What does Sil­ver­stone tell us about next year?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - Gareth Ash­man, 01733-468118

Last week­end’s Sil­ver­stone Mo­togp was the best in a very long time, slash, ever?

It reaf­firmed a lot of stuff we al­ready know – Cal Crutchlow is one tena­cious son-of-a-gun, Valentino Rossi won’t give an inch, Marc Mar­quez is mad and Jorge Lorenzo has se­ri­ously lost the plot.

And, as the dust set­tles on that most mo­men­tous of week­ends, it will also be send­ing some strong sig­nals to teams about some se­ri­ously good de­ci­sions and some se­ri­ously not-so-good de­ci­sions for 2017.

Mav­er­ick Viñales al­ways had po­ten­tial and Yamaha bet heav­ily on that po­ten­tial bear­ing fruit. That fruit is al­ready tast­ing pretty sweet. And with Rossi prov­ing he’s on the pace in qual­i­fy­ing and in the dry as well as the wet, it looks like they’ll have two rid­ers ca­pa­ble of fight­ing for the ti­tle Mo­togp next year.

Du­cati, on the other hand, went away from the UK with a mixed view of the fu­ture. Any sec­ond thoughts they may have been hav­ing about let­ting An­drea Ian­none go have surely been dis­pelled over the last cou­ple of races. Af­ter burn­ing his tyres too early in Brno to fin­ish back in eighth and a sadly pre­dictable crash at Sil­ver­stone, the Ital­ian firm can bank on sav­ing a stack of cash on their parts bill for 2017. But with An­drea Dovizioso look­ing solid but not that spec­tac­u­lar and Lorenzo look­ing like he’d rather be ly­ing on a Span­ish beach some­where far away from rain and pres­sure and Miche­lin tyres, it would seem they will have their work cut out to get back to win­ning ways.

Honda re­main with all of their eggs in the Marc Mar­quez bas­ket, but that’s a pretty im­pres­sive bas­ket.

Aprilia and KTM will be fairly un­known quan­ti­ties al­though all four rid­ers can de­liver. From the week­end, Aprilia will be fairly con­fi­dent that Sam Lowes and Aleix Es­par­garo can do bet­ter than cur­rent in­cum­bents Ste­fan Bradl and Al­varo Bautista. KTM will be hop­ing that Bradley Smith can put a mis­er­able sea­son be­hind him and that Pol Es­par­garo re­cov­ers well.

And Cal Crutchlow? Well, he’s go­ing to win the ti­tle isn’t he?

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