M2: British GP: Interwetten Honda preview

The British round of the Motorcycle World Championship will take place at the traditional racetrack of Silverstone, where Formula 1 ruled in the last couple of years, for the first time since 1986. The 3.666 miles long track with its fast corners...

The British round of the Motorcycle World Championship will take place at the traditional racetrack of Silverstone, where Formula 1 ruled in the last couple of years, for the first time since 1986. The 3.666 miles long track with its fast corners and chicanes was modified last winter to suit the needs of the motorcycles and will welcome the stars of the MotoGP world championship for the first time in 24 years.

Tom Luthi, who just missed out on the podium in Mugello, hopes for a new podium-chance in Silverstone. The 24 years old Swiss likes fast tracks and Silverstone should suit him well. After the season started modest in the Qatar practices and Luthi fought for seventh in the race, he bettered his performance in Jerez already and achieved his first podium since 2008. Le Mans was a disappointing weekend after some technical problems with the bike, but he made up for it in Mugello when he finished fourth. After the youngster from Linden could already smell the podium in Mugello, he will be keen on getting there this time.

Tom Luthi:

Silverstone is a new track for all of us and we will see where each of us can be there. I can't say if I will like the track. I love the speed and Silverstone is supposed to be very fast, maybe I like it then. We have to do a great job there from Friday on and I want to try to be up with the front from the beginning. I just hope the weather isn't too "English" and destroys our hopes.

Terrell Thien, Teammanager:

I am sure Tom will like this track. After he missed out on the podium by only a few thousands of a second in Mugello he will try all he can do to achieve it in Silverstone. We did some aerodynamic changes on the bike in the short break after Mugello and I think this is important for a fast track like that. We also reduced the weight of the bike a little bit as we got some new carbon parts. I am confident that Tom will achieve another good result in round 5 and I hope it will be the podium this time.

Daniel M. Epp, Rider Management:

Mugello was a good run for Tom. Unfortunately he missed out on the podium, but it was a very good race and he fought very hard for it. We think Tom will continue with his good performance also on this new track.

The race in Silverstone / Great Britain will start with the first free practice of the 125cc class on June 18th and will finish with the 125cc race on June 20th.

-source: interwetten

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