Alvaro Bautista is in a determined mood to carry on the good work of last weekend’s Grand Prix, despite his disappointment of a frustrating race. The Spaniard is in a relaxed mood as he heads towards the team’s busiest race of the year. The Rizla Suzuki squad is based in the south of England, and with many of the crew hailing from the UK, it all adds up to an exciting and hectic event for the whole team.
This Sunday will be the second time the British Grand Prix has been held at Silverstone since the event moved back to the Northamptonshire circuit after an absence of over 20 years. The MotoGP field raced on a totally new circuit last year- after its configuration had been changed since the last race in 1986. This year will again see a new layout following the opening of the state-of-the-art ‘Silverstone Wing’, which sees the start and finish straight moving to the front of this fantastic new structure and the riders facing a brand new first corner to contend with on race-day. The 5.902m Silverstone track is the longest and one of the fastest on the MotoGP calendar, and this – coupled with the abrasive nature of the surface – will make tyre durability an important factor this weekend.
Rizla Suzuki will take to the track on Friday morning for the first of two free practice sessions on that day, followed by another free session on Saturday morning. Qualifying for Sunday’s 20-lap race will take place during Saturday afternoon, when Bautista and the other MotoGP stars will battle it out for the best grid positions for the main event, which gets underway at 13.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT) on Sunday June 12th.
“I am really looking forward to the weekend at Silverstone; we need to get back to work and continue with what we did in the practice sessions last weekend. We did very well in those – and in the wet practice – but the race just didn’t go to plan. I am more relaxed now than I was on Sunday and fully focused on the job ahead of us. I know Silverstone is going to be hard work both on and off the track, but I’m ready for it and plan to get a good result for the whole team at its home Grand Prix.”
[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Suzuki Racing]