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Coventry's Cal Crutchlow starts eighth in opening MotoGP race

by James Clark
Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow smiling during last year's MotoGP in Czech Republic Credit: Vaclav Salek/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

Coventry's Cal Crutchlow will start the opening MotoGP race of the 2014 season eighth on the grid.

The 28-year-old clocked a qualifying time of 1min 54.888secs on his Ducati motorcycle for this evening's Grand Prix race in Qatar.

Record crowds at Silverstone for British Moto GP

A record crowd of 73,456 was at Silverstone today for the British Moto GP.

The three-day crowd, from Friday to Sunday, reached 159,006 - the highest in almost 20 years.

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow finished the race in seventh position after crashing three-times during the course of the weekend.

Over 70,000 people attended Silverstone today Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

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Moto GP race day at Silverstone

by James Clark

It is race day at Silverstone today as the Northamptonshire circuit hosts the British Moto GP.

Between 65-70,000 racing fans are expected at today’s race.

Bradley Smith leaving the Silverstone pits Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Three British riders are competing in this year’s British race weekend – Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith and Michael Laverty.

The warm-up begins at 09:30 and the lights for the 20-lap race will go out at 13:00.

Read: Moto GP returns to Silverstone

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow (35) at Silverstone Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Moto GP qualifying day at Silverstone

by James Clark

Some of the world’s top motorcycle racers will battle it out at Silverstone as qualifying gets underway today for tomorrow’s British Moto GP.

Around 160,000 fans are expected to attend the Northamptonshire circuit over the three-day racing event that began yesterday.

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow in the pits at Silverstone yesterday Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow will be looking to impress in front of his home fans. Two other British riders are also competing in this year’s British Grand Prix – Bradley Smith and Michael Laverty.

The two qualifying sessions will take place between 14:10 and 14:50 this afternoon.

Read: Moto GP returns to Silverstone

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow 'excited' for Silverstone

by James Clark

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow says he is 'excited' for the British Moto GP at Silverstone.

Cal is leading the British charge in the Moto GP series, sitting fifth in the championship with 127 points.

After a disappointing last race at Brno, the British rider will be looking for a better result in front of the home fans.

Cal, said: "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."

Read: Moto GP returns to Silverstone

Cal Crutchlow was born in Coventry Credit: Vaclav Salek/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

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Silverstone Moto GP may cause M1 and A43 delays

Drivers planning to use the M1 and A43 in the East Midlands are being warned to allow extra time as the MotoGP gets underway at Silverstone today.

Action from last year's Moto GP Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Highways Agency are warning that roads on the way to the race circuit will be busy throughout the weekend.

More than 55,000 people are expected on Sunday, the final day of the event.

Plan travel ahead of Silverstone Moto GP

Plan travel ahead of Silverstone Moto GP Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Drivers planning to use the M1 and A43 in the East Midlands over the next few days are being warned to to plan ahead and allow extra time as the MotoGP gets underway at Silverstone tomorrow.

It will last until Sunday and roads on the approach to the circuit are likely to be busy, the Highways Agency are warning.

55,000 people are expected on Sunday, the final day of the event.

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