Marquez passes Lorenzo with Pedrosa close behind in 3rd, but Lorenzo gets Marquez back for the win
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a stunning performance today to take victory in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. The defending world champion made another lightening race start this afternoon, flying from second on the grid to take the hole shot into turn one ahead of arch rival Marc Marquez. Although unable to break away, Lorenzo executed an unbroken string of inch perfect laps to maintain the lead until just three laps from the end when Marquez attempted to take control of the race.
His lead was not to last as Lorenzo fought back a lap later to regain the lead, beginning a battle which was to last to the last corner as the two exchanged places in the fight for the lead. It was Lorenzo who emerged victorious, making the definitive move just two corners from the end and holding the tighter line into the last turn to cross the line victorious and claim his fourth win of the season.
Jorge Lorenzo Position: 1st - Time: 40.52.515 This was one of the best races I’ve ever had. I’m really happy and really pleased. It’s a very important win. I pushed from the beginning to try and open a gap, even more than in recent races but it was impossible. Marc never gives up, even if he’s a little bit injured after the warm up. He overtook me three laps from the end so I studied him a little for one lap and I saw he was struggling in some braking so I overtook him on the corner where he crashed. I pushed in the last lap to the maximum, I opened a little gap but I made a mistake in braking and almost crashed. When he overtook me three corners from the end I thought it was over again and second place but then he opened a little gap in the last corner so I thought "now or never" and I tried and got it. To be honest I’m not thinking about the championship, I’m thinking just to enjoy this victory which was very special to get then focus on Misano!”
Marc Marquez 2nd Championship Standing: 1st - 233 points "I'm very happy with how things went today. This morning when my shoulder popped out I thought that my weekend was over, but the doctors were able to put it back in place quickly and that allowed me to be up there at the front, fighting with Jorge. I didn't feel much pain, because I received an injection to dull the pain, but I was lacking strength and was feeling tired by the end. Despite all this, I was able to battle all the way until the final corner with Jorge, who eventually emerged victorious today. Congratulations to him! For me these 20 points are like a win!"
Dani Pedrosa 3rd Championship Standing: 2nd - 203 points "I'm disappointed with the result today. I rode well but got a bad start and conceded a lot of seconds on the opening two laps, so I had to really push in order to recover ground. I gradually caught up with Marc and Jorge, but I wore my tires out in the process and at the end of the race I lacked grip on the right-hand corners. I tried to calm down and slow my pace in order to lower the tire temperature, although finally I wasn't able to match their performance. That meant that when I attempted to pass the bike slid out a lot and I was unable to really get involved in the fight for the win. I will have to give it another go at Misano"
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 40'52.515 2 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 0'00.081 3 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 0'01.551 4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 0'13.233 5 Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 0'13.298 6 Stefan Bradl Honda GER 0'20.227 7 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 0'26.299 8 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 0'35.993 9 Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 0'36.119 10 Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 0'53.196 11 Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 0'59.058 12 Michele Pirro Ducati ITA 1'00.710 13 Hector Barbera FTR ESP 1'01.690 14 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki USA 1'01.843 15 Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter ITA 1'08.833
MotoGP World Standing Rider Standings After Race 12 of 18 1. Marc Marquez Honda ESP 233 2. Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 203 3. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 194 4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 156 5. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 136 6. Stefan Bradl Honda GER 113 7. Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 103 8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 96 9. Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 88 10. Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 68 11. Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 66 12. Michele Pirro Ducati ITA 44 13. Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 41 14. Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki USA 27 15. Hector Barbera FTR ESP 27 16. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter ITA 22
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