Lorenzo takes British MotoGP victory at Silverstone & extends C/Ship lead

 lorenzo-takes-british-motogp-victory-silverstone-extends-cship-lead  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.

He added, “When I caught up I didn’t want to crash so I waited for my moment and was patient. When I caught Casey we had a wonderful fight, luckily for us I had a better pace and I passed him. Four laps from the end I made a big mistake and almost crashed! I’m very happy with the result, and for the team who gave me a good bike again.”
On the final lap, Pedrosa did everything he could to pass Stoner, but then decided that attacking at the final chicane might be too risky, so they finished in that order, 0.286 seconds apart.

Bautista turned his season around this weekend, scoring his first-ever pole position in qualifying, then running with the lead group throughout the race to finish just 5.196s behind the winner. Thanks to modified steering geometry and front suspension settings which put more weight on the front for better braking stability and turning, Bautista probably had the best MotoGP outing in his career since his Suzuki days.

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.

Rookie Stefan Bradl rode to a brave eighth-place finish after injuring the fourth finger on his left hand when he crashed on Saturday. The injury made the start and the rest of the race a real challenge for the German.
The troupe moves to Assen for the Dutch TT in two weeks; time.

Britsh MotoGP at Silverstone results
1Jorge LORENZOYamaha 41’16.429
2Casey STONERRepsol Honda +3.313
3Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda +3.599
4Alvaro BAUTISTAHonda +5.196
5Ben SPIESYamaha +11.531
6Cal CRUTCHLOWYamaha Tech 3 +15.112
7Nicky HAYDENDucati +15.527
8Stefan BRADLHonda +22.521
9Valentino ROSSIDucati +36.138
10Hector BARBERAPramac+41.328
11Aleix ESPARGAROAspar+1’03.157
12Randy DE PUNIETAspar+1’03.443
13Michele PIRROHonda +1’07.290
14James ELLISONPaul Bird +1’14.782
15Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia +1’15.108
16Colin EDWARDSNGM +1’29.899
17Danilo PETRUCCI IodaRacing +1’40.302
18Ivan SILVAAvintia +1’52.099
Riders standings
1Jorge LORENZO140
2Casey STONER115
3Dani PEDROSA101
6Valentino ROSSI58
7Alvaro BAUTISTA58
8Stefan BRADL51
9Nicky HAYDEN49
10Hector BARBERA37
11Ben SPIES35
13Randy DE PUNIET11
14Michele PIRRO9
15James ELLISON7
16Mattia PASINI6
17Karel ABRAHAM4
18Colin EDWARDS4
19Danilo PETRUCCI4
21Ivan SILVA1