|Current MotoGP Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo continued his winning ways as he beat the Repsol Honda riders of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa to the punch at the Silverstone Circuit; home of British motorsports. The British MotoGP victory marks Lorenzo’s third win of the season and gives the Yamaha ace a cushion of 25 points to his rival in the riders’ standings. Pole starter Alvaro Bautista got his best finish of the season in fourth overall since joining the Honda camp.|
Having started from fourth on the grid, Lorenzo dropped to fifth at the start and held that position until lap six when he carved through to take up second place behind Stoner in the lead. Team mate Ben Spies had led the race before Stoner overtook the American for the first place on lap 5. From there, the Australian kept pushing hard, opening a gap of almost one second at one point, but in the end he could not resist Lorenzo because his RCV lacked edge grip, especially from the left side of the rear tyre. Stoner had Lorenzo behind him for four laps until lap 11 when the Spaniard made his move and executed a clinical passing move on his championship rival over several corners to take the race lead. As Stoner tried to bite back and did manage to resume leading briefly as the leading duo swapped position several times on lap 12. On the proceeding lap, it was clear that Lorenzo had the edge and Stoner had to drop back. The lead Repsol Honda then had to defend his position against the chasing Repsol Honda of Pedrosa.
During the final stage of the race Stoner, Pedrosa and Bautista circulated together, the two factory riders eventually dropping Bautista. Four laps from the end, Lorenzo made a slight mistake, but it didn’t intervene too much on his way to the British MotoGP victory. He crossed the line 3.313 seconds ahead of Stoner, taking maximum points and increasing his lead in the championship. “Today was a very difficult race, the front guys were very strong and very fast so it was very hard for me to catch them and stay with them. Little by little the rear tyre drops a bit more, I had good confidence and I was faster than them and I started to catch them,” Lorenzo described his race.
Spies made a dazzling start to the race, shooting from the front row to take first place by turn one. The American then delivered four perfect laps at the head of the pack and was looking in dominant form until a dramatic drop off in tyre grip dropped him to second by lap five behind Stoner. As he tried to maintain a competitive race pace he gradually dropped to fifth, a position he held to the finish line.
After starting from the third row, Nicky Hayden spent the first part of the race with the four-rider group that was fighting over the podium positions, and although he steadily lost ground in the second half before finishing seventh, his gap to the front was the team’s smallest in the dry so far this season. His illustrious team mate Valentino Rossi experienced more difficulties, and he wasn’t able to find the same feelings that he had in the pre-race session, in which he had made progress. The ninth-time champ finished a lowly ninth at the British MotoGP.