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Monster athletes during the 2016 MotoGP season in Silverstone, UK

Crutchlow and Rossi make the box at British Grand Prix

Sep 042016

Silverstone drips with motorsport history but Cal Crutchlow’s bid to keep altering the MotoGP record books in terms of British achievement stretched on at the twelfth round of the FIM World Championship today as Maverick Viñales dashed away to snare his maiden success at the highest level. Fans well accustomed to the UK climate and propensity for surprises, took a chance on cloudy skies and packed the stands of the largely flat but fast English course as MotoGP reconvened after the recent trip to Brno….And were served with another phenomenal slice of theatre.

The LCR Honda man was part of the cast list in a fantastic MotoGP sprint for second position as Viñales made a breakaway at the head of the pack. Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Ducati’s Iannone (until the Italian crashed out) along with Crutchlow somehow found centimetres to share around the sweeping curves and curbs of the track that first hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix in ’77.

“Honestly it is a dream come true to stand on the podium at your home Grand Prix. I’m pleased for my team, they really deserve it,” said Crutchlow whose previous best result on home asphalt had been a sixth position and he now has three trophies for the year. “Sure I wanted to win but I’m happy with a podium; no doubt about that. We had a superb battle and that's what it’s all about: entertaining the crowd.”   


“It was a great race and a great battle,” said Rossi after his sixth podium of the year (and 250 career starts in MotoGP) that allowed him to reduce the points deficit in the championship standings to 50 behind Marquez. “I enjoyed it a lot and I am happy with this podium because I had to fight a lot from the first corner to the last. We were not so strong and we know we suffer with the tyres in the second part of the race. It was good! I tried my maximum. It was a good, hard but fair fight [with Marquez].”

MotoGP is in a hurry. The Gran Premio TIM de San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini takes place next weekend at the Misano World Circuit Simoncelli on the west coast of Italy; the closest Valentino Rossi has to a home fixture and for the rest of the vaunted VR46 Academy.