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Record crowd at Silverstone as Brits watch MotoGP race

The Silverstone crowd saw Brit Scott Redding win his Moto2 race
The Silverstone crowd saw Brit Scott Redding win his Moto2 race
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by Daniel Mackrell

A record 73,456 people were at Silverstone on Sunday (1 September) to watch British rider Scott Redding win his Moto2 race at Silverstone, and to see current MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo beat Marc Marquez to win the MotoGP race.

The turnout was the highest in 20 years, and the biggest attendance during the MotoGP era, with 32,300 watching the practices on Friday and 53,250 there for the qualifying on Saturday.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: "We've seen record crowds over the three days here at Silverstone and have been treated to some sensational racing."

The fans managed to watch some British Grand Prix history, when Scott Redding won his Moto2 race to increase his lead, as he bids to become the first Brit to win a Grand Prix championship for 36 years.

It wasn't such good news for Yamaha Tech-3 rider Cal Crutchlow who finished seventh in the MotoGP race.

The 27-year-old had suffered injuries in his previous two appearances at Silverstone, and his luck was no different this time around.

The British rider suffered a 180mph crash during practice, but luckily didn't suffer any injuries that would keep him from racing.

Fellow British MotoGP rider Bradley Smith finished in ninth, after a prolonged battle with Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden.

As part of the British racing celebration, a Tribute Parade took place in honour of Barry Sheene, one of Britain's most successful motorcyclists, who passed away 10 years ago.

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