British Grand Prix 2014
 
 

“I think it’s named SpeedUp because we have to speed up a little bit...”

---Guest speaker, Sam Lowes about his experience on one of the only SpeedUp bikes in Moto2, as interviewed by Niall MacKenzie



This was without doubt the best Silverstone MotoGP ever.


We had 75 Team Guests across 5 hospitalities, setting the Pole Position Travel record. We also had a suite in Brooklands, VIPs and hundreds in the grandstands.  A stand at the Day of Champions, an opening reception with 8 British Riders and Niall MacKenzie, we conducted the Saturday Riders for Health Auction, had 4 dinners in the paddock Saturday night, and in between it all, there was some racing! :-)


An exhausting, but richly rewarding weekend.


The British GP always starts early with the legendary Day of Champions Thursday.  Loads of activities, paddock visits, and a great auction saw Riders for Health raise over €244,000 for their cause. Thursday evening we had our “Insider’s Night” where quite a few of us bagged riders, enjoyed several hospitalities, raided a few garages and had a nice dinner...


Friday was busier than usual since most of our team guests attend all three days. But great fun as we had perfect weather to explore he track, the paddock and more.


Friday evening we had our traditional “British Young Guns” reception.  This is our 7th year doing this, and we are always overwhelmed by the support we get from the riders who turn up, even - as their home event - at the busiest weekend in their year.  This year we tagged former British champion and Scottish motorcycle hero Niall MacKenzie to be our guest interviewer. We were delighted to have 8 riders turn up: Bradley Ray (Red Bull Rookies), John McPhee (Moto3), Sam Lowes (Moto2), Gino Rea (Moto2), Scott Redding (MotoGP), Danny Webb (Isle of Man TT & BSB). At dinner we were later joined by Brad Binder (Moto3) and Maria Costello MBE (IoM TT and road racer).  An opening drinks gathering was followed by the panel session, where Niall did his best to draw out some great stories and comments from the riders.  With most of the riders retiring for the school night, the rest of us carried on over a superb dinner and many more drinks... Possibly our best ever “Young Guns”!


Saturday was a brilliant day - no sign of the cursed British rain!  Qualifying saw the unsurprising result of Marc Marquez on pole,but Ducati managed to get Andrea Dovisioso on 2nd!  The British MotoGP at Donington was his only Grand Prix win -- would he have a shot here? In Moto3, our man Brad Binder took the 5th slot - a great result! Sam Lowes took 7th in the Moto2.

The first Red Bull Rookies race of the weekend took place, with our man Bradley Ray taking a solid 4th, just missing the podium!


Saturday evening we had our hands full with no fewer than 4 dinners in the paddock! We managed to visit a number of garages, met several riders, and were overjoyed when Marc Marquez noticed a group of us outside the Repsol hospitality, and decided to step out and pose with us for 10 minutes!

For our guests in our Classic package at Newport Pagnell, an evening in the local pubs made it a bit hard to make the early morning Sunday coach!  But a good time was had...


Sunday turned out to be good weather again!  Huh?  The Moto3 race was a nail biter, especially for the Estrella Galicia team as team mates Alex Rins and Alex Marquez crossed the line within 0.01. 3rd podium spot went to rookie Enea Bastianini from Gresini -- a superb result, especially considering he is riding while injured!  Moto2 saw another teammate battle between the MarcVDS boys Esteve “Tito” Rabat and Mika Kallio. Tito’s overtake of Mika convinced us that he will become the world champion...  In MotoGP, a lengthy duel between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez left the world champ on top, but a 3rd place podium by Valentino Rossi was well received!


We were delighted to welcome MotoGP veteran world champion Jim Redman as our special guest speaker at our Broooklands Suite.  He is 82 years old, still rides and even races! His stories are the stuff of legend as he told us how he beat Giacomo Agostini and others, his experiences on the TT and much much more.  We didn’t want to let him go!


Finally, the day had to end.  About 5 minutes after we started it seemed!  A dinner with the group in Newport Pagnell, and drinks and din din in the bar of the Whittlebury Hall put a perfect cap on a perfect weekend!


ed. note:  We are saddened that the British Grand Prix will not take place in Silverstone in 2015.  Our especial thanks to years of great service from this circuit and its team!

We expect Donington will be a blast!



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Silverstone swan song

silverstone circuit, silverstone, UK, 28-31 August 2014

Some reasons to go to the British MotoGP

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(GH) Our opening reception with Bradley Ray, John McPhee, Sam Lowes, Gino Rea, Scott Redding, Danny Webb and host Niall MacKenzie (we were later joined by Brad Binder and Maria Costello


Our 7th repeat of this event, since 2008, when young guest Scott Redding went on to take the win in the 125cc! He was with us again in 2014...

Credits:

Gordon Howell (GH) Pole Position travel guide

Matt Waugh (MW) Pole Position travel guide

Mark Robertson (MR) Pole Position travel guide

Laura Porro-Ortiz (LP) Pole Position travel guide

Cormac Ryan Meenan (CRM) Pole Position travel photographer



Special thanks to all those who joined us Friday night for our opening reception: Scott Redding, Danny Webb, Sam Lowes, Gino Rea, John McPhee, Bradley Ray, Brad Binder, Maria Costello, Niall MacKenzie and others. Also thanks to our host teams for the weekend Go&Fun Honda Gresini, Pramac Ducati, CWM LCR Honda, RW Racing and our hospitality hosts JDC Promotions.

This was our video from 2013, but so cool we needed to repeat it.  Richard and Bella who got married at the 2013 GP returned to us and LCR Honda for their 1st anniversary!