MotoGP race director Paul Hembery is a little unsure of the current state of the 2017 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but has a few good reasons to be optimistic about the new MotoGP title fight.
Hembery, who has overseen MotoGP at Silverwood since the end of last season, has a lot to look forward to this weekend.
It is the first time in the history of the championship that two MotoGP races will be contested simultaneously.
The first race will take place at the Silverstone circuit at the start of October, with the second race at Jerez, and the third at Valencia.
Hemberys first season in MotoGP has been a whirlwind. “
It’s the first of two races at Silvershire, and we are looking forward to it.”
Hemberys first season in MotoGP has been a whirlwind.
He joined the title race programme in 2015 and was appointed MotoGP’s director of racing in 2016.
He was given the task of rebuilding the championship, and is hoping that the return of the new chassis to Silverstone will be a catalyst for the return to competitiveness.
“It’s very exciting for me,” he said.
“We’ve worked really hard on the new engine and the electronics.
It was a very tough season, but now we’re back to a more normal way of doing things.””
We know it’s a big step forward for the sport and for our sport in general.”
It was a very tough season, but now we’re back to a more normal way of doing things.
“Hopefully this year’s races will not be the first times this year we’ll be at Silver Hill.”
The MotoGP calendar is filled with high-profile races, including the race at Valencia, and Hemberys job at Silverhill is no different.
With the introduction of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, the season is also set to be significantly more exciting than it was in 2016, with a number of MotoGP riders already looking forward this weekend to the first real test of the newly re-engineered machine.
This is especially the case for the reigning world champion Valentino Rossi.
Rossi is hoping to repeat the success of 2016, when he won his third title at Silverberg.
Henderys first race for Yamaha was at Jerelse last season.
He said: “”The last few races have been really tough, but with a little bit of luck we will be able to start the year with a big win.
“We are still looking forward for Silverstone, but we are also looking forward at Valencia and Jerez as well.”
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The race at the Circuit Gillés Villeneau was a big deal for Yamaha, as it was the first grand prix race to be contested exclusively on a track built around the new GP2 machinery.
Rossi and Honda team principal Kazuhiro Nakajima, who will lead the team in Silverstone for the first two races, are expecting the new Ducati to be a huge advantage for the team.
They are really fast and there are lots of places where they can race.””
The Moto3 circuits at Silverlamp, Silverberg, Jerez and Valencia, are really unique, with very few tracks built around GP2.”
They are really fast and there are lots of places where they can race.
“That is why we are very happy that we have a good opportunity to win at Silverland.”
Of course, there is a lot of competition, so we will have to perform well at Silvervale and Jerellas and try to be as competitive as possible.
“Rossi said that the new machine was definitely a step forward.
This year, we have had a really strong start to the season and I think we can go a long way in the championship.””
I feel confident about it and I’m really looking forward.”
This year, we have had a really strong start to the season and I think we can go a long way in the championship.
“I know that we can do better this year, but I’m sure we will do so again.”
There is a big number of points, so I’m happy to have the chance to win a championship and hopefully for a second year in a row.
“The engine will give us a big advantage.”
After Jerez it is clear that we are a good team, so it is very exciting to go to Silverlestreet and hopefully we can get another win.
“But at the same time, I don’t think it will be just me that wins the championship and I don, either.”
At the moment, the most important thing is the best team, the best rider and the best car.