For a number of years now, the third and final race held in August for MotoGP is the British Grand Prix, one of the most fascinating events on the world championship calendar which takes place at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the UK. Let’s have a look at ten key facts about the race:
– Andrea Dovizioso’s win in Austria last weekend was the 49th for Ducati in MotoGP. Just one more win to go now to reach the half-century mark…
– The Silverstone race, together with Austin, Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring, is one of the few events on the MotoGP calendar where a Formula 1 Grand Prix is also held.
– Andrea Dovizioso’s win at Silverstone in 2017 is Ducati’s only win at this circuit so far.
– This is the 71st season in which Great Britain hosts a round of the motorcycle Grand Prix championship: 28 events have been held on the Isle of Man, 23 at Donington and 19 at Silverstone so far. Only Italy, Britain and the Netherlands have held at least one GP every year (71 consecutive seasons).
– For the tenth successive season the British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone, following a major redesign of the track in 2010.
– Andrea Dovizioso, Wayne Gardner, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi are the only riders in the premier class to have won on two different circuits in the United Kingdom, at Donington and Silverstone.
– With its 5.9 km length, Silverstone is the longest track in the entire championship, and together with Austin, is the only circuit where the lap time is more than two minutes.
– The top speed record for MotoGP at Silverstone is 332.4 km/h, which was set by Andrea Iannone on a Ducati in FP3 in 2015.
– Danilo Petrucci’s first podium in MotoGP was obtained here at Silverstone in 2015, on board the Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.
– The circuit, which is situated about 120 km north-west of London, was built on a Second World War airfield. The three diagonal runways making up the original airfield are still visible today.