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Lorenzo cautious ahead of Silverstone

Lorenzo cautious ahead of Silverstone

MotoGP returns to Silverstone this weekend for the second year in a row after an absence of 25 years, with Yamaha Factory Racing Team and MotoGP Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo arriving fresh from a podium finish in front of his home crowd in Barcelona.

The paddock arrives in the UK for round six of the 2011 Championship for the AirAsia British Grand Prix, preparing to enjoy the all new Silverstone facilities launched just two weeks ago. The young Mallorcan rider had a nearly perfect race here last year, with a stunning victory from pole position taken in his first outing at the Northamptonshire circuit, though despite picking up the championship lead in Barcelona on Sunday, is playing it cool regarding a repeat performance at the Silverstone circuit.

Team mate Ben Spies shares equally positive memories from last year’s British GP, scoring his first ever MotoGP podium at Silverstone aboard the Tech3 Yamaha YZR-M1. Having shaken off a less than perfect start to this year, Spies delivered a textbook perfect ride to share the Catalunya podium with Lorenzo last week. The Texan is focused, motivated and looking to continue with his current form this weekend.

The 5.9km Silverstone circuit underwent major restructuring last year. The track has all kinds of character, a fast part and also a very tight infield. It appears bumpy in places, but with plenty of overtaking opportunities and remodeled sections including faster, sweeping corners to tailor it to the 800cc MotoGP machines.

Jorge Lorenzo:
"We managed to finish our home GP leading the Championship last weekend. 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. 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."

Ben Spies:
“I can’t wait to get to Silverstone and get back on the bike again. 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.”

MotoGP, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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