Reale Avintia Racing riders Hector Barbera and Loris Baz head to the legendary Silverstone circuit for the twelfth round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship this weekend.
Barbera and Baz arrive at the British Grand Prix determined to fight for a top ten result on Sunday, a goal that the French Reale Avintia Racing rider achieved at the last race in Austria two weeks ago. Barbera is still trying to get the best out of his Ducati Desmosedici GP16 and although he showed some progress at Spielberg, he failed to get a good result on Sunday.
Baz has mixed emotions when it comes to Silverstone. Last year, he had a terrifying crash on the first lap, but he also has some good memories from the British track and he feels strong to fight for a top ten result again in next Sunday’s 20-lap-race.
As usual at Silverstone, everybody will have an eye on the sky. Rain is quite common during the British Grand Prix despite the fact that the race weekend takes place in August.
“I go to Silverstone focussed on getting a good result. I see every race as an opportunity and now I have to take advantage of these opportunities more than ever. The team is working hard to give me the best package and they are supporting me all the way. We have not yet achieved the results we have been working for since the season began. This track suits my riding style and I think it will also suit my Ducati, so let’s go for it.”
“I love the layout of the fast and flowing Silverstone track, but my memories from the circuit are mixed. I had some good experiences at the beginning of my career and I also won twice in World Superbike. In MotoGP, things haven’t gone quite as well so far. In my first year, we had some technical issues and last year I suffered a big crash. But currently, we are in very good shape and we have been strong in the last few races. I will try to enjoy a circuit that I like a lot and the goal once again will be a top ten result. The circuit is very different from Austria and we will have to work on the set-up to make the bike turn better.”