MotoGP: Slight ‘can't remember GP ever being this exciting’

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Former World Superbike runner-up Aaron Slight says he can’t ever remember the premier class of the sport ever being as exciting as it is at the minute, after witnessing last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone first hand.

At the race as part of Castrol’s celebration of their deal with the LCR Honda squad and to unveil Cal Crutchlow’s special replica of his old livery, the New Zealander says the racing is as close as he ever remembers.

“What a great race! The weather was hot so a few riders, including Cal and Marc, seemed to be worried about the tyres. I thought they both rode a brilliant race as there’s no point in trying to stretch things out at the start as the tyre would be shit at the end. I don’t ever remember MotoGP being this exciting. Three seconds covered half the field after ten laps, and it was great to be here when the series is on such a high.

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“I didn’t expect Dovi to win, but when he passed Viñales and Viñales fought back, he just seemed to have that little bit extra. I hoped Cal could stay on the back of him and he did but this place is so hard on tyres. Both Cal and Marc seemed to have a lack of trust in the front, you can’t just dive up the inside of somebody here without confidence in the front as it’s just so bumpy and that’s the problem the Honda had all weekend.”

And with it being a disappointing day for the Honda riders as Marc Marquez’s engine blew and Crutchlow left to fly the flag in fourth, Slight admitted afterwards that he was shocked by the final result.

“It was a surprise to see Marc’s engine go; it’s quite rare for Honda to have problems like that but there was a lot of smoke so it was something pretty terminal. Cal’s bike looked OK over the bumps, Marc’s was shocking but the Yamahas looked really stable. To be honest, I didn’t even look at the Ducati before the race as I had written it off!”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer