A year after the British Grand Prix was cancelled because of track safety concerns due to rainy weather, MotoGP returns to Silverstone as the Monster Energy Yamaha team eyes its second win of the season.
“Riding at Silverstone in difficult weather is scary because you‘re going so fast, so we‘re hoping for similar weather to what we had in 2017, when we had a good weekend,” Valentino Rossi said. “To be fast here you need a good feeling and stability. Even in the hairpins you have fast points and there are also a lot of long turns, so it‘s a track where usually Yamaha is fast. We hope for good weather because last year was a nightmare, so we hope that this year it will be a good weekend, also for the fans.”
A good weekend for Rossi would mean adding to his four podiums at Silverstone.
“I love Silverstone, it‘s in my top 5 of favorite tracks,” Rossi added. “I like it a lot because it‘s an old-style track. It‘s very long, riding a lap is like taking a trip from one place to another, and it‘s technical – it has everything. When you‘re fast, it‘s a great pleasure to ride there. I have good memories of this circuit, but everything depends on the weather.”
Maverick Viñales, who trails Rossi by a point in the rider standings, claimed his first MotoGP victory at the British Grand Prix in 2016 and finished second the following year.
“Silverstone is a track I really like, and I will try to do my best from the first lap,” Viñales said. “It‘s a track to be in the front from the beginning, so I will push at my maximum all the way throughout the weekend. In Silverstone I got my first victory in MotoGP, so I have good memories there. I think it‘s a track that can be very favorable to our bike, and we can be competitive also because of the new asphalt. We are expecting better grip and that is definitely something that will work to our advantage. We are also hoping to have good weather for this weekend. Our goal remains the same: to be the first Yamaha always in the final classification.”