2013 Silverstone MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone previewing the upcoming British Grand Prix at Silverstone:

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"

Yamaha Prepare for the British Grand Prix

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 28th August 2013

The MotoGP paddock continues its relentless pace this weekend as the paddock heads from Brno in the Czech Republic to Silverstone in the UK for the third consecutive race weekend, the British Grand Prix.

The fast and flowing Silverstone track will hopefully give the best possible opportunity for Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi to make the most from their YZR-M1 machines and fight for podium glory.

The British Grand Prix returned to Silverstone in 2010 having been run at Donington Park since 1987. In its three year return Lorenzo has taken two wins in the premier class, the first in 2010 and the second last year in 2012. The reigning world champion scored one 250cc win in Donington in 2006.

Rossi has yet to take a win at the Silverstone circuit but is a favourite with the British crowd having taken numerous wins at the Donington track including three premier class MotoGP wins in 2002, 2004 and 2005, two 500cc wins in 2000 and 2001, a 250cc win in 1999 and a 125cc win in 1997.

The 5.9km Silverstone circuit straddles the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire borders and was first used for impromptu car racing in 1947. It is most famous as the home of the British Formula One Grand Prix, which was first held there in 1948 and has been contested at the track every year since 1987. Silverstone is no stranger to bike racing, with the 500cc machines having raced there from 1977 to 1986. MotoGP returned in 2010 after extensive alterations to the track including re-modelled sections and faster, sweeping corners to tailor it to the current MotoGP machines. With plenty of overtaking opportunities it is sure to provide an exciting spectacle come race day.

Jorge Lorenzo

“In Brno maybe I expected a little bit more but at least I feel quite happy with my performance. I gave all to win the race but my competitors were in a better shape there. Now we have to finish this first triple of races at Silverstone. It is a place I like and where I used to be comfortable. The track I think is really nice, very flowing and also suits our bike. The problem in Great Britain is always the weather; it is a very challenging grand prix because of that! Despite the conditions we will try everything as usual to try to fight for the victory and cut off the distance to our rivals.”

Valentino Rossi

"In Brno I was hoping to go a little better and I'm glad that there is immediately the Grand Prix at Silverstone to get back on track. My team and I want to improve the bike to be able to keep the pace of the leaders. We are not far away and the Grand Prix at Silverstone will help us to understand something more. Silverstone is a very fast track and the Yamaha should be fine. We are ready to do our best. We want to move forward as soon as possible.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

“Silverstone is another track that is usually very popular. As a rider Jorge likes the track but also for the bike it is not a bad layout. Of course the weather conditions at Silverstone are always changing a lot and normally this is the key point of the weekend. Overall it is very good for us there so we’ll try to push all of these boys a little bit more. We never give up!”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

"We go to Silverstone knowing that we must do something more. The result of the Brno Grand Prix wasn’t negative, but we want to do better. In Silverstone we want our revenge. Silverstone is a very fast track and is suitable enough to the characteristics of our bike. In the past we have had good results there so we go to England with optimism.”

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.”


POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar pair look to raise performance at longest circuit on the calendar

The MotoGP World Championship heads to one of just four circuits that it shares with Formula 1 this weekend as Silverstone plays host to the twelfth round of the season (the others are Sepang, Catalunya and Austin). After a lengthy hiatus Silverstone returned to the championship in 2010 as the longest on the calendar (5.9km) but also as one of the most modern, with new pit facilities on par with anything in the world. The last of three races in as many weekends, this year's British Grand Prix sees rookie Marc Márquez tightening his grip on the championship lead thanks to victories in the last three races, with Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo desperately in need of a reaction.

Whilst the trans-Atlantic summer trip to Laguna Seca and Indianapolis wasn't a particularly fruitful one for the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team the return to Europe seems to have been of benefit. Aleix Espargaró bounced bad from a bad Saturday to rediscover his best form in the Czech Republic on Sunday, blowing away his CRT rivals and breaking back into the top ten overall. The Spaniard heads to the UK with 62 championship points and lying tenth in the current standings. A solitary point was enough to satisfy Randy De Puniet in the Czech Republic but it was more the manner of how he achieved it that had the Frenchman smiling. After solving a bunch of set-up issues at Brno, Randy is now looking forward to showing what he is really capable of at Silverstone.

Aleix Espargaró: “Sunday's race was tough but interesting and it was important for us to be competitive again ahead of a tough run of races. Now we go to Silverstone, a wonderful circuit that I love but being realistic we know we are going to struggle again. It is a really long track and we are at a disadvantage compared to the prototype bikes but to be honest we shouldn't be worrying about them anyway. We just need to focus on improving every day and raising our own level. Of course the team and myself will be giving 100% to be as close to those factory prototypes as we can possibly be.”

Randy De Puniet: “In the end at Brno we finally found the way forward with the vibrations and grip problems we were having throughout the weekend. The key was a front suspension change that we made in qualifying. The current situation is not easy for the team or myself because we are not performing to the level we expect. But hopefully the step forward we made at Brno can help us raise our game at Silverstone. I can't wait to fully get my feeling for this bike back and feel competitive again. It is a fast track with a lot of bumps and the weather isn't always the best in England so we have to work hard and be prepared for anything.”


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.”


Silverstone, 29 August: the MotoGP grid is descending once again on the Silverstone circuit this weekend for the British Grand Prix which is the ultimate race in a gruelling series of consecutive race weekends that has taken the paddock to Indianapolis in the USA and to Brno in the Czech Republic last weekend. After scoring his first MotoGP podium at July’s US GP, LCR racer Stefan Bradl aims to get back closer to the front at Silverstone. This weekend the German’s RC213V will display a new livery thanks to the cooperation between La Montina (a famous Italian wine maker) and the LCR Team.

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Stefan Bradl

“In my opinion Silverstone is a good circuit despite the varying weather. I just would like to have some clearer weather conditions for the weekend: completely wet or completely dry. It’s quite a fast track but not so many hard braking areas, so we need to set up the bike in a different way. Last year I had a crash on Saturday morning, which hurt a finger. However, I lined up on Sunday and finished eighth. This year I have got experience with a MotoGP bike and this category so I am really looking forward to this race especially after the last two rounds. Seventh in Indianapolis and sixth in Brno are not the perfect results for me. We have more potential than this and in Brno we should have been faster. Let’s see if we can adjust the front end to get back to our normal pace.”

British Grand Prix of England concludes summer tripleheader

Serving as the third and final stop in a demanding series of three consecutive races, the Silverstone Circuit will see the twenty-four MotoGP riders campaigning the twelfth round of the World Championship, which follows on the heels of the Indianapolis and Brno races.

After the positive results obtained last weekend by the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team, Andrea Iannone is confident going into the race weekend, despite the continuing pain in his shoulder (the result of a fall in the German GP) and the fact that this track isn’t one of his favourites. His best result at Silverstone was a fourth-place finish posted just last year in the Moto2 class.

The Silverstone Circuit started from a military airport in 1943, the three runways linked together by three sharp turns, creating a fast circuit that hosted its first few races of the post-war period. In 1950, the facility’s perimeter layout used, giving rise to a track that remained unchanged for nearly thirty-seven years. More recently, the circuit has undergone several updates, and it was revolutionized in 1990-’91. It was also lengthened by 760 metres in 2010, and in 2011 the starting grid, new pit lane and the new paddock were set up between the Club and Abbey turns. (For this year, the start and paddock have been moved back to their old location between Woodcote and Copse.) This event is known for extremely variable weather, as it is situated on a plateau that is exposed to the wind.

Andrea Iannone - Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“I will only know how my shoulder feels after tomorrow’s sessions. The last two races were positive, despite my crashes in Brno. I am calm and I hope to continue in a positive way this last of three consecutive races. After Brno I’ve been at home and I rested, the shoulder is still very sore and the best thing to do at the moment is not to strain the muscle any further. During the last GP I did so much work and rest is the only thing to do. Let’s start again tomorrow.”

British Grand Prix of England concludes summer tripleheader

Serving as the third and final stop in a demanding series of three consecutive races, the Silverstone Circuit will see the twenty-four MotoGP riders campaigning the twelfth round of the World Championship, which follows on the heels of the Indianapolis and Brno races.

Michele Pirro, who reached the third step of the Moto2 podium at this track in 2011, is back from a three-day test with the Ducati Test Team at the Misano circuit. The aim of this weekend for the Ignite Pramac Racing Team’s substitute rider is to improve his feeling with the Desmosedici GP13 ahead of Sunday's race.

The Silverstone Circuit started from a military airport in 1943, the three runways linked together by three sharp turns, creating a fast circuit that hosted its first few races of the post-war period. In 1950, the facility’s perimeter layout used, giving rise to a track that remained unchanged for nearly thirty-seven years. More recently, the circuit has undergone several updates, and it was revolutionized in 1990-’91. It was also lengthened by 760 metres in 2010, and in 2011 the starting grid, new pit lane and the new paddock were set up between the Club and Abbey turns. (For this year, the start and paddock have been moved back to their old location between Woodcote and Copse.) This event is known for extremely variable weather, as it is situated on a plateau that is exposed to the wind.

Michele Pirro - Ignite Pramac Racing Team

"I'm tired but ready for this weekend. After Brno, where I suffered a lot, because of the long period away from the track, I went to Misano circuit for testing. We worked on the setting of the 'lab' bike, but now I’ll ride the one I used during the last GP, as I’ve already said it is not so easy to change bike frequently, but I'm confident and I hope to find a good feeling with the bike and with the track. I will definitely try to get a good result. "

Abraham skips race in Silverstone

Karel Abraham will not take part of Grand Prix of Great Britain in Silverstone circuit. The rider has decided to skip the race to recover from his injury that suffered in Indianapolis two weeks ago. Karel Abraham returns for the race in Misano in the middle of September.

Karel Abraham

„If I have took part of the race weekend in Silverstone I would be limited by the injury and I should make longer total recovery. Therefore, after the consultation with doctors, we have decided to skip the race to let the shoulder in rest for another week and than I could fully return to the training. I’m so sorry that I miss this race, because I like this circuit and I have achieved one of the best results here. I will skip it for second time due to injury. We cannot think about good final result in this season, but there are still many races remaing in which I can achieve good result and improve my maximum of this season. One of these races can be Misano. Thus I need to be hundred percent fit.“

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 12: Silverstone

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium-soft & Medium (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)

Round twelve of the 2013 MotoGP™ World Championship takes place in the United Kingdom, with the fast and flowing Silverstone circuit welcoming riders at the end of a gruelling run of three back-to-back races. This year’s British Grand Prix holds special significance for Bridgestone as it marks the 200th MotoGP™ start for the Japanese tyre manufacturer.

Silverstone is the longest circuit on the MotoGP™ at 5.9 kilometres in length and features ten right-handed corners compared to eight left-handers, making the circuit slightly harsher on the right shoulder of the rear tyres than the left. However, the circuit’s susceptibility to cool weather means the main development focus for the asymmetric rear slicks at this circuit is to ensure good temperature retention in the lesser used, left shoulder of the rear tyres. The rear slick options at Silverstone feature Bridgestone’s extra-soft or soft rubber compounds on the left shoulder for maximum warm-up performance and grip. The right shoulders of the rear tyres use either the soft or medium compound rubber to strike the best balance between warm-up, grip and durability.

The high corner speeds of the Silverstone circuit also put a premium on good cornering stability from the front end, so the front tyre options provided at this circuit – the soft and medium compounds - are selected to give the best balance of warm-up performance, braking and cornering stability. The main wet tyre for Silverstone is the soft compound option which offers the best grip in cold and wet conditions.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“This weekend is an important race for the championship as Marc seems unstoppable at the moment and we all wait with great anticipation to see which rider can challenge his record-breaking run. It is also a landmark occasion for Bridgestone, as the British Grand Prix will mark our two-hundredth MotoGP start. This is a significant event for us and looking back at our first race in 2002, it makes me proud to see how much we’ve accomplished over the last eleven seasons. We entered MotoGP with the purpose of establishing Bridgestone as a world leader in developing motorcycle tyre technology and I am proud of everything we have achieved in fulfilling this goal. I’d like to thank all the riders and teams we’ve worked with over the years and Dorna, IRTA and the FIM as it is because of the great support we have received from everybody since entering MotoGP that we have been able to share in such great success. ”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“This year the British Grand Prix will be held later in the year, in August instead of June, but even so there is a strong possibility of cool weather which makes the warm-up performance of the tyres very important. This cool weather combined with the high loads the Silverstone circuit imposes on tyres means tyre development for this circuit is quite challenging. The circuit is very fast and there are some corners such as Maggotts and Becketts which place high lateral loads on the tyres, and also some areas of heavy braking such as for Stowe which place a high strain on the centre section of the front tyre. Track temperatures here are usually quite low, so warm-up performance is very important, especially on the left side of the tyre which is used less. The layout requires asymmetric rear slicks with softer rubber on the left shoulder to balance the demands placed on each side of the rear tyre and regulate tyre temperature.”

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