Great Britain 2012 British Grand Prix -Silverstone - Preview

Date : 12/06/2012

Repsol Honda Team face the Silverstone challenge

This weekend, the 2012 MotoGP World Championship is back in action in Great Britain, where the Silverstone circuit will open its doors for the third successive year to host the British Grand Prix, the sixth round of the season.

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa arrive at one of the fastest tracks on the calendar, looking to make the most of each practice session to work on their RC213V machine and set up the new Bridgestone front tyre that will be the standard issue in MotoGP for the remainder of the season.

The Repsol Honda riders began working with the new tyre on the Monday test day after the Catalunya race and both will be hoping for dry conditions in all the sessions so they have maximum time to work on set up.

Last year, Casey won at Silverstone - one of the most difficult races of the year in wet conditions which Dani missed due to his collarbone injury. Casey's pole position in 2011 remains as the fastest lap in this track (2'02.020) and Dani has the top speed record (323,9 kms/h) from 2010, when Silverstone circuit first replaced Donnington Park as the venue of the British GP.

CASEY STONER –World Championship Position: 2nd with 95 points
"I'm definitely looking forward to going to Silverstone, it's a track that I really do enjoy. I wish that we still went through the old part of the track, unfortunately we don't go through there now and the new section is very, very tight. The rest of the track is fantastic though, it's fast and makes the heart beat very quick! The Monday test in Catalunya was a positive step for us, but we're still far from perfect. We definitely made some progress with reducing the chatter but we will have to wait until we get on track on Friday to see if what we found also works at Silverstone. Again, we'll be hoping for dry weather so we can maximise every minute of track time to prepare for Sunday's race".

DANI PEDROSA –World Championship Position: 3rd with 85 points
"I missed the Silverstone race last year due to my injury, so I'm especially excited to go back racing at this track. As I said after the test we did in Catalunya, we were working a lot on different settings on the bike, we had some improvements and I hope we can make another step forward in Silverstone. It's a fast track, with many changes of direction and we need an agile bike and a good set up for both the fast and slow corners. In Britain, the weather is always very unstable, but let's see if we are lucky this time and we can enjoy dry conditions".
Testing Results
1 Jorge Lorenzo 115 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Casey Stoner 95 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 85 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 60 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 56 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 51 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 45 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Stefan Bradl 43 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 40 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Hector Barbera 31 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Ben Spies 24 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
12 Aleix Espargaro 15 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 7 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Mattia Pasini 6 pts ITA ART Speed Master
15 Michelle Pirro 6 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
16 James Ellison 5 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
17 Danillo Petrucci 4 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
18 Colin Edwards 4 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Karel Abraham 4 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
20 Yonny Hernandez 3 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
21 Ivan Silva 1 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
22 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing

Circuit information
First race 2010 (1977-1986 GP 500cc)
GPs held 12 (x10 GP 500cc)
Laps 20
Race distance 118.040km / 73.346miles
Track length 5.902km / 3.667miles
Track width 17m
Longest straight 0.770 km / 0.478 miles
Corners 18 (10 right, 8 left)
Pole position Left

Circuit records
Pole position 2m02.020s (174.128Km/h) Casey Stoner, Honda, 2011
Race lap 2m03.526s (172.005Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, 2010
Race time 41m34.083s (170.380Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, 2010
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
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