MotoGP: Rossi looking forward to track with ‘nice memories’

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Valentino Rossi says he’s looking forward to returning to a track with ‘nice memories,’ as MotoGP heads to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix this weekend.

Returning to the circuit where he took a dominant wet weather win last year, the nine-time champion says he’s looking forward to the fast and demanding nature of the Northamptonshire circuit.

“I have very nice recent memories of Silverstone. Last year I won a really incredible race in very difficult conditions. I hope that this year there will be nice weather, but from the climatic point of view the English race is very uncertain. I like Silverstone a lot; it‘s a very fun track but also very demanding.

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“This circuit is very long and there are many changes of direction with high speeds. It is important to find a perfect set-up for the bike to be able to suit both the slow and the fast corners. We will try to work on all aspects, as we have been doing the entire season to get the best possible result.”

And the nature of the track should play into the strengths of the M1, something that team boss Massimo Meregalli conceded as he admitted that they’re looking forward to an exciting weekend.

“Over the last few years we always achieved good results there and after a successful test that we had Monday a week ago, we are confident that we can be very competitive, especially since we can use some new items that we tried out at the IRTA test, which have shown to enhance our performance.

“Furthermore, both riders enjoy spending time at Silverstone because of its great lay-out. With a British rider winning a GP so recently, after many years, we hope to see an even bigger crowd than usual.”

 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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