About the Race
Silverstone has become one of the most prestigious motorsport venues in the world, with over 60 years of history. A multimillion pound investment in track improvements has made it one of the fastest circuits on the MotoGP calendar. The track first held a motorcycle Grand Prix in 1977, but prior to that the British round of the World Championship had been held on the Isle of Man TT circuit. World Championship racing moved to Donington Park in 1988, returning to Silverstone in 2010 after a 23-year break.
Marc Marquez is a strong favourite to record another MotoGP victory at odds of 6/4. Jorge Lorenzo is the 9/4 second-favourite, whilst Andrea Dovizioso is the 11/4 third-favourite.
Marc Marquez had to settle for another podium finish in Austria last time out, finishing second behind Jorge Lorenzo, but still increasing his lead in the World Standings. Marquez won at Silverstone in 2014, but in the races since then he finished fourth in 2016 and failed to finish in 2015 and 2017. He might be vulnerable again at a track he and the Repsol Honda team have struggled at in recent years.
Valentino Rossi, second in the World Standings, has now failed to make the podium in the last two races, in the Czech Republic and Austria, and he has fallen further behind in the title race. He has made the podium in each of his previous four visits to Silverstone though, winning in 2015 and finishing third on the other three occasions. He could challenge for another top-three finish, but he’ll have to improve his recent form.
Jorge Lorenzo finished second in the Czech Republic and won in Austria to move up to third in the World Standings. He won at Silverstone in 2010, 2012 and 2013, but has not been able to match those achievements in recent years, finishing fifth last year and down in eighth in 2016. He’s certainly in form, so can’t be written off.
This is a wide-open race and a number of riders will arrive in the UK confident they can win this contest. Marc Marquez has struggled here recently, so although an obvious threat, his price is too short based on previous Silverstone performances. Andrea Dovizioso offers a better price and is in good form. He followed up his recent win in the Czech Republic with a third-place finish in Austria. He also won this race last year and could make it back-to-back wins in the UK.
Sports.net's Top Tip
Cal Crutchlow, on home soil, looks a solid each-way bet at odds of 11/1. He was second in 2016 and fourth last year, so can certainly challenge for a podium finish again.
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