Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has confirmed the team will run the updated chassis and swingarm that were used in the Brno test at Silverstone on Friday (today) in the MotoGP free practice session ahead of Sunday's British GP.
The upgrades were tested following the Czech Grand Prix at Brno on Monday and Rossi and teammate Jorge Lorenzo were impressed with the way things went.
In an interview carried by The Checkered Flag website, the 37-year-old Rossi said he was impressed with the good pace shown on the new chassis and swingarm at Monday's Brno test.
"The Monday test at Brno was very positive,” Rossi said. “I felt good with the bike and I had good pace. We have some new stuff.
"We have a different swingarm and a different chassis and in Brno, I had a good feeling but we need to confirm tomorrow and I will try during the practice to find out if the reality is also better here in Silverstone."
In last year’s British GP, in wet conditions, 'rain-master' Rossi was victorious but acknowledged that both Lorenzo and championship leader Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez had been a level above the rest in dry conditions at Silverstone and would be difficult to beat.
“This is one of the longest, fastest and most difficult tracks of the season," said Rossi.
"Last year, in the dry conditions (in qualifying Marquez took pole), I was not so bad but Marquez and Lorenzo were a little bit faster than me so we have to continue to improve to try and understand the small secrets and tricks of the track and try to be stronger in all conditions."