One year ago, the Silverstone round left Marc Marquez disappointment, engine failure forcing the Spaniard to surrender just as things were getting exciting. #93 prefers to focus on the present though, putting what's happened in the past firmly behind him.
The six-time champion appears confident ahead of the weekend's upcoming challenge: “Silverstone is a fast, technical track but our bike has very strong points, and we’ll try our best there, as usual. The track has been resurfaced, and that should be a good help in general for the performances; we’ll see if that’s the case."
In addition to his usual rivals, he'll also have possible rain to contend with, an aspect that doesn't seem to particularly bother Marc though: “Austria confirmed that we can be fast in wet conditions, and that’s very good in view of a race in the UK! At Silverstone, the weather is another opponent to take into account, but whatever the conditions, we look forward to fighting for the podium again.”
On the other side of the garage, Dani Pedrosa has high hopes, following a complicated 2017 at a track at which he has never been able to finish in the top three: "Silverstone isn’t one of my favourite tracks, as it used to be very bumpy and the weather is always unstable. On the other hand, they’ve redone the asphalt, so we’ll see if the feeling is better and if we’ll be able to work well beginning on Friday morning to prepare for the race."
Dani is not underestimating the risk of rain: “The weather of course will remain unpredictable as always, and that’s something we must be prepared to deal with."