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Silverstone’s AirAsia British MotoGP Pre Race Review

The Premier riders and their teams will find themselves going full swing into the most intense portion of the Grand Prix calendar this Friday with 5 races packed into the next 7 weeks. The venue to host the 6th round is the newly renovated Silverstone Circuit in jolly old England. Silverstone has a 60 year history in motor sports, but was recently remodeled and reintroduced in 2010, making the layout one of the fastest tracks on the MotoGP agenda.

After dealing with temperamental wet and dry weather inSpain’s Catalunya track just days ago, the radical riders will be hoping for more consistency in the atmospheric conditions this weekend, enabling them to find the perfect tyre set up and being able to stick with it….. literally! The Bridgestone tyre choice is clearly becoming the key difference to a successful race.

Latest winner, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner is sitting pretty with 3 first place podium wins for this season and is just shy by 7 points to match his closest rival, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo; after having to give up the probable points he would have gained after being grazed in a gutsy pass attempt by Valentino Rossi in Jerez.

The Aussie is looking forward to racing the newly renovated British circuit for the second time even though he did not have the most favorable results last year with a bad race start. Casey is putting it behind him this weekend and feels confident about Honda and his recent past performance saying; “We need to stay focused (at Silverstone) and watch those around us, as we know our biggest Championship rival at the moment is Jorge. He is extremely fast there, so we’ll see how the weekend pans out.”

Casey Stoner’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso reflects back on last weekend as a race of progression despite his disappointment by just missing the podium and placing 4th. The industrious Italian feels he made some accomplishments with his race pace and crossing over the finish line just 5 seconds behind his compatriot and winner, Casey Stoner. “I didn’t make a good start in Catalunya but we made a big improvement from Le Mans, coming in 5 seconds behind Casey. Now we go to Silverstone and I think its going to be good for us, after last year coming in second.”

The third and final Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will have to sit out another round after sustaining a second collar-bone fracture as a result of a crash at Le Mans. Surgeons implanted a plate with screws that are much smaller than the commonly used ones to reduce vascular problems that he endured from his other shoulder injury last October. On doctor’s recommendations, Dani has decided to hold off on mounting his RC212V until he is a 100% fit. The dispirited Dani said;“We have to check week by week and right now it’s unknown. It’s hard to swallow, but something I have to accept.”

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo is at the top of standings with 98 points and is feeling very happy with his consistency this year. Silverstone holds positive memories for the Factory rider in achieving close to perfection last year as one of his best races in his career. The Mallorcan stated; “We managed to finish our home GP leading the Championship last weekend, I’m very happy because we are very consistent. I know this season will be tough, but Yamaha and I are working hard and are focused on each race results.”

Yamaha teammate Ben Spies had a similar experience with the Spanish circuit last weekend, after a rough seasonal start, the handsome Texan finished on the podium for the first time as a Factory rider in 3rd place. After signing a newly extended one year contract with the team, Ben is hyper focused to continue his good fortune at Silverstone. “I can’t wait to get to Silverstone, and get back on the bike again. It’s a track I really enjoy riding and where I got my first ever MotoGP podium last year.”

Ducati Teams Italian icon Valentino Rossi will be facing the refurbished Great Britain circuit with less certainly than his teammates due to missing out last year from a prior injury. Although recently, he was able to christen the track for an inauguration, parading around on a Ducati 1098 street bike for about 20 laps. The nonchalant Rossi will work to push past of his lingering 5th position that seems to continually overshadow him. “Silverstone will be difficult for me because I have less experience and don’t know the track like the other guys. We need to improve stability and acceleration on the bike. It’s good on the wet but not so much on the dry, I have too much slide .So, we need to set up the bike and understand the track for this weekend.”

Second Marlboro Ducati team rider, Nicky Hayden will be making his way to England after a visit on Wednesday to the Isle of Man TT race. The American rendered a lap of honour on the historic mountain road race circuit piloting a Ducati 1098 SP. Nicky comments on Catalunya and Silverstone; “I got a good start and the bike felt good, but started to lose time in the corners and wasn’t able to get into the 43”s. I need to improve everywhere, I feeling so far off in needing to improve on everything. I’m looking forward to Silverstone, it’s a track I enjoyed a lot last year because it’s big, long and fast. The pavement was a little bumpy in a couple of places, but it was perfect in other parts. I’m looking forward to it.”

San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli continues to make amends for his questionable pass on Dani Pedrosa, which left the Spanish rider with a second fractured shoulder and out of racing contention indefinitely.  The ambitious Italian would like to move in a forward direction, for a change, in his eternal quest for the podium this season. Marco: “Starting from pole position (in Catalunya) I expected something more. I released the clutch too soon and everybody overtook me and was in 7th place in the first lap. I was disappointed with last weekend, but I’m happy and confident. A lot of people support me and thank you to everyone. I like Silverstone; I did a good race last year and looking forward to being over there”.

Teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama, is working to put the past behind him after causing a crash in Barcelona and some not so memorable times at Silverstone. The singular Japanese rider experienced a serious crash and a spinal injury at the British circuit last year causing him to miss 6 consecutive races. Hiroshi says; “Naturally I don’t have good memories of Silverstone. The team is working hard to improve the bike, we improve the set-up at every race, but the results have just arrived. I need to improve and give more of myself, as my goal is to be near the top five. I know it is not easy, but I’ll keep trying.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo will be back in action this weekend, especially veteran rider Colin Edwards, who returns to the grid after sitting out the 5th round in Catalunya. The seasoned American rider has participated in 141 successive GP races, but broke the perpetual impressive streak with a crash leaving him with an injury to his collar-bone in last weekend’s Montmelo Grand Prix. Colin is feeling ready and able with 13 screws and a shiny new titanium plate in his shoulder. Saying; “It would be brilliant to get some points but I just want to concentrate on having a trouble-free weekend because then I have a couple of weeks to let the bone heal further and be back to full strength by Assen. Part of me is still a little bit disappointed that I didn’t get to ride in Catalunya, but I guess I’ll finally get to start my 142nd MotoGP race, even if it is going to be one week later than planned!”

Hometown boy and rookie Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow will be making his debut on his home turf this weekend after finishing on a record high in 7th place back in Barcelona. The eager Brit is excited to be riding the wave and will be working to impress his fans with a 6th  place finish at the British Grand Prix.Cal says; “I can’t wait for my home race in Silverstone. Ever since I knew I was joining the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team, I have been thinking about the British Grand Prix. The race couldn’t be coming at a better time after I scored the best result of my MotoGP career only a few days ago in Catalunya.”

Pramac Ducati’s Loris Capirossi continues in “recovery” from an almost 28 lap race battle for 9th place against Karel Abraham in last weekends Montmelo circuit. The versed Italian rider stays poised and positive for Silverstone after an exultant start in Barcelona. Saying; “it’s actually hard to find a negative; even the start was quite good. I want to consider Barcelona a starting point for a new direction. Now we shouldn’t get misdirected with poor choices, and we’ll work like we did over this weekend.

Teammate to Capirossi, Randy de Puniet will back on the grid after being involved in the one and only crash of the day when Hiroshi Aoyama took both of them out by the third lap in Catalunya. The Frenchman struggled with his bike set up all weekend and now with his injured ankle. Randy has had to deal with some bad luck in the 2011 season, but he will be racing the GB circuit this Friday with the goal to get back to feeling good again and in more ways than one.

Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham is still suffering from a bruised hand and dislocated thumb injury in a near miss with Randy de Puniet last weekend. Karel managed to stay up right and reenter the tarmac, leaving de Puniet and Aoyama in his wake. He visits the British Isle as a respectable top ten contender.

Rizla Suzuki’s solo rider Alvaro Bautista has fought hard this season to stay healthy and to ride a successful race on dry land. The independent Spaniard needs to make some vast improvements to forge ahead in breaking into the top ten spot and hopes to do so on British soil.

Mapfre Aspar Team’s Hector Barbera and LCR Honda’s Toni Elias have their work cut out for them entering into the 6th  of an 18 race venue with a gap of  72 and 76 points in Standings from current leader Jorge Lorenzo.

If last weekend at Catalunya was any indication to how things will go down at Silverstone, then expect a lot of copy and pasting in my next Post Race Review! I don’t know about you folks, but if this premier race repetition continues, I will be looking to sell my crystal ball!

Silverstone’s AirAsia British Grand Prix will commence this Friday, June 10th starting with the first free practice at 10:10am GMT+1.

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MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 98
2 Casey STONER Honda AUS 91
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 63
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 61
5 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 58
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 47
7 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 36
8 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 36
9 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 32
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 30
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 26
12 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 24
13 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 21
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 20
15  Loris Capirossi Ducati ITA 16
16 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 11
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 6
         
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June 9, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Catalunya, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Hector Barbera, Jerez, Jorge Lorenzo, Le Mans, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Nicky Hayden, Randy De Puniet, Silverstone, toni elais, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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