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Silverstone Poised for Battle of Britain
Posted by: newsla on Aug 25, 2014 - 05:33 PM
Silverstone Poised for Battle of Britain

An enticing fight is emerging for this year’s Moto2™ title, as Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio go head-to-head. Following on from their second one-two result of the season at Brno, Silverstone will host the 12th encounter.


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Last time out, the Czech Grand Prix saw Spaniard Rabat winning from Kallio in a controlled performance, while the Finnish rider fought up to second place from sixth on the grid and despite crashing both in qualifying and the Sunday Warm-Up session. This leaves 12 points between the duo with seven Grands Prix still to go. Last year, they finished fourth and sixth at Silverstone, but one doubts this happening again.

Elsewhere, Sandro Cortese travels to England fresh from his first podium finish in the intermediate category, while manufacturers Suter and Kalex are now locked together on 30 race wins apiece. Who will be first to hit 31? Arguably Kalex is the favourite, having won three of the four Moto2™ races to have been staged at Silverstone since 2010. Perhaps local fans will be hoping for Speed Up success, though, as that could signal a home victory for Sam Lowes who crashed out of a podium position at Brno. Incidentally, it is Moto2™ that has delivered one of only two home Grand Prix successes at Silverstone, when Scott Redding triumphed in glorious fashion last year.

Could a 25th birthday provide winning motivation for Xavier Simeon as the Belgian looks to return to the podium for the first time since Argentina? He is not the only rider hunting for a return to the top, as the likes of Paginas Amarillas HP 40 pairing Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom are keen for a return to the rostrum, as are Switzerland’s Tom Luthi and Dominique Aegerter who at Brno put on a spectacular show with their battle for fourth position. And what of Anthony West? Bearing in mind the events of Assen, the Australian would encourage a British rain shower…

At Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2, a familiar surname will return to the World Championship in the form of Mamola. On this occasion it is Dakota Mamola, son of 13-time Grand Prix winner Randy, covering for Nico Terol who will miss the race due to physical problems which have arisen from premature muscle fatigue. Mamola has been competing this season in the Moto2™ ranks of the FIM CEV Repsol championship, while Terol hopes to make a full recuperation as soon as possible.

A late addition to the event entry list, Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams will make a one-off Grand Prix return at the ripe age of 50 as a Moto2™ wild-card riding Brough Superior’s exotic carbon prototype designed by Taylor Made Racing.

First Moto2™ practice at Silverstone is to start at 10:55am local time (GMT +1) on Friday, while Sunday’s race starts at the earlier time of 11:20am local time.

Moto3™: Moto3™ heads to England with two new winners
The lightweight class of the World Championship has welcomed two brand-new winners in as many Grands Prix, as the recent Indianapolis-Brno double-header saw experienced heads Efren Vazquez and Alexis Masbou win for the first time.

In his first Grand Prix as a married man, Vazquez (who is set to celebrate his 28th birthday on the Tuesday after the British Grand Prix) triumphed at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in World Championship race start 116, while Masbou established a new record for the longest time between career race debut and first Grand Prix victory: the Frenchman’s Brno win came in his 133rd Grand Prix start.

At Brno, other new records were also achieved: notably the fact that the margin of 1.944 seconds marked the smallest gap ever between the race winner and 16th place finisher, beating a record originally established in the 125cc Italian GP at Mugello in 1999. Towards the front of the Brno group, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jack Miller finished fifth to extend his championship lead to 23 points over Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Marquez, whose team-mate Alex Rins had thrown victory out of the window by inadvertently celebrating while running in the lead at the end of the penultimate lap.

Thanks to the successes of Vazquez and Masbou, Honda has now decreased KTM’s Constructors’ Championship lead to just 18 points, while Husqvarna has closed to within 15 points of third-placed Mahindra thanks to Danny Kent’s podium finish in the Czech Republic. This marked both Kent’s first rostrum result since returning to the Moto3™ class and Husqvarna’s first top three finish for 42 years; the marque last made the podium in 1972, with Bo Granath in his home Swedish Grand Prix.

Familiar face Jasper Iwema will be making a wildcard return this weekend with KRP Abbink Racing, while Britain’s own Joseph Irving lines up with the Redline Motorcycles/KTM UK team. At Mahindra Racing, in the meantime, Arthur Sissis will be replaced by Italian Andrea Migno for the rest of the 2014 season.

Opening Moto3™ practice for the Hertz British Grand Prix starts at 9am local time (GMT +1) on Friday. Sunday’s race will run to a modified time schedule, coming up after MotoGP™ and starting at 2:30pm local time.

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