The MotoGP World Championship enters new territory this weekend as the British Grand Prix returns to Silverstone for the first time since 1986. Along with Sepang and Montmelo, the English circuit is one of three that will host both MotoGP and F1...
The MotoGP World Championship enters new territory this weekend as the British Grand Prix returns to Silverstone for the first time since 1986. Along with Sepang and Montmelo, the English circuit is one of three that will host both MotoGP and F1 this season, with several safety updates and modifications having been made in readiness. The circuit has been extended to 5.902km, making it the longest on the calendar and certainly one of the fastest.
Things change quickly in MotoGP, never more so than at the last round, which saw Spanish riders take control of the championship. Paginas Amarillas Aspar rider Hector Barbera may not be a title contender but he is making excellent progress in his rookie season in the premier class. The Spaniard has picked up points in each of the opening four races and is highly motivated ahead of round five. On paper the track looks fast and not too technical, which could be the ideal characteristics for his Ducati.
"I think it will be a little easier for us to compete with the rest of the field at Silverstone because it is a new track for everybody. I already know the bike pretty well now and I am gradually getting up to speed. Even though I made a mistake at Mugello my lap times were good when I got back on track. The season is moving on and I am feeling highly motivated and keen to get a good result. I think we are doing a good job and little by little I'm learning from my rookie mistakes. I have spent the past week preparing for Silverstone, watching videos and playing the F1 game on the Playstation. From the little I know about it Silverstone is a nice circuit, it's fast and I am sure it will suit my riding style. The Ducati also adapts well to fast tracks so I hope we can use the same setting as Mugello, which is another fast circuit."
-source: team aspar