Silverstone: A new challenge for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team27/08/2014
Jack Miller and Karel Hanika look to improve on their results from Brno this weekend at the British Grand Prix.
The 5.9km Silverstone circuit is the longest track on the calendar, and this weekend welcomes the Moto3 World Championship for its latest round. An insatiable Jack Miller, who took fifth place at Brno to increase his lead to 23 points in the overall standings, is aiming to be back on the podium at the British GP. Karel Hanika was also not entirely satisfied with his performance at home last time out, despite placing fifteenth and riding the entire race in the first group for the first time this season.
As many as 17 riders battled for the podium at the most recent Moto3 round, although Miller was out of the running for the rostrum by the last corner. The series leader took his best result of last season at Silverstone, with fourth on the grid and seventh in the race. The Australian currently has 4 wins and 2 third places to his name from 11 races this year.
Hanika completed a race in the front group for the first time this year at Brno, crossing the finish line less than 2 seconds behind the winner, but fifteenth position is not enough for the Czech rider; the Top10 is always his minimum target. He has won at Silverstone before, in the Red Bull Rookies Cup; in 2012 he was third and last year he won his first race there. Now he will aim to put in a similar performance there in the World Championship.
The British Grand Prix features a modified race day timetable, with the Moto3 class up last at 2:30pm –local time– on Sunday.
Circuit information – Silverstone
Length: 5.900m / 3.666 miles
Width: 17 metres
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770m / 0.478 miles
“I am looking forward to Silverstone, because at Brno we missed out on the victory on the last chicane. The British track is one that is well suited to both my style and to the KTM. It’s fast and I like it. We will have to pay special attention to the final corners of the circuit, because they are especially difficult.
My memories of this track are mixed, both good and bad, so I hope that this year’s experience is the former. We will have to work hard for it, because as you can see the championship is very tight and there are many riders fighting for the podium in every race. We will try to give our best and try to fight for the win once again.”
“At Brno we managed to complete the race in the first group for the first time; that’s important, but should be placing higher in the race. Silverstone is a track where things went quite well for me in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Last year I won the first race and was close to doing so in the second race, until I suffered an incident. Also I managed a podium there in 2012, with a third position. It’s a track I really like. I think this year, doing as we are doing now, we can get a good result.”