Maverick Vinales made history for Suzuki by claiming the GSX-RR's first - and so far only - MotoGP victory in last year's British Grand Prix.

Now at Movistar Yamaha, the young Spaniard returns with three wins so far this season, but is on the brink of slipping more than one victory (25 points) behind Honda's title leader Marc Marquez.

Vinales, like team-mate Valentino Rossi, has lacked podium pace at several events - including the recent Austrian round, where the pair finished just sixth and seventh.

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They then attended a private one-day test at Misano earlier this week to help get back on track Silverstone.

"I'm really excited to arrive at Silverstone again. It's a special track for me as I won my first MotoGP race there last year, so I will give my 100%," Vinales said. "We completed the private Misano test with a good feeling and we will work hard to find a good set-up when we start work in Silverstone on Friday.

"I like the track lay-out a lot, because there are many fast corners, many chicanes, and that's something that really suits my riding style. Honestly, it's one of the best tracks on the calendar. It's one of the Grands Prix that I'm always eager to go to and I will do my best and give my maximum to repeat last year's victory."

Vinales is 24 points from Marquez, eight-behind Andrea Dovizioso and nine ahead of Rossi.