British motorcycle Grand Prix

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.

British Grand Prix
Silverstone circuit.svg
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
VenueSilverstone Circuit (1977–1986, 2010–2017; 2019)
Donington Park (1987–2009)
First race1977
Most wins (rider)Valentino Rossi (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)Honda (41)

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, saying 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 inaugural 1977 British motorcycle Grand Prix, the first motorcycle grand prix to be held on the British mainland, took place 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 moved to the yet-to-be constructed Circuit of Wales from 2015.[2] However, when the developer indicated that the circuit would only be ready in 2016, the 2015 British motorcycle Grand Prix was slated to return to Donington Park for 2015 only[3] but pulled out of hosting the event on 10 February 2015, citing financial difficulties. The following day, it was announced that Silverstone would host the British Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016. In September 2016, following further delays to the construction of the Circuit of Wales, Silverstone reached an agreement to continue hosting the event in 2017 with a further option for 2018.[4]

In early November 2017, Silverstone announced a three-year deal to host the races in 2018, 2019 and 2020.[5]

There was no race in 2018 due to weather conditions; it resumed in 2019.[6][7][8] The 2019 British motorcycle Grand Prix saw one of the closest finishes in MotoGP history, when Álex Rins won the race ahead of Marc Márquez by 0.014 seconds. The 2020 race was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.[9]

Official names and sponsorsEdit

Spectator's attendanceEdit

2009: 89,977

Winners of the British motorcycle Grand PrixEdit

Multiple winners (riders)Edit

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
8   Valentino Rossi MotoGP 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015
500cc 2000, 2001
250cc 1999
125cc 1997
6   Kork Ballington 350cc 1977, 1978, 1979
250cc 1977, 1979, 1980
  Ángel Nieto 125cc 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  Anton Mang 350cc 1980, 1981
250cc 1978, 1981, 1985, 1987
4   Luca Cadalora 500cc 1993
250cc 1988, 1990, 1991
  Kevin Schwantz 500cc 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994
  Loris Capirossi 250cc 1994, 1998
125cc 1990, 1991
  Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP 2010, 2012, 2013
250cc 2006
  Andrea Dovizioso MotoGP 2009, 2017
250cc 2007
125cc 2004
3   Kenny Roberts 500cc 1978, 1979, 1983
  Michael Doohan 500cc 1995, 1996, 1997
  Max Biaggi MotoGP 2003
250cc 1995, 1996
  Casey Stoner MotoGP 2007, 2008, 2011
2   Randy Mamola 500cc 1980, 1984
  August Auinger 125cc 1985, 1986
  Fausto Gresini 125cc 1987, 1992
  Wayne Gardner 500cc 1986, 1992
  Kazuto Sakata 125cc 1995, 1998
  Ralf Waldmann 250cc 1997, 2000
  Youichi Ui 125cc 2000, 2001
  Dani Pedrosa MotoGP 2006
250cc 2004
  Julián Simón 125cc 2005, 2009
  Scott Redding Moto2 2013
125cc 2008
  Marc Márquez MotoGP 2014
125cc 2010
  Maverick Viñales MotoGP 2016
Moto3 2012
  Álex Rins MotoGP 2019
Moto3 2014

Multiple winners (manufacturers)Edit

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
41   Honda MotoGP 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014
500cc 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
250cc 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009
Moto3 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
125cc 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2004
22   Aprilia 250cc 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
125cc 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
18   Yamaha MotoGP 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
500cc 1978, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1998
350cc 1977
250cc 1977, 1982, 1984, 1990
10   Suzuki MotoGP 2016, 2019
500cc 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994
8   Kawasaki 350cc 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982
250cc 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
  Kalex Moto2 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
5   Garelli 125cc 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987
4   Derbi 125cc 2000, 2001, 2010
80cc 1987
  KTM 250cc 2008
Moto3 2013, 2016
125cc 2005
3   Minarelli 125cc 1978, 1979, 1980
  Morbidelli 125cc 1977, 1985, 1986
  Ducati MotoGP 2007, 2008, 2017
2   Krauser 350cc 1980
80cc 1986

By yearEdit

Year Track Moto3 Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns
2019 Silverstone   Marcos Ramírez Honda   Augusto Fernández Kalex   Álex Rins Suzuki Report
2018 Silverstone
Race cancelled[note 1]
Report
2017 Silverstone   Arón Canet Honda   Takaaki Nakagami Kalex   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Report
2016 Silverstone   Brad Binder KTM   Thomas Lüthi Kalex   Maverick Viñales Suzuki Report
2015 Silverstone   Danny Kent Honda   Johann Zarco Kalex   Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2014 Silverstone   Álex Rins Honda   Esteve Rabat Kalex   Marc Márquez Honda Report
2013 Silverstone   Luis Salom KTM   Scott Redding Kalex   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2012 Silverstone   Maverick Viñales FTR-Honda   Pol Espargaró Kalex   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
Year Track 125cc Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2011 Silverstone   Jonas Folger Aprilia   Stefan Bradl Kalex   Casey Stoner Honda Report
2010 Silverstone   Marc Márquez Derbi   Jules Cluzel Suter   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
Year Track 125cc 250cc MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2009 Donington   Julian Simon Aprilia   Hiroshi Aoyama Honda   Andrea Dovizioso Honda Report
2008 Donington   Scott Redding Aprilia   Mika Kallio KTM   Casey Stoner Ducati Report
2007 Donington   Mattia Pasini Aprilia   Andrea Dovizioso Honda   Casey Stoner Ducati Report
2006 Donington   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia   Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia   Dani Pedrosa Honda Report
2005 Donington   Julián Simón KTM   Randy de Puniet Aprilia   Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2004 Donington   Andrea Dovizioso Honda   Dani Pedrosa Honda   Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2003 Donington   Héctor Barberá Aprilia   Fonsi Nieto Aprilia   Max Biaggi Honda Report
2002 Donington   Arnaud Vincent Aprilia   Marco Melandri Aprilia   Valentino Rossi Honda Report
Year Track 125cc 250cc 500cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2001 Donington   Youichi Ui Derbi   Daijiro Kato Honda   Valentino Rossi Honda Report
2000 Donington   Youichi Ui Derbi   Ralf Waldmann Aprilia   Valentino Rossi Honda Report
1999 Donington   Masao Azuma Honda   Valentino Rossi Aprilia   Àlex Crivillé Honda Report
1998 Donington   Kazuto Sakata Aprilia   Loris Capirossi Aprilia   Simon Crafar Yamaha Report
1997 Donington   Valentino Rossi Aprilia   Ralf Waldmann Honda   Michael Doohan Honda Report
1996 Donington   Stefano Perugini Aprilia   Max Biaggi Aprilia   Michael Doohan Honda Report
1995 Donington   Kazuto Sakata Aprilia   Max Biaggi Aprilia   Michael Doohan Honda Report
1994 Donington   Takeshi Tsujimura Honda   Loris Capirossi Honda   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1993 Donington   Dirk Raudies Honda   Jean-Philippe Ruggia Aprilia   Luca Cadalora Yamaha Report
1992 Donington   Fausto Gresini Honda   Pierfrancesco Chili Aprilia   Wayne Gardner Honda Report
1991 Donington   Loris Capirossi Honda   Luca Cadalora Honda   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1990 Donington   Loris Capirossi Honda   Luca Cadalora Yamaha   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
Year Track 80cc 125cc 250cc 500cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1989 Donington   Hans Spaan Honda   Sito Pons Honda   Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1988 Donington   Ezio Gianola Honda   Luca Cadalora Honda   Wayne Rainey Yamaha Report
1987 Donington   Jorge Martínez Derbi   Fausto Gresini Garelli   Anton Mang Honda   Eddie Lawson Yamaha Report
1986 Silverstone   Ian McConnachie Krauser   August Auinger MBA   Dominique Sarron Honda   Wayne Gardner Honda Report
1985 Silverstone   August Auinger MBA   Anton Mang Honda   Freddie Spencer Honda Report
1984 Silverstone   Ángel Nieto Garelli   Christian Sarron Yamaha   Randy Mamola Honda Report
Year Track 50cc 125cc 250cc 500cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1983 Silverstone   Ángel Nieto Garelli   Jacques Bolle Pernod   Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
Year Track 50cc 125cc 250cc 350cc 500cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1982 Silverstone   Ángel Nieto Garelli   Martin Wimmer Yamaha   Jean-François Baldé Kawasaki   Franco Uncini Suzuki Report
1981 Silverstone   Ángel Nieto Garelli   Anton Mang Kawasaki   Anton Mang Kawasaki   Jack Middelburg Suzuki Report
1980 Silverstone   Loris Reggiani Minarelli   Kork Ballington Kawasaki   Anton Mang Krauser   Randy Mamola Suzuki Report
1979 Silverstone   Ángel Nieto Minarelli   Kork Ballington Kawasaki   Kork Ballington Kawasaki   Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
1978 Silverstone   Ángel Nieto Minarelli   Anton Mang Kawasaki   Kork Ballington Kawasaki   Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
1977 Silverstone   Pierluigi Conforti Morbidelli   Kork Ballington Yamaha   Kork Ballington Yamaha   Pat Hennen Suzuki Report

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 2018 MotoGP race was cancelled due to poor weather.

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