MotoGP’s flagship event gets underway on Sunday, as the best riders in the business descend on the world-famous Silverstone Circuit for the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
While the race always has a special buzz around it, this year’s instalment has a bit of added spice to it.
Marc Marquez entered to MotoGP history books by winning the opening 10 races of the season, but surrendered his dominance in the Czech Republic Grand Prix last time around, with Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa taking to the top of the podium.
All eyes will be on how Marquez responds from his setback, and here, we look ahead to what’s set to be thrilling race in Northamptonshire.
|2014 Grand Prix of Great Britain Schedule|
|Saturday, August 30||Moto3 QP||12:35 p.m. BST|
|Saturday, August 30||MotoGP Q1||2:10 p.m. BST|
|Saturday, August 30||MotoGP Q2||2:35 p.m. BST|
|Saturday, August 30||Moto2 QP||3:05 p.m. BST|
|Sunday, August 31||Moto2 Race||11:20 a.m. BST|
|Sunday, August 31||MotoGP Race||1 p.m. BST|
|Sunday, August 31||Moto3 Race||2:30 p.m. BST|
Watch all the weekend's action via the BT Sport website.
Marquez Looking to Bounce Back
The MotoGP sensation that is Marquez has a lot to live up to this week, not just in terms of upholding his reputation, but putting on a similar show to the one he served up last year.
Marquez was part of one of the fiercest tussles in MotoGP history with Jorge Lorenzo at Silverstone in 2013, though the Yamaha star just about came out on top.
In fact, Lorenzo has won three of the last four Grand Prix of Great Britain races, and he comes into this year’s event full of confidence—as he revealed via Twitter:
Winning the 2012 and 2013 races was a fantastic achievement by the Spaniard, but making it a hat-trick will prove difficult with Marquez in a determined mood to atone for his disappointment in Brno.
Early mistakes cost the 21-year-old at the Czech Republic Grand Prix on his quest for 11 victories on the spin, but he told MotoGP.com that it could be a blessing in disguise as he switches up his focus on the World Championship title:
Brno was a difficult weekend but the most important thing is that we took important points. Also, I feel less pressure now as I know everyone was expecting me to win all of them, and it’s the Championship that’s important, not winning every race! We had a good test on the Monday and then some time off after a hectic back-to-back schedule. Last year my race was affected by my crash in warm up so this year I hope to be fully fit so I can give it 100 per cent in the race!
While the Championship does rather look in the bag for Marquez, winning races is all that he’s programmed to do, and he’ll be going all out for win No. 11 of the season at Silverstone.
However, the temperamental weather in England may well halt his progress, as when the Silverstone track gets wet, the race can be anyone’s.
A fast track with lots of tricky corners, both slow and quick, rain forces riders wide, and in the event of a downpour, it could be that he who dares, wins.
Luckily for Marquez, though, his courageous side is what makes him the best racer in the world, and he’s proved throughout the season that no gap is too small, and no corner too tight.
Honda teammate Pedrosa will likely be Marquez’s main rival for the crown, but you can never write off the likes of Valentino Rossi and Lorenzo.
Meanwhile, there’s a strong home showing for Great Britain, with Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding, Michael Laverty and Leon Camier all in action, but the title will likely be heading back to Spain.
With Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Marquez all in blistering form, any one of the trio could well be standing top of the podium come Sunday.
It’s always a dramatic race at the British Grand Prix, and with so many top-class riders battling it out for the title, 2014 could well eclipse the heart-stopping brilliance of 2013.