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.”
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…)
The wristwatch has long been considered as the ultimate form of men’s jewellery. It is also seen as a symbol of status and wealth for the elites and other folks alike. The presence of exquisite timepiece makers like Tissot, Tag Heuer and Rolex have been associated with motorsports and today, we’re going to dive into some of the great watches related to two-wheel motorsports.
1) Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2017 Limited Edition
Tissot is the official timekeeper for MotoGP and WorldSBK. Every year, Tissot comes up with a variety of timepieces dedicated to a few key riders like Nicky Hayden and Jorge Lorenzo. This particular piece is the MotoGP 2017 variant which is only limited to 5,000 units. Priced at USD1,395 (around RM6,190), this Swiss made watch is constructed with 316L stainless steel with black PVD coating and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face.
2) CVSTOS Challenge Dani Pedrosa
CVSTOS is a Swiss watchmaker that is on the super premium level. Their passion for motorsports and Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa led them to the birth of this watch made with black, orange and grey titanium. The Challenge also has 25 jewels embedded in the piece and it is STUNNING. The price may give some folks a heart attack as they’re selling them at USD13,900 (around RM61,674) each. Either this or a middleweight sports bike. Tough choice.
3) Lotus Marc Marquez Man
Surprise, surprise. The 2016 MotoGP World Champion has his own signature wristwatch line up and this Man range is simply striking. Sapphire glass, stainless steel case and chronograph functionality, this timepiece in exquisite dark blue colourway is a great way to create a big impression to your fellow motorsports enthusiasts. Coming in at around USD570 (RM2,530), it’s a great gift for any Marc Marquez fan out there.
4) TW Steel VR46 TW937
When it comes to MotoGP, there’s no denying that Valentino Rossi is the Greatest of All Time. A collaboration with TW Steel makes the VR46 brand is the watch-making industry and the TW937 model is the sleekest looking one of all. This beauty is 48mm in diameter comes with a silicon strap and mineral crystal face with sapphire layer all in prestigious black colourway. The watch is water resistant up to 100 metres and you can purchase one for just USD799 (around RM3,545).
5) Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback
Ever heard of Felix Baumgartner? How about the Red Bull Stratos Mission? The guy who skydived from the edge of space? That’s the one! Felix together with Zenith watch hitched a ride on a weather balloon up to the stratosphere, jumped off and fell back to Earth at 1,336km/h! And the watch survived in one piece. If you’re interested to get one of these indestructible pieces of history, the selling price is around USD5,670 (around RM25,158). You can get a brand new Kawasaki Ninja 250 with that amount of cash.
6) Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial Chronograph
There’s no other watchmaker that can claim to be involved in all six lunar missions by NASA. This makes the Speedmaster one of the iconic timepieces of all time. It’s also probably the only watch that has been to the Moon, the North and South Pole. The Speedmaster has also been long associated with motorsports and it’s indeed a key collection for the elites as the asking price is at RM16,700.
7) Triumph Sports Chronograph
The modern classic bike manufacturer has their very own line of fancy timepieces as well and the Sports Chronograph is the crème de la crème. Set with the super accurate Japanese chronograph movement, this baby is water resistant up to 5ATM (about 130 feet or 40 metres) which is more than ideal to withstand any motorcycle journey no matter the weather. The comfortable padded strap are made with 100% leather and the face and stitching comes in three different colours; Black, Silver and Red. It can be yours for just £299 (around RM1,640).
8) Casio G-Shock G-Steel
Presenting the toughest G-Shock of them all, the G-Steel. Made with a layered guard structure, double-layer bezel construction using stainless steel and resin gives it a tough and sleek metal finish. The watch also has a solar panel to recharge its battery so that you’ll never have to worry about it dying on you. Get a piece for your loved ones starting from a reasonable USD320 (around RM1,420).
9) Seiko Giugiaro Design Limited Edition
This Japanese watch legend collaborated with Italian design firm Giugiaro Design or also known as Italdesign in making motorsports-related wristwatches. This particular piece was designed specifically for motorcyclists with a tilted dial and sloped toward the rider to make it easier to read while riding. There are five different variants and all of them are beautifully made to perform flawlessly using Seiko’s signature quartz chronograph movement. Price ranges from USD290 to USD339 (around RM1,287 to RM1,504).
10) Graham Silverstone RS Endurance 24HR
Not many watches pay tribute to one of Europe’s iconic track and its legendary endurance race. This is probably one of the most heavily motorsports inspired timepieces ever made with a seconds counter shaped like a disc brake and race tire patterned strap. The watch also has a double chronograph function to measure 24 hour races and lap times. Sounds complicated, intricate and expensive and it is! With a price tag of USD14,580 (around RM64,700), it’s more of an investment for the rich and famous.
There you have it, fellow motorsport enthusiasts. This is our take on the best motorsport/motorcycle-inspired watches. There are indeed a lot more watches worth mentioning in this article but if we include all of the great ones, this list will be ten times as long filled with tonnes of great options. These ten selections are the most interesting in our opinion. Any plans to get a special someone an awesome birthday gift?