Following a two-week break from the action at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, the 2017 MotoGP Championship continues with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, round 12 of 18.
UltimateMotorcycling.com put together all the facts and figures ahead of this weekend’s British GP.
1. Silverstone is built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Forcer bomber station, and the airfield’s three runways create the classic triangle format of Silverstone. The current track is 3.67 miles and features 18 corners.
2. If starting, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi will make history at the British Grand Prix. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 pilot will become the first rider in history to have 300 premier-class starts. Rossi only has one premier-class victory at Silverstone (2015, Yamaha).
3. Leading the points battle with six rounds remaining is Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who finished on the podium at the last five rounds, including wins in Germany and Brno.
4. As he chases his fourth MotoGP title, Marquez has 174 points, and leads Austria MotoGP winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) by 16 points, and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales by 24 points. He has only one premier-class win at Silverstone (2014, Honda RC213V).
5. Dovizioso earned his third win of 2017 MotoGP at Austria last weekend, beating out Marquez by a mere 0.176 of a second, with Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa claiming third. Dovi, Marquez and Vinales all share three victories so far this season. The other two to win were Pedrosa and Rossi.