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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Set for Silverstone Start
After securing a perfect victory in Brno a fortnight ago, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is ready for another head-to-head at the British Grand Prix this weekend.
With a dominant victory at the Czech Grand Prix fresh in their memory, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is eager to move on to the Octo British Grand Prix held this weekend at Silverstone.
The team arrives at the twelfth round feeling confident after two consecutive race weekends where riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi took two double podiums, making it a total of seven so far this season. Both riders looks forward to riding at Silverstone, which is another circuit with fast sweeping corners that's well suited to their YZR-M1s.
Lorenzo is greatly admired by the British crowd. He holds the record for the rider with the most MotoGP wins at Silverstone, since the British Grand Prix moved there five years ago. He secured three premier class victories in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and is eager to step on the top of the rostrum again this weekend to create a gap between him and his teammate as they are currently tied for the lead in the championship.
Teammate Rossi has also been a favourite among British fans for many years and his popularity is highlighted this weekend as he set to become an Honorary Member of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), arguably the most exclusive club in motor racing. Rossi is the first motorcycle rider to ever receive this honour and will be officially presented with his membership by BRDC President Derek Warwick.
To mark the special occasion, the nine-time World Champion is feeling extra motivated to win at Silverstone for the first time. He has been very successful on British soil in previous years, having secured three modern era premier class wins at Donington Park in 2002, 2004 and 2005 and two 500cc victories in 2000 and 2001.
Though Silverstone was only added to the MotoGP calendar in 2010, it has more than sixty years of history and is known as one of the most prestigious venues dedicated to motorsport. Thanks to innovations and investments the circuit became one of the fastest tracks on the calendar and earned high praise from the riders who enjoy the new layout and the cheering of the passionate British fans. Their enthusiasm for thrilling racing action gives the weekend an incredible atmosphere, making the British Grand Prix a must-be-at event.
Championship: 1st, 211 points
"I'm quite happy after winning again in Brno. The last time I won there was in 2010, so I think it was also important for Yamaha to be back on the podium after five years. Now it's time to go to England and I love that place. Especially the track is a great opportunity for us; it has a nice layout where our Yamaha YZR-M1 always behaves in a perfect way. It's a very enjoyable track but also very demanding because it's long and has plenty of high speed corners and change of directions, so you need to be in a perfect shape to be able to fight for the podium. I won several races at Silverstone in the past and I feel good there so hopefully this season we can achieve another great result on British soil."
Championship: 2nd, 211 points
"I'm always very happy to go to England for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. It is a race with so much history and the atmosphere is always very nice during this weekend. There are many racing fans and you can feel the passion of the crowd each time you move in the paddock. I really like this circuit, it's very fast and technical. I have done good races at this track and I am happy that the next race will be at Silverstone. We are at a very important point of the season and I hope I can have a good race! We have to improve the set-up of the bike and get ready for the race on Sunday. Now that Jorge and I are level on points it will be very important to consistently be fast.
"I am also very honoured to have been invited to become an Honorary Member of the British Racing Drivers' Club. I know it's very difficult to become a member of this exclusive club, there are very selective criteria. There is no rider in the BRDC, I will be the first and for this I am even more honoured. I look forward to meeting the President, Derek Warwick, who I know and esteem for his career in Formula 1. I hope that I will have a good result at the Silverstone Grand Prix to honour my entry into the British Racing Drivers' Club!"
Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director
"Silverstone is another race the team always enjoys going to, because the riders like the track and the British fans always give us a very warm reception. I have high expectations for this weekend and feel optimistic that we can get another good result, especially after securing two double podiums and a victory at the last two rounds. The morale of the team is high because Silverstone suits the YZR-M1 well. We have won a number of races there before and the riders are both in great physical scape. We intend to hit the ground running on Friday and be ready for Sunday early on in the race weekend. I look forward to a great show."
Repsol Honda Team head to historic Silverstone for Round 12
After his second place finish in Brno, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez heads to Britain this weekend hoping to close the gap to the front, he’s now 52 points behind leaders Lorenzo and Rossi in the Championship Standings. Teammate, Dani Pedrosa (7th in the Standings), had a difficult weekend in Brno after injuring his left ankle but was able to fight up to 5th in the race.
Silverstone has a rich racing heritage stretching back over 60 years and has become an iconic motorsport venue. Built on a former airfield, the 5.9km track is popular with the riders and is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar. This is the sixth year that the paddock will visit Silverstone since it replaced Donington in 2010.
Last year, Marc earned Honda’s maiden victory at the Silverstone circuit in the MotoGP class and has celebrated four podiums in five visits, including a victory in the 125cc class in 2010 and a second place finish in MotoGP in 2013. Dani, who has been undergoing treatment since his unfortunate crash on Friday in Brno, will be hoping to arrive in Silverstone close to full fitness. Dani has celebrated two podium finishes in Silverstone (3rd in 2013 and 2012).
FP1 will begin on Friday at 09h55 local time.
Championship Standing: 3rd - 159 points
"Brno was a difficult weekend but we took important points in the Championship and keep fighting! Silverstone isn’t one of my favourite tracks but I enjoy going there as you can feel the excitement and the history that surrounds the circuit and the area as a whole. I’ve been on the podium there the past three years including a win last year, so let’s hope the weather is good to us and we can fight for a similar result this year."
Championship Standing: 7th - 91 points
"It wasn’t our best weekend in the Czech Republic but we were able to fight our way up to 5th and we must learn from the experience. My ankle is feeling much better now - not 100% - but I’m not in as much pain as I was in Brno. Silverstone is a very fast track, it’s very flat - being an old airfield - and it has many changes of direction, so finding a setup that suits both the fast and slow corners is the challenge. As always, the British weather is the unknown factor so it’s important to keep an eye on that!"
Ducati Team head across the Channel for British GP at Silverstone
After the two rounds at Indianapolis and Brno, this weekend the Ducati Team will be crossing the Channel for the third and final race in a busy month of August. The venue this time is the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit for Sunday’s British GP, the twelfth round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.
Andrea Dovizioso has stepped onto the Silverstone podium twice, thanks to a second place finish he obtained in both 2010 and 2011. Last year, the Romagna-born racer finished fifth overall after qualifying on the front row. Teammate Andrea Iannone has scored his best result at the British circuit in the Moto2 category, with a fourth place in 2012, while last year the rider from Abruzzo took the chequered flag in eighth place with a Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici GP14.
Both Ducati Team men come to the UK off the back of a one-day test at Misano at the start of this week, aimed at preparing for the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini GP which takes place at the same track in mid-September. Monday’s test was conditioned by the rain that fell in the morning, but both riders were able to lap on a dry track surface in the afternoon, carrying out a series of useful back-to-back tests.
The Silverstone weekend programme will begin on Friday morning with the first free practice session at 10.55 CET while the 20-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 14.00.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 4th (142 points)
“Even though I haven’t yet scored any decent results there, Silverstone is a track that I like a lot. It’s really a great circuit and it allows you to reach some really high speeds with the bike. It will be interesting to see how my Desmosedici GP15 will go there this year because in 2014 the weekend wasn’t bad at all, and so we hope to be better this time round.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 6th (104 points)
“Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits, it’s really beautiful and I am happy to go there for the race on Sunday. For sure I expect a lot from this race, but we still have to improve the feeling with the front before we can aim for a good result, especially because the top guys are in perfect form at the moment. I am however optimistic about the upcoming weekend in England.”
The Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, situated half-way between Oxford and Northampton and a couple of hours drive from London, started life as an RAF military airport, and is the longest – as well as one of the fastest – circuits on the entire calendar. With more than sixty years of history behind it, it is one of the world’s most prestigious motorsport venues, with races held for all categories, both four wheels and two. Massive investments saw the completion of a first phase of improvement work to greatly improve the venue in 2010, when the track once again became the venue for the British Grand Prix.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR READY FOR SILVERSTONE
Team Suzuki Press Office – August 26.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is heading to Silverstone for the 12th round of the 2015 MotoGP series and the Grand Prix of Great Britain this weekend.
The last race in the Czech Republic left a bitter-sweet sensation for the final result as Aleix Espargaro finished in ninth and Maverick Viñales crashed out, but it gave the team positive feedback about the MotoGP™ project's overall development.
In the UK, Espargaro will continue to seek the best feeling he can with his GSX-RR; a feeling which has seemed to be elusive since the summer break.
Thankfully, he did have a good connection with the machine in the first half of the season and there were some positives to come from Brno. His mood and trust in the project is still positive, which along with his enthusiasm will help him to find the confidence he needs with the bike.
At the same time the younger Viñales is eager to recover his confidence after the crash he had in the Czech Republic. The fall interrupted a positive line of results; he has scored points in all the first 10 races, which is a record for a rookie.
The crash he suffered didn't affect his mood, as he’s aware of the steady progress he's made since the beginning of the season. He can also be proud of a good relationship with the circuit: in fact he won in 2013 (Moto3™) and finished on the podium last year in the Moto2™ race
With more than 60 years of history, Silverstone has become one of the most prestigious venues dedicated to motorsport. Completely revamped in recent years, a multi-million pound investment saw the completion in 2010 of a first phase of works to greatly improve the venue, making it one of the fastest tracks on the MotoGP calendar and earning high praise from the World Championship riders who enjoyed the new layout.
The track is 5.9 km (3.67 miles) in length with a good balance between left and right hand corners: 8 left and 10 right-handers. Sunday's race will be disputed over a total of 20 laps, for a total distance of 118.0 km - 73.4 miles.
“The last races have been pretty tough for me, I struggled to find the same confidence that I had in the first half of the season and we still lack the finalisation of a proper set-up. The GSX-RR's base is very solid, I still feel it's a very good project, but we need to be more effective in how we prepare for both qualifying and the race. In Brno things went better than Indianapolis and we have found some direction that now we need to test and validate. Maybe the main variable in Silverstone will be the weather, we haven't raced in the rain and therefore we don't have any experience yet. At the same time we already have many aspects to focus on therefore I'm very eager to be riding again and proceed with the development work we have planned to do.”
“Unfortunately in Brno I crashed out, which is bad for the final result but to be honest I'm more focused to the development and growth process that we are pursuing overall. My last race weekends after the summer break gave me much more confidence in terms of approach to the race and in fact in Czech Republic I was lapping with a very good pace before crashing. This means that my confidence with the bike is growing race-after-race and this gives us very positive feelings. I have very good memories from Silverstone and I am confident that the way we are working will give us with even more positive results.”
AFTER BAUTISTA AND BRADL'S GOOD RESULT AT BRNO THE APRILIA RS-GPs ARE ON THE TRACK TO CONFIRM THEIR PROGRESS
Silverstone (UK), 25 August 2015 - MotoGP will take on the fast and demanding Silverstone circuit this weekend, one of the temples of world championship motorsports.
In the last GP at Brno, for the first time in this rookie season, both of the Aprilia RS-GP machines finished the race in the points. It was an encouraging result for Bautista, Bradl and the entire Aprilia Racing Team Gresini who now have the responsibility of making sure the MotoGP project continues to grow consistently.
ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)
“The Brno race was a positive round in our MotoGP opening season and apprenticeship, but it could have gone even better since Bautista had the pace to move up a few more positions. It's no surprise. From the start of the championship we have been improving in the races and in practice, so we need to try to improve on Friday and Saturday. In order to have a shot at better placements we need to start farther forward on the grid. We have a chance to do this, thanks in part to Bradl's contribution which is now helping us to improve more quickly.”
FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)
“The round in the Czech Republic provided us with some interesting data on several fronts: on one hand Bautista had a good feeling with a new frame, finishing an excellent race, and on the other hand Bradl showed that he knows how to take full advantage of his RS-GP's potential, especially in the qualifiers, confirming that he and Alvaro are able to make a fundamental contribution to the project's development. At Silverstone we expect both riders to be able to give the work we've accomplished up to now a bit more of a nudge forward. The result at Brno confirms that we have taken some steps forward: having both bikes finish in the points is a goal that we hope to repeat often.”
“Silverstone is a very fast track where I have ridden some good races in the past. We are basically starting from scratch again because it is a track where we have never tested so we don't have any references to go on. In any case, after the good feelings in Brno we are really stoked for this round and ready to continue our work developing the project. Speaking of which, we'll continue using the new frame we tested in the Czech Republic. We'll try to start the weekend off well straight away, working to improve the bike's setup and my feeling in the saddle. The track has a lot of fast direction changes and the weather is always quite unstable, so we'll need to be ready for any eventuality.”
“I can't wait to get back on the track. The result we achieved in Brno really motivated the entire team and I will also be able to start the weekend in better physical condition. I have had time to rest up and do some physical therapy, so I hope that in Silverstone I won't have to mention the problems with my right wrist any more. I like the layout of the track, although we'll need to work hard to do well with the many fast direction changes. Our priority for this round will once again be to improve our consistency in terms of performance over race distance.”
Redding heads home to Silverstone
Gosselies, Belgium – 24 August 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider, Scott Redding, can count on massive support this weekend, as he heads home for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Redding has endured a difficult first season aboard the factory Honda RC213V, but the 22-year-old remains a firm favourite with his home crowd and he heads to Silverstone determined to reward them for their support with a strong showing in Sunday’s 20-lap British Grand Prix.
Redding’s best result do far this season was a seventh place in the Grand Prix of Catalunya, a result he is keen to improve upon this weekend in Silverstone, aided by the extra motivation such strong home support brings with it.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider has won at the British Grand Prix in two classes previously. His victory in the 125cc race at Donington Park, aged just 15 years and 170 days, saw him enter the record books as the youngest Grand Prix winner of all time, a record he still holds. Redding also took victory in the Moto2 race at Silverstone in 2013 on his way to finishing second in the World Championship.
Silverstone was the home of the British Grand Prix for 10 years before the race was moved to Donington Park in 1987. In 2010 MotoGP returned to the former airfield in Northamptonshire, racing for the first time on a revised circuit layout that has produced some epic battles in all three Grand Prix classes.
“Silverstone is a special race. I like the track, I’ve won there in the past in Moto2 and the support of the British fans is always incredible. This year we arrive in Great Britain off the back of a few difficult races and not really knowing what to expect. It could be that the bike works well, like at Austin and Sachsenring, but we could just as easily find ourselves in the same situation as Brno, where we had to work hard to find a good setting. Either way my goal is to try and secure my best result of the season so far at Silverstone. My motivation is still strong, and the support of the home crowd only adds to that, so I hope we can pull everything together and put in a strong performance this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“While many riders feel under pressure at their home race Scott is the exact opposite. He doesn’t hide away in his motorhome but, instead, likes to get out and meet the fans in the paddock. Their support is important to him and, as we’ve seen in the past at Silverstone, it motivates him to push that little bit harder, to ride just a little bit more over the limit in an effort to reward them for their support. It’s been a difficult season so far, but if there is going to be a turning point then Silverstone is it. I’m confident that Scott will give his all this weekend and I hope he can give his home crowd something to cheer for in the race.”
Smith and Espargaro ready for full throttle Silverstone fight
The British Grand Prix challenge is up next for the confident Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team pairing of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro as they will aim to storm to two notable results aboard their Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bikes. The 12th round of the season will commence this weekend at the world famous 5.9 kilometre Silverstone track and both riders will be seeking to add strong finishes to their impressive scorings so far this year in the 20 lap race on Sunday. The renowned circuit is situated in the heart of England and is one of the fastest tracks on the MotoGP calendar, plus it has been the setting for many iconic motorsport battles over the last years.
Bradley Smith will contest his home Grand Prix at Silverstone and he fully intends to rocket to a fantastic result in front of his passionate fans. The 24 year old, who was born a short distance from the track, in Oxford, hopes to increase his confident and inspired run this year, which has seen him superbly finish no lower than 8th in every race in 2015. Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro has firmly set his sights on a top six position as he aims to continue his climb up the championship standings. The Spaniard holds fond memories of the Northamptonshire track having won the 2012 Moto2 race and he is fully optimistic of adding another solid performance to his Silverstone collection.
Bradley Smith Bradley Smith
Championship : 5th Points : 106
Bradley Smith - 2015"This weekend will be one of the highlights of the year for me as I will be riding in front of my fantastic fans at my home Grand Prix at Silverstone. I am hugely excited for the race on Sunday and of course I will be giving nothing less than 110% as I aim to clinch a super result aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. So far this season has been very positive with some really strong finishes and is definitely a testament of how hard and closely the team and I have been working. Therefore, I will be pushing again this weekend as I intend to be fighting in the top six or maybe even higher on Sunday. My best result at Silverstone was 2nd in the wet race in the Moto2 class during the 2011 season after qualifying in 28th. Of course, this is a very happy memory, but it motivates me more than ever for this weekend. We don't know what to expect with the weather, but I am ready and I will do my best to get my fans cheering and their support really spurs me on, so I hope to hear them all around the track!"
Championship : 8th Points : 81
"Next up for us is the British Grand Prix which is an event that I thoroughly enjoy and I can't wait to get out on track and do my best again. Overall, the result in the Czech republic was positive as I completed the race in 8th, yet it is not where I want to be finishing as I know our potential is much higher than this position. We struggled a bit all weekend at Brno, but we have done our homework and we are sure that we can hit the ground running at Silverstone. I have some good memories of the British track, such as winning in 2012 in the Moto2 and also scoring a 2nd place finish in 2010 in the 125 class. Silverstone is fast, there's no doubt about that and we will be hoping to take advantage of the rapid corners, which should suit the Yamaha's nature. Therefore, I feel confident and I know the team will do a great job which will allow me to battle with my teammate for a top result at this race."
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :
"We will head to Silverstone next for the 12th round of the Championship which is an event that we all look forward to. It's a bit of a shame that the race is not being held at Donington Park, however, Silverstone is a brilliant track with some world class facilities and the whole team, especially our two riders, look forward to doing a top job. This week will, of course, be big for our British rider Bradley as it's his home race, but he's ready for the challenge. After his season of impressive results we are very confident that he can produce a strong finish on his home soil and battle inside the top six. For Pol, we are certain that he can have a rewarding weekend. The Czech GP was a bit challenging for him and his team, but that is in the past and he knows what he has to do, which is get the bike setup on Friday and then continue with a solid performances for the rest of the weekend. For sure, he has been quick here in the past and this weekend will hopefully be strong for him. The Tech3 Team has employed a lot of English riders in the past, so there is no doubt that this race is always close to our hearts and we will do our best to give the British fans a great show."
Silverstone, next challenge for Avintia Racing
25/08/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP - British Grand Prix - PREVIEW
The MotoGP World Championship heads Silverstone circuit for the British Grand Prix this weekend. Avintia Racing team riders are looking forward to jump on their bikes and shine again in the Open Class. Hector Barbera still on top of the standings for the Open Class after eleven races and his aim in Silverstone will be fighting for the win and increase his leading.
Mike Di Meglio heads to Silverstone determined to continue the work made in Indianapolis and Brno with his target on the points. Silverstone is a really fast track and on the paper should be good for the powerful Avintia Racing Desmosedicis, but as usual, the British weather can play a big part.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / @HectorBarbera
The British round is always difficult because of the unpredictable weather conditions, but if it keeps sunny during the weekend I think it would be a good circuit for us. It has long straights and after Brno’s washout I want to get a good result in this race. The motivation is high and everybody inside the team is fighting for the same, we’ll keep working hard to bring home the Open Class title.
MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 / @Mikejpp63
I really like Silverstone, but it’s always difficult the tyre choice because of the inconstant weather conditions. From one session to the next the track conditions can change completely. But we’ll see, because Ducati’s performance was good during last year race and I think we have a good chance to be competitive in the Open Class. We need to continue in the same direction of the last two races and fight for the points, and if it’s possible, try to be the best Open bike on Sunday.
MILLER AIMING FOR POSITIVE SHOWING AT SILVERSTONE
Jack Miller is looking forward to the challenge of the British Grand Prix and admits he is spurred on by the passion of the fans at Silverstone. The Australian came home in 19th last time out in the Czech Republic but feels there were plenty of positives to take into this weekend’s race.
Riding in the Moto3 class, Miller has finished sixth and seventh at Silverstone over the past couple of seasons and is now looking to put in another encouraging showing in the premier class this weekend. While he concedes it may not be amongst his preferred circuits, the LCR Honda rider loves the atmosphere that the event generates.
Jack Miller #43
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, we found some important things in the race in Brno so I look forward to transferring what we learnt there to this weekend and getting the bike in a better position earlier in the weekend.
“Hopefully the weather will stay nice for us - I’m sure it will be an interesting race weekend and I will try to do a good job. It’s not one of my most favourite tracks, but I really enjoy the event as the British fans always turn out in big numbers and so I look forward to putting on a good show for them.”
CRUTCHLOW HOPING FOR HOME COMFORTS AT SILVERSTONE
LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow admits he is relishing the prospect of racing on home soil at this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The 29-year-old heads into the 12th round of the MotoGP world championship in ninth place in the standings and will be looking to improve on last year’s result in front of his own fans when he finished down in 12th.
Crutchlow acknowledges that his home GP has not always been the happiest of hunting grounds for him, but is hopeful that can change this weekend. The Briton has just agreed a new one-year contract with the LCR team (with the option of a further year) and is now looking to cap off a productive week with a big performance on Sunday.
Cal Crutchlow #35
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Silverstone. Obviously it’s a big home Grand Prix for me and I’m looking forward to riding the GIVI LCR Honda as it’s something different to add to the equation and something special for me.
“If I’m honest, over the years it’s been a difficult Grand Prix for me, but I’ve had some great times and great feelings here as well. Hopefully this weekend the LCR Honda team can do a good job, I ride to my best potential and we have a great race weekend.”
Forward Racing goes to England
The historic circuit of Silverstone will host the twelfth race of the 2015 season this weekend; the riders of the Forward Racing team will be racing on the English track in order to repeat the good results produced in Brno.
Loris Baz, the first Open to cross the line on the Czech track, is eager to get back on his Yamaha Forward to further shorten the distance from his direct opponent, Hector Barbera, how is only five lengths ahead in the standings. The Frenchman, in front of everyone at Silverstone 2013 in Superbike, is convinced that he can adapt well his setup to the British circuit and get in the fight for points and class victory.
Claudio Corti, now on his third race of the season with Forward, is feeling positive. The Italian is picking up the class pace and is confident of being able to come close to the other Open guys in this race weekend.
In Moto2, Corsi and Baldassarri are motivated to do well aboard their Kalex. After Brno, the Italian duo is aiming for the Top10 again.
Circuit length: 5.9 km
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770m
Moto2 race: 18 laps
MotoGP race: 20 laps
Loris Baz 76
"Getting back on track at Brno was really a great satisfaction and the class victory was the best way to repay the hard work the guys of the team have done in the recent months. Silverstone is a track I like and where I won in 2012 and 2013 in Super Bike. We will start from the Brno setting to find the best setup for the race. I am motivated to do well and to recover some more points in the standings from Barbera ahead of me".
Claudio Corti 71
"I can’t wait to get on track at Silverstone this weekend. It will be the third race for me with Yamaha Forward and I expect a good result. The level of this category is very high, I'm trying to get back the pace and the goal is definitely to shorten the distance from the other Open bikes".
Simone Corsi 3
"The race in Brno was more complicated than expected but overall I am quite satisfied with what has been done. The feeling was good and I was pretty close to the Top guys on Friday. I’m going to Silverstone convinced we can do well: as always it will be exciting to race in front of the British fans".
Lorenzo Baldassarri 7
"Brno overall was a positive weekend, too bad I had to withdraw from the race, but the pace was consistent during the three days. I have always been close to the limits of the Top10 and fighting with the fastest. I hope to get a good result on the English track".
Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 12: Silverstone
Tuesday, August 25 2015
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft, Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Silverstone in the United Kingdom plays host to round twelve of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship, the circuit’s combination of a fast average speed and cool temperatures placing significant demand on tyres.
The longest circuit on the calendar at 5.9 kilometres in length, Silverstone features ten right-hand and eight left-hand corners, so asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the right shoulders are provided. The softer rubber on the left shoulder of the rear tyres ensures good heat retention in the lesser used, left shoulder for enhanced rider safety. The rear tyre options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders are the medium and hard compound, while the Aprilia, Ducati, Suzuki and open-class riders will be allocated the soft and medium compound rear slicks.
With numerous straight sections, Silverstone has a number of hard braking zones into corners such as Brooklands, Stowe and Vale which demand maximum stability from the front tyre. This need for front-end stability is balanced by the requirement for good warm-up performance so Bridgestone provides the extra-soft, soft and medium compound front slicks for the British Grand Prix.
With cool and wet conditions always a possibility at Silverstone, the main wet tyre option for the British Grand Prix is the soft compound which offers maximum warm-up performance and grip. In the case of warmer conditions, the riders will also be able to use the alternative, hard compound wet tyre.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Silverstone is a circuit that often provides exciting racing with Jorge and Marc engaging in thrilling battles for victory here on our last two visits to this track. The circuit is both incredibly fast and susceptible to cool weather, so we have to consider many factors when developing our tyre allocation for this race. The British Grand Prix is an event where there is a lot for the fans to see on and off the track, including the annual Day of Champions and MotoGP auction held by Riders for Health which Bridgestone is proud to support again this year. Jorge has an amazing record at Silverstone, winning three of the five races here, but I expect his rivals will do everything they can to challenge him for victory this weekend.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“Silverstone poses a considerable technical challenge for Bridgestone due to its fast average speed combined with the possibility of cool, wet weather. The fast nature of the circuit means that in sections such as Maggotts and Becketts the tyres are put under high lateral loads, while areas like the entry to Stowe place a lot of strain on the centre section of the front tyre. Track temperatures here are usually quite low, so warm-up performance is very important, especially on the left shoulder of the tyres which is used less. The layout requires asymmetric rear tyres to balance the demands placed on each side of the rear tyre and regulate the overall tyre temperature.”
OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX – SPECIAL DAY IN BRITISH SPORT
Danny Kent could get a lot closer to becoming the first British World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977.
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo arrive tied on points at the top of the MotoGP™ World Championship.
Close finishes – Eight tenths of one second separated the top six at the last Moto3 race.
Overtaking – more overtaking than any other World Motorsport Championship.
Massive support – 248,000 fans watched the last round. MotoGP announced nine million Facebook followers.
It’s the only time that British stars Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding, Danny Kent and Sam Lowes race in Britain.
Silverstone is the home of British Motorsport.
KENT RETURNS HOME FOCUSED ON GETTING BACK TO WINNING
Twenty-one year old Danny Kent faces the biggest race of his life when he defends a 45 point Moto3™ Championship lead in his only home race of the season, the Octo British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.
The Wiltshire based Leopard Racing Honda rider is striving to become the first British World Champion in grand prix racing since Barry Sheene clinched the 500cc World Championship in 1977.
After winning five of the opening nine races, weather and tyre problems saw the impressive lead reduced to 45 points with seven rounds remaining but Kent understands the reasons for those problems at Indianapolis and Brno and is very capable of getting back to winning ways round the 3.666 mile Northamptonshire circuit.
Twenty-one year Scotsman John McPhee took full advantage of those Indianapolis conditions to grab his very first podium finish on the Racing Steps Foundation supported RTG Honda. He could be close again on Sunday, to improve on his 11th place in the Championship.
Twenty-four year old Bradley Smith returns home to Silverstone after a superb third MotoGP™ season. The Oxfordshire rider is fifth in the MotoGP World Championship riding the Monster Tech3 Yamaha which makes him both the leading Satellite factory and British rider in the championship. Consistency has been the key to his success with two fifth and five sixth places and he fancies pushing the factory riders hard in the 20 lap race at the circuit where he’s secured both 125cc and Moto2™ podium finishes.
It’s been a tough year for both Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding. Isle of Man – based midlander Crutchlow looked in great shape on the CWM –LCR Honda when he finished third and fourth respectively in Argentina and Spain but has crashed too often since then, including the last round in Brno, and lies ninth in the Championship.
Gloucestershire - based Redding won the Moto2 race at Silverstone two years ago but has struggled this year on the factory – supported Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Honda. The breakthrough could come on Sunday as he fights to climb from 14th in the Championship.
Irishman Eugene Laverty returns to Silverstone, which he knows well from his World Supersport and Superbike days, to ride a MotoGP bike there for the first time. He has fully recovered from crashing the Aspar Honda in Brno and will be seeking his fourth points scoring ride of the season.
Twenty – four year old Lincolnshire rider Sam Lowes has already tasted Moto2 success this season with victory at Austin in the second round of the Championship riding the Speed Up machine. The former World Supersport Champion is joint fourth in the Championship with former 125cc World Champion Tom Luthi. Both have won a grand prix this year and how Lowes would love to repeat his Austin triumph in front of the home crowd.
SILVERSTONE WILD CARD ENTRIES
Ray is no stranger to the World Championship paddock having spent three years competing in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup between 2012 and 2014.
The highlight for the 18-year-old was a brilliant victory in the opening round of 2013 at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas. He finished fourth overall in the highly respected Grand Prix feeder series last season with podium finishes in Assen, Sachsenring and Motorland Aragon. It has been a busy 2015 for the Kent rider, who has competed in the National Superstock 600 series and has also contested the European CEV Moto2 series on board a Vyrus machine. He will make his Grand Prix debut in Moto2 riding a British designed and built FTR frame
The Bristol rider will take a break from his British Supersport commitments with the Gearlink Kawasaki squad to take on the world’s best in Moto3 with a one-off appearance for FPW Racing squad. Hedger, who made his road racing debut at Brands Hatch in 2008, dominated the inaugural British Motostar Cup and Championship four years later with 14 podium finishes. He then took three wins on his way to capturing the National Superstock 600 series in 2013 and has become a consistent top six challenger in the competitive British Supersport class. He will return to the FPW Racing squad for his British Grand Prix wild-card on board a KTM Moto3 machine.
The 17-year-old from Mansfield enjoyed his breakthrough campaign in 2014 when he finished runner-up in the British Motostar 125GP Championship with eight podium finishes. That included six second places and a brilliant victory at the legendary host of the world famous Dutch TT at Assen. He switched to the Moto3 British Motostar Championship for 2015 on board a KTM machine for the RS Racing squad. It has been a brilliant season so far for Taylor, with 11 podium finishes in the opening 13 races seeing him locked in an exciting title battle with former Moto3 World Championship rider Scott Deroue. He has scored seven victories, including a double win at the Knockhill track in Scotland.
ALL SQUARE AT SILVERSTONE
It could not be closer – Movistar Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo arrive at Silverstone for the Octo British Grand Prix equal on points as they fight for the MotoGP™ World Championship with seven rounds remaining. Lorenzo’s comprehensive victory at the previous round in Brno brought him level with Rossi who’d led the title chase since the opening round in Qatar.
Lorenzo must fancy his chances around the 3.666 miles Silverstone circuit after tasting the victory champagne there three times in the last five years since the grand prix returned from Donington Park. The double MotoGP World Champion has won five times this year but never rule out 36 year old Rossi to come up with something special. The Italian has won three times this year and has finished on the podium at every race but he needs a grand prix win to keep the momentum going, with his last victory in Assen at the end of June.
World Champion Marc Marquez won the race last year and the Repsol Honda rider is back to his best but trails the Yamaha pair by a massive 52 points. It’s a big ask to close that gap in seven races but Marquez will win plenty of more races this year. His team-mate Dani Pedrosa once again is fighting against adversity and injury but don’t be fooled by his seventh place in the Championship and he could help Marquez get nearer the top by pushing one of the Yamahas off the podium.
Andrea Iannone is the top Ducati rider in fourth place after a great first season on the factory machine including two podiums and one pole, while local rider Bradley Smith leads the Satellite bike challenge in fifth place on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha. Italian Andrea Dovizioso started the season brilliantly on the factory Ducati with three second places and a pole position but the season has faded. He’s dropped to sixth place in the title chase but has happy memories of the British Grand Prix where he secured his one and only MotoGP victory at Donington Park in 2009.
Pol Espargaro and British rider Cal Crutchlow are fighting it out for eighth in front of Danilo Petrucci with the Ecstar Suzuki making a welcome return to Silverstone with Aleix Espargaro and former Moto3™ champion Maverick Vinales.
Frenchman Johann Zarco is running away with the Moto2™ Championship after his fourth win of the season in Brno opened up a massive 79 points advantage. Just one point separates the two Spanish riders, who both won at Silverstone last year, in the fight for second. World Champion Tito Rabat, who won the Moto2 race last year leads Moto2 newcomer Alex Rins, who won the Moto3 race last year by that single point. Both have won a single grand prix this year.
It’s even closer in the battle for fourth with Sam Lowes and Tom Luthi equal on points and with one win apiece this season. Sixth placed Xavier Simeon secured his first grand prix win in Germany while seventh placed Jonas Folger has won two grands prix this year and was a 125 cc winner at Silverstone four years ago.
Britain’s Danny Kent has seen his Moto3 Championship lead reduced to 45 points after a difficult last two races. The Leopard Racing Honda rider has won five races this year and will be focused to get back to winning ways to fight off the Italian challenge headed by Enea Bastianini. The 17 year old Gresini Honda rider has finished second four times this season and will surely win a grand prix before the end of the year. Third placed Romano Fenati won at Le Mans, while fourth placed Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira won two grands prix before being side-lined with a hand injury. Another Italian teenager Niccolo Antonelli scored his first grand prix win in Brno.
This is the sixth year that Silverstone has hosted a grand prix since motorcycle world championship racing returned to the circuit in 2010 after a gap of 23 years. Below are some facts and statistics related to this event:
• The first motorcycle grand prix event to be held at Silverstone in 1977 was the first motorcycle grand prix to be held on the British mainland, prior to 1977 the British round of the world championship had been held since 1949 on the 37.73 mile long Isle of Man TT circuit. The move from the Isle of Man was made mainly for reasons of rider safety.
• The winners at that first grand prix at Silverstone in 1977 were: 500cc – Pat Hennen (Suzuki), 350cc & 250cc – Kork Ballington (Yamaha), 125cc - Pierluigi Conforti (Morbidelli).
• The original circuit layout used for the grand prix from 1977 to 1986 was 2.93 miles long (4.71 km) and the fastest lap in a race at the circuit during this time was set by Kenny Roberts riding a Yamaha in 1983 at an average speed of 119.5 mph (192.2 km/h).
• The British grand prix was held for ten successive years at the Silverstone circuit, before the event moved to Donington Park in 1987. The British GP returned to Silverstone in 2010 with a revised circuit layout measuring 5.9 km.
• Kork Ballington and Angel Nieto are the two riders with most GP victories at Silverstone, each having won there on six occasions.
• The only two riders who have had more than a single victory at Silverstone since GP racing returned to the circuit in 2010 are Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. Lorenzo has won the MotoGP race there three times: 2010, 2012 & 2013; Marquez won the 125cc race in 2010 and the MotoGP race last year.
• Twelve British riders have finished on the podium across all the solo classes of grand prix racing at Silverstone: John Williams (1977/350cc/3rd), Barry Sheene (1978/500cc/3rd, 1979/500cc/2nd), Tom Herron (1978/250cc/2nd, 1978/350cc/2nd), Steve Manship (1978/500cc/2nd), Mick Grant (1978/350cc/3rd), Clive Horton (1978/125cc/2nd), Keith Huewen (1981/350cc/2nd), Andy Watts (1984/250cc/2nd), Ron Haslam (1984/500cc/3rd), Ian McConnachie (1986/80cc/1st), Bradley Smith (2010/125cc/3rd, 2011/Moto2/2nd) and Scott Redding (2012/Moto2/2nd, 2013/Moto2/1st)
• Since the world championship grand prix series returned to Silverstone in 2010, the best result for a British rider in the MotoGP class at their home grand prix is 6th by Cal Crutchlow in 2012.
• Yamaha have won three of the five MotoGP races that have taken place at Silverstone, with Honda taking the other two victories.
• The best results in MotoGP for Ducati at the Silverstone circuit are fourth place finishes for Nicky Hayden in both 2010 and 2011.
• The best MotoGP result for Suzuki at Silverstone is 5th with Alvaro Bautista in 2011, which was the best result of the year for any Suzuki rider.