Valentino Rossi arrives at the Silverstone circuit ahead of the British Grand Prix, an event in which he scored 25 points in last season.
The Doctor comes to the twelfth round feeling confident after securing second place at the last race in Brno, making it a total of five podium finishes so far this season. He looks forward to riding the fast sweeping corners of Silverstone, where he rode his YZR-M1 to his first victory at this track last year. He had been successful on British soil at Donington Park in previous years, having secured three modern era premier class wins in 2002, 2004 and 2005, and two 500cc victories in 2000 and 2001.
Silverstone made its first appearance on the MotoGP calendar in 2010 and is one of the fastest tracks on the calendar thanks to innovations to the circuit‘s lay-out, earning it high praise from the riders. The racing passion of the British fans also adds to the atmosphere of the venue, making the British Grand Prix a must-be-at event.
“I have very nice recent memories of Silvertone. Last year I won a really incredible race in very difficult conditions”, said the veteran Italian who currently sits on 114 career race wins.
“I hope that this year there will be nice weather, but from the climatic point of view the English race is very uncertain. I like Silverstone a lot, it‘s a very fun track but also very demanding” explained Valentino, who has just one other podium at the track, in 2014 when he finished third. This circuit is very long and there are many changes of direction with high speeds”, said the winner of eight previous British Grand Prix, spread across three classes.
“It is important to find a perfect set-up for the bike to be able to suit both the slow and the fast corners. We will try to work on all aspects, as we have been doing the entire season to get the best possible result”.
Kiko Giles @MotoGPKiko