The most recent round of the MotoGP World Championship saw a different winner for the first time in eleven races. Dani Pedrosa ended Marc Marquez' 10-race run of victories to return to the top step of the podium. Marquez, however, still holds a significant lead in the overall standings. After a positive post-race test in the Czech Republic, both riders will again be amongst the favourites for victory at Silverstone -a track where Marquez came close to taking the win last season. Pedrosa has unfinished business at the British venue, as he is yet to claim a victory there.
The competitive nature of the Moto3 class this season has given 5 different winners, including Alex Marquez. The Spaniard cut the gap to World Championship leader Jack Miller by two points at Brno, and the difference between the two now stands at 23 points. Marquez was on the podium at Silverstone last year, with teammate Alex Rins second on that occasion. Two weeks ago, Rins regained a good feeling onboard his Honda and was able to fight for victory in the Czech Republic.
"Brno was a difficult weekend but the most important thing is that we took important points. Also, I feel less pressure now as I know everyone was expecting me to win all of them, and it's the Championship that's important, not winning every race! We had a good test on the Monday and then some time off after a hectic back-to-back schedule. Last year my race was affected by my crash in warmup so this year I hope to be fully fit so I can give it 100% in the race!"
"I'm feeling in good momentum at the moment after winning in Brno and then we had a positive test on the Monday. It was a gruelling few weeks with two races in a row and so this past week it's been good to recharge the batteries. Last year in Silverstone I was out of the battle with Marc [Marquez] and Jorge [Lorenzo] so this year I want to be sure to be up there with them! This is a fast track with many changes of direction and you need to find a balance for the set up to suit both the slow and the fast corners. The weather in Britain can always be temperamental also, so we'll have to keep an eye on that!"
Aspar Drive M7
The MotoGP World Championship continues its summer road show across Europe this weekend as the series lands in England for the twelfth round of the season. At 5.9km Silverstone is the longest circuit on the calendar and it is also one of the most demanding, with its fast, flowing and flat layout. Marc Márquez arrives at the British Grand Prix on top of the championship and with a healthy points advantage despite losing his unbeaten record for the season to his team-mate Dani Pedrosa in the last round at Brno. However, for Honda the 100% winning streak continues and their rivals Yamaha are running out of races to respond as the season enters its final stage.
After stepping in admirably for the injured Nicky Hayden at Indianapolis and Brno, Leon Camier has been rewarded with the opportunity to fulfil a childhood dream this weekend as he competes in a premier-class Grand Prix on home soil for the first time. The British rider defends the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team colours for the third race at a circuit he knows and loves, in front of a passionate local crowd that will give him all the support he needs to continue his excellent form since joining the team. Hiroshi Aoyama is also a man in form and after scoring points in almost every round this season the Japanese DRIVE M7 Aspar Team rider will be aiming to continue that trend and challenge for another strong result to match his top ten finishes at Indianapolis and Argentina.
Hiroshi Aoyama: "I am already looking forward to the next round at Silverstone. England has a strong motorcycling culture and racing there is always special. The track is long and technical, it's hard to adapt to it and the weather is always unpredictable so we'll have to wait and see. We found a solid set-up in the post-race test at Brno that we hope can be useful this weekend. We go into this race with plenty of confidence and if we can take another step here I think we can break into the top ten. Silverstone has some fast direction changes and even though I prefer slow corners I will try to adapt and get the best possible result on Sunday."
Leon Camier: "I am really happy because we have made continual progress since I jumped on the bike and at Brno we managed to finish in the points. The aim this weekend is to work just as hard again and keep going in the same way. I love Silverstone and I know it perfectly - it is fast, technical and with a lot of direction changes, which should suit me well. I know it will be another tough weekend though so it will be important to stay focused. It is a dream come true for me to race a MotoGP bike in front of the British fans. We had a very productive test at Brno that has helped us to close the gap to the top guys and gain a further understanding of the bike, which we need to keep moving forward. We also improved our race pace and that will be important this weekend."