British MotoGP fans have always had a soft spot for Valentino Rossi, and his inability to race at Silverstone this weekend will have disappointed many (although if Silverstone PR is to believed, Rossi’s injury has not significantly dented tickets sales).
The Fiat Yamaha team are ensuring that Rossi will be there in spirit however, and are planning to set up his garage and display his two bikes as normal, even though all pressure will be on Jorge Lorenzo to fly the lone flag for the team.
Silverstone is a new track for all riders, and Jorge Lorenzo has stated that he is planning on taking his scooter out at the earliest opportunity to start committing the layout to memory.
Lorenzo talks below about his goals for Silverstone, and about his recent trip to the Isle of Man TT race.
Jorge Lorenzo – “I want to keep improving”
“After Mugello we arrive at Silverstone, a track that none of us know! I will do some laps with the scooter on Thursday; I don’t always do this but I think it’s very important because so far I’ve only seen the track on the Play Station and it’s changed quite a lot. My aim is once again to get on the podium, but I was disappointed after Mugello and I want to do a better race in England. I am happy with my lead in the standings but I want to keep improving and this weekend we will try to find some more traction for my M1. Last week I went to the Isle of Man to see the TT, which was an incredible experience and I even rode a lap, but quite slowly! On Wednesday I will go to Lord’s Cricket Ground for a press conference and it will be the first time I’ve seen cricket, because we don’t play in Spain. I think it will be interesting to discover this sport, and maybe even play! Finally I want to send again my best wishes to Valentino, I am glad he is recovering well and we will miss him in these busy weeks.”
Wilco Zeelenberg – “An exciting new track”
“We’ve had a great start to the season and it is exciting to be leading the championship at this stage. Now we head to a new track for MotoGP and personally I am looking forward to it as I raced there myself when I was younger! The track has been changed quite a bit but it looks like it’s going to be great for our bikes so we’re looking forward to Friday. Of course our team will miss Valentino but we wish him all the best and look forward to having him back as soon as possible.”
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