The turbulence of the weather and the memories of cancellation in 2018 were firmly forgotten at Silverstone as one of the oldest and most historic venues and events on the MotoGP slate bounced back with zeal for the twelfth round of the ’19 series.
Sunshine and a resurfaced track provided a splendid backdrop for one of the all-time British Grand Prix classics as Suzuki’s Alex Rins swooped on the fiercely fast Woodcote corner to beat world champ Marc Marquez by less than half a bike length at the flag. It echoed the iconic dice between two titans of Grand Prix – Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts – exactly forty years earlier around the same course and decided on the same curve.
For Rins it represented a u-turn in form and results after a sticky period in the middle of the campaign where he dropped away from world title contention and providing an even stiffer challenge to Marquez. The Catalan was left disbelieving after being denied victory on the final bend for the second Grand Prix in a row.