Fabio Quartararo extends his championship lead to 67 points after winning his 5th race of the season at the British GP.
The Monster Energy Yamaha rider powered through the finish line with a dominating display despite losing a place at the start.
However, a quick overtakes on Aleix Espargaro, Pol Espargaro and Francesco Bagnaia saw the Frenchman take the lead and quickly widened the gap before crossing the line with a 3-sec lead.
“It was nice. During the race, I was feeling really comfortable. The most stressful part was the starts because you never know if a rider is going to hit you or if you are going wide.
“Also here with the holeshot device was difficult. But yeah, as soon as I made the second lap, I was behind the Espargaro brothers and Bagnaia and I overtook them step-by-step, which was nice.
“I really enjoyed these overtakes. Then my pace was really strong, but I never expected to pull away a second in one and a half laps.
Meanwhile, Alex Rins finally redeemed himself after a woeful start to 2021 by taking his first podium of the season at 2nd place, followed by Aleix Espargaro, who handed Aprilia Racing the first podium finished at Silverstone.
According to Espargaro, he always believed that the team would achieve their first podium sooner or later.
“It’s like a dream! I’m super happy. It has been a long way to arrive here. Step-by-step I always believed in the project, and I work more than ever, so for everybody in Aprilia, this is like a dream.
“I want to enjoy, but believe me, I want more and more and we are in a good moment,” he said.
Espargaro got the better of his brother, Pol Espargaro, who, despite starting at P1, ended the race at 5th place.
Silverstone Circuit will undergo full resurfacing for 2019 British MotoGP round.
Their contract was also extended to 2021.
Work will begin in June 2019.
The Silverstone circuit will undergo full resurfacing for the 2019 MotoGP round. At the same time, their contract was extended to 2021.
The move follows last year’s British MotoGP fracas. Fans waited for hours in the stands before the round was cancelled due to rain and standing water. Apart from that, the tarmac was previously smoothened to accommodate Formula 1 cars and their underbody skid plates.
The FIM demanded the resurfacing of the track in order to meet safety and homologation standards. In response, the circuit announced that full resurfacing will commence in June ahead of Formula 1 in July and MotoGP in August, this year.
Track work will be carried out by construction company Tarmac and overseen by consultant Jarno Zaffelli, who has overseen successful resurfacing jobs at Sepang and Termas de Rio Hondo, which have gathered praise since the last MotoGP races at the respective circuits.
Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle, who was the central figure in last year’s controversy, is delighted with both the resurfacing confirmation and the British MotoGP contract extension.
“Getting to this point has involved a lot of work by the staff at Silverstone but throughout it all we have been completely focused on making sure we make the right decisions to guarantee the future of our most important events with Formula 1 and MotoGP,” Pringle said.
Tarmac’s managing director Paul Fleetham is confident in delivering a high-quality resurfacing.
“We are exceptionally proud to be working with the team at Silverstone to resurface the iconic British race circuit,” Fleetham said. “It demonstrates both the quality of our people and our first-class track record in delivering high-profile, nationally significant schemes.”
MotoGP CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta added: “The extension to the contract at Silverstone is a mark of the confidence we have in the circuit to host a successful MotoGP event over the next three years.”
GP British 2018 telah dibatalkan akibat sistem saliran yang kurang memuaskan dan lapisan asfalt baharu di Litar Silverstone.
Perlumbaan kelas Moto3 dan Moto2 yang sepatutnya berlangsung sejurus selepas perlumbaan MotoGP juga terpaksa dibatalkan.
Ini merupakan pembatalan perlumbaan pertama dalam 38 tahun.
The British GP was cancelled due to poor drainage and the new asphalt on the Silverstone circuit.
The smaller Moto3 and Moto2 classes were due to follow after MotoGP and were hence cancelled also.
This was the first race cancellation in 38 years.
You would probably be looking around for the MotoGP results from the British GP yesterday and find nothing but the headlines “British MotoGP Cancelled.” Despite what any party would have said, it’s the drainage and newly laid asphalt at the Silverstone circuit to blame.
It was the first race cancellation since the Austrian GP in 1980.
For MotoGP fans who spent agonizing hours in the rain and cold at the track, the only action they ever saw were the Safety Cars and sweeper vehicles going around and around, in a desperate attempt to find a respite to get the race going.
Sure, wet races had been held in the past at this circuit, but yesterday’s track was visibly different. Silverstone’s management had made a great effort to resurface the track to provide a consistent racing surface, but it somehow caused the track to be even bumpier. There was a slow-mo video sequence of Marc Marquez’s bike heaving up and down through a turn during practice which had never occurred anywhere else.
Then there was the incessant rain. It wasn’t the heaviest we’ve ever seen in MotoGP’s history – try Malaysia’s at the Sepang International Circuit. But the rainwater had nowhere to go and started to accumulate on the Silverstone track due to poor drainage
The race had been moved to 11.30am (local time), 90 minutes earlier but rain had started to fall midway through the Moto3 practice. It was then hoped to begin at 2pm but was again postpone. Unfortunately, at 4pm before Dorna, IRTA and riders decided to cancel the race. There was just too much standing water.
As the Moto2 and Moto3 classes were set to follow after MotoGP, both smaller classes were cancelled, too.
Now before anyone criticise the riders of being sissies, do consider that the riders had complained of aquaplaning (tyre floating on a film of water) with as little as 15% throttle. Sure enough, the conditions have sent Tito Rabat to hospital in the medical helicopter with broken femur, tibia and fibula in his right leg after being clouted by his teammate Franco Morbidelli’s Marc VDS Honda, while the rest into the gravel trap.
Yes, riders in the early years have ridden in the rain without traction control, they had no airbag suits, their bikes had wobbly frames and slinky tyres, but look at the cost. So many had been maimed and killed. Crashes are entertaining to spectators, but we should never be at the cost of human lives.
Earlier, there was talk of postponing the race to Monday (today) but MotoGP soon twitted that it was out of the question. First, news surfaced that some team managers were of the opinion that should’ve have been done, but now, there’s news that Dorna blames the team managers for shooting down the idea of postponing the race.
There’s also a press conference in which Silverstone’s CEO blamed the entire matter of being taken out of his hands, and that they had done all they could to provide a great venue. On the other hand, the FIM’s safety officer, Franco Uncini and MotoGP technical director Mike Webb both pointed their fingers are the track’s bumps and standing water. A formal investigation will be launched.
We hope that the investigation will bring on a solution to the future British GP and avoid such an embarrassing show which cost many parties the loss of millions.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) telah merangkul kemenangan MotoGP keempatnya di GP British semalam yang diadakan di Litar Silverstone.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) dengan percaturan tayar belakang lembutnya telah membuahkan hasil apabila dia merentasi garisan penamat di tempat ke-dua di hadapan teman sepasukan, Valentino Rossi yang menamatkan perlumbaan di tempat ke-tiga.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) mengalami kerosakan enjin yang bukan sahaja menamatkan perlumbaannya, tetapi juga menyebabkan tempat pendahulu dalam kejohanannya yang kini telah diambil alih oleh Dovizioso dengan kelebihan sebanyak 9 mata.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has taken his fourth MotoGP win in yesterday’s British GP held at the Silverstone circuit.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and his soft rear tyre gamble paid off after crossing the finish line in second place ahead of his team mate, Valentino Rossi who finished in third.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) suffered a major engine failure which not only caused him the race but also the championship lead which has now been taken over by Dovizioso with a 9-point advantage.
It was yet another unbelievable Sunday race in yesterday’s British GP where Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati not only won the race but took over the championship lead from Repsol Honda rider, Marc Marquez. The unexpected turn took place at the iconic Silverstone circuit. (more…)
Perlumbaan MotoGP di Silverstone pada hujung minggu ini akan menyaksikan satu prosedur pertukaran motosikal ‘flag-to-flag’ yang baru akan diuji oleh sebab factor keselamatan.
Arahan Perlumbaan serta Suruhanjaya Keselamatan telah memutuskan untuk menguji satu sistem baru di mana penunggang yang ingin menukar motosikal perlu masuk ke hadapan paddock mereka pada sudut 45 darjah ke dalam dengan motosikal kedua tersedia menghala keluar pada sudut yang sama.
Seorang mekanik tambahan akan berada di laluan pit dengan batang lollipop ala Formula 1 yang akan berdiri di hadapan motosikal kedua bagi memberi isyarat kepada penunggang masa yang selamat untuk memasuki semula laluan pit.
This weekend’s MotoGP race in Silverstone will see a new flag-to-flag bike swap procedure being tested due to safety concerns.
The Safety Commission and Race Direction decided to test a new system where riders who want to swap bikes will need to come in front of their paddocks at a 45-degree angle inwards with the second bike ready pointing outwards at the same angle.
An additional mechanic will be in the pit lane with a Formula 1-style lollipop stick who will stand in front of the second bike to signal the rider when it is safe to re-enter the pit lane.
This weekend’s MotoGP race will see a brand new flag-to-flag bike swap procedure being tested by the Safety Commission for the British GP in Silverstone. The call towards a newer and safer system to swap race bikes in the pit lane during flag-to-flag races have been put forward by Race Direction after riders couldn’t come to an agreement following a meeting after the race in Brno. (more…)