Jorge Lorenzo hopes the British Grand Prix sees his luck turn after a difficult summer so far. The defending champion has fallen 61 points adrift of series leader Marc Marquez after finishing seventeenth in Brno, a non-score he put down to a heavily worn front tyre which also accounted for Andrea Dovizioso and Bradley Smith.
Lorenzo feels the problem masked a genuine improvement in wet conditions but nevertheless, the Spaniard is hoping for dry conditions which he believes will give him an excellent chance of victory.
“It was pity in Brno, first of all because it rained. In the dry, we were, if not the fastest, one of the riders with better pace. In the wet, we were slow early in the race because of the decisions of the tyres but when the track dried up, we were one of the fastest and recovered a lot of positions but we had the problem on the front (tyre) and we had to stop. I think we had a podium there.”
“We have the potential to win some races in the dry. I’ve improved, little-by-little, the lack of feeling in the front tyre in the rain but I think we’re getting closer”.
The Movistar Yamaha rider has a successful record at Silverstone since the circuit joined the MotoGP calendar, taking three victories here, and he is confident that even with the changes that have ripped up the form book this season, he expects to be just as competitive this time.
“From the beginning in 2010, I felt very well from the first laps. It’s a track that suits the Yamaha because it has a lot of changes of direction and fast corners. Let’s see if with Michelins and the new electronics, we can have the same feeling as the last five years.”