Start revving your engines, because one of the biggest races of the season is in sight
GoPro British Grand Prix MotoGP™, starts Friday 23 August, 7.45am, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
As if this most glorious of sporting summers couldn’t get any better, there’s still time to squeeze in one of motorsport’s greatest weekends. The GoPro British Grand Prix™ is almost upon us – and you can follow every twist, turn and OMG moment exclusively live on BT Sport.
Defending champion Marc Márquez remains the man to beat on the track, with the lightning-quick Spaniard in pole position to retain his title this season. That’s the good news. The bad news for Márquez is that he’s won just one of the six Grands Prix he’s competed in here. Could he be about to suffer a serious bump on the road to glory?
One man who knows this track better than anyone is the legendary Valentino Rossi, who has won a record six MotoGP races at this famed venue. The Italian’s chances of being crowned world champion are remote, yet victory here could propel him towards a strong finish to the season.
Elsewhere, the likes of Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Álex Rins and Maverick Viñales will all be looking to give their title hopes a turbo-charged boost by pipping Márquez to the chequered flag. And let’s not forget British hopeful Cal Crutchlow, who will have the rowdy home fans backing him all the way.
The British Grand Prix is a race that knows how to deliver sporting drama of the highest order. Down the years we’ve seen some heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, adrenalin-pumping moments that have lived long in the memory. Ahead of this season’s showstopper, let’s recap five of the best…
Crosby smashes Sheene’s chances
There’s never been a British winner of the MotoGP British Grand Prix. In 1981, fans thought the legendary Barry Sheene might become the first as he chased the world championship. Instead, New Zealander Graeme Crosby crashed into him after just four laps, taking Sheene out of the race. Crosby was pilloried by British fans and media outlets alike for ending his chances of taking the title.
Sheene’s “career-ending” crash
That crash was nothing compared to the one Sheene somehow survived the following year during practice. He hit a discarded bike at 160mph, flew off his own bike, shattered both of his legs and was left flat on his back, his body literally smoking. People were convinced he was dead. Instead, he was back racing at Silverstone the very next year.
Schwantz’s outrageous outside move
Few rivalries on the track have been as fierce as that between Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey, and their tussle for supremacy reached its peak at the 1991 British Grand Prix. With the race on the line on the final corner, Schwantz attempted an outrageously dangerous overtake on the outside and somehow pulled it off.
Cal Crutchlow’s British grit
A lot of people consider the British to be a bit risk-averse. That definitely doesn’t apply to Cal Crutchlow, however. After dislocating his ankle in a crash during the Saturday practice before the 2012 British Grand Prix, he ignored the advice of doctors and hobbled back onto the track to race the next day. Somehow, he weaved his way from the back of the grid to claim a heroic sixth-place finish.
A Spanish photo finish
Just a year later and Silverstone was home to one of the best finishes we’ve ever seen. Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez traded blows, repeatedly passing each other on the final two laps, before Lorenzo dramatically pipped Márquez by eighty-one thousandths of a second to steal the win, prompting his fans to collapse in an excited stupor.
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