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Moto GP returns to Silverstone

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow pushing his Yamaha bike to the limits at last year's Grand Prix Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Racing gets underway at Silverstone today as Moto GP returns to the Northamptonshire circuit.

Around 160,000 racing fans are expected to attend the three-day event which runs until Sunday.

Three British riders will be competing in this year's British Grand Prix - Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith and Michael Laverty.

Cal Crutchlow, who was born in Coventry, is leading the British charge in the Moto GP series. After a disappointing last race at Brno, Cal will be looking for a better result in front of the home fans.

The Yamaha rider currently sits fifth in the championship with 127 points.

Brno was not the best preparation for my home race at Silverstone, but I go there knowing I have the pace and that I can be challenging at the front. I am really excited for Silverstone and I know the support from the British fans will be incredible, so hopefully I can give them something to cheer about.

– Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow on his GP bike Credit: Jan Woitas/DPA/Press Association Images

20-year-old Marc Marquez is the man at the top of the standings. It is his first season in Moto GP and he heads to Silverstone with a 26-point advantage fresh off the back of a win at Brno last weekend. He pipped his team mate Dani Pedrosa to the chequered flag by +0.313 seconds.

Marquez of Spain has 213 points. Dani Pedrosa is second in the standings, in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

It is 20-year-old Marc Marquez' first year in the elite class Credit: AITANA/CORDON/Press Association Images

22-year-old Bradley Smith will also race at this year's British Grand Prix alongside team-mate Cal Crutchlow.

It is the biggest race of the season for all of us in front of those home fans who have been brilliant this season. Bring it on.

– Bradley Smith
Great Britain's Bradley Smith during the British Moto 2 Grand Prix at Silverstone last year Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Michael Laverty from Northern Ireland will also take to the track.

Silverstone will be the first circuit on the calendar that I have intimate knowledge of. Combine this with the home support from family, friends and the fans, it promises to be a great weekend. There is a great buzz surrounding the event this year, and I can not wait.

– Michael Laverty
160,000 racing fans are expected at Silverstone across the weekend Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Moto GP race times:

Friday 30th August - 09:55 - 10:40: free practice 1

Friday 30th August - 14:05 - 14:50: free practice 2

Saturday 31st August - 09:55 - 10:40 - free practice 3

Saturday 31st August - 13:30 - 14:00 - free practice 4

Saturday 31st August - 14:10 - 14:25 - qualifying 1

Saturday 31st August - 14:35 - 14:50 - qualifying 2

Sunday 1st September - 09:30 - 09:50 - warm-up

Sunday 1st September - 13:00 - race (20 laps)