British GP: Repsol preview

The Repsol team out to win at the new Silverstone The Repsol Honda Team lands in the UK this weekend for the British GP with its eyes firmly fixed on another win. After the two Repsol team riders finished on the podium at the recent Italian...

The Repsol team out to win at the new Silverstone

The Repsol Honda Team lands in the UK this weekend for the British GP with its eyes firmly fixed on another win. After the two Repsol team riders finished on the podium at the recent Italian GP, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will be out to extend their run of good results by once again getting onto the podium at the new Silverstone.

But the MotoGP riders take on the unknown this weekend: Silverstone returns to the World Championship after a gap of twenty-three years and it does so with a new track design. On paper, and given its technical characteristics, the British track is set to become one of the fastest in the calendar.

This much was stated by Dani Pedrosa on his blog, saying that the work out on the track during practice will be more decisive than ever for this race. The Repsol rider explains this week how such a new race situation is handled: "This is the first time we can ride at Silverstone and we are dying to get out there and learn all about it. We have been watching a lot of videos, obviously, but in the end, until we are actually there we will not know anything about the ups and downs, how flat it is, if it is flat whether it has any bumps... In summary, the work that we do with the whole team from the moment we arrive wil be crucial for a good result in this GP".

The Spanish rider is going to the race at Silverstone with the intention of fighting for what would be his tenth victory in MotoGP, what would be a repeat of the most recent GP where he finished on top of the podium at Mugello.

His teammate will tackle the British GP with last year" race in mind, when he got his first ever victory in the top category of motorbike racing. The name of Andrea Dovizioso will go down in history as the last MotoGP rider to have won at Donington Park. The Italian member of the Repsol Honda Team admits that he will miss the legendary British track: "We were used to racing at Donington Park, which was a track that I really liked and where only Valentino Rossi and I had ever won in all the categories. But in spite of that, I am looking forward to racing at Silverstone".

Rossi" absence, owing to the injury the Yamaha rider suffered in Italy, has left the World Championship more open than ever. A victory at Silverstone would let Dani Pedrosa settle into the top part of the standings and strengthen his title challenge. The current leader of MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo, is bound to put up a fight though. The Ducati riders will gove nothing away either. Hayden will be after his first podium finish of the season after a good start and Stoner will want to make up lost ground and start to make progress in the 2010 season so as to get back among the title contenders. Fast racing and a great show are guaranteed at the new Silverstone.

-source: repsol

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