Repsol Honda Team cross the Channel to newly resurfaced Silverstone2018-08-22 08:29
Following a spectacular second-place finish in Austria, Marc Marquez is now ready for the British Grand Prix and, like teammate Dani Pedrosa, is keen to discover the most recent improvements made to the track.
With 2018 marking historic Silverstone’s 70th anniversary since converting from a wartime airfield into a race circuit, the track has been resurfaced from the start line to the finish in order to provide a smoother surface, increased grip, and better water drainage. The previous full tarmac resurfacing dates back to 1996.
Thanks to impressive results consistency that has earned him a tally of nine podium appearances out of 11 races, Marc currently holds a 59-point advantage over second-placed Valentino Rossi, with eight of 19 races remaining. (Last year he arrived at the British GP with a 16-point lead over Andrea Dovizioso, with seven of 18 races remaining).
British weather is notoriously unpredictable, but Marc is ready to challenge for another victory whatever the conditions, with Dani looking forward to making a positive turn with his season.
At the British Grand Prix (held at Silverstone Circuit):
Marc Marquez has 2 wins, 1×125 (2010) and 1xMotoGP (2014), plus an additional 2 podiums and 6 pole positions.
Dani Pedrosa has celebrated two podium finishes in MotoGP (3rd in 2012 and 2013).
“Silverstone is a fast, technical track but our bike has very strong points, and we’ll try our best there, as usual. The track has been resurfaced, and that should be a good help in general for the performances; we’ll see if that’s the case. After quite a long time without the chance to ride in the rain, Austria confirmed that we can be fast in wet conditions, and that’s very good in view of a race in the UK! At Silverstone, the weather is another opponent to take into account, but whatever the conditions, we look forward to fighting for the podium again.”
"Silverstone isn’t one of my favourite tracks, as it used to be very bumpy and the weather is always unstable. On the other hand, they’ve redone the asphalt, so we’ll see if the feeling is better and if we’ll be able to work well beginning on Friday morning to prepare for the race. The weather of course will remain unpredictable as always, and that’s something we must be prepared to deal with.”
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
Marc 93 SPA 201 Repsol Honda Team
Valentino 46 ITA 142 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Jorge 99 SPA 130 Ducati Team
Andrea 4 ITA 129 Ducati Team
Maverick 25 SPA 113 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Danilo 9 ITA 105 Alma Pramac Racing
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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