After taking a hard fought victory last time out at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Jorge Lorenzo is feeling confident as MotoGP heads to Silverstone for the British GP. Lorenzo has taken three wins this season and is now third in the championship, albeit 71 points behind leader Marc Marquez.
All three of Lorenzo’s victories this season have been at tracks his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso won at last year. In the Thursday press conference ahead of the race weekend, Lorenzo was asked whether this makes him feel more confident ahead of Silverstone, which was also won by Dovizioso.
“It is good news that I am winning at the same places as Andrea last year, it would be nice to have 6 victories at the end of the year.” said Lorenzo, referring to the six wins Dovizioso achieved in 2017.
“We are living a very sweet moment at this moment because we arrive from a victory and a very good test in Misano … I know more the bike than ever and I have more strength with the bike than ever.
“We arrive also in a good track. I’m quite in love with this track from 2010 … we had some years with more difficulties but in general I like the track. Like the others say, it’s important to have good weather. It’s going to be difficult to get completely good weather all weekend but at least if we have a sunny race we’ll be satisfied.”
As Lorenzo suggests, he has a strong track record at Silverstone. He has won three times in MotoGP, in 2010, 2012 and 2013, as well as finishing second in 2014.
Although wet weather has been a nemesis of Lorenzo’s in the past, now he is very strong on the Ducati it would be wrong to immediately count him out of a wet race. There has been limited wet running for all the riders this season, so the race will be very unpredictable if it is raining on Sunday as the forecast currently suggests.