MotoGP »

Yamaha chasing Silverstone victory

"The podium is our first target but also a win is sometimes very important, for the riders especially" – Wilco Zeelenberg.
Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha are hoping to put the brakes on Casey Stoner's momentum in this weekend's British MotoGP at Silverstone.

Winner of three of the five races this season - including the last two events - Stoner has now closed to within seven points of reigning world champion Lorenzo.

The Spaniard has been on the podium four times this year, but Stoner's form means Lorenzo is now in need of a second 2011 victory.

Lorenzo took a near seven-second victory, from pole, at last year's Silverstone return to the MotoGP calendar.

"I'm very happy because we are very consistent in the beginning of this season. Now we are going for our second visit to Silverstone, a track I like," said Lorenzo. "Last year was the first year and I made one of my best races; it was almost perfect. I know this season will be tough, but Yamaha and I are working hard and are focused on each race results."

Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg acknowledges Lorenzo needs to win again soon, not least for psychological reasons.

"We're very happy to be going to Silverstone; we had a fantastic result there last year. I think it will be one of the tracks where will be more competitive than we have been," said the Dutchman.

"We are still leading the championship by seven points but we need to do something better to stay there at the front. Of course the podium is our first target but also a win is sometimes very important, for the riders especially, so let's see what happens this weekend.”

“Silverstone seems to be a good circuit for Yamaha, we're going there with very high expectations and good morale after the double podium at Catalunya," added team director Massimo Meregalli.

"We intend to start the right way on Friday and see what we can achieve. Both Jorge and Ben [Spies] have a good history there so I think we will be very competitive.”

Spies finished third last weekend in Catalunya, marking his first podium of the season. The former World Superbike champion took his first ever grand prix podium with third for Tech 3 Yamaha in last year's British GP.

“I can't wait to get to Silverstone and get back on the bike again," said the American. "It's a track I really enjoy riding and where I got my first ever MotoGP podium last year. Catalunya definitely felt like we were starting the season again, everything went smoothly and I felt really comfortable and able to challenge for the podium. We'll be looking to do at least the same in the UK so roll on Friday.”

Spies has just signed a new contract extension with Yamaha, for the 2012 season (see separate story).



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lorenzo says Spain is safe, cucumbers, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Aoyama, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Southerner

June 08, 2011 2:52 PM

Theoretically they should be in with a good shout and all the best to George and Ben. However,last year Casey had a bad grid slot up against the wall,fluffed his start and made a memorable charge through the field from near last. I reckon Stoner will address that one for sure.

motomoto - Unregistered

June 08, 2011 5:47 PM

in the dry? Yamaha has no reason to be optimistic. Their engine is utterly gutless and they can't keep spinning the truth to get around it. Both Ben and Jorge have indirectly commented on this problem all year long. Rain race? yes. Dry race? never! Honda is the only company who brought their "A" game to 2011.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.