Andrea Dovizioso returns to British shores quietly confident that he can challenge for a repeat of his first race victory at MotoGP level, even if he will be racing at Silverstone this time instead.
Dovizioso came out on top of an unpredictable race at Donington Park last season to claim what remains his only victory in MotoGP, but the Italian will defend his British Grand Prix title from Silverstone on this occasion.
Coming after he finished on the rostrum at his home Mugello event, Dovizioso is hopeful the high-speed Silverstone layout will suit the Repsol Honda RC212V, allowing him to make the 'step forward' he needs to challenge for another British Grand Prix triumph.
“I'm really excited to go to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. We used to race at Donington Park, which was a track that I really liked and where only myself and Valentino had won in all the Grand Prix classes - 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP. But despite this I'm very much looking forward to Silverstone.
“It's a new track for everyone and we have no previous reference data for the circuit, which gives us one more challenge for the race weekend. From the layout, it seems a very fast track and this could be favourable for our RC212V, but we will have to wait and see first hand to get a true idea of how we're going to perform.
“We arrive at this race in very good shape, with three podiums from four races, and we're feeling especially good after the podium at Mugello - my home race - because this was really significant for me. Now we have to take another step forward because on Sunday I want to fight for the win.”
Dovizioso is currently fourth in the overall standings having finished on the podium in three of the opening four races.