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Crutchlow and Viñales get the ball rolling for Silverstone at Stamford Bridge

Aug 22. 2019
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Ahead of the GoPro British Grand Prix, MotoGP™ headed into London for a pit stop with a difference as home hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was first joined by 2016 Silverstone winner Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) on a visit to Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea F.C.

Seeing the changing room, walking through the tunnel onto the pitch and staring up at the stands, the two got a look around the stadium and had a fairly expert guide to see them around - goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The trio talked similarities, differences, support and pressure as they filmed some content for the club and for MotoGP™...and got geared up for another weekend of racing at the legendary Silverstone Circuit.

Top photo L-R: Crutchlow, Kepa and Viñales on the pitch

Behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge

Shop talk on the pitch

"We speak the same language" 
...and the home of the British GP! Crutchlow (L) with Kepa and Viñales (R) in the changing room

Cal Crutchlow: “It's been great, it's good to do something different and especially before the British Grand Prix this weekend, it's going to be a big event for us and these guys see big events every week. To be here at Stamford Bridge is a privilege for me and Maverick and good exposure for MotoGP before the British Grand Prix this weekend.

"I think Kepa, in the position he plays, he's quite alone and with us being alone with the bike it relates a bit. But the pressure the guys have here at Stamford Bridge, most of the crowd are for the team so I think the pressure is enormous...whereas in MotoGP it's shared around a lot with different riders. But overall yeah, being an athlete is being an athlete and you have to try and perform at your maximum."

Maverick Viñales: "Honestly it’s fantastic. I’ve been a big fan of Chelsea since I was a kid and it’s fantastic to be here. It’s a dream come true, you know, something unbelievable!

"Kepa and I speak the same language so it’s very easy. We spoke about the games this season, also our season. It was a good chat, he’s a good guy!

"For sure when you’re at the maximum level of every sport, it’s very similar, you need the same adrenaline. So there are similarities for sure, for sure the speed is different, everything is different. But you know, the pressure, you have to win – so this is very similar too.”

Kepa Arrizabalaga: "It's really cool to meet with two of the biggest riders at the top of MotoGP, it's good to have them here at Stamford Bridge so they can get to know a little more about football!

"Football is very different to MotoGP but I think some things are similar: the adrenaline of the last lap, two riders close together, I think the adrenaline is very similar on the pitch!”


Crutchlow and Viñales: smiles for miles

Heading inside the stadium
Kickabout: Viñales held his own pretty well!

Viñales gives Kepa a helmet

Crutchlow hands over a shirt

Then it was on to the next stop on the other side of the city, with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) joining Crutchlow for a tour of national UK media. Radio, TV, magazines and websites welcomed the two to the UK ahead of the biggest event on the UK motorcycling calendar, with the world-famous London landmark of the Gherkin playing host for most.

Now the two complete the short hop north to Northamptonshire and Silverstone, where practice for the GoPro British Grand Prix begins on Friday before the race on Sunday at 13:00 local time (GMT +1).

Crutchlow (L) and Marquez

Marquez strikes a pose in front of the city

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