After his second place finish in Brno, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez heads to Britain this weekend hoping to close the gap to the front, he’s now 52 points behind leaders Lorenzo and Rossi in the Championship Standings. Teammate, Dani Pedrosa (7th in the Standings), had a difficult weekend in Brno after injuring his left ankle but was able to fight up to 5th in the race. Silverstone has a rich racing heritage stretching back over 60 years and has become an iconic motorsport venue. Built on a former airfield, the 5.9km track is popular with the riders and is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar. This is the sixth year that the paddock will visit Silverstone since it replaced Donington in 2010. Last year, Marc earned Honda’s maiden victory at the Silverstone circuit in the MotoGP class and has celebrated four podiums in five visits, including a victory in the 125cc class in 2010 and a second place finish in MotoGP in 2013. Dani, who has been undergoing treatment since his unfortunate crash on Friday in Brno, will be hoping to arrive in Silverstone close to full fitness. Dani has celebrated two podium finishes in Silverstone (3rd in 2013 and 2012). FP1 will begin on Friday at 09h55 local time. (from hondaracingcorporation.com).
“Brno was a difficult weekend but we took important points in the Championship and keep fighting! Silverstone isn’t one of my favourite tracks but I enjoy going there as you can feel the excitement and the history that surrounds the circuit and the area as a whole. I’ve been on the podium there the past three years including a win last year, so let’s hope the weather is good to us and we can fight for a similar result this year.”
“It wasn’t our best weekend in the Czech Republic but we were able to fight our way up to 5th and we must learn from the experience. My ankle is feeling much better now – not 100% – but I’m not in as much pain as I was in Brno. Silverstone is a very fast track, it’s very flat – being an old airfield – and it has many changes of direction, so finding a setup that suits both the fast and slow corners is the challenge. As always, the British weather is the unknown factor so it’s important to keep an eye on that!“