Cal Crutchlow would like nothing more than to win in front of his home fans at the British Grand Prix but the odds are against the home rider taking his first win of the season at Silverstone.
The LCR Honda rider won two races last season and also finished second at Silverstone but things have not been going so well during the current campaign.
Crutchlow is priced at 16/1 to take the victory at the Northamptonshire circuit but is likely to be scrapping for the more minor places as championship favourite Marc Marquez looks to stretch his 16-point lead in the standings over Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.
Marquez lost a terrific battle last time out to Dovizioso in Austria and the top two in the title race are set to fight it out through the rest of the campaign.
Honda and Ducati have adapted their bikes best to this season’s Michelin control tyre and, having looked at our odds for the British Grand Prix, Marquez is 7/4 to stand on the top step of the podium at Silverstone.
Movistar Yamaha duo Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi are 7/2 and 4/1 respectively, based more on past exploits than current form. Vinales won at Silverstone last season when a Suzuki rider and Yamaha have won three of the last five grands prix at the circuit.
Dovizioso is 9/1 to take back-to-back victories, his longer odds reflecting the fact he will not be able to make use of Ducati’s power advantage over its rivals at the technical Northamptonshire venue.
How the Austrian Grand Prix finished:
1 Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), 2 Marc Marquez (Honda), 3 Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 4 Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati), 5 Johann Zarco (Yamaha), 6 Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), 7 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), 8 Alvaro Bautista (Ducati), 9 Loris Baz (Ducati), 10 Mika Kallio (KTM), 11 Andrea Iannone (Suzuki), 12 Scott Redding (Ducati), 13 Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 14 Karel Abraham (Ducati), 15 Cal Crutchlow (Honda), 16 Alex Rins (Suzuki), 17 Hector Barbera (Ducati), 18 Bradley Smith (KTM), 19 Tito Rabat (Honda), 20 Sam Lowes (Aprilia), DNF Jack Miller (Honda), Danillo Petrucci (Ducati), Jonas Folger (Yamaha), Pol Espargaro (KTM).
Dovizioso and Marquez battled it out until the final corner at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Italian taking the honours by less than two tenths of a second as his Spanish rival’s last-gasp bid for honours came up just short.
Pedrosa was third and former champion Jorge Lorenzo fourth, with Honda and Ducati dominating and the factory Yamahas of Vinales and Rossi trailing in their wake.
The Honda and Ducati engineers have certainly worked out how to make best use of Michelin’s tyres, leaving their rivals at Yamaha scratching their heads.
The struggles of Vinales and Rossi in Austria were such they both finished behind Tech 3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco in fifth, the Frenchman again showing fine form in his rookie MotoGP season.
Alvaro Bautista and Loris Baz picked up eighth and ninth places respectively for Ducati and Mika Kallio continued KTM’s rapid improvement by rounding out the top 10.
Scott Redding, who was recently confirmed as an Aprilia rider for 2018, picked up 12th, three places better off than fellow British rider Crutchlow whose poor recent form continued.
Past British Grand Prix results:
2016: Maverick Vinales (Suzuki)
2015: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2014: Marc Marquez (Honda)
2013: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2012: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2011: Casey Stoner (Honda)
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