd.
Heading into his home race with a commanding 21-point lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championship standings, Redding carries the weight of British expectation on his shoulders this weekend, but he remains unperturbed. For the 20-year-old Briton the support he receives at home just adds to his motivation, making him even more determined to give the home crowd exactly what they want on Sunday at Silverstone; a British rider on the podium, preferably the top step.
Kallio is also a former British Grand Prix winner; having stood on the top step of the 250cc podium the same year his Marc VDS teammate took victory in the 125cc race. It was to be the 30-year-old Finn's last win for five years, with his next coming just days ago in the Czech Republic. The Brno win saw Kallio move up to fourth place in the championship standings and he goes into the Silverstone weekend with his sights set firmly on third placed Tito Rabat, who he now trails by just seven points.
Livio Loi struggled with set up issues during practice and qualifying ahead of last weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. The 16-year-old Belgian bounced back on race day, however, finishing a creditable 20th and missing out on points only because of a collision with Jasper Iwema late in the race.
The Marc VDS Moto3 rider heads across the English Channel to Silverstone determined to improve his feeling with his Kalex-KTM during free practice and with the goal of adding to his points tally in Sunday's 17-lap British Moto3 Grand Prix.
Scott Redding #45:
"Silverstone is always a bit special for me. When I head out on track and see all the flags and banners in the grandstands I get goose bumps. The support of the British fans is just immense. My focus is very much on the championship now, meaning I have to balance defending my lead against risking all for a win, but if there's even a sniff of the top step of the podium this weekend, there's no way I'll be able to resist giving it a go. After all the support I've been given in recent years, my only goal this weekend is to give the British fans something to cheer about on Sunday."
Mika Kallio #36:
"In the past Silverstone hasn't been one of my strongest tracks on the Moto2 bike, but the win at Brno means I go into this race with more confidence than in previous years and that counts for a lot. We tried a new approach to practice and qualifying the last two races and it worked really well, so we'll continue in the same way at Silverstone this weekend. I know it's Scott's home race and he'd like nothing better than to stand on the top step of the podium, but I've also got a taste for it after the win at Brno. A result this weekend like at Le Mans, where we finished first and second, would be great for the team, but obviously this time with the positions reversed!"
Livio Loi #11:
"I struggled to get a good feeling with the bike all weekend at Brno, which made the race really difficult. This weekend at Silverstone I hope we make things a little easier on ourselves by getting the bike dialled in during the first practice session on Friday. Despite the issues at Brno it was only the collision with Jasper that stopped me from fighting for the last points scoring position, so we know exactly what our goal has to be in every race from now on, including this weekend in Silverstone."
More information and high resolution images are available on the Marc VDS Racing Team website at www.marcvds.com.
Red Bull KTM Ajo touch down at Silverstone
Moto3 World Championship leader Luis Salom, and teammates Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin, return to scene of strong results in 2012.
28/08/2013 - Silverstone Circuit
The historic Silverstone circuit, located on the site of a former Second World War airport, is the longest on the calendar at 5.9km. This Sunday it rounds off three consecutive weeks of Moto3 racing. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team arrive at round eleven of the World Championship standings with rider Luis Salom leading the overall standings. The Spaniard, who rode at Brno with a fracture in the heel of his left foot, will seek to do his best and claim the best possible result. Ninth and tenth in the series are Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who will try to repeat the top ten finishes they took last year at the British Grand Prix.
Salom passed a medical on Monday in Palma de Mallorca and, after assessing the condition of his left foot, doctors decided against an operation so close to the Silverstone race. Thus it will not be until the Monday after the Grand Prix that the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will be back with physicians to analyse the need for a probable operation.
However, Salom does not want to dwell on his injury and will look to repeat his performance from Brno last weekend. He has achieved good results at Silverstone in the past, with a fourth place in 2011 and a second place last year. A podium this weekend would be his tenth of the campaign –his twentieth overall.
Also coming into round eleven injured is Arthur Sissis, who is experiencing pain in his neck following a fall in practice at Brno. The Australian had an heroic race to place fourteenth, and now wants to return to the top ten. He did so last year at Silverstone, with an eighth place.
Just behind Sissis was Zulfahmi Khairuddin. The Malaysian will attempt to move on from a disappointing weekend at Brno and pick up form at one of his more favoured tracks. He hopes to be fast from the start of the weekend, to avoid the need to come back through the field on raceday.
Circuit information - Silverstone
Length: 5.900 m / 3.666 miles
Width: 17 metres
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770 m / 0.478 miles
"It has been nice to spend a couple of days at home to relax and unwind a bit, and on Monday I passed a medical as well. The pain in my foot is more or less the same, but the swelling has gone down a bit and that's important.
This weekend will be very difficult. Silverstone is a long and very fast track, where you never know what weather to expect. We know the condition that I am in, so we’ll have to do as we did at Brno and give our all to get the best result possible."
"I think if we continue with the line of work that we have had at the last few races, it may turn out to be a good weekend. My feeling is much improved. Since Mugello test, every day I have made a step forward and after the summer break the results have been good as well –in free practice and qualifying. Hopefully this week I can get back to the top positions.
Hopefully, I'll get to Sunday 100% recovered from the pain in my neck to have a good race. Silverstone is also one of my favourite tracks –I'd say that it is one of my top three. Let's see what happens there."
"We arrive at the British GP after a difficult weekend in Brno, which we could just about salvage by finishing in the points. This weekend we have to continue to work and try to feel comfortable on-track. We’ll try to recover the form that began in Indianapolis after the summer break.
The Silverstone circuit is one that I like. It's a great track, one of the longest on the calendar, where we have taken pretty good results. We must try to find the best possible feeling from the first free practice on Friday."
Niklas Ajo out to start afresh at Silverstone
Unhappy with performance at Brno, Avant Tecno KTM rider wants to show his best form at British Grand Prix.
28/08/2013 - Silverstone Circuit
The circuit of Silverstone rounds off a series of three consecutive weeks of racing, with the British Grand Prix. Niklas Ajo comes into this race after a difficult round in the Czech Republic, at which he clocked good times in practice but was not completely comfortable. A crash after contact with another rider on the first lap of the race at Brno has given the Avant Tecno KTM rider more desire than ever to start afresh this weekend with a good result.
At 5.9km, Silverstone is the longest circuit on the calendar and features 18 corners. The weather, as ever at the British round, is unpredictable and will play an important part in the weekend. However, Niklas Ajo has ridden in all conditions at Silverstone, from wet (2011) to dry (2012). It was last year that he earned his best result at the track, placing fourteenth.
The Avant Tecno KTM rider will be out to increase his 37 points in the overall standings, in which he is currently in fourteenth place.
"Silverstone is a very long track. It has many corners and it is a little different to Brno, because there are two different types of asphalt: One is bumpy and the other is in better condition. The circuit is nice and I like it, although my results haven’t been great there. At least I have ridden in the wet and the dry there, and the weather will be a big factor. Being in England, it can turn at any moment. I really want to forget about last weekend’s race and start again at Silverstone."
Gino Rea looking for problem free weekend at Silverstone Grand Prix after Brno bike failure
Gino Rea and the newly formed Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing Team are working hard to overcome the electrical problems from last weekends Brno GP. Gino had to retire from the Moto2 race when his bike came to a complete stop, reminiscent of how the weekend began in Friday’s Free Practice. Gino and team are looking onto to this weekends Silverstone GP, the home race for young Londoner. Gino says:
“Brno was a very difficult and disappointing weekend for us as a new team but I’m remaining positive and looking forward to my home Grand Prix. The electrical problems haunted us since Friday and no matter what we changed, the problem just wouldn’t go away. In the race the problem increased and I had to retire when the bike completely stopped.
“Last year at Silverstone the atmosphere and the home fans were brilliant so I can’t wait to get there. We have a lot of work to do on the bike but hopefully we can have a smooth, problem free weekend where I can focus on my riding and set up of my FTR bike. It’s difficult enough as it is being the only FTR and running a team ourselves against the big teams, I just want a fair chance at it. I’ll be trying as hard as ever to make things go the right direction.
“Last year I qualified in 14th at Silverstone and I’d be happy to be in that position again this year. I really want to have a strong weekend and if there’s anywhere specific to do it, I want to do it at Silverstone. I look forward to seeing the home crowd and meeting the English fans, I hope I get to meet the people who helped me race through my GinoReaClub.com website. See you there!”
The next MotoGP race takes place this weekend at Silverstone, UK on 1st Sept.
MotoGP Moto3 – San Carlo Team Italia FMI ready to resume action in Silverstone
The team wants to put Brno behind and the "triple header" on a positive note before hitting the home GP in Misano
Moto3 World Championship is ready to host the third consecutive race in Silverstone. After a difficult race in Brno, Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) and Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) are ready to bounce back on the technical British circuit to then hit the home GP in Misano on a roll.
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We are ready to face the third race in a row. Thus far, the whole team worked full steam but, after a positive start in Indy, we suffered more than usual in Brno. We're ready to compete again, without breaks, to get back on the right path. Romano will race on a track he likes, where last year he took seventh place, while Pecco faces once again a new circuit. The team will keep working hard, eager to do well before meeting the home crowd in Misano."
Home Event For Dunlop At Silverstone For Moto Races
Dunlop goes into the third of the three back-to-back races this weekend at its home round Silverstone. For some of the service crew this means that they will get to stay at the best hotel in the world...home.
The Silverstone circuit, 5.900 km long, has a series of short straights which has the effect of cooling on tyres. The corners themselves are not particularly hard on tyres but due to the cooling nature of the straights, the challenge for the tyre engineers and designers is to retain heat in the tyre. At Brno last week Dunlop took a new specification rear tyre. It was based on tyres that were tested at the mid-summer Mireval test in France with Dominique Aegerter and also the Argentine test completed by Esteve Rabat and Nico Terol. The tyre was received well and during the weekend additional data was gathered to further the knowledge of the tyre.
Tyre allocations for Silverstone are identical to those for Brno last weekend for both the Moto2 and Moto3 riders:
Moto2: Fronts, 4 x 302 and 4 x 345 - Rears, 5 x 3855 and 4 x 997
Moto3: Fronts 5 x M and 3 x H - Rears, 3 x S and 6 x M
Clinton Howe, Operations Manager Motorcycle Grand Prix
"Even in a one-brand championship, we are constantly developing and we brought the new specification rear 997 to the Brno race. The new tyre production was brought forward by quite some time, proving the flexibility and responsiveness we have as a team. With the new rear tyre being chosen by 29 of the 34 Moto2 riders for the race, it was felt that we should bring it to Silverstone, so the factory have been working hard again these last few days.
"The Moto2 race itself was one of the closest we have seen all year. In races such as this we would expect to see a slower total race time compared to previous years but we were actually quicker by two seconds. Most pleasing for Dunlop though was to see the fastest laps of the race being set on the last lap of the race with Johann Zarco, Pol Espargaro and Mika Kallio all setting their fastest laps on L20/20. In the Moto3 class Luis Salom (fast becoming known at Dunlop as 'The Hunter') did his thing again. Like the Moto2 class he also set his fastest time of the race on L19/19 setting a new lap record in the process. All slick tyres that were allocated were chosen for race by one rider or another. For Silverstone then we hope for much of the same, weather permitting."