Round 12 – Silverstone
Round 12 of the MotoGP World Championship will see five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo return to the Repsol Honda Team for the first time since suffering a back injury at round 8 in Assen. Fractures to his T6 and T8 vertebrae kept Lorenzo away from the circuit, undertaking an intense recovery process to return to racing again. The objective for this first weekend back will be to help Jorge Lorenzo acclimate to the RC213V again and assess his level of performance after missing out on substantial track time.
“It is very good to be back with the Repsol Honda Team, it has been a long time since Assen. I would have liked to have been back sooner, but the nature of the injury meant I had to take my time. While away from the track, I have been working hard to be as ready as possible for Silverstone but I know it will take some time to get back up to speed. I am pleased and ready to be back with the team so we can keep improving and get the results we know we can achieve.”
Marc Marquez arrives in the United Kingdom after one of the season’s most exciting races against Andrea Dovizioso. Narrowly missing out on victory, the reigning champion is fired up and ready to return to the top step of the podium to protect his comfortable 58-point World Championship lead.
Since Austria 2018, Marquez has crossed the line in first or second in all the races he has finished – an impressive run he is looking to continue as he aims to return to the Silverstone podium for the first time since 2014. Another top three finish would see him equal Agostini’s 88 podiums in the premier class.
“Hopefully we can enjoy a great race in Silverstone. We have certainly had some bad luck in the past, but this year we are showing that we are much stronger at circuits where in the past we haven’t been so I am feeling good for the weekend. We will see what the new surface is like because in the past Silverstone has been quite bumpy and of course we’ll see what the weather does.”
The 5.9km long Silverstone circuit is the longest on the MotoGP calendar and has hosted a number of memorable races since its debut in 1977. Newly resurfaced again for 2019 after the debacle of 2018 that saw the race cancelled only hours before the scheduled race start due to drainage issues, the new circuit surface again presents a somewhat unknown element at this year’s Grand Prix as teams and riders will seek to understand tyre life, the various bumps and how fast the new surface is.
Silverstone MotoGP Schedule
Sunday’s schedule will have a different running order and timetable to usual, with the main event preceding Moto2 this weekend and getting underway at 1300 local with equates to 2200 for those of us on Australia’s eastern seaboard.