Cur­rent Mo­togp world cham­pion Jorge Lorenzo is pray­ing for sun­shine at Sil­ver­stone

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorgp Silverstone Preview - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MCN MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

The Spa­niard has strug­gled in wet con­di­tions this year and blames a lack of con­fi­dence in the new Miche­lin tyres. And while he’s worked in re­cent rounds to try and re­gain some of his lost con­fi­dence, he ad­mit­ted to MCN that un­til he gets more time to try and fig­ure out the tyres, he still re­mains at some­thing of a loss in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

He said: “I hope it won’t be an is­sue if it rains. I’m still try­ing to un­der­stand how to go fast with the Miche­lin rain tyres in case it is wet, and let’s see if it’s some­thing we can im­prove over the next two races. It wouldn’t be hard to im­prove from Assen and Sach­sen­ring.”

But while rain might be a dis­as­ter for Lorenzo and his ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions, if it’s dry there’s one thing that will be al­most guar­an­teed – that the Mo­vis­tar Yamaha rider will be right in the mix come Sun­day’s Sil­ver­stone race.

Tak­ing wins at Sil­ver­stone in 2010, 2012 and 2013, he’s made his mark on the track since Mo­togp switched from Don­ing­ton – and con­fesses that it’s one of the cir­cuits that he looks for­ward to be­cause of how well it suits his style.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it, be­cause Sil­ver­stone is nice apart from the weather some­times – it’s Eng­land, so it can al­ways rain there! It’s a much more won­der­ful race in the dry, ob­vi­ously and I have good mem­o­ries. I’ve won sev­eral times and I’m look­ing for­ward to it again. It’s a very fast track – mixed with a bit of ev­ery­thing, and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

Lorenzo needs a re­turn to form soon if he is to suc­cess­fully de­fend his ti­tle. Trail­ing Mar­quez af­ter a dif­fi­cult first half of the sea­son, he needs a strong show­ing at Sil­ver­stone to stand any chance of clos­ing the gap to his coun­try­man.

Lorenzo is clearly out to re­gain the King of Sil­ver­stone ti­tle he lost to Mar­quez in their last dry bat­tle there. He added: “In 2013 I could beat him but in the dry in 2014 he fin­ished in front of me. Now we are one-one and this year is an­other big op­por­tu­nity for me!”

It was bat­tle royale at Sil­ver­stone 2013 when Lorenzo beat Mar­quez by 0.1s

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