Lorenzo holds slender advantage as Silverstone beckons
The battle for the title ensues as the season moves on to the next round at Silverstone, with Lorenzo heading up the Championship and the top contenders changing after the fifth round in Catalunya saw Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) move up to just seven points behind the Mallorcan in second. But Lorenzo is ready: he likes the Silverstone circuit and dominated the proceedings last year with pole position, race win and fastest lap, calling the 2010 race at Silverstone one of his best.
Stoner has been on form, winning the last two races of this season. If Stoner wins at Silverstone he will be the first Honda rider to win three successive MotoGP races since Valentino Rossi in 2003. The Australian will also be making his 150th Grand Prix start at the British GP.
Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) finished second on the podium last year at Silverstone and is prepared to shoot for another podium finish at the British circuit, one he enjoys and is confident on. The Italian sits third in the Championship standings.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) missed the British GP last year due to the injuries suffered in his crash at Mugello. He has finished in the top seven in all sixteen races since returning from injury at the German GP last year. Rossi’s team mate Nicky Hayden crossed the line fourth last year at Silverstone, after qualifying and finishing one place higher on the grid than his then team mate Casey Stoner.
MotoGP rookie Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) is fired up for his home GP, fresh from claiming his best result of the season so far with seventh place at Montmeló on Sunday. Crutchlow took a double win, from pole, in last year's Silverstone superbike round. His finish at Catalunya is the best result by a British rider in MotoGP since James Toseland finished sixth at Indianapolis in 2009.
Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) finished third last year at Silverstone, his first podium in Grand Prix racing, after passing Nicky Hayden on the last lap. The Texan’s third place finish at the Catalan GP last weekend was his first podium since Indianapolis last year, and he is currently seventh in the Championship.
Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team ) enters the British Grand Prix confident after marching to pole position during qualifying at the Catalunya Grand Prix, despite being unable to convert his first MotoGP pole position beyond a sixth place finish. His pole in Catalunya was the first for a Honda rider who was not part of the factory team since Casey Stoner was fastest qualifier in Qatar in 2006. Simoncelli finished seventh last year at Silverstone which was his best result from his first seven starts in the MotoGP class.
Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing Team) had a good showing at Silverstone in 2010 when he qualified second on the grid. During the race he was in third with just four laps remaining but then suffered with front tyre problems and dropped to sixth by the chequered flag.
Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) raced in the Moto2 class at Silverstone last year, though he crashed on the last lap. He has scored points in four of his first five MotoGP races, including three top ten finishes.
Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) is set to return to racing at Silverstone, the Catalunya GP being the first race the Texan missed since making his MotoGP debut in 2003 after he crashed and fractured a collarbone in FP2 at Catalunya. Edwards qualified tenth and finished ninth last year at the Silverstone circuit.
Hiroshi Aoyama of the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team is hoping to redefine the Silverstone circuit for himself, after he suffered a high side during Sunday morning warm up last year, resulting in a broken vertebra that caused him to miss the British race and the following five rounds.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will not be participating in the British GP round as he continues to recover from a broken right collarbone sustained at the Le Mans race.