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The main theme for the 2018 MotoGP race at Silverstone is a combination of emotions including Alvaro Bautista moving to World Superbike, Scott Redding showing up for his last MotoGP race at home in the United Kingdom, Cal Crutchlow re-signing for an additional two years with LCR Honda Castrol and the riders at the pre-event conference speaking with a special guest from the International Space Station. It was like watching young kids at a fair when they were allowed to ask questions that transferred through to outer space. Jorge Lorenzo asked about exercise and diet in space. The answers were inspiring as they compare the fitness levels from earth to outer space. There are quite a number of complexities with staying fit due to gravity and the limitations regarding food. It gave the MotoGP riders a totally different perspective in comparison to their sport of two wheel motorcycle racing.

In terms of the World Championship, Marc Marquez is doing an impeccable job racing with his head and heart in sync. He is making careful decisions instead of being abrupt or rushing. He will be at Silverstone to race and try to win that is definitely a 100% guarantee. Marquez: “When I feel good I attack and attacking is the best way to defend.” The new surface will be raising a few questions for the riders and the weather forecast although good is subject to change. Silverstone is a great track and has a colourful history when it comes to motorcycle racing. Riders have their fingers crossed for dry weather! It is a good circuit for Jorge Lorenzo and he is really looking forward to racing on Sunday with the Ducati power. JL99 has really stepped up to the task of working hard in his last year with the Italian outfit and feels that they have arrived at Silverstone in a sweet moment, with a good test at Misano and three previous premiere class wins at this particular circuit.

Andrea Dovizioso wants to improve and knows that his bike will be competitive. The Ducati package is better in 2018 and he is ready to take it to the top. DesmoDovi is hungry! He wants to beat Jorge Lorenzo as well in the process. Whilst the Italian rider gets acquainted with the circuit, Cal Crutchlow was super excited to reveal the news of his contractual extension of two years with Honda and LCR. There was no better way to share the update as Crutchlow looks forward to his home Grand Prix. The first set of practice sessions on Friday will be pivotal to his planned success this weekend. In amongst the happiness of Cal was the smile and sadness of Alvaro Bautista who will be departing from MotoGP to World Superbike. He will partner Aruba.it Racing with a factory Ducati. He will do everything possible to enjoy his last moments in MotoGP and has had 16 years of incredible highs and lows in the sport.  

In the words of Valentino Rossi: we are in for a great race!  

About The Author

Myanna Wedes

Myanna has an incredible grasp and knowledge of the sport in detail and continues to secure lead stories every week. She is in constant contact with team and rider media management. She is an admitted lawyer with two degrees and is currently writing a biography on Alan Jones MBE 1980 F1 World Champion. She is a fond lover of two wheel motorsport, predominantly MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.