Jorge Lorenzo (99) scored his first win since June in dramatic style over Marc Marquez (93). Jorge Lorenzo (99) scored his first win since June in dramatic style over Marc Marquez (93). Photo courtesy motogp.com

Lorenzo claims dramatic British GP win

Written by  on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 08:07

Jorge Lorenzo returned to winning ways in a dramatic Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, beating MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez by less than one tenth of a second. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium as home favourite Cal Crutchlow struggled to seventh place.

On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in Sunday morning Warm-Up. After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Centre, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider headed up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.

Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno the previous weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders.

Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just over two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale. On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield which featured slight contract between the two bikes.

The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far. The triumph also marked Lorenzo’s first win since Catalunya in mid-June.

The results bring Lorenzo five points closer to the standings leader Marquez, the point difference now 39 as Lorenzo sits on 194, just nine points behind Pedrosa in second.

"This was one of the best races I’ve ever had," Lorenzo enthused as he reflected on the battle. "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."

Starting from pole Marquez dropped a position by the first corner with Lorenzo taking the lead.  After several laps Marquez was joined by his teammate Pedrosa and the three title contenders then rode the majority of the race closely bunched together.

“I'm very happy with how things went today,” said Marquez after the race. “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!"

With his second place finish in Silverstone Marquez has set a new record of the most podium finishes by a rookie in the premier class, with 11 (Valentino Rossi scored 10 in 2000).

Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him.

Despite registering his third consecutive podium finish Pedrosa was ultimately disappointed to end the race behind championship rivals Lorenzo and Marquez.

Silverstone is one of just three circuits on the current MotoGP calendar, along with Losail (Qatar) and Austin, where Pedrosa has not had a Grand Prix win in any class.

Starting fifth on the grid Pedrosa was unable to make one of his trademark flying starts and had to get past Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi in the early stages, before joining frontrunners Lorenzo and Marquez.

Although Pedrosa pushed his rivals hard he was never truly able to join the battled for the race lead and eventually crossed the finishing line third, 1.5s behind winner Lorenzo.

“I'm disappointed with the result today,” stated Pedrosa as he reviewed the race. “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.”

In fourth spot was Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bautista, while LCR Honda MotoGP’s Bradl finished in sixth place.

Having missed his home race in 2011 before starting at the back in 2012, Crutchlow had hoped for a much stronger Silverstone weekend in 2013. He crashed twice on Saturday and again in Sunday’s Warm-Up, then paid the price for a poor getaway as the Tech3 rider plummeted from third to sixth at the start. He would fall back to his eventual finishing position of seventh when the charging Bautista – who had lined up eighth on the grid – overtook at the end of lap one.

Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith again found himself dicing with the pair of Ducati Team riders, but was ultimately taken advantage of by Nicky Hayden for eighth place. Smith would end the day ninth, while Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate tour, promoting Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into the top 10 despite a broken finger and injured neck after a Saturday crash.

Moto2™ championship leader Scott Redding won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider, who took the lead off the start line, was assisted in the closing stages as a tight battled raged for second place. Pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi completed the podium.

On Saturday, Japan’s Nakagami had claimed his second pole position within the space of a week, but it was Redding who seized the lead as the red lights went out.

A race-long duel between Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) and Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) featured various changes of position, not least on the last lap when the duo swapped places at Vale and Club corners before battling deep into the Brooklands complex.

Sunday was a difficult affair for title contender Pol Espargaro. Following a crash at the start of the Warm-Up session, the Tuenti HP 40 rider started sixth on the grid but lost ground in the early stages of the race – falling to as low as 11th. He fought back up to eighth but crucially lost a further 17 points in his championship fight with Redding. Six races remain in 2013.

Luis Salom has extended his Moto3™ championship lead with a second consecutive victory, beating Alex Rins by just 49 thousandths of a second in the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Alex Marquez rounded out the rostrum while pole-sitter Maverick Viñales just failed to establish a new podium finishes record.

Salom started as he meant to continue by shooting into the lead from third on the grid. Before the 17 laps were completed, however, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider would exchange positions on various occasions with Team Calvo’s Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins, with Rins’ teammate Marquez also very much in the battle.

With the triple-header of Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone now over, MotoGP™ returns in two weekends’ time with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

MotoGP Race Results

1

25

99

Jorge LORENZO

SPA

Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha

173.2

40'52.515

2

20

93

Marc MARQUEZ

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

173.2

+0.081

3

16

26

Dani PEDROSA

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

173.1

+1.551

4

13

46

Valentino ROSSI

ITA

Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha

172.2

+13.233

5

11

19

Alvaro BAUTISTA

SPA

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

Honda

172.2

+13.298

6

10

6

Stefan BRADL

GER

LCR Honda MotoGP

Honda

171.7

+20.227

7

9

35

Cal CRUTCHLOW

GBR

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

171.3

+26.299

8

8

69

Nicky HAYDEN

USA

Ducati Team

Ducati

170.7

+35.993

9

7

38

Bradley SMITH

GBR

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

170.6

+36.119

10

6

41

Aleix ESPARGARO

SPA

Power Electronics Aspar

ART

169.5

+53.196

11

5

29

Andrea IANNONE

ITA

Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

Ducati

169.1

+59.058

12

4

51

Michele PIRRO

ITA

Ignite Pramac Racing

Ducati

169.0

+1'00.710

13

3

8

Hector BARBERA

SPA

Avintia Blusens

FTR

168.9

+1'01.690

14

2

5

Colin EDWARDS

USA

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

FTR Kawasaki

168.9

+1'01.843

15

1

9

Danilo PETRUCCI

ITA

Came IodaRacing Project

Ioda-Suter

168.4

+1'08.833

16

14

Randy DE PUNIET

FRA

Power Electronics Aspar

ART

168.4

+1'09.063

17

71

Claudio CORTI

ITA

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

FTR Kawasaki

167.9

+1'16.474

18

7

Hiroshi AOYAMA

JPN

Avintia Blusens

FTR

167.9

+1'16.535

19

70

Michael LAVERTY

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

166.9

+1'32.057

20

68

Yonny HERNANDEZ

COL

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART

166.6

+1'36.224

21

67

Bryan STARING

AUS

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

FTR Honda

165.0

+2'00.635

Not Classified

4

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

ITA

Ducati Team

Ducati

170.8

2 Laps

52

Lukas PESEK

CZE

Came IodaRacing Project

Ioda-Suter

158.2

19 Laps

MotoGP Standings

1

Marc MARQUEZ

Honda

SPA

233

2

Dani PEDROSA

Honda

SPA

203

3

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha

SPA

194

4

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha

ITA

156

5

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Yamaha

GBR

136

6

Stefan BRADL

Honda

GER

113

7

Alvaro BAUTISTA

Honda

SPA

103

8

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati

ITA

96

9

Nicky HAYDEN

Ducati

USA

88

10

Aleix ESPARGARO

ART

SPA

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

SPA

27

16

Danilo PETRUCCI

Ioda-Suter

ITA

22

17

Randy DE PUNIET

ART

FRA

20

18

Ben SPIES

Ducati

USA

9

19

Claudio CORTI

FTR Kawasaki

ITA

7

20

Yonny HERNANDEZ

ART

COL

7

21

Alex DE ANGELIS

Ducati

RSM

5

22

Karel ABRAHAM

ART

CZE

5

23

Hiroshi AOYAMA

FTR

JPN

4

24

Michael LAVERTY

PBM

GBR

3

25

Bryan STARING

FTR Honda

AUS

2

26

Javier DEL AMOR

FTR

SPA

1

--From motogp.com

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