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"In Silverstone we have great memories from 2016"

With the British Grand Prix just around the corner, Alex Rins’ Crew Chief Manuel Cazeaux took the time to tell us about the challenges offered by this classic track set in the English countryside. 

Famed not only for its long history of motorsport racing, but also for it’s unpredictable weather - which often constitutes chilly winds and sudden downpours - this makes tyre choice one of the crucial factors over the race weekend…

For sure here in Silverstone you have to pay attention to the track conditions because you often have a bigger range than usual of track temperatures, so we have to focus a bit more on the tyres and making them work well.”

 

We’re not 100% sure why this is, but this place suits our bike because it has fast acceleration and long corners

Over the years this circuit in the middle of the UK has undergone many refurbishments and a lot of investment. One of the most recent changes is a resurfacing of the track, which makes the tyre choice slightly more tricky;


We dont have any information in advance, and the likelihood is that we wont be able to use the data gathered in past years about the tyres. So well see which tyres are available and it will be important to try each one. We hope the weather conditions will be good, because often here you get wet sessions, and every moment of dry track time will be very important for deciding on the tyres.

Due to its nature of fast and flowing sectors coupled with some more stop-and-go style parts, this track can be a little tough for set-up. But Manu has no worries about this…

Silverstone is a very nice track and we will approach it as we do with any other circuit, we’ll chose the base suspension settings and after that you have to find the best compromise. The character of our bike, our DNA if you like, means that we are strong in fast corners and we need to improve in the slower corners. When we arrive at a track with has some slow corners and some hard braking its a good opportunity for us to learn and improve the bike in those areas. But in general this is a track that suits Suzuki well, so we want to get out on track and see what happens.

Indeed, whatever the weather, this track seems to be a good one for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and the GSX-RR; the team took victory here in 2016, and would love to leave with a top result this year.

We have really good memories from 2016. And in general every year, during the second part of the season, Suzuki does better compared with the first part. Were not 100% sure why this is, but this place suits our bike because it has fast acceleration and long corners which dont tighten too much, and I think for that reason we can be competitive at this track.

 

We look forward to heading out for the first session on Friday morning, see you then!

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