After his fourth MotoGP win on the trot last weekend at the Czech Motorcycle Grand Prix in Brno, Honda’s Marc Marquez looks almost unstoppable as he heads to this Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone for round 12 of the season.
The Spanish rookie is firmly at the top of the championship, leaving his team mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo looking for ways to reignite their championship bids.
Lorenzo said after the Brno race, in which he finished third, that more was needed from his Yamaha M1 if he was to challenge the Hondas, so it remains to be seen if the Yamaha’s highly anticipated “seamless transmission” will be introduced on time.
His Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi will be hoping for more regular podium visits after taking yet another fourth in Brno, while Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, with all the expectations of a home race on his shoulders, will aim to put on a show for his home fans and forget his crash last time out.
Crutchlow’s team mate Bradley Smith, in his first MotoGP outing in front of local support, will also look for a strong showing after a difficult Brno, though he will not have it easy with the satellite Hondas’ recent form.
The Ducati team continue to search for a formula to make them more competitive, though they will be pleased that Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso are pushing themselves to the limit.
The race schedule will once again veer from the norm with the MotoGP race at 2pm (SA time), sandwiched between the Moto2 and Moto3 supporting races.
World championship standings MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda – 213 points
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda – 187
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha – 169
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha – 143
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha – 127