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MotoGP moves to Silverstone this weekend for the for the British Grand Prix, Round 6 of the championship.
Jorge Lorenzo, who has just extended his Yamaha contract until the end of 2014, will be looking to extend his 20-point lead over rival Casey Stoner on the works Honda.
Stoner enjoyed one of his most dominant victories in the wet at this circuit in 2011, yet will no doubt face a stern challenge from Lorenzo, who has won the past two races. Lorenzo, with the championship firmly in his sights, could re-write the history books with a win or a podium this weekend, by either equalling Stoner’s 42 wins, or securing his 50th premier-class podium.
Third in the championship, Stoner’s team mate Dani Pedrosa should be buoyed by his second place in the last race at Catalunya, yet at the test following the race he voiced his discontent at the new front tyre, which will be used as standard from the British race.
Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, who is currently leading the chase for fourth from his team mate Cal Crutchlow, is heading into the Silverstone round after picking up his first Yamaha podium at Catalunya.
This was the first podium for a satellite team since Colin Edwards achieved the same on a Tech 3 bike at the British circuit in 2011.
Ducati’s Valentino Rossi maintains that the Desmosedici is improving in the dry, yet would no doubt welcome some wet English weather to help his charge up to the front.
He will once again be hotly pursued by Álvaro Bautista, who looks to be getting ever more comfortable on his satellite team Honda.
Ducati’s Nicky Hayden, who struggled with a numb hand in Catalunya, will be hoping for a strong finish at the British track.
Currently 11th in the championship, Lorenzo’s team mate Ben Spies is looking to get his season back on-track, after a costly mistake in Catalunya ended his podium challenge.
Heading the CRT pack is the Power Electronics Aspar pair of Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet.
1 Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha - 115
2 Casey Stoner, Honda - 95
3 Dani Pedrosa, Honda - 85
4 Andrea Dovizioso, Yamaha - 60
5 Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha - 56