Valentino Rossi has scored a total of 33 points in the three races since his victory at the Dutch TT.

That's the same number of points he now trails Marc Marquez by heading into this weekend's British MotoGP, with the Honda rider scoring 70 out of a possible 75 points since Assen.

While Marquez looks to have got on top of his earlier inconsistency, with rostrums at the last five rounds, Rossi and Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales are still suffering fluctuating fortunes.

Rossi hasn't been on the podium since Assen, with the pair only sixth and seventh last time in Austria, behind Johann Zarco on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike.

Those results can’t continue if Rossi or Vinales want to remain in the title fight and The Doctor is hoping a day of private testing at Misano will help put him on course for a rostrum at Silverstone.

"We go to Silverstone after a day of testing in Misano and I want to go back on track immediately to find out if we have been able to find positive solutions to improve our bike," said Rossi, due to make his 300th premier-class start this weekend.

"Silverstone is a very fun and beautiful track, but also very demanding. This track is very long and there are so many changes of direction at high speed. It's important to find a perfect set-up of the bike, in braking and in the fast corners.

"It's a really nice track for me and for my riding style. I want to do a good weekend and fight for the podium."

Rossi finished third at Silverstone last season, having won the event in 2015.

Team Director Massimo Meregalli stated: "The team is looking forward to getting this weekend started because the track's fast lay-out suits our bike, as shown in the results of the previous years.

"Our riders like the track lay-out as well. Both Maverick and Valentino have secured superb victories there and, after completing many laps during the private test last weekend, they will commence the British round with a good confidence and a positive mind-set."

Silverstone will also see a new sticker appear on the Movistar Yamahas.

"We want to give the crowds a good show, but there is also a serious message to be delivered," Meregalli said. "As a part of Movistar's initiative, our riders will sport a slightly amended livery during the race weekend in Silverstone, as well as during the next round in Misano.

"Their bikes will feature #rodamosjuntos to promote safe driving, especially with regard to cyclists."


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