The countdown to the end of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship is gathering speed as the series prepares for another pair of back-to-back races, two of seven remaining rounds with 175 points still on offer. The British Grand Prix takes place this Sunday with a revised time schedule, the twenty laps of the Silverstone circuit getting underway at 1530h BST. The famous British track is one of just five that MotoGP shares with Formula 1 and the big interest this weekend is to see who, if anybody, can end the run of different race winners that stretched to six at Brno thanks to Cal Crutchlow. The Brit is one of four independent team riders separated by just 25 points, the maximum amount on offer each weekend. Things are not quite so close at the top of the championship, with the onus on Rossi and Lorenzo to keep the title fight going until the end of the season.
The Pull&Bear Aspar Team heads to Silverstone with one of its best MotoGP races still fresh in the memory. At Brno both Eugene Laverty and Yonny Hernández finished in the points, with the Irishman taking sixth place and the Colombian just outside the top ten. Both riders are looking forward to taking their confidence and form to Silverstone, where Laverty will be supported by the home crowd in his quest to return to the top ten in the championship. Laverty is hoping that the weather can once again be on his side, after a race at Brno that saw him storm to sixth on the damp track. Hernández is also keen to maintain his positive form since the return from the summer break, which saw him finish just two seconds shy of the top ten in the Czech Republic, with points again the target at a circuit where he has enjoyed success in the past.
Eugene Laverty: “I can’t wait for my home Grand Prix at Silverstone. It’s a track I really enjoy, I have a lot of experience there and this year with the Ducati engine it helps a lot because there are some long straights where the Ducati power can be very helpful. So my aim is to finish in the top ten, we are close to being in the top ten in the championship which has always been my aim and of course if it rains on Sunday then I’ll be aiming for more than a top ten. I always have extra support at my home GP with my fans there, which always puts a smile on my face, so it will be nice to see some familiar faces, family, friends and personal sponsors, which makes this race extra special.”
Yonny Hernández: “I hope that at Silverstone we can continue with the positive trend from Brno, where we scored our best result of the season. We have some hard work ahead of us but I believe in the team and I think we can get another good result inside the points this weekend. I like the circuit, it is one of my favourites, and it has been good to me in the past, especially during my Moto2 days. Hopefully I can go well there again this weekend and keep this good work going.”