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Home favourite Eugene Laverty aims for top 10 finish in this weekend's MotoGP round at Silverstone

By Jill Goligher

With the countdown on and the end of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship in sight, the series prepares for back-to-back races, this weekend at Silverstone and the following at Misano in Italy.

The British Grand Prix takes place on Sunday with 20 laps of the Silverstone circuit getting underway at 3.30pm. The famous track is one of just five that MotoGP shares with Formula 1. 

The big interest this weekend will centre on whether anyone can end the run of different race winners that stretched to six at Brno in the Czech Republic, thanks to Cal Crutchlow.

The Briton is one of four independent team riders separated by just 25 points, the maximum amount on offer each weekend. 

With six rounds remaining after Silverstone, at the top of the championship the onus is on Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo keeping the fight for the title going until the end of the season.

Eugene Laverty's Pull&Bear Aspar Team heads to Silverstone with one of their best MotoGP races still fresh in the memory.  At Brno, both Laverty and team-mate Yonny Hernandez finished in the points with the Ulsterman taking sixth place and the Colombian just outside the top 10. 

Both riders are looking to take their confidence and form to Silverstone where Laverty will have support from the home crowd in his quest to return to the top 10 in the championship.

The Toomebridge man is hoping that the weather will once again be on his side, after his race at Brno which saw him storm to sixth on the damp track. Hernandez is also keen to maintain his positive form since returning from the summer break, which saw him finish just two seconds shy of the top 10 in the Czech Republic.

Eugene said: "I can't wait for my home Grand Prix at Silverstone.  It's a track I really enjoy, I have a lot of experience there and this year with the Ducati engine it helps a lot because there are some straights where the Ducati power can be very helpful.  So my aim is to finish in the top 10. We are close to being in the top 10 in the championship which has always been my aim and of course if it rains on Sunday then I'll be aiming for more than a top 10.

"I always have extra support at my home GP with my fans there, which always puts a smile on my face, so it will be nice to see some familiar faces, family, friends and personal sponsors, which makes this race extra special for me."

Yonny Hernandez added: "I hope that at Silverstone we can continue with the positive trend from Brno, where we scored our best result of the season.  We have some hard work ahead of us but I believe in the team and I think we can get another good result inside the points this weekend.  I like the circuit, it is one of my favourites, and it has been good to me in the past, especially during my Moto2 days.  Hopefully I can go well there again this weekend and keep this good work going."

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