Surely there is big wait to try new asphalt after the disaster of last year where MotoGP event was cancelled due to rain and safety condition and of course riders cannot wait to come back on track.
Anyway, biggest news was Jorge Lorenzo’s comeback, with the Spaniard who had hard times after the huge crash he suffered at Assen but five-time World Champion seems ready to fight.
Honda HRC rider talked during press conference: “I am happy to come back after a long time, I have never been so far from races. My recovery was not fast, it was not easy, but day by day I was feeling less pain. Honestly, usually you need three months to recover from my injury. Anyway, I feel I am able to race, I am not here to fight for top 5 but I will try to do my best”.
There was a lot of rumors about him joining Ducati next year: “I had some doubts after two big crashes, even about my life, not only on my career. Doubts started to disappear when I felt less pain; my goal is to win with a third bike, no one was able to do it actually. I called Alberto (Puig) and I told him I am focused on Honda. I am only thinking about the future”.
Jorge was then close (or at least he had the opportunity) to take Jack Miller’s seat, who had also other offers: “KTM made me an offer, is a great manufacturer and I had to consider that, I have also a great relationship with Stefan Pierer and Pit Beirer. It was hard to decline the proposal, but it would have been a risk for my career. I already did a similar choice in the past: things were going well and I accepted a new challenge and it was like going under a bus”
The Australian had to answer also to question related to Lorenzo: “Jorge is a three time World Champion in MotoGP, he already won with Ducati in the past. He has a great history, but also 32 years and he lost a lot of races on 2018 as well due to injuries. We have to look at the reality of the situation, I think I have started the best phase of my career”
Valentino Rossi lived a similar situation compared to Jorge’s one and even the Italian answered about some questions related to the Spaniard: “It was a really hard moment for him, mental situation is equal to physical one. Jorge is still a really strong rider, he can give a lot for this sport, I do not think Lorenzo had doubts for a lot about his situation”
Over that, Valentino talked about upcoming Grand Prix: “We did a bit better during the last 2 GPs, we improved a bit and we will try to do the same here. I like this track, I hope the asphalt is good, riding here is really nice. But the most important thing is to be competitive and do a good race. We have to do a little bit better to close the gap with Honda and Ducati and be closer to the ones who fight for victories and podium”
Anyway, we had also the main characters of Austrian GP who talked, starting with Marc Marquez: “I had lucky races here but also some unlucky ones. Track is really good, it seems that situation is better than previous years. We have to stay focused and fight for top position on Sunday. Dovi will do his maximum, but we have to think about conquering some points for the championship on him”
Also Andrea Dovizioso expressed his thoughts: “Last race it was unbelievable, we had a great battle and we are really happy, we needed a result like that. Silverstone is one of the best track on calendar, they changed asphalt, we will see. I do not like too much the weather, but my feeling here has been always good”.
Spielberg podium finisher Fabio Quartararo hope to repeat the result he had in Austria: “I do like really much this track, everyone has to know new asphalt. Our goal is to end as Rookie of the Year and fight is not over yet. We are learning a lot race after race and this is one of our target. We did not expect to be already on the podium, but we will take every chance we have”
Silverstone it is gonna be home race for Cal Crutchlow, who wants a good result on home soil: “I did not think to have already made 150 races. I cannot wait to start, Silverstone is a really nice track, over than being a special Grand Prix for me. We will see what we can do on Sunday”