SILVERSTONE MOTOGP RECORD BREAKERS
Will the Motogp gods break the two-minute lap at this year’s British Motogp?
This year’s OCTO British Grand Prix on September 1-4 at Silverstone could witness the first ever sub two-minute lap of the 3.67-mile Northamptonshire circuit by a Motogp machine.
Four-times world champion Marc Marquez has recorded the fastest lap so far, a 2m 00.234s on his way to pole position last year at Silverstone.
Former 500cc Grand Prix star Niall Mackenzie believes the sub two-minute lap could well be achieved this year, he said: “I think this year’s Yamaha has improved top speed, which is obviously important at Silverstone, and they’ve got the best out of the Michelins so far.
“Honda seemed to struggle earlier in the season with corner entry and front feel but this has since improved. And I always think Dani Pedrosa is the true level of the Honda as Marc Marquez’s exceptional talent can sometimes mask machine or set-up issues. As a result of that you never know what Marc can achieve over a single lap.
“Corner exits onto the fast straights are important. Machine set-up needs to focus on mid corner and exit grip so good electronics and chassis settings are crucial,” says Mackenzie.
“Turn one at Copse is important as it builds towards the very fast left and rights of Maggotts and Becketts. Good momentum out of Chapel and onto the Hangar Straight is required then the next decent chunk of time can be gained by getting the perfect run through the kink and onto Wellington Straight.
“In the final corner at Woodcote you need stability, good grip and to hold a perfect line to the finish of the lap. And if Lorenzo is on form I reckon he’ll be the man for the first 1m 59s lap.”
Of the leading riders’ best laps of Silverstone, Lorenzo is the closest to the Marquez lap of 2015. See right for the best lap times and those of the British riders.
Jorge Lorenzo 2015, 2m 00.522s Dani Pedrosa 2015, 2m 00.716s Valentino Rossi 2015, 2m 00.947s Bradley Smith 2015, 2m 01.140s Andrea Dovizioso 2014, 2m 01.140s Scott Redding 2015, 2m 01.329s Cal Crutchlow 2015, 2m 01.376s Eugene Laverty 2015, 2m 02.894s Dani Pedrosa holds the official race lap record from 2013 at 2m 01.941s.