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The Rabat-Kallio duel moves on to Britain

The Rabat-Kallio duel moves on to Britain

An enticing fight is emerging for this year’s Moto2™ title, as Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio go head-to-head. Following on from their second one-two result of the season at Brno, Silverstone will host the 12th encounter.

An enticing fight is emerging for this year’s Moto2™ title, as Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio go head-to-head. Following on from their second one-two result of the season at Brno, Silverstone will host the 12th encounter.
 
Last time out, the Czech Grand Prix saw Spaniard Rabat winning from Kallio in a controlled performance, while the Finnish rider fought up to second place from sixth on the grid and despite crashing both in qualifying and the Sunday Warm-Up session. This leaves 12 points between the duo with seven Grands Prix still to go. Last year, they finished fourth and sixth at Silverstone, but one doubts this happening again.
 
Elsewhere, Sandro Cortese travels to England fresh from his first podium finish in the intermediate category, while manufacturers Suter and Kalex are now locked together on 30 race wins apiece. Who will be first to hit 31? Arguably Kalex is the favourite, having won three of the four Moto2™ races to have been staged at Silverstone since 2010. Perhaps local fans will be hoping for Speed Up success, though, as that could signal a home victory for Sam Lowes who crashed out of a podium position at Brno. Incidentally, it is Moto2™ that has delivered one of only two home Grand Prix successes at Silverstone, when Scott Redding triumphed in glorious fashion last year.
 
Could a 25th birthday provide winning motivation for Xavier Simeon as the Belgian looks to return to the podium for the first time since Argentina? He is not the only rider hunting for a return to the top, as the likes of Paginas Amarillas HP 40 pairing Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom are keen for a return to the rostrum, as are Switzerland’s Tom Luthi and Dominique Aegerter who at Brno put on a spectacular show with their battle for fourth position. And what of Anthony West? Bearing in mind the events of Assen, the Australian would encourage a British rain shower…
 
At Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2, a familiar surname will return to the World Championship in the form of Mamola. On this occasion it is Dakota Mamola, son of 13-time Grand Prix winner Randy, covering for Nico Terol who will miss the race due to physical problems which have arisen from premature muscle fatigue. Mamola has been competing this season in the Moto2™ ranks of the FIM CEV Repsol championship, while Terol hopes to make a full recuperation as soon as possible.
 
A late addition to the event entry list, Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams will make a one-off Grand Prix return at the ripe age of 50 as a Moto2™ wild-card riding Brough Superior’s exotic carbon prototype designed by Taylor Made Racing.
 
First Moto2™ practice at Silverstone is to start at 10:55am local time (GMT +1) on Friday, while Sunday’s race starts at the earlier time of 11:20am local time.

Tags:
Moto2, 2014, HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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