British motorcycle Grand Prix

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British Grand Prix
Silverstone circuit.svg
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Venue Silverstone Circuit (1977-1986, 2010-2016)
Donington Park (1987-2009)
First race 1977
Most wins (rider) Valentino Rossi (8)
Most wins (manufacturer) Honda (40)

The British motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event that is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Before 1977, the only British round was the Isle of Man TT, which was part of the FIM championship from its inauguration in 1949 until 1976.

The Isle of Man TT was the most prestigious event on the Grand Prix motorcycling calendar from 1949-1972. After the 1972 event, multiple world champion Giacomo Agostini dropped a bombshell on the motorsports world by stating he would never race at the Isle of Man TT again, stating the 37-mile (62 km) circuit was too dangerous for international competition. His friend Gilberto Parlotti was killed during the event. Many riders followed Agostini's boycotting of the next 4 events, and after the 1976 season, the Isle of Man TT was scratched from the FIM calendar.

The first so-called British motorcycle Grand Prix in 1977 was the first held on the British mainland, at the Silverstone Circuit. The event moved to Donington Park in 1987, and back to Silverstone in 2010.[1]

Donington Park, used from 1987-2009

Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of what is now known as MotoGP, revealed that they had signed a deal for the British GP to be held at the yet-to-be constructed Circuit of Wales from 2015.[2] However, the developer has stated that the circuit will be ready in 2016; so the 2015 British motorcycle Grand Prix will return to Donington Park for 2015 only.[3]

The British Grand Prix had been scheduled to return to Donington Park for the first time since 2009, ahead of a planned move to the brand-new Circuit of Wales in 2016.However, Donington Park pulled out of hosting the event on 10 February 2015, citing financial delays.The following day, it was announced that Silverstone would host the British Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016.

Winners of the British motorcycle Grand Prix[edit]

Multiple winners (riders)[edit]

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
8 Italy Valentino Rossi MotoGP 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 2015
250 cc 1999
125 cc 1997
6 Spain Ángel Nieto 125 cc 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
Germany Anton Mang 350 cc 1980, 1981
250 cc 1978, 1981, 1985, 1987
South Africa Kork Ballington 350 cc 1977, 1978, 1979
250 cc 1977, 1979, 1980
4 Spain Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP 2010, 2012, 2013
250 cc 2006
Italy Loris Capirossi 250 cc 1994, 1998
125 cc 1990, 1991
Italy Luca Cadalora 500 cc 1993
250 cc 1988, 1990, 1991
United States Kevin Schwantz 500 cc 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994
3 Australia Casey Stoner MotoGP 2011, 2008, 2007
Australia Michael Doohan MotoGP 1995, 1996, 1997
United States Kenny Roberts 500 cc 1978, 1979, 1983
Italy Andrea Dovizioso MotoGP 2009
250 cc 2007
125 cc 2004
Italy Max Biaggi MotoGP 2003
250 cc 1995, 1996

Multiple winners (manufacturers)[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
40 Japan Honda MotoGP 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014
500 cc 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
250 cc 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009
125 cc 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2004
Moto3 2012, 2014, 2015
22 Italy Aprilia 250 cc 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
125 cc 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
18 Japan Yamaha MotoGP 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
500 cc 1978, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1998
350 cc 1977
250 cc 1977, 1982, 1984, 1990

By year[edit]

Year Track Moto3 Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2015 Silverstone United Kingdom Danny Kent Honda France Johann Zarco Kalex Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2014 Silverstone Spain Álex Rins Honda Spain Esteve Rabat Kalex Spain Marc Márquez Honda Report
2013 Silverstone Spain Luis Salom KTM United Kingdom Scott Redding Kalex Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2012 Silverstone Spain Maverick Viñales FTR-Honda Spain Pol Espargaró Kalex Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
Year Track 125 cc Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2011 Silverstone Germany Jonas Folger Aprilia Germany Stefan Bradl Kalex Australia Casey Stoner Honda Report
2010 Silverstone Spain Marc Márquez Derbi France Jules Cluzel Suter Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2009 Donington Spain Julian Simon Aprilia Japan Hiroshi Aoyama Honda Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda Report
2008 Donington United Kingdom Scott Redding Aprilia Finland Mika Kallio KTM Australia Casey Stoner Ducati Report
2007 Donington Italy Mattia Pasini Aprilia Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda Australia Casey Stoner Ducati Report
2006 Donington Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia Spain Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda Report
2005 Donington Spain Julián Simón KTM France Randy de Puniet Aprilia Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2004 Donington Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2003 Donington Spain Héctor Barberá Aprilia Spain Fonsi Nieto Aprilia Italy Max Biaggi Honda Report
2002 Donington France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia Italy Marco Melandri Aprilia Italy Valentino Rossi Honda Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2001 Donington Japan Youichi Ui Derbi Japan Daijiro Kato Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Honda Report
2000 Donington Japan Youichi Ui Derbi Germany Ralf Waldmann Aprilia Italy Valentino Rossi Honda Report
1999 Donington Japan Masao Azuma Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda Report
1998 Donington Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia Italy Loris Capirossi Aprilia New Zealand Simon Crafar Yamaha Report
1997 Donington Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda Australia Michael Doohan Honda Report
1996 Donington Italy Stefano Perugini Aprilia Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia Australia Michael Doohan Honda Report
1995 Donington Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia Australia Michael Doohan Honda Report
1994 Donington Japan Takeshi Tsujimura Honda Italy Loris Capirossi Honda United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1993 Donington Germany Dirk Raudies Honda France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Aprilia Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha Report
1992 Donington Italy Fausto Gresini Honda Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Aprilia Australia Wayne Gardner Honda Report
1991 Donington Italy Loris Capirossi Honda Italy Luca Cadalora Honda United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1990 Donington Italy Loris Capirossi Honda Italy Luca Cadalora Yamaha United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1989 Donington Netherlands Hans Spaan Honda Spain Sito Pons Honda United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1988 Donington Italy Ezio Gianola Honda Italy Luca Cadalora Honda United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha Report
Year Track 80 cc 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1987 Donington Spain Jorge Martínez Derbi Italy Fausto Gresini Garelli Germany Anton Mang Honda United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha Report
1986 Silverstone United Kingdom Ian McConnachie Krauser Germany August Auinger MBA France Dominique Sarron Honda Australia Wayne Gardner Honda Report
1985 Silverstone Germany August Auinger MBA Germany Anton Mang Honda United States Freddie Spencer Honda Report
1984 Silverstone Spain Ángel Nieto Garelli France Christian Sarron Yamaha United States Randy Mamola Honda Report
1983 Silverstone Spain Ángel Nieto Garelli France Jacques Bolle Pernod United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
1982 Silverstone Spain Ángel Nieto Garelli Germany Martin Wimmer Yamaha France Jean-François Baldé Kawasaki Italy Franco Uncini Suzuki Report
1981 Silverstone Spain Ángel Nieto Garelli Germany Anton Mang Kawasaki Germany Anton Mang Kawasaki Netherlands Jack Middelburg Suzuki Report
1980 Silverstone Italy Loris Reggiani Minarelli South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki Germany Anton Mang Krauser United States Randy Mamola Suzuki Report
1979 Silverstone Spain Ángel Nieto Minarelli South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
1978 Silverstone Spain Ángel Nieto Minarelli Germany Anton Mang Kawasaki South Africa Kork Ballington Kawasaki United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
1977 Silverstone Italy Pierluigi Conforti Morbidelli South Africa Kork Ballington Yamaha South Africa Kork Ballington Yamaha United States Pat Hennen Suzuki Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-28778032
  3. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/115672