Paolo’s Blog

Silverstone GP 06/08/23

“Back on board” again after forty days of forced vacation, one of the best weeks of the season, where, by keeping things simple and clean, we gave our all, we worked very, very well.
We kicked off strongly with great performances from both Kevins during practice sessions. These were followed by an epic wet race of Kevin Manfredi, who secured us the second step on the podium. The second time this year. Zannoni is not particularly comfortable with rainy conditions and despite promising practice sessions, he struggled due to the inclement weather. In race2  he had the misfortune of being taken down at the first braking point by an exuberant Ferrari, a similar risk was also faced by Manfredi, who was right behind.

Moto3, Rossi finished 4th in the qualifying while Toba struggled more. During the final laps of the race they repeatedly overtook each other, hindering themselves and losing many positions, ultimately finishing 13th and 14th, just on the edge of the points zone. But I can’t be angry with them. In fact, I am pleasantly surprised by their performance and by their reaction when they returned to the box, at last, I saw them fiercely battling each other. It was about time. I witnessed an healthy rivalry, something that is rare to see in these times, something I like. They proved to be able to overtake in the old-fashioned way. But if they did the same overtakes with the same intensity against others, it would be better… we would end the races a bit higher up in the standings. They brought out their fighting spirit, it’s just a matter of bringing it out at the right time.

It was a productive weekend for the Simoncelli Foundation as well… against all odds, the booth reached its destination. After various challenges, it was assembled by the ‘proactive’ workers of the Sic58 Squadra Corse (as I compelled them), stepping in effectively for the Pritelli Group (those who usually set it up but that were not present here). Despite the adverse weather, many supporters came by to greet and donate. On Thursday, a young woman gave me a beautiful painting, at the airport, a young man stopped me with tears in his eyes just to greet me. I should be used to this by now, but each time, I am proudly amazed that they still hold Marco in their hearts.
Well, yes, I am satisfied with this English weekend. My riders came back more relaxed after the break and they have been an added value to this already exciting Moto3 race. Manfredi had an exceptional race in the pouring rain… even my wife got emotional watching the race, which hasn’t happened in a long time.

August 15th is just around the corner, and between a press release and another, it’s already time for Austria!