It was back in 1977 that the Silverstone track first staged a motorcycle Grand Prix, which was also the first to be held on the British mainland. Prior to then, the British leg of the World Championship was held at the Isle of Man TT circuit, dating back to 1949. In 1988 World Championship racing moved to Donington Park, but returned to Silverstone in 2010 after a 23-year break. The UK is a hot-bed for producing some of the best riders in the history of the World Championship, including Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Phil Read and the legendary Barry Sheene.
How the Bookies See it
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- Marc Marquez couldn’t quite make it three wins in a row in Austria last time out, and doesn’t have the greatest recent record at this track. His last win at Silverstone was back in 2014, and he has failed to finish on the podium in the two years since. He has his work cut out if he is to challenge this time around.
- Andrea Dovizioso produced his first win since June 11th in Austria to move back in to contention in the title race. He finished on the podium here in 2015 and will need to produce a similar ride to keep the pressure on Marquez.
- Maverick Vinales was a disappointing sixth in Austria two weeks ago and has now dropped to third in the World Standings after just one podium finish since June 4th. However, he won this race last year so could arrive with the confidence to repeat that feat.
- Three successive podium finishes in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria has put Dani Pedrosa back in the title picture. He has finished in the top five at this track every year since 2012 and could be another big threat for the podium places.
Although Maverick Vinales won here last year, his recent form means his price of 3/1 looks far too short, as does market leader Marc Marquez’s 15/8 price, based on his latest Silverstone results. However, Dani Pedrosa’s recent podium finishes, coupled with his results here over the last five-years makes him a very interesting 10/1 each-way prospect. Andrea Dovizioso also looks a good each-way price at 9/1.
British rider Cal Crutchlow was second here twelve-months ago, and roared on by a passionate home crowd, could go one better this year. He is a 16/1 shot and is worth another each-way punt.
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