The Red Bull Ring gave us another Moto2 race to remember, and this time it was Francesco Bagnaia who took the points lead by taking the win. Pecco just held off key rival Miguel Oliveira and the gap at the top remains tiny: just three points going into the British Grand Prix. If the two have another duel, that could easily switch back – and both can take big positives from their current form.
For Oliveira, he may have lost the lead but the qualifying struggles that earlier plagued the Portuguese rider at some rounds now seem to be behind him. For Bagnaia, his earlier struggles with fitness after some falls are likewise a thing of the past – so it’s gloves off and game on.
Luca Marini, meanwhile, is likewise on form. Alongside MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez, he’s one of only two riders across all classes to have taken a podium in the last three races – and should be underestimated at his rivals’ own risk. Then there’s Alex Marquez, who has pace at Silverstone, Mattia Pasini was on the podium last season, Brad Binder, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Joan Mir) and Fabio Quartararo – the list of names who are all sure to be in the mix can go on and on.
Another name to watch could be Sam Lowes. The Brit has a great record at Silverstone and will want to add to it. There hasn’t been a rostrum finish for the former World Supersport champion in 2018 so far, but the British GP is certainly a likely venue for Lowes to be back on it. Compatriot Danny Kent will also be looking to boost his form at home, and won at the venue in the lightweight class in 2015.