GoPro British Grand Prix

26 August 2018
Silverstone Circuit in Britain

The 12th Round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship was at Silverstone at a track that's steeped in history and it has had five different winners in the last five years in the MotoGP class.

Past winners for the last five years are

  • 2013 Jorge Lorenzo was the winner on a Yamaha
  • 2014 Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda, was victorious
  • 2015 Valentino Rossi took the win in wet conditions
  • 2016 saw Maverick Viñales takes his first win for Suzuki
  • 2017 Andrea Dovizioso took the flag for the Ducati factory

This year there was only one winner. The weather. It beat everyone into submission. The new track surface couldn't cope with it.

After a dry start on Friday, it was mixed weather on the Saturday. There was drama in free practice four.

Half way through the downpour started, the cloud burst 4cm of water fell in less than 10 minutes, causing big problems on track. At the end of the Hangar straight a lot of dangerous standing water accumulated causing riders to aquaplane.

Tito Rabat moments before his catastrophic accident

This made five riders go down at Stowe corner. The worst was Tito Rabat, he slid off in what seemed an innocuous way. As he was getting up and going to safety, Franco Morbidelli aquaplaned crashing and his Honda careered into Rabat at over 90mph. knocking him for six. Rabat took the full force of the Honda on his leg, sending him flying for over 50 yards.

Rabat after taking the full force of the wayward Honda

The session was instantaneously red flagged, marshals and medical staff were attending to him immediately treating him on the spot.

He was taken to the Clinica Mobile medical centre where he was diagnosed with a triple fracture to his right leg. He then was air-lifted to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment.

The session was delayed by half an hour while the emergency helicopter returned.

This was only the start of Silverstone's problems.

On the Sunday the start time for the race had been brought forward to 12.30pm. As a storm was expected in the afternoon. It came early, so the start was pushed back to 4.30pm. There was still a lot of standing water on various parts of the circuit.

So race direction called a meeting with the riders and IRTA. They decided the race should be cancelled. Some of the teams suggested having the race on the Bank Holiday Monday, but this was rejected. I discovered later that it was due to some team were testing on Wednesday and said it would cause problems logistically.

So that was that. A disappointing end to the British Grand Prix. Many of the cold and wet fans demanded a refund. Dorna and lot of the riders sent messages of apology to the fans for the cancellation via social media. Dorna/MotoGP officials gave an explanation to why the event was cancelled.

Several MotoGP riders took to social media to say sorry to fans after Silverstone was cancelled

After the cancellation of the GoPro British Grand Prix on Sunday, riders took to social media to apologise to the fans that turned up at a soaked Silverstone, and those who tuned in all around the world, for not being able to go out and race.

Valentino Rossi said

"A big sorry to all my fans we don't race. It is a great shame they had to cancel the race.

"I wanted to race as I can go well in wet conditions. Of course we don't want anyone to be hurt.

"Also I think also we could have raced Monday."

Cal Crutchlow said

"We are all very sorry to the dedicated fans that came to Silverstone today. I am devastated to not race my home Grand Prix. Nothing I can say I am sure will make the situation any better but thank you to all the fans for being patient and marshals for waiting it out today!"

Bradley Smith put on twitter

"Rain stopped play! Thanks to all my loyal British fans!"

Scott Redding on Instagram said

"It was a very wet day here in Silverstone circuit but I was ready to race and put on a great show for my fans!!! On the attack from lap 1. But safety is a very important in our sport. Until next time. "

From Marc Márquez

"Race cancelled!

"We are very sorry for all the fans, we are the first ones that we want to ride but safety is the priority.

"Carrera cancelada! Lo sentimos mucho por todos los aficionados, somos los primeros que queremos correr pero la seguridad es la prioridad."

Marc Márquez in a Honda press release said

"It has been a long, unusual, tiring day that we hope won't happen again. The Safety Commission analysed the situation and I think the Race Direction has to be thanked, they listened, and in the end, safety was everybody's main consideration! One of us riders is in hospital already.

"During the day, I watched the screen and saw all the fans in the grandstands patiently waiting; it would have been good to reward them, but in the end, sometimes we must keep a cool head and think."

Maverick Viñales tweeted said

"Finally, race cancelled... Sorry about that to all the fans but safety is the priority. See you in Misano!

"Al final, carrera cancelada... Me sabe muy mal por todos los fans, pero la seguridad es lo primero. Nos vemos en Misano! "

Andrea Dovizioso said this

"It was a real pity not to be able to do the race because we were very competitive, especially in the dry.

"A weekend that was going well for us turned into an unacceptable situation, and so now it will be necessary to understand exactly what happened.

"We'll talk about it in the Safety Commission at the next race, because to resurface a track and then find out it has more bumps than before, together with a problem of drainage, is just not good enough for a championship of this level."

Jorge Lorenzo on motogp.com said

"We decided we didn't feel safe on the asphalt

"After my victory in Austria, I was keen to race today, but the conditions at Silverstone wouldn't allow it"

And on twitter Jorge put

"No race today... thanks to all the British fans for your support. See you in Misano! "

Johann Zarco said this in a Monster Tech 3 Press release

"The race was cancelled after we were waiting a long time today hoping that the rain stops and we have less water on the track. We usually can race when it's raining and although it was raining all day today, the rain was not very heavy. But with the new asphalt apparently, they did a mistake and it was so slippery with the bumps and there was aquaplaning.

"The crash on Saturday has been very strange and we could feel that almost every rider was already on the limit on the sighting lap. We took the decision we can not race because there was still too much water. It's a pity we can't go out there because we all were ready. But in the end, it's safer to take this decision."

Hafizh Syahrin stated this in a Monster Tech 3 Press release

"The safety commission decided to cancel the race because there's just too much water on the track. I can't say much. We wanted to race, but there's nothing we can do. It's a pity with the new asphalt, so I hope they solve this kind of situation.

"I really wanted to go out and learn on the GP bike in these kind of conditions, but it's decided and we need to accept. See you next year, Silverstone!

"Now we just look forward to the next race, trying to improve and learn."

Herve Poncharal 2018 Monster Tech 3 Yamaha Team Manager had this to say in a Monster Tech 3 Press release

"I've always been a democrat and I respect the majority, I respect above everything the riders because they are the ones who take the risk and they can decide above anybody if it's safe to ride or not.

"Personally, straight after the grid formation and when we decided not to race, as the conditions were so bad and unsafe, which was the right decision from race direction to postpone the start of the race, all the team managers had a meeting and there was a possibility as tomorrow there is a bank holiday in the UK and tomorrow the sun will be shining, the track will be dry, so everything was ready for a great MotoGP race, which most of the time we have here at Silverstone.

"But some team managers decided that they didn't want to do it, although we already did it in Qatar and it was not the end of the world to organize a few more rooms or change a few flight tickets. I have always been frank and said what I think and I think we should always try to race. There was a possibility to do it in a safe way and I'm disappointed we didn't take it. But anyway, let's forget about that, come out of here. We just can say that we feel very, very sorry for the spectators that have been around and waiting this race for a year and I think this should be more in our mind. We go back to the sunshine in the South of France and hopefully we'll have great race in Misano."!

From Dani Pedrosa said on twitter

"Sorry for all the fans that have been waiting! See you in the next one!

"Lo siento por todos los fans que habais estado esperando anos vemos en la praxima!"

And Dani Pedrosa in a Honda press release said

"I think it was obvious that with this weather, the track wasn't in a proper condition to race today. The Safety Commission agreed that it wasn't safe enough, and I think it was a right decision.

"It's a great shame because racing is what we always prefer to do. And we tried very hard actually, first moving up the start and then later delaying it as long as possible.

"Of course we're sorry for the fans who came to see us and waited for us all day, but I'm even sorrier for Tito, who is injured and has a long recovery ahead."

Aleix Espargaró put on Instagram

"Sorry to all MotoGP fans for not race today, the track was in very bad conditions, and safety is first!"

Alvaro Bautista said

"Sorry to fans today at Silverstone for the British GP but conditions weren't safe for race... nobody deserved to miss the show.

"Lo siento, los fancos estuvieron hoy en a las fans q estaban hoy en Silverstone para el GP de Gran Bretana, pero no eran seguras las condiciones para correr...ningungo mereciamos perdernos el espectaculo."

Franco Morbidelli said

"I know it's a shame but nature is stronger than us, (especially if you don't make a tarmac that suits its moods)

"See you all in Misano!"

A message from organisers Dorna/MotoGP to all MotoGP fans about the cancellation of the GoPro British Grand Prix due to track conditions being deemed too unsafe.

Carmelo Ezpeleta head of Dorna/MotoGP the series organisers

"Regarding the Cancelled race at British GP due to unsafe track condition. We are very sorry for the MotoGP fans today.

"MotoGP extend their apologies to fans in the wake of the cancellation of the event.

"MotoGP would like to take the opportunity to apologise to fans, both those in the grandstands at the event and those watching worldwide, for the cancellation of the GoPro British Grand Prix."

Mike Webb Race Direction Head of Race Direction, The Safety Commission and Chief Safety Officer

"We would also like to thank them for their patience in waiting for what is often one of the most spectacular races of the season to get underway in many cases out in the cold and wet weather that characterised Sunday at Silverstone.

"Fans are the heart of MotoGP and we deeply regret that we were not able to enjoy the GoPro British Grand Prix in 2018. Safety is paramount, however, and Race Direction, together with the Safety Commission - which includes the riders - deemed track conditions at Silverstone to be too dangerous and therefore had no other option but to sadly cancel the event.

"Thank to you all for your patience and understanding."

Stuart Pringle, Silverstone MD, explains the situation of the British GP and offers his apologies to fans, with whom he will be in contact shortly.

MotoGP Free Practice 1

Viñales and Rossi Fastest in British Grand Prix MotoGP FP1!

Viñales and Rossi MoviStar Yamaha Fastest Take Top Two In First Practice One

Movistar Yamaha have made some progress at the tests at Misano. As Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi go fastest Free Practice One at Silverstone this morning.

Michele Gadda the electronics genius seems to have worked his magic on the black box as both Rossi and Viñales the two were able do some fast times at Silverstone and go fastest in FP1.

Viñales half hour in to the session set a lap of 2 minutes 02.713 seconds before going faster doing a 2 minute 02.423 seconds and then finished with a 2'02.073.

Rossi set a lap of 2 minutes 02.262 seconds on his last run to take second in the timings.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow went fastest with five minutes to go, setting a 2 minutes 02.401 seconds lap but he was pushed down to fourth place at the end.

Jack Miller, Alma Pramac Ducati, seems to have regained his form to finish in fifth place with a 2 minutes 02.973 seconds lap. Although he is nearly a second behind Viñales while Jorge Lorenzo, the leading works Ducati, was one place behind the satellite man with a 2 minute 03.115 seconds lap.

Tito Rabat has found something on his Ducati, to put his Avintia Ducati in seventh. Ecstar Suzuki's Andrea Iannone's early lap of 2'03.207 set on mediums was enough for him to grab eighth. Johann Zarco took ninth at the end of the session.

Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez slipped off at Brooklands after 10 minutes with another front end slide, try as he did, he couldn't save it this time. When he got back on track he couldn't get the pace, finishing tenth and 1.6s slower than Viñales.

Alvaro Bautista took 11th, the British rider, Bradley Smith on his KTM came 12th, Aleix Espargaró set a time to take him to 13th, but his Aprilia suffered another mechanical failure after that. Best Rookie was Taka Nakagami and Danilo Petrucci Alma Pramac Ducati, seemed to struggle down in 15th.

Álex Rins on the second Ecstar Suzuki was 16th. The other Repsol Honda man, Dani Pedrosa was well off the pace and could only go 17th fastest. Scott Redding, Aprilia, was 18th. French man, Loris Baz who had his first ride out on the KTM and finished 4.6s off the pace in 24th.

So it looks like the Factory MoviStar Yamahas have found something.

MotoGP Free Practice 1 Classification

Silverstone, Friday, 24 August 2018

MotoGP Free Practice 2

Andrea Dovizioso Beats Cal Crutchlow To Top Spot In FP2

The rain held off for all of FP2 at Silverstone as Andrea Dovizioso and home favourite Cal Crutchlow went quickest in FP2 at Silverstone as they were just 0.005s apart at the top of timing sheets.

FP1 fastest man, Maverick Viñales, finished third quickest, only 0.061 of a second off Dovizioso's time as his MoviStar Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi seemed like he struggled in FP2, finishing only eighth quickest, over seven-tenths down on Viñales.

Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez finished fourth fastest with a lap time of 2:01.529, as the last race winner, Jorge Lorenzo was fifth fastest.

Jack Miller, after his fifth in FP1, continued his good form sixth to go fastest overall.

Marc Márquez led the times for most of the beginning half of the session, swapping the lead with FP1 pacesetter Maverick Viñales, before the reigning champion's early 2minute 02.228 seconds was matched by Dovizioso.

Valentino Rossi then went top in the last 11 minutes with a time of 2 minutes 02.152 seconds, his time stood until the final runs.

With four minutes left Dovizioso then went fastest with a time of 2 minutes 01.385 seconds and Crutchlow only 5 thousandths of a second behind him on his LCR Castrol Honda.

The MoviStar Yamaha man, Viñales went third quickest, and made another marginal improvement on his next lap despite suffering a big moment exiting Woodcote, ending up 0.061seconds slower.

Márquez could no do more than fourth on the Factory Repsol Honda, 0.144 of a second slower than Dovizioso, while a minute push by Lorenzo on the second Factory Ducati took him up to fifth.

Jack Miller on his Alma Pramac Ducati was next fastest, he was third earlier in the session but went down to sixth, next was Johann Zarco on his Tech 3 Yamaha.

Zarco, still looking for his early season form, could only managed seventh at the end of FP2, the Frenchman going up two places from his FP1 ninth place.

Rossi was overtaken in the closing stages and dropped down to eighth place.

Ecstar Suzuki's Andrea Iannone managed to finish ninth quickest behind Rossi and Alvaro Bautista was tenth, taking the final Q2 spot provisionally.

Tito Rabat on his Avintia Ducati, would have made it into the top 10 but he had a big high speed get off at Farm corner on his last run, resigning him to 13th behind Takaaki Nakagami LCR Idemitsu Honda and the struggling Danilo Petrucci on his Alma Pramac Ducati.

The other Factory Repsol Honda man, Dani Pedrosa, finished well down in 15th, one place ahead of the best Aprilia finisher, Aleix Espargaró, while Bradley Smith to his KTM to 17th place.

Smith's new teammate, French man, Loris Baz improved a place to 23rd in FP2 with a time that is 3.3 seconds off Dovizioso's time.

MotoGP Free Practice 2 Classification

Silverstone, Friday, 24 August 2018

MotoGP Free Practice 3

Cal Crutchlow goes fastest in FP3 at Silverstone

The British fans had plenty to cheer about this morning as Crutchlow went quickest and Bradley Smith also went well to finish tenth in Free Practice Three of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The other Brit, Scott Redding had a tough time on his Aprilia ending up 21st. All the 24 riders found it hard to improve on their Friday times due to the cooler conditions.

Home favourite Cal Crutchlow on his LCR Castrol Honda went fastest with a time of 2 minutes 01.866 seconds ahead of improving Danilo Petrucci by just 0.027. Petrucci improved on his FP2 time and was one of only two riders in the top ten to go faster. Andrea Dovizioso stays top of combined times with his time from Friday.

Danilo Petrucci fast time ensured his place in Q2, moving up to seventh place on the combined times. Petrucci looked like he'd miss Q2 after Friday's practice, but he managed to set a fast time in FP3 in the cold conditions with a time of 2 minutes 01.893 seconds to go seventh on the combined times.

Popular Aussie Jack Miller went third fastest and sixth overall.

Johann Zarco on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, seems to have got his mojo back, going fourth fastest and top Yamaha, just ahead of both of the Factory MoviStar Yamaha men by only 0.012 of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi and his team mate, Maverick Viñales, they set identical times only 0.222 of a second behind Crutchlow.

FP3 started with some damp patches on the Silverstone circuit after some overnight rain the conditions improved as the track quickly dried up. But with cold track temperatures none of the MotoGP riders were able to improve on Dovizioso's FP2 time of 2 minutes 01.385 seconds.

An impressive ride by top rookie, Franco Morbidelli on his Marc VDS Honda setting a time of 2minutes 02.321 seconds, only 0.233 behind Crutchlow.

In eighth was FP2 fastest Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda Team and Brit KTM's Bradley Smith, Tito Rabat, Reale Avintia Ducati Racing, was 11th. Takaaki Nakagami who crashed his LCR Honda Idemitsu, ending in 12th. Next up was the Ecstar Suzuki duo of Andrea Iannone and Álex Rins.

A surprise was Jorge Lorenzo on the other Factory Ducati well down in 15th and Dani Pedrosa the other Factory Repsol Honda struggling again in 16th, as the BT Sports commentator said, he's now in retirement mode!

As a result of Petrucci clawing his way up the time sheets, Alvaro Bautista was pushed out of Q2. Bautista crashed late in the session at Turn 12 when pushing to get himself back into the top ten.

Takaaki Nakagami crashed his LCR Honda Idemitsu twice! First going down at Turn 12 then again at T14.

MotoGP Free Practice 3 Classification

Silverstone, Saturday, 25 August 2018

Qualifying 1

Britain's Bradley Smith the master in the terrible conditions

Smith had the crowd cheering and waving enthusiastically as he led a drenched Q1 session almost throughout, with a commanding three second lead over the rest of the field that was steadily chipped away at as conditions improved.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa briefly deposed Smith with a time of 2 minutes 14.866 seconds to go quickest by under a tenth, but Smith responded with a 2 minute13.340 seconds to take top spot of the session and move through to Q2 for the first time this year.

Pedrosa was then overhauled by both Franco Morbidelli, Marc VDS Honda and Álex Rins, who pinched second spot to go with Smith into Q2, pushing Morbidelli out of what would have been his first time in Q2, he ended up third and will start the race 13th on the grid.

Scott Redding, having a hard day on his Aprilia, did manage to go in to the top two, but the speed of Smith and Morbidelli overtook him and he will start the race in14th on the grid.

Tom Lüthi riding his Marc VDS Honda, had his best day of the year, to match his best ever MotoGP qualifying in 15th to complete the fifth row of the grid.

Pedrosa was dropped all the way down to 16th just ahead of Aleix Espargaró's Aprilia and the KTM of Pol Espargaró's replacement for the weekend, Loris Baz.

MotoGP Qualifying 1 Classification

Silverstone, Saturday, 25 August 2018

Qualifying 2

Lorenzo snatches pole in a very wet Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying 2

In the Qualifying shootout it was Lorenzo who took pole at Silverstone the dying moments, giving the Factory Ducati Team a One-Two with Andrea Dovizioso in second by just 0.159 of a second.

Jorge Lorenzo fought his way to his second pole of the season, starting on a rain soaked Silverstone circuit.

The start of Q2 was delayed for ½ an hour, waiting for the emergency helicopter to return, after air-lifting Tito Rabat to the University Hospital Coventry with a suspected triple fracture to his right leg.

As Heavy Rain fell in FP4, several riders crashed at Stowe corner, caused by aquaplaning on standing water on the Hangar straight just before Stowe.

Five riders went down, Jorge Lorenzo and Aleix Espargaró both fell before Álex Rins also aquaplaned and had to jump off his Suzuki at 100mph, 160km/h.

The unfortunate Tito Rabat was next to go down and as he was getting to his feet to walk away, he was hit hard by the Marc VDS Honda bike of Morbidelli, the fifth and last rider to fall there at the end of FP4.

Rabat after taking the full force of the wayward Honda

The FP4 session was instantly red-flagged with Rabat given serious medical attention. The Spanish Avintia rider suffered 'multiple' right leg fractures, with broken tibia, fibula and femur.

After extensive trackside care, the Spanish Reale Avintia Ducati rider was taken to the Clinical Mobile medical centre.

Rabat being attended to after being struck hard by the Honda on his leg and suffering a triple leg break in his right leg

That delayed the start of Q1 by about 25 minutes. After the track had been swept, Q1 commenced in mixed track conditions.

Britain's Bradley Smith, Red Bull KTM and Ecstar Suzuki's Álex Rins took P1 and P2 and were promoted into Q2 to go into the final MotoGP qualifying session.

Q2 was halted as Tito Rabat was then airlifted by the emergency helicopter to the University Hospital in Coventry.

Q2 was also delayed for ½ an hour and began once the emergency helicopter had returned to the Silverstone circuit.

When the pole shootout finally started, Lorenzo briefly moved to the top of the time sheets with a 2 minute 12.001 seconds.

It wasn't long before Bradley Smith had the British crowd stunned and cheering him as he went top early in the session.

Much to the amazement of the crowd, Bradley Smith shot to the top of the timing screens, a first for KTM! It was helped by learning the conditions in Q1. Bravely he pushed the KTM as hard as he could, to finish a very credible eighth, his and KTM's best this year.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow riding the wheels off his LCR Castrol Honda took over at the top. Cal remained on top for several minutes until Johann Zarco on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha did a flying lap, not for the faint hearted in those conditions.

A few minutes later it was the Ducati Power of Andrea Dovizioso that took the top spot with a time of 2 minutes 10.314 seconds.

Dovi thought he'd got pole, however, in the last seconds it was his team mate that usurped him. The super smooth Lorenzo, just before the chequered flag came out went even faster and he set a 2 minute 10.155 seconds, beating his Factory Ducati teammate by 0.159 of a second.

Johann Zarco on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha and early pace setter Cal Crutchlow both improved their times to take third and fourth in a fast and furious session.

Marc Márquez managed to stay upright in the appalling conditions. He seemed to struggle and towards the end, seemed to be taking no chances but he still managed to go fifth fastest. Next on the timing screens was the resurgent rain master, Danilo Petrucci on his Alma Pramac Ducati, taking sixth and Ecstar Suzuki's Andrea Iannone took seventh.

Half way through Q2. Jack Miller decided to gamble on slicks. Sadly for him it backfired, the track was just still too wet in parts of the circuit for slicks. After a couple of near crashes he managed to hang on to his Alma Pramac Ducati to take ninth.

Promoted from Q1 Álex Rins, Ecstar Suzuki finished in tenth, ahead of both of the Factory MoviStar Yamaha pair.

Rossi was in the top four early in the session, though as everyone got up to speed and used the to track surface he dropped down like a lead balloon.

Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi both couldn't make any headway and get the better of the awful conditions, both languishing down at the bottom of the timing screens.

Then to make matters worse for Rossi, his pit crew bungled his bike change, his other bike was not ready until it was too late. So he did not get out of the pits in time for his last fast (?) final run as he had planned to move himself up the times.

MotoGP Qualifying 2 Classification

Silverstone, Saturday, 25 August 2018

Sunday Morning Warm Up

The MotoGP riders at last had a chance to sample a dry Silverstone circuit in the dry on the Sunday morning before the expected deluge arrive in morning warm-up. Maverick Viñales posted the fastest time of the 20 minute session, with Andrea Dovizioso second and Márquez third quickest in the warm-up session.

The 23 year old Catalan Yamaha rider had the speed that Marc Márquez deemed him a pre-race favourite. With impressive consistency, Viñales' fastest time was 0.203s quicker than Andrea Dovizioso.

If Viñales, the winner of the 2016 MotoGP race could turn that speed in the wet remained to be seen, however. Dovizioso was the only rider to get close, within half a second of Viñales' quickest time of 2 minutes 1.980 seconds, with Márquez 0.570s slower in third. Pole man Jorge Lorenzo was fourth, 0.78s back, with home hero Cal Crutchlow in fifth.

Jack Miller was sixth, Johann Zarco finished in seventh, Alvaro Bautista came eighth and Danilo Petrucci was ninth. He also showed strongly inside the top ten, while Valentino Rossi was more than one second slower than his team-mate.

Scott Redding was a promising twelfth while Bradley Smith, fresh from his best qualifying of the year, was 17th. The KTM rider suffered a fall toward the end of the session, but was unharmed.

MotoGP Warm Up Classification

Silverstone, Sunday, 26 August 2018

So that's the British Grand Prix of Silverstone for another year.

Like a firework that wouldn't go off, a damp squib.

All set up and no thrilling ending. Lots of rider's and fans, including me, left disappointed.

The race should have been run on the Monday when the weather was kinder.

The next MotoGP round is back in Italy

Now it's over to the Adriatic coast near Rimini in Italy for the next MotoGP round at the 'Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli'.

This week the teams and riders are arriving at the Riviera di Rimini in Italy at the 'Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli' Circuit for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini Italy

Free Practice begins Friday 7 September with MotoGP Free Practice 1 starting at 8:55am UK time and on Race Day, Sunday 9 September, MotoGP Qualifying 1 gets underway from 1.10pm and MotoGP Qualifying 2 1.35pm

Then on Sunday it's Race day.

The day begins with MotoGP Warm Up starting at 8.40am and the MotoGP Race starting at 1.00pm.

The Grand Prix of San Marino in 2017 the MotoGP Race saw a win for Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda Team, with Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Ducati Racing, second and Andrea Dovizioso, Factory Ducati Team, in third.

I'm working on my San Marino preview which will be here soon.

Then all the practices, qualifying and race reports will follow soon after they wave the chequered flag for each session.

- Roland Potter