Wednesday, August 26, 2015


The critical part that the Octo British Grand Prix could play in the 2015 title battle is not lost on Valentino Rossi.
Rossi has relinquished his lead in the championship standings for the first time this season to his teammate after the Czech GP. Although Rossi and Lorenzo are level on 211 points, Lorenzo has the advantage due to his five wins this season compared to Rossi’s three. Therefore the importance of doing well at Silverstone is not lost on “The Doctor”.
Rossi has been a favourite among British fans for many years and his popularity is highlighted this weekend as he set to become an Honorary Member of the British Racing Drivers‘ Club (BRDC), arguably the most exclusive club in motor racing. Rossi is the first motorcycle rider to ever receive this honour and will be officially presented with his membership by BRDC President Derek Warwick.
To mark the special occasion, the nine-time World Champion is feeling extra motivated to win at Silverstone for the first time. He has been very successful on British soil in previous years, having secured three modern era premier class wins at Donington Park in 2002, 2004 and 2005 and two 500cc victories in 2000 and 2001.
Valentino Rossi: “I‘m always very happy to go to England for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. It is a race with so much history and the atmosphere is always very nice during this weekend. There are many racing fans and you can feel the passion of the crowd each time you move in the paddock. I really like this circuit; it's very fast and technical. I have done good races at this track and I am happy that the next race will be at Silverstone. We are at a very important point of the season and I hope I can have a good race! We have to improve the set-up of the bike and get ready for the race on Sunday. Now that Jorge and I are level on points it will be very important to consistently be fast.

I am also very honoured to have been invited to become an Honorary Member of the British Racing Drivers‘ Club. I know it's very difficult to become a member of this exclusive club; there are very selective criteria. There is no rider in the BRDC, I will be the first and for this I am even more honoured. I look forward to meeting the President, Derek Warwick, who I know and esteem for his career in Formula 1. I hope that I will have a good result at the Silverstone Grand Prix to honour my entry into the British Racing Drivers' Club!”

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