The 2012 Hertz British Grand Prix kicked off with a special 'MotoGP Olympics' in London today, as the city prepares to host the Olympic Games this summer.
The seven British riders were divided into three teams based on grand prix catagory, at a promotional event held at the Sky Bar Westfield in front of the spectacular Olympic stadium.
The riders tried their hands at classic British pub games, with MotoGP pairing Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Tech 3) and James Ellison (Paul Bird Motorsport) taking the bronze medal, behind Moto3 racers Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo KTM) and Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) who took silver.
But it was the Moto2 trio of Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing), Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) and Gino Rea (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) that won each of the rounds – comprising darts, flipping the beer mat and navigating their way around an electric buzzer map of the Silverstone circuit.
Moto3 wild-card rider John McPhee joined them for photo opportunities against the Olympic Park skyline, with a London Beefeater and with the Olympic mascots. Fraser Rogers, also competing as a wild-card this weekend, was unable to attend due to sitting his GSCE exam.
Expectations are high for Crutchlow in his home GP after an impressive start to the 2012 season.
The 26 year old was not able to start his home race last year after a crash in Qualifying left him with a broken collarbone, but this time arrives at Silverstone off the back of the best start to a grand prix season for a British rider since 1987.
British team Paul Bird Motorsport will be aiming for another best CRT finish with Ellison, who took the best result so far by a CRT rider with eleventh in the wet at Le Mans two rounds ago.