This year's premier bike racing series is living up to expectations, particularly for UK race fans! There were three British highlights, one rider on each of the Grand Prix podiums at Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina; Danny Kent winner in Moto3, Sam Lowes 3rd in Moto2 and Cal Crutchlow 3rd in MotoGP!
And as if that wasn't enough, the MotoGP race provided drama in lorry loads! Defending champ Marc Marquez decided to use the softer of the tyre options available to his factory Honda while Valentino Rossi's factory Yamaha team opted for the extra hard rear tyre compound. It brought the two contenders together, literally, in the closing stages and Marc crashed out while trying to repass the legendary Italian. And then there was that beautiful pass for third place by Cal Crutchlow 2 bends from home over Andrea Iannone! Finally, there was the subtle hint of the masters intention, Rossi appeared on the podium wearing an Argentinian Maradona shirt that just happened to have a number 10 on it. If he pulls it off, Rossi will win his tenth GP championship in 2015. Roll on Jerez in 2 weeks!
British MotoGP promoters, Circuit of Wales, recently held a press conference at the Piccadilly Sports Bar in Rupert Street, London, underlining their aspirations for young riders in Britain in the future. They also reiterated their position regarding the public enquiry to be held this month, (March), and were confident work would start on the track in South Wales later this year. Hosted by KH, on stage were Chris Herring of CoW and guests of honour, Sam Lowes, 24, current SpeedUp Moto2 rider, Rory Skinner, 13, Red Bull Rookie contender and Riders for Health CEO, Andrea Coleman.
And, after a bit of kerfuffle, it's back to Silverstone for the British MotoGP! With the Circuit of Wales project delayed by red tape, and the contract dead between CoW (promoters for at least 5 years) and Donington Park, it gave the new management team at Silverstone a golden opportunity to regain the initiative. And they have. For two years! Perhaps now we can all look forward to a bit of stability and a cracking British GP, and a state of the art new track in South Wales for 2017?!
This could be a classic year of MotoGP, I hope you enjoy our coverage. If you see me at any of the tracks, please don't be shy!
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