Cal Crutchlow says the pressure is off him in the battle of Britain ahead of his home event and is hoping to make it a memorable race weekend for the right reasons at Silverstone.
On the eve of the British Grand Prix it was announced Crutchlow had signed a new one-year deal with LCR Honda with the option of an additional season with Lucio Cecchinello's squad in 2017.
With the speculation surrounding his contracts the British rider says he doesn't feel any extra pressure in front of his home crowd and is happy to share the spotlight with his fellow countrymen.
“Honestly I don't really feel pressure as such,” Crutchlow said. “I think the pressure of a home grand prix is you always want to perform and do a good job for the people that come, buy your t-shirts, buy your flags, things like that. You feel the same every weekend because you have a team of people following you every weekend.”
Crutchlow is seeking a turnaround in fortunes at the Northamptonshire circuit after a series of frustrating results in challenging conditions due to a number of heavy crashes blighting his progress.
The English rider joked that he had enjoyed more happy memories in Silverstone's medical centre rather than on track and is confident he can change that this weekend.
“It has been a difficult grand prix for me,” he said. “2012 was okay coming from the back of the grid to the top six but otherwise it has been a tough grand prix career at Silverstone but there is no reason why that can't change.
“I'm looking forward to it and I am relaxed this weekend, some of the other British guys can take the heat off a little bit and hopefully have a good weekend because they thoroughly deserve it. With Danny Kent leading the championship in Moto3 and Sam Lowes going really well in Moto2 it will help. Hopefully it will be a good weekend for all the Brits.”