The support series home heroes04 August 2023
Although there are no British riders in the two-wheeled premier class, there’s a gaggle of aspiring competitors in MotoGP’s accompanying support series, all of whom will be eyeing a strong result on home soil.
Jake Dixon Currently occupying third place in the Moto2 standings is GasGas Aspar Team rider Jake Dixon. With three podiums at Argentina, Italy and Sachsenring already on his 2023 scorecard, Dixon followed that up with his first-ever Grand Prix victory in the Netherlands last time out. Not only that, but the Brit is yet to finish outside of the top six this season. Of his previous results at Silverstone, he has recorded a third-place finish in 2022 and a MotoGP wildcard appearance the year before ended with P19 in the final reckoning.
Sam LowesElf Marc VDS Racing Team rider Sam Lowes has also tasted the victory champagne this season with a dominant weekend in Spain where he took pole, fastest lap and the win. Lowes followed that up with a pole position the following race in France but was unable to convert it and hasn’t stood on the podium since, could the famed energy of the Silverstone crowd will him to a second 2023 podium? Lowes has been racing at Silverstone for several years, and during that time his best result was narrowly missing out on a podium with fourth in 2021.
Rory SkinnerCompared to his compatriots, Rory Skinner’s 2023 campaign hasn’t been quite as fruitful, with a best result of P19 coming in America. Of his previous visits to Silverstone, Skinner took a podium in the 2022 British Superbike season and during his championship-winning British Supersport season – during a six-win run – he scored a double victory.
Scott Ogden and Joshua WhatleyThe British Moto3 contingent comprises Scott Ogden and Joshua Whatley. With a highest-place finish of fifth in Argentina, Ogden will have high hopes of replicating a similar result at his home Grand Prix whilst Whatley will be looking to build on a season-best of P15 in front of his home crowd.
The duo have tasted Silverstone success during previous visits, Ogden scored four podiums – including a win at the opening round – from six Silverstone races during his title-winning British Talent Cup season of 2019, whilst Whatley stood on the podium in the same series a year prior.
British Talent Cup As the name might suggest, the British Talent Cup is brimming with upcoming young riders from the UK and beyond. Two riders in particular though, have stood out above the rest, namely Evan Belford with a total of four wins and Amanuel Brinton with one win and a further four second places. The two British hopefuls sitting atop the championship table can’t rest on their laurels though, with American youngster Julian Correa in hot pursuit in the UK-focused series.