By News Team
Last Updated: 12th August 2021
The British Moto Grand Prix returns to the home of British motorsport soon in what’s promising to be a thriller.
Álex Rins won the last British GP when it was staged back in 2019 in what was one of the closest finishes in MotoGP history, beating Marc Márquez by 0.014s.
In this blog, we take a look at what makes the event so special, the history of it and the latest odds for the British Moto Grand Prix 2021.
What is the history of the British Moto Grand Prix?
The British Moto Grand Prix is a staple on the MotoGP calendar but, incredibly, before 1977 the Isle of Man TT was the only British round in the FIM World Championship. Silverstone became home of the British MotoGP in 1977, marking the first time that the sport had taken place on the British mainland. Donington then became the next of the British Moto Grand Prix venues in 1987 before passing the baton back over to Silverstone in 2010.
When and where is the British Moto Grand Prix 2021?
As mentioned above, this year’s British Grand Prix will be taking place at Silverstone – the most iconic of British Moto Grand Prix circuits. As for British Moto Grand Prix dates, the race will take place on Sunday 29th August with lights out at 13:00 BST.
Who are the previous winners of the British Moto Grand Prix?
There have been some great British Moto Grand Prix drivers over the years. The most successful rider in the history of the British MotoGP is, of course, Valentino Rossi. To the dismay of fans across the globe, ‘The Doctor’ announced that he’d be retiring at the end of the season, and this will be his final British GP. He’s the only man to win a World Championship in 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP during a career that has spanned 25 years.
Rossi has won the British MotoGP four times but has also won the British Grand Prix twice in 500cc and once in both 125cc and 250cc. An incredible tally that will be tough to match. However, the Italian hasn’t won this race since 2015.
The last rider to win this race was Álex Rins whose narrow beating of Marc Márquez in 2019 will live long in the memory of motorsport fans. Incredibly, in the last six British Grand Prix, six different riders have all stepped onto the top step of the podium.
Three-time World Championship runner-up Andrea Dovizioso won in 2017 while Maverick Viñales won in 2016. In 2018 and 2020 no British Grand Prix was held.
Latest odds of the British Moto Grand Prix
With the Austrian Grand Prix taking place this weekend, it’s tough to say who will be going into the British Grand Prix in the best shape when it comes to British Moto Grand Prix odds. Fabio Quartararo is the current championship leader and currently holds a 40-point cushion over fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco.
Quartararo has been in fantastic form, being on the podium in each of his last three Grand Prix, including a first-place finish in the Dutch TT. He will be aiming to help manufacturer Yamaha get their first British Grand Prix win since Valentino Rossi in 2015, but faces tough competition from his fellow title rivals. He is the 1/6 favourite to win the championship.
Zarco hasn’t stepped foot on the podium since the Catalan Grand Prix but remains second in the championship as he looks to close the gap on his fellow countryman. He’s the 7/1 second favourite to claim championship glory this year.
Joan Mir is another who has found a nice bit of form recently. Finishing third in the Dutch TT and following that effort up with a second in the Styrian Grand Prix, he’ll be looking for his first victory of the season. Mir is 10/1 to finish top of the pile come the end of the season.
All eyes will be on this weekend, which may give us an inkling as to who will be challenging at Silverstone and making British Moto Grand Prix history.