Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso are both looking to asset themselves as the number one Repsol Honda rider at this weekend’s British MotoGP.
Andrea Dovizioso claimed an unexpected victory in last year’s wet and windy British GP at Donington, but Silverstone is a new track for all the riders, and with its fast layout it seems tailor-made for Dani Pedrosa to dominate the proceedings this weekend – assuming he can continue with the form he showed at Mugello.
“We arrive at Silverstone in good shape after the victory in Mugello. We had a very good weekend in Italy and myself and the team need to make the most of it to maintain this momentum.
“I cannot say much about Silverstone. I’ve seen some races on video from the past to check the circuit a little bit, but they have made some changes and I think the layout is also a bit different compared to Formula One, so we will need to find out for ourselves.
“From what I’ve seen I can say it’s a fast circuit, high speed overall, with many right-hand corners which are taken with the throttle open. It looks like an old-fashioned circuit, maybe comparable to Assen before they shortened it.
“We will start on Friday without prior knowledge, but it’s the same for everyone so I hope we can adapt as quickly as possible to prepare for the race.”
“I’m really excited to go to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
“We used to race at Donington Park, which was a track that I really liked and where only myself and Valentino (Rossi) had won in all the Grand Prix classes – 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP. But despite this I’m very much looking forward to Silverstone.
“It’s a new track for everyone and we have no previous reference data for the circuit, which gives us one more challenge for the race weekend.
“From the layout, it seems a very fast track and this could be favourable for our RC212V, but we will have to wait and see first hand to get a true idea of how we’re going to perform.
“We arrive at this race in very good shape, with three podiums from four races, and we’re feeling especially good after the podium at Mugello – my home race – because this was really significant for me.
“Now we have to take another step forward because on Sunday I want to fight for the win.”
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