The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are highly anticipating Round 12 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship. Both Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are fond of the Silverstone Circuit and are keen to rise to the occasion, especially since the Monster Energy British Grand Prix shares the team‘s title sponsor.
Quartararo arrives in the UK holding first place in the championship standings, with a 21-point advantage over his closest rival. Though the Yamaha man knows he will have to complete a long-lap penalty during Sunday‘s race (handed to him by the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel following a race incident involving Aleix Espargaró in Round 11 at the TT Circuit Assen), he is determined to extend his championship lead.
The Frenchman really enjoys riding the Silverstone Circuit as underlined by last year‘s victory at the Monster Energy sponsored event.
Morbidelli is looking forward to stepping aboard his YZR-M1 again. After five weeks of relaxing but also training, he is ready to start the next chapter of his 2022 campaign. He is currently 19th with 25 points and on the hunt for some serious championship points.
The Italian knows the Silverstone Circuit well, having secured second place in Moto2 in 2016 and third place in the same class in 2017. This experience will come in useful as he sets out this weekend for the first time since 2019 (there was no British GP in 2020 due to the pandemic, and he missed the 2021 edition due to a knee injury).
Silverstone was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2010 but has a racing history of over sixty years. Thanks to innovations and investments, the circuit became one of the fastest tracks on the calendar and has earned high praise from the riders.
Due to the UK being situated in a different time zone, the schedule for the British GP slightly differs from the usual Central European Grand Prix timetable. The FP1 and FP2 sessions will take place on Friday from 09:55 – 10:40 and 14:10 – 14:55 local track time (GMT+1). On Saturday FP3 will be held from 09:55 – 10:40, followed by FP4, Q1, and Q2 in the afternoon at 13:30 – 14:00, 14:10 – 14:25 and 14:35 – 14:50. On Sunday, Warm Up will be staged at 09:30 – 09:50, and the race is scheduled to start at 13:00.