Retro MotoGP liveries for British GP – what should teams pick?

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The entire 22-bike MotoGP grid will feature a retro livery at this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone as part of the series' celebration of its 75th racing season.

Each team's special colors will be revealed to fans in a televised ceremony on the Thursday before the August race weekend.

The eleven teams were asked to draw inspiration from their respective racing histories, with each tasked with selecting vintage-inspired color schemes that will be used throughout the three days at Silverstone.

As part of this retro theme, BMW's safety cars are also fitted with historical designs while the coronation ceremony will also have a distinctly throwback flavour.

The new bikes will be on display live at Silverstone, with televised coverage as well as fans accessing the track as part of the 'Champions Day' fundraising event hosted by MotoGP charity partner Two Wheels for Life each year.

What colors should we see?

For some brands in MotoGP, the colors we deserve to see at the event are pretty clear.


Honda, of course, has its signature red and silver scheme that was used when it first joined racing to great success in the hands of Mike Hailwood.

It's a design Honda knows how to use too, having reinvented it in the past as a special scheme for its Honda Team Asia Moto2 and Moto3 bikes.


Likewise, Yamaha has a very clear choice with distinct speed block colours.

And you don't have to look far for inspiration either, since test rider Cal Crutchlow has worn a red and white scheme based on this design in his recent appearances.


Ducati may have a long history of racing red, but the original racing colors were very different – ​​and it would be great to see their bikes back in chrome silver.

I've toyed with this look before, most notably in World Superbikes with Troy Bayliss at Imola in his title-winning season (pictured above).

Satellite teams

Among the satellite teams, LCR and Gresini have the opportunity to return to the most successful suits used by team bosses Lucio Cecchinello and Fausto Gresini respectively.

Gresini has already gotten in on the act by paying homage to its late founder's 1987 championship-winning bike (pictured above).

LCR could go a similar route with Cecchinello's own history – or it could do very little to tweak the already old-looking Castrol Honda scheme used by Johann Zarco this year.

As for the Valentino Rossi Team VR46? Well, there's enough color from his career that it would be absolutely perfect. Hawaiian flowers, anyone?


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