2021 MotoGP British Grand Prix Preview

After a weekend off MotoGP, along with Moto2 and Moto3, return to action at Silverstone for the latest Grand Prix of the season.

In Moto3 Pedro Acosta continues to head the standings. The Spaniard has a 41 point advantage over Sergio Garcia entering this weekend having finished fourth in the second race at the Red Bull Ring. By comparison Garcia went on to claim victory last time out, having finished second in the two races prior.

Completing the top three in the Moto3 standings is Romano Fenati. The Italian claimed pole position and went on to finish fifth in the Austrian Grand Prix. He finds himself 48 points behind Garcia and has a five point advantage over fourth placed Dennis Foggia.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner goes to Silverstone at the top of the standings and has a 19 point advantage over nearest rival, and teammate, Raul Fernandez. The latter won the Austrian Grand Prix while Gardner finished down in seventh.

Marco Bezzecchi completes the top three in the rider standings and is 28 points behind Fernandez having followed up his victory in the Styrian Grand Prix with tenth place in the Austrian Grand Prix. The Italian has a 45 point gap to fourth placed Sam Lowes who claimed pole position and then finished fourth in the second Red Bull Ring race.

It will also be interesting to see how Augusto Fernandez and Ai Ogura do this weekend. The former goes to Silverstone having finished third in the three races prior, while Ogura put in good performances in the two races at the Red Bull Ring, claiming a season best result of second in the second race.

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In MotoGP Fabio Quartararo goes into the British Grand Prix weekend with a 47 point advantage over nearest rivals Francesco Bagnaia and Joan Mir at the top of the championship. This is after the championship leader completed the Red Bull Ring double header with a third and seventh place finish compared to Bagnaia’s eleventh and second and Mir’s second and fourth.

The last time MotoGP raced at Silverstone was back in 2019 where the Suzuki of Alex Rins pipped Marc Marquez to victory on the line. This and considering that Mir has finished inside the top four in five of the last six races will make it interesting to see how the reigning champion does at Silverstone this weekend.

Elsewhere in the championship, Austrian Grand Prix winner Brad Binder will head into this weekend sixth in the standings, three points ahead of Maverick Vinales and seven points behind fifth placed Jack Miller.

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Vinales was suspended by Yamaha ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix and has since had his contract terminated with immediate effect. It will therefore mean that Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow will replace the Spaniard in the factory Yamaha team, having filled in for the injured Franco Morbidelli in Austria. With Morbidelli still recovering, it means that Moto2 rider Jake Dixon will make his premier class debut this weekend with the Petronas Yamaha SRT in front of his home crowd.

Lastly a quick mention on Jorge Martin who followed up his victory in the Styrian Grand Prix with third place in the second race at the Red Bull Ring. The Spaniard is tenth in the standings five points ahead of eleventh placed Marc Marquez and three points behind fourth placed Aleix Espargaro.

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