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Fantasy GP Hot Picks: Silverstone

Friday, June 18, 2010
Grand Prix racing returns to Silverstone for the first time in a quarter of a century so expect the unexpected when the racing gets underway this weekend at the British GP. The word in the paddock is that the new and improved Silverstone circuit should be one of the fastest on the calendar. The layout is changed from years past with even the former British
Jorge Lorenzo admitted that his pace wasnt fast enough to keep up with Pedrosa at the Italian GP.
With two wins and two second-place finishes, championship leader Jorge Lorenzo is a safe and logical bet.  
and World Superbike riders are starting from scratch so it should be a fairly level playing ground for all riders. This is shaping up to be one of the most historic races of the season so make sure to get your Fantasy GP rider selections made before you set the TiVo and fire up the BBQ for Father’s Day weekend.

A-Riders

Jorge Lorenzo (A-Rider) if there’s one thing Jorge knows how to do well, it’s haul ass. Although there’s no proof that Gorgeous George has any offspring he has let the rest of the field know just who their daddy is this year by spanking the competition on his way to a pair of wins and a pair of runner-up finishes in the first four races. If you haven’t burned through your picks already, it would seem logical that the championship leader is one of the safest plays this weekend.

Dani Pedrosa (A-Rider) brought his MotoGP class victory total to nine with his win at Mugello. Although it would be nice to have that on your resume, the fact is he could really use back-to-back wins right now as he trails his countryman by 25 points in the title chase. Odds are that it will be a while before he wins again, as he’s yet to put back-to-back victories together since joining the big leagues, but it’s hard to discount Dani considering this track is new, there’s history and he is always fast.
Dani Pedrosa: Its great to be on pole here at Mugello and weve been working very hard through free practice and in qualifying this afternoon to improve things from yesterday. We have achieved this  so Im satisfied.
Although he hasn't had back-to-back wins, Dani Pedrosa is always a threat.

Casey Stoner (A-Rider) has had a forgettable 2010 campaign but there may be light at the end of the tunnel. As a young racer, Casey has actually been on Silverstone before and he likes it. The former champ is certainly due for some good luck to come his way but it never hurts to know how to twist that throttle either. After so many disappointments this year, expect to see something memorable out of Stoner this weekend.

Andrea Dovizioso (A-Rider) picked up his only career MotoGP win during the wild and wet British GP at Donington in ’09 so if it starts to rain then he would be a solid play this weekend. With Rossi out, there are limited A-Rider choices at your disposal so it might be worth a gamble to play the fastest dude with a chick’s name.

Colin Edwards (A-Rider) had huge success during his racing career in the good old UK and he’s turned a few laps back in the World Superbike era. So, if you’ve got a nice helping of CEII picks left to use it could be an opportune time to grab a hold of the Texas Tornado and see if he can finally put up some number worthy of his A-Rider status. After all, it is Father’s Day weekend and Colin is a daddy now. Come on amigo, show these kids what the old guys can do when the planets align and the Gods of Speed look fondly at you.

With Rossi on the shelf for the first time in his career he will break a string of consecutive GP starts that sits at 230 since joining the series as a lad so many years ago. Poor guy! But don’t feel too bad for the Doctor, he’s probably faster than you at healing too.

B-Riders

Nicky Hayden (B-Rider) had a dream start to the 2010 season that came to a smashing halt at Mugello. Still, he has performed way better than his teammate this year and if ever there was a time for the Kentucky Kid to make a run at the podium, this is it. New track, fast bike and a burning desire to win makes Nicky Hayden our sleeper pick of the week.
Nicky Hayden: Today wasnt as smooth out of the gate as we would have liked. The bike didnt feel too bad but we were struggling in some of the downhill corners to get it to hold the line and change direction without using the brake to get the weight onto the front. We certainly need to take a good look at things together tonight and see where we can make it better because nothing came easy out there.
Ducati's Nicky Hayden is considered our sleeper pick of the week. He's fast and the new track layout may suit his style.   

Randy de Puniet (B-Rider) finished on the podium during the British GP in ’09 so if you’re looking for a reasonably safe B-Rider selection then look no further than the best privateer in the GP paddock. Rocket Randy has been riding well and seems destined for a breakthrough finish at some point here.

Ben Spies (B-Rider) is prime for the picking at this stage too. Think about it. His DNF in the last round cannot have sat well with him the past few weeks. He has one less rider now between him and a podium. Also no one has been on the new track recently, and Spies has historically been good at new tracks. This is prime time for a rider like Spies to rise to the occasion.

Marco Melandri (B-Rider) is coming off heroic fifth-place finish at Mugello. He defied the odds and put together a great ride by finishing a gnat’s ass behind Stoner at the finish line. He’s had time to stew on it and he will have a shot at his best finish this year when the series rolls into town. Will we see the return of Super-Marco on Father’s day weekend? Is it worth spending one of your two B-Rider selections on a guy who used to dress up like Spider Man? Who else you going to pick? Capirossi? Nuff said.

Teams

The Repsol Honda riders - Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa
Repsol Honda riders Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa have been having great success so far in the '10 season and easily appear as the team to beat at Silverstone. 
Repsol Honda is the easy choice as the Team to beat this weekend. With two of the fastest riders still standing and a record for finishing races, go Orange if you want the safe points.

Marlboro Ducati has huge potential. How can you argue against two former world champions on two of the fastest bikes in the series who are both hungry for a podium, let a lone a first win in 2010. If the boys from Bologna are fast in qualifying and shake their recent bad luck then they have a shot at a double podium.

Fiat Yamaha Team: They only have one rider in the mix this weekend so don’t waste the pick.

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