Two-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez maintains a 53-point lead over motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi as the 2016 season lands at the Silverstone Circuit for the Grand Prix of Britain on Sunday.
Italian hero Rossi has found it difficult to match his previous efforts during the first half of the season, giving Marquez a superior advantage over the best riders in the world.
Current champion Jorge Lorenzo of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP resides six points behind Rossi as he attempts to defend his championship crown.
Read on for a closer look at the key riders for the race, along with full scheduling and live-streaming details.
|MotoGP Grand Prix of Britain 2016: Schedule|
|Friday, Sept. 2||9:55 a.m||Free Practice 1|
|Friday, Sept. 2||2:05 p.m.||Free Practice 2|
|Saturday, Sept. 3||9:55 a.m||Free Practice 3|
|Saturday, Sept. 3||1:30 p.m.||Free Practice 4|
|Saturday, Sept. 3||2:10 p.m.||Qualifying 1|
|Saturday, Sept. 3||2:35 p.m.||Qualifying 2|
|Sunday, Sept. 4||3.30 p.m.||Race|
Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez
Rossi will attempt to repeat his race win from 2015 in Great Britain as he makes a desperate attempt to cut down Marquez's procession to the world title.
The Doctor has a good record at Silverstone, and prevailed in the rain last season as he surprisingly caught Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso.
According to Crash.net, Rossi said ahead of Friday's practice:
I have very nice recent memories of Silverstone. Last year I won a really incredible race in very difficult conditions. I hope that this year there will be nice weather, but from the climatic point of view the English race is very uncertain.
I like Silverstone a lot, it's a very fun track but also very demanding. This circuit is very long and there are many changes of direction with high speeds. It is important to find a perfect set-up for the bike to be able to suit both the slow and the fast corners.
We will try to work on all aspects, as we have been doing the entire season to get the best possible result.
Marquez has been untouchable this term, and even with the depth of experience brought to the track by the exciting Italian, the runaway championship leader has turned on the style on multiple occasions.
Mat Oxley of MotorSport Magazine highlighted the Spaniard's position: "It would appear to be game over: even if Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo win the last seven races, Marquez can afford to finish second or third at every race and still take home the title."
Marquez failed to finish in England last time around but the nature of his lead should provide him with huge confidence in the race.
The Spanish star has matured in the past 12 months and he has approached his racing with erudite caution and skill.
At Sepang in February, Marquez admitted he has been forced to reevaluate his approach, per Oxley.
“At the end of last season I analysed my championship a lot – I crashed in six races, so I made too many mistakes,” he said. “OK, so now I know I have to finish these races to finish the season in a good way, I have to avoid mistakes.”
Despite Rossi's natural verve and cavalier approach, Marquez knows a conservative end to the season will suit his advantage at the summit.
Lorenzo remains an outside threat and he is the most successful MotoGP rider at the famous British track, according to MotoGP.com.
Marquez appears comfortable this year and has ironed out the creases in his regular strategy from last season's efforts.
Rossi and Lorenzo certainly have the pace if the championship leader presses the self-destruct button, but if Marquez avoids injury, he looks set to scoop a third world title with consummate ease.