You’ve seen the real Hertz British Grand Prix last weekend at Silverstone, and have read what the riders had to say, so why not check out how the now famous Los Minibikers saw the race with their own original cartoon footage.
As usual, we close the chapter of the British GP weekend with a nice collection of pictures starring some of the hottest ladies who attended the event. The show on the track did not let down the fans who went to enjoy the races at the Silverstone circuit, but these gorgeous English Roses made sure that no one got bored while the engines were switched off. We hope you like it.
We hope that you guys aren’t tired of looking at our previous MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 galleries (854 fantastic photos) because we still have another batch of images from the Hertz British GP at Silverstone.
This new gallery puts you right inside the MotoGP paddock, in garages where everyone is hard at work, the pitlane, the parc ferme and naturally the podium.
Despite the usual topsy turvy weather at Silverstone (not that Assen is much better) today’s MotoGP race was actually entertaining, especially watching Alvaro Bautista finish in fourth and seeing a stoic and gutsy Cal Crutchlow carve through the field something that no one could have predicted, and between Crutchlow’s 6th place and Scott Redding’s fight to second in Moto2 and the fact that Thursday’s Day of Champions raised £254,989 for Riders for Health, British fans can be more than proud.
Check out the what the rest of the MotoGP field had to say.
Alvaro Bautista- 4th
“It has been a great weekend and it has confirmed the progress we have made since Catalunya. I am so happy to finish so close to the podium. Maybe I could have attacked for third at the end but it would have been risky and I just wanted to run with them to the end and not make mistakes. We have brought home some big points for the championship which was important for me and the team. Yesterday on pole and today just five seconds off the win – that is a very positive weekend and I hope we can continue from here. I’m pleased with the progress we have made, which is credit to the team engineers and to Showa. Our objective now is to take another step forward and run with the front guys on a more consistent basis.”
Casey Stoner admitted that it took eighteen months for Honda to partially solve the rear chattering that has plagued him since he started riding the RC 213V, and with the introduction of the new spec front tire they had to throw away all the previous data they jad and change their set-up sccordingly. In an interview with Sportmediaset he said he could have been closer to Jorge Lorenzo in today’s race if he hadn’t had front end chatter (it’s strange that he decided to use the softer front tire compound which gave him front chatter during the Catalunya test) and consumed the left hand side of his rear tire - Ducati’s Nicky Hayden had the exact same rear tire issues and he faded to 7th.
“It wasn’t a great race for us today, we saw the pace the Yamahas had in the early laps and it was really worrying to me,” said Stoner. “As early as lap three the bike wasn’t feeling good, especially on the left side, the tyre destroyed itself almost immediately. My plan was to try and get to the front and hold them up but Ben was proving difficult to pass, then he made a small mistake and I was able to slip through and I tried to hold it from there. We knew we didn’t have a better pace than the other riders and it wouldn’t be long until they were on us so I did what I could to stay in front. Today we needed a little more grip and we would have been able to fight for the win but looking at the rear tyres at the end of the race, there was definitely something wrong with ours.”
Ever since he took out his former team mate Nicky Hayden at Estoril in 2006, Dani Pedrosa has become ultra careful when he puts his wheels near his team mate and not ruin their races, and today with Casey Stoner it wasn’t any different.
“I have mixed feelings after this race. I’m happy to be on the podium at this circuit for several reasons: it’s a track where I have always struggled a lot, we had a very tough weekend - it wasn’t easy for us to learn the circuit and set up the bike with these weather conditions, also I didn’t have one of my best race starts. I saw that Jorge was the man to follow, so I managed to pass Dovizioso, Bautista and Spies and caught Casey, who was second. But at this time, Jorge was gone and I tried twice to pass Casey, but he pulled a little again and in the last chicane, I tried to overtake him but I had a flash in my mind and I saw both Repsol Honda’s on the ground, so I settled for third place,” said Pedrosa.
Three Spaniards took the highest podium in today’s three classes at the British GP, Maverick Vinales, Pol Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo. However it wasn’t any easy race admitted the Yamaha rider as he got caught behind several riders in the opening laps and that made it much more difficult to find his rhythm, but he kept his cool, looking for the right opportunities to pass those in front of him until he caught Casey Stoner and there the two swapped places for three corners until and then gave it all he had.
“Today was a very difficult race, the front guys were very strong and very fast so it was very hard for me to catch them and stay with them. Little by little the rear tyre drops a bit more, I had good confidence and I was faster than them and I started to catch them. When I caught up I didn’t want to crash so I waited for my moment and was patient. When I caught Casey we had a wonderful fight, luckily for us I had a better pace and I passed him. Four laps from the end I made a big mistake and almost crashed! I’m very happy with the result, and for the team who gave me a good bike again, ” said Lorenzo.
Ben Spies had an excellent start at Silverstone and actually lead the race for four laps and kept six riders at bay until he made a mistake on lap five an and ran wide, and while on the outside it seemed that the American had made a costly error it was actually a problem with his rear tire that made him fade to fifth.
“Today was a bitter sweet day, we made a good start and had a really good pace in the beginning. After four or five laps we had a big problem with the rear tyre and lost all our momentum and pace. It turned into damage control after that. From the start of the season to now, top five is a better result. The potential of the bike was great today and we could have been fighting for the podium or the win with Jorge,” commented Spies
The legendary Giacomo Agostini decided to celebrate his 70th birthday (June 16, 1942) with Yamaha during this weekend’s British GP. The GOAT (15 World Championship titles) and the Japanese team with the help of Ago’s wife Maria (who is Spanish) and their two children, Victoria and Giacomino organized the party.
Agostini raced for MV Agusta for most of his career before switching to Yamaha and gave them two titles, one in the 350cc category and their first ever in the 500cc class.
Saturday night in Yamaha’s hospitality ‘Ago’ was joined by a host of racing stars including current Yamaha Factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, the recently retired Loris Capirossi and a number of living legends from Grand Prix racing history including Phil Read, John Cooper, Angel Nieto, Franco Uncini and Jim Redman. James Toseland turned up to sing Happy Birthday to the former champion and even Valentino Rossi crossed the Yamaha doors once again to wish Agostini a Happy Birthday and give him a special AGV helmet.
Jorge Lorenzo made it three in a row after taking another victory in today’s MotoGP race at Silverstone, but for everyone watching the race, the moral winner and the real star had to be a phenomenal Cal Crutchlow.
Silverstone was dry with track temperatures much higher than they had been all weekend and when the lights went out, Ben Spies shot to the lead followed by Casey Stoner (the only one on soft front tire), Alvaro Bautista, Nicky Hayden, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso. For the first three laps the front runners were all over each other until Lorenzo began lowering his lap time ejile Stoner easily took the lead on the fourth lap when Spies ran wide.
Lorenzo was on a mission and after disposing of Dovizioso, Pedrosa and Hayden he set his sights on Bautista and Spies and after taking care of the these riders and then went after the Repsol Honda rider and on the eleventh lap the two had a superb battle for three corners; Lorenzo took the lead at the Abbey, Stoner counter attacked at the Farm and then the Spaniard grabbed the lead again and Stoner couldn’t respond and the Yamaha rider began to clear out and he would fly under the chequered flag with a comfortable 3.3 margin.
Stoner began suffering from tire wear and front end chattering in just two laps he was quicky caught by Pedrosa and Bautista and the Australian had to use tooth and nail to keep the other two Honda riders from overtaking him but he managed to hold his position to take second, followed by his team mate in third and Bautista who claimed his personal best in MotoGP with a fourth spot.
Espargaro was tatically perfect, he let Scott Redding and Bradley Smith battle it out for the lead over the first laps and giving the English fans something to cheer about, but then the Tech3 rider to started to fade and Espargaro moved on to Redding’s tail and on the seventh lap made his move and overtook the VDS rider and started to pull away leaving a fading Redding who dropped to fourth after being passed by both Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez.
The Italian and the Spaniard would keep the race exciting as Espargaro escaped, but it was Redding who suddenly changed pace and began chasing the two in front of him. Iannone began to fade losing pace compared to Marquez whose rhythm also changed and he too slowed down. Redding began posting some very fast laps caught up to the Spaniard with just seven laps left in the race.
Redding and Marquez hotly exchanged positions and in the final lap the two were almost head to head and the fight went to the line with Redding getting the better drive out of the last two turns and taking the second spot on the podium and leaving Marquez the third spot and just0.069s adrift, but the Spaniard now leads in the championship standings by six points over Espargaro-
Andrea Iannone took fourth after battling with his fellow countryman Simone Corsi, while Claudio Corti took sixth. Bradley Smith after leading the race ended up seventh followed by a struggling Thomas Lüthi. Dominique Aegerter and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio closed out the top ten.
The weather at Silverstone was sunny and dry even if there was still a stiff wind blowing for this morning’s MotoGP’s warm-up practice and for several riders lap times dropped compared to their qualifying times.
The fastest rider was Jorge Lorenzo who had several runs under the 2.04 mark and finally stopped the clock in 2’03″763. Nicky Hayden was an excellent second and proving that he would have been higher on today’s starting grid if he hadn’t crashed out at the Vale yesterday, as he was just 0.219s from Lorenzo.
Putting his Honda into third was Casey Stoner who as usual was in and out of his garage for a total of seven laps and he too was just a little of two tenths of a second adrift for the top Yamaha rider. Ben Spies show great consistency as he finished fourth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Silverstone pole man Alvaro Bautista.
Hector Barbera had another good session as he seventh and a little less than eighth tenths off pace, the new electronics on his GP12 Valencia version is doing wonders for the Spaniard. Stefan Bradl was eighth and the last rider to be within a second from the top of the timesheets.
Valentino Rossi ended up 9th but he managed to shave off almost a second from his yesterday’s qualifying time and avoiding the bump at the Vale like the plague. Cal Crutchlow received the all clear from the Silverstone medics and griting his teeth for his home crowd he took the 10th spot.
Mattia Pasini had an awful session, he crashed out at the start of the practice and when he returned to track with his second bike it died on him and he didn’t record one single lap. James Ellison had a big highside at the Woodcote and he limped off track assisted by the marshals.