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Cal Crutchlow thanks fans for British MotoGP support

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow has thanked racing fans for their support at the British MotoGP over the weekend.

Crutchlow finished the race in 12th position at Silverstone in Northamptonshire.

Championship leader Marc Marquez won the race, fending off Jorge Lorenzo who finished in second place ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Marquez returns to his winning ways at MotoGP

Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda celebrates on the podium after a previous win over Lorenzo in Spain. Credit: Andreu Dalmau/EFE/Press Association Images

Championship leader Marc Marquez has finished first at Silverstone, winning the British Grand Prix for the first time today in Northamptonshire.

He managed to fend off Jorge Lorenzo last year's winner, with Valentino Rossi finishing third ahead of Marquez's team mate Pedrosa.

Coventry born Cal Crutchlow, racing for Ducati, finished 12th among the riders and second among the British team.

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MotoGP fans flock to Silverstone

All of MotoGP's big names will take to the circuit Credit: PA

Thousands of MotoGP fans are at Silverstone in Northamptonshire ahead of Sunday's Hertz British Grand Prix, the next round of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship.

British riders Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding, Michael Laverty and Leon Camier will be relishing the opportunity to return to their home circuit. Championship leader Marc Márquez will be a big draw as he attempts to win the British Grand Prix for the first time, while Jorge Lorenzo will be desperate for a repeat of last year's Silverstone win.

Marc Marquez signs autographs for fans in Germany last month Credit: PA

The event was due to be the last Moto GP at Silverstone after rights holder Dorna Sports awarded a contract to the new Circuit of Wales.

A five year deal has been signed, but after the £315M track near Ebba Vale revealed it wont be ready for next season Moto GP could now stay at it's current location in 2015.

Last MotoGP weekend begins at Silverstone

Racing gets underway at the British MotoGP at Silverstone later.

Jorge Lorenzo leading the pack at the 2013 British MotoGP Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow will be hoping for a strong weekend in front of the home crowd. Sunday's race could be the Northamptonshire track's last. The new Circuit of Wales will stage the British round from 2016. The location of next year's event has yet to be decided.

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Silverstone "disappointed" at loss of MotoGP - but could still host in 2015

The MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2013. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Bosses at Silverstone racing circuit said they were disappointed to have lost the MotoGP British Grand Prix - but that extending their contract did not make financial sense.

The circuit said it had invested heavily to develop its site specifically to host both the Moto GP championships and Formula 1 and had helped to make the series a successful event.

But Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said it could not come to an agreeing with the Dorna, the event's rights holders.

“We have expressed our desire to keep MotoGPTM at Silverstone, but the event is not sustainable at the fee level Dorna was proposing.

"Any future deal had to make economic sense and sadly we reached an impasse. The Circuit of Wales obviously believes it can make the finances work.”

– Richard Phillips, Silverstone Managing Director.

But the circuit has not rule out hosting the British Grand Prix next year while the event waits for the Circuit of Wales to be completed.

"A venue for 2015 needs to be agreed as soon as possible to avoid having a negative impact on the success of next year’s British Grand Prix.

"Silverstone remains the ideal venue to stage MotoGP.

"Last year’s record crowds are testament to the excellent British Grand Prix experience provided by Silverstone."

– Richard Phillips, Silverstone Managing Director.
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MotoGP Grand Prix to leave Silverstone

The 2013 Moto GP British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Silverstone has lost the contract to host the British Grand Prix of the MotoGP.

The event will take place at the Northamptonshire circuit next month.

But now a five-year deal has been signed to hold future meetings at the not-yet-built Circuit of Wales, which will be near Ebbw Vale in South Wales.

It will host its inaugural event in 2016 with MotoGP's official website suggesting next year's British Grand Prix could take place at yet another venue.

Since the beginning of the British motorcycle Grand Prix in 1977, only the courses at Donington and Silverstone have been used.

Silverstone has come to the end of its own five-year deal.

The Circuit of Wales could have its contract extended by a further five years if the deal proves to be a success, meaning Silverstone would have to wait until 2024 to bid again for the event.

Dennis was 'a wonderful mechanic and a winner'

The brother-in-law of a man who died at the Silverstone Classic meeting at the weekend has described him as "a winner."

Denis Welch, from Staffordshire, was driving a 1960s sportscar during the event.

Denis Welch Credit: www.bighealey.com

Byan Downes says Dennis was a wonderful mechanic.

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Pictures released of racer killed at Silverstone

Denis Welch Credit: www.bighealey.com

Pictures have been released of the man who died at the Silverstone Classic meeting at the weekend.

Denis Welch Credit: www.bighealey.com

Denis Welch from Staffordshire was driving a 1960s sportscar during the event.

Mr Welch ran a motor spares business for classic cars.

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