Marquez the target heading to Silverstone

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The triple-header following the summer break comes to an end at Silverstone with this weekend’s Hertz British Grand Prix, where the last 25 of the 75 points up for grabs will be hotly contested as the MotoGP™ field tries to find a way past Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez, who looks near unstoppable at the moment.

Marquez - firmly at the top of the championship after taking four successive victories since Germany - remains the man to beat, with his teammate Dani Pedrosa and in particular Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo keen to claw back points in their respective championship bids. Lorenzo stated after the Brno race that more is needed from his M1 if he is to challenge the Hondas, so it remains to be seen if the highly anticipated ‘seamless transmission’ will be introduced on time.

His Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi will be hoping for much of the same, whilst Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, who will have the expectation of a home race on his shoulders, will aim to put on a show for his home fans and forget his unfortunate crash last time out. Teammate Bradley Smith, for whom it will be the first MotoGP™ race in front of local supporters, will also look for a strong showing after a difficult Brno, though will not have it easy with the satellite Hondas’ recent form.

Whilst LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl went off the boil slightly in the last race, he has shown what he is capable of with his podium at Laguna Seca, whilst Alvaro Bautista has not only been battling with Rossi but also has the memories of pole position at Silverstone last year. Ducati Team continues to search for a formula to make them more competitive, though will be pleased that Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso are pushing themselves to the limit. Elsewhere, Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone is again joined by Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro as a replacement for the injured Ben Spies under the Ignite Pramac Racing banner.

The CRT battle is hotting up as Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro is challenged ever more by the resurgent Colin Edwards of NGM Mobile Forward Racing machine, whilst the likes of Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and Avintia Blusens’ Hiroshi Aoyama are also ones to watch.

As in Brno, the schedule will veer from the norm, with the MotoGP™ race being held at 1pm local time (GMT +1) and sandwiched between Moto2™ and Moto3™.

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