With Valentino Rossi sidelined for the British GP, Jorge Lorenzo is the sole Yamaha representative at Silverstone as MotoGP heads there for the first time since 1986.

Lorenzo is looking forward to getting out on track and plans to lap the circuit on Thursday, “After Mugello we arrive at Silverstone, a track that none of us know! I will do some laps with the scooter on Thursday; I don’t always do this but I think it’s very important because so far I’ve only seen the track on the Play Station and it’s changed quite a lot.” he said.

With two wins in the bag already Lorenzo will be looking to build on his strong start to the championship and add a second British GP victory to his tally after winning in 2006.

“My aim is once again to get on the podium, but I was disappointed after Mugello and I want to do a better race in England. I am happy with my lead in the standings but I want to keep improving and this weekend we will try to find some more traction for my M1.”

Since the last race at Mugello the Spainaird has been busy visiting the TT in the Isle of Man, “Last week I went to the Isle of Man to see the TT, which was an incredible experience and I even rode a lap, but quite slowly!”

Wednesday will see him head to Lord’s Cricket Ground for a press conference and his first taste of cricket.”I think it will be interesting to discover this sport, and maybe even play!”

Lorenzo added “Finally I want to send again my best wishes to Valentino, I am glad he is recovering well and we will miss him in these busy weeks.”

Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg is also looking forward to Silverstone. “We’ve had a great start to the season and it is exciting to be leading the championship at this stage. Now we head to a new track for MotoGP and personally I am looking forward to it as I raced there myself when I was younger! The track has been changed quite a bit but it looks like it’s going to be great for our bikes so we’re looking forward to Friday. Of course our team will miss Valentino but we wish him all the best and look forward to having him back as soon as possible.”