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Repsol Honda head to Great Britain looking to continue fantastic form
This week the MotoGP family visits Great Britain for the third race in as many weeks. Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have no time to rest, after an incredible 1-2 finish, the fourth of the season, in the Czech Republic on Sunday.
Silverstone has a rich racing heritage stretching back over 60 years and has become an iconic motorsport venue. Built on an former airfield, the 5.9km track is popular with the riders and is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar. This is the fourth year that the paddock will visit Silverstone since it replaced Donington in 2010.
Rookie and Championship leader Marc, will be seeking his fifth win in a row after a remarkable victory in Brno. He has celebrated two podiums in three visits to Silverstone, including a victory in the 125cc class in 2010. Dani, 2nd in the Championship behind his teammate, will be looking for his first win since Le Mans. Dani stepped onto the podium here for the first time in 2012, with a 3rd place finish.
Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 213 points
"We will see how Silverstone is with MotoGP, in 125cc I enjoyed it a lot but in Moto2 I struggled a little. I think a key factor will be the weather there as it can change quite a lot! Last year Lorenzo had a very good race so I am sure he will be strong. But we are coming off four victories in a row, we have good momentum and I feel really comfortable and confident on the bike. Let's see how the situation is when we get there and as always work hard from Friday morning!"
Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 2nd - 187 points
"After Brno I'm feeling pretty good and my physical condition is improving all the time, so I hope we can take another step this weekend in Silverstone. It is a tough and fast track with many changes of direction and we need a good set to suit both the fast and slow corners. Last year was a hard race so I hope to be strong again this year! In the UK you never know what the weather will do so let's hope for good conditions from the start"
Next stop for the Ducati Team: British Grand Prix
This week finds the MotoGP teams and riders traveling to the British Grand Prix, the twelfth round of the 2013 championship and?after Indianapolis and Brno?the final race in a busy tripleheader. For the fourth year in a row, the event will take place at Silverstone Circuit, which previously hosted Grand Prix races from 1977 to 1986. Compared to last year, when it was the sixth round, this year's British Grand Prix is in the second half of the calendar.
Built on the site of an old bomber station, Silverstone is the longest track on the MotoGP calendar, as well as one of the fastest. This year finds the starting grid moving to the opposite side of the track, between the Woodcote and Copse corners.
Andrea Dovizioso, who is scheduled to make his 100th career MotoGP race start this weekend, enjoyed past success at the circuit, having finished runner-up in each of his first two visits, though he suffered a crash last year and was credited with nineteenth place. This will be the Italian's first time at Silverstone aboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP13. Teammate Nicky Hayden has twice finished in fourth place, and he was seventh last year.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team
"Silverstone is a very strange and unusual track, but it's also quite nice. We know that the English weather can be a bit difficult for everyone, and when it rains, those really aren't the perfect conditions for riding a bike! Still, I'm happy that we're going to race at Silverstone right away, just one week after Brno. Once again, we don't expect to have many updates, but we'll try to do our best anyway."
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team
"Silverstone is a track that I've really enjoyed on the Ducatis. I had a good pace there last year, but I was just too hard on the tyres in the race. We're going there at a different time in the season, so we'll see if we get a warmer surface than we've had the last couple years. I like the track. It's very long and very fast. Although Silverstone is normally a great GP, we know it won't be easy for us, as we can't expect a lot to change since we're arriving directly from Brno. We certainly hope to be able to fight closer to the front than we've been able to in these last couple races. I'm looking forward to getting there, getting on the track, and going back to work."
Vittoriano Guareschi - Team Manager
"At Silverstone, as at Brno, we must continue working hard as we try to improve our performance. It's another track where we can gather a lot of data. Although we obviously have to keep trying to do well in the races, we also need to learn from everything that happens during the race weekends. I know the riders will try to do their best like always, as will the rest of the team."
NON-STOP MOTOGP HEADS FROM BRNO TO SILVERSTONE
Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini head to the third race in as many weekends at Silverstone in the UK this weekend with confidence high after another excellent performance from Alvaro Bautista at Brno. The Spanish rider missed out on fourth place by just 0.077 seconds after a race-long battle with Valentino Rossi, again enjoying an excellent feeling with the Honda RC213V that has allowed him to challenge at the front since the Laguna Seca race before the summer break. Hopes are high for another positive Grand Prix this weekend at a circuit where Bautista set a memorable pole position last season. Bryan Staring heads to another circuit he knows hoping it can help him raise his game after another difficult weekend in the Czech Republic.
Alvaro Bautista "I am feeling very happy after such a positive weekend at Brno. We managed to do a good job and overcome the problems we found on Friday. On Saturday we took a big step forward and qualified on the front row in second place and then in Sunday I was able to pick my race pace up from practice. Overall it was a positive weekend and my feeling with the bike improved a lot, which gives me and the team confidence going to the next race. We have good memories of Silverstone from last season when I set my first ever pole position in MotoGP and had a good race. It is a track I like a lot and now we have to make the most f the good form we have hit since Laguna Seca. Silverstone is a long and fast track which I enjoy riding but we need to find a set-up quickly because you never know what the weather will be like. It can turn cold and rainy very quickly so we need to make the most of every session. "
Bryan Staring "I went to Brno feeling confident because I already knew the track but it was a difficult weekend for us. We had chatter problems that made life very difficult although luckily we improved the situation for the race. Unfortunately the tyres dropped off at the end and I couldn't keep my pace up but now we head to another track I know at Silverstone and hopefully we don't have the same problems. I am determined to show my true potential, which has not been reflected in recent results."
Fausto Gresini "We want another race like Brno. Alvaro did a great job, fighting hard from start to finish and lapping just one step behind the very best. We go to Silverstone with renewed confidence and with the objective of continuing our recent form or even going one better. Last year at Silverstone Alvaro set pole position and had a good race so there is every chance he can have a good weekend. Alvaro likes the track and I am sure he will be giving his best. We have made good progress lately and I am very grateful to Honda, Showa and Nissin for that. The run of races since Laguna Seca has been an important part of the season for us. It was a shame for Bryan that he struggled so much at a circuit where he thought he could do well at Brno but he knows this track too so he has another opportunity to turn things around and be competitive."