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New Silverstone gets thumbs up

11 May 2010

The new Silverstone Arena circuit has received the thumbs up from Suzuki duo Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista after the pair got the chance to sample the new circuit late last week.

The revised layout will play host to the 2010 AirAsia British MotoGP event next month after the race moved from Donington Park, with Capirossi impressed by the their first taste of the revised layout.

“The layout is really interesting and not so easy, but it's beautiful - if a bit bumpy in places,” Capirossi said. “I think it's really interesting to do the race at Silverstone.

“It is completely different compared to Donington - this is a really quick track and I think for MotoGP it's great. It's really, really wide, so not so easy to find the best line to go quick, which is good. For sure we have many places that we can overtake.”

BBC commentator Steve Parrish also took the chance to turn some laps of the Arena circuit onboard the same bike he rode during the Silverstone British GP back in 1977 and he admitted that the circuit matched the expectations he had – having been a consultant on the new layout.

“Excellent!” he said. “I have to say I'm still learning it - it's going to be one of those circuits that will take time to learn, which is great because that makes it more interesting. I love the old Woodcote. I just remember it - it's like being here 25 years ago when I used to race here. It's a proper man's corner. And the left section (Farm Curve) before Village, again very, very interesting -terrific corner.

“Bridgestone are going to have to do their sums because it's going to be hard on tyres, which again is really good because it means that it's about which rider can control their tyre wear as much as anything else. Straight away I can think of five different places I can pass - I don't think any other circuit [offers] that many places to pass.

“The facilities are also impressive. Terrific run-off areas - very, very safe. And even riding around, you're looking thinking - 'wow' the spectators are going to have a great view. There are certain areas you can just imagine it - Pedrosa, Rossi, Stoner coming flying into the Luffield section, through Brooklands, Luffield and all round there. There are so many places to watch from. I think everyone's going to have a ball here and really enjoy it.”


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