There was little to choose between Marc Marquez (inside) and Jorge Lorenzo during their fraught battle for the win in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix. There was little to choose between Marc Marquez (inside) and Jorge Lorenzo during their fraught battle for the win in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix. Photo by Peter Callister / courtesy motogp.com

Marquez outduels Lorenzo for 11th win

Written by  on Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:31

The Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday saw a great battle between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo won by Marquez as he made an immediate return to winning ways, while Valentino Rossi joined them on the podium.

Lorenzo took the initiative to pull out in front in the early stages but Marquez stayed with the front group and took the fight to his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rival. Marquez had the pace to catch Lorenzo, but made two slight errors, giving Lorenzo the opportunity to retake the lead twice.

The pair battled right to the last lap, even touching at one stage and with Repsol Honda’s Marquez eventually crossing the line 0.732s ahead of Lorenzo. The result sees Marquez become the first rider since Rossi in 2005 to win 11 MotoGP™ races in a single season and also sees him return to victory after his fourth place at Brno.

“Honestly today I didn’t expect Jorge to be like that,” Marquez admitted. “He was so strong from the beginning. The pace was very high, I did the same rhythm as in FP4. He was pushing a lot at the start and I was trying to save the tires a little.

“In the second half of the race my pace was slightly better and I tried to overtake him but made a mistake. I start to think about last year and I said ‘ok we’ll make a small gap.’ It was very tough on the last few laps. Luckily it was enough. A great battle and great to return to victory.”

The result was somewhat of a surprise for the Yamaha rider, having struggled in the colder conditions at the start of the weekend. Lorenzo claimed his third successive second place finish and his 80th podium in the MotoGP class. The Majorcan is now within 32 points of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi in the standings.

Lorenzo commented, “The race was much better than we expected. I pushed 100 percent, more than ever, after a great start. I’m proud of my riding. We improved a little each practice but didn’t have the best package.

“I was struggling so much physically to keep the bike on two wheels and to stay with Marquez. I lost a lot when he touched me and I tried to catch him but my physical condition was not enough and I was sliding. Anyway, I finished the race just 0.7s behind when on Friday we lost 1.3s each lap. So it’s much better than what we expected for sure.”

Nine-time World Champion Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was chased hard for third by the experienced pair of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

Rossi made it onto the rostrum but was trailed by just 0.175s by Pedrosa and 0.544s by Dovizioso. ‘The Doctor’ set a new outright record of 246 starts in the premier class of Grand Prix racing in the Silverstone contest.

“It’s the first podium in Silverstone, usually we struggle a lot here. I’m very happy about the pace at the beginning. Jorge was pushing very hard and I was able to stay for the first laps. I already had a small gap as I was behind Dovi and I stressed the tire too much trying to get past,” said Rossi.

“I had to ease off to save the tire. We still had a good battle with Dani and Andrea. We have a lot of positive things. We have another podium. On the other side, I wanted to stay behind Marc and Jorge throughout the race. We have to do another step to prepare 100 percent for Misano in two weeks, because that will be my home Grand Prix and we will have to do more than the maximum.”

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) won a battle for sixth place as his impressive rookie campaign continued.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and top British finisher Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) completed the top 10.

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) was down in 12th, while Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) was 22nd after experiencing a rear end problem.

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) crashed out towards the end of the race, ruining his quest for a top 10 finish.

The Moto2™ race at the Hertz British Grand Prix was won by Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) on the last lap, with teammate Mika Kallio and Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) joining him on the podium.

Standings leader Rabat rode brilliantly from fourth on the grid, staying with the front group and making a move on provisional leader Kallio in the final stages, to take maximum points again.

Kallio did his best to hold off his Spanish colleague but was eventually beaten to the line by just 0.063s, while Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) showed his talent once again to finish in third place, only 0.14s adrift of Rabat.

Pole man Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing) came home fourth, 2.571s back on the race winner. Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) picked up good points in fifth and sixth.

The Moto3™ race was won by Alex Rins on the final corner, with Alex Marquez and Enea Bastianini also on the podium.

Pole man Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was pushed right to the limit by his teammate Marquez and by Bastianini, who both provisionally led the race. The winning margin between Rins and Marquez was just 0.011s, with Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3) just 0.061s back on Marquez.

Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) was unlucky to miss the podium, having run with that front group. He eventually finished fourth and was just 0.051s away from a rostrum result.

A further four and half seconds back Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team) won a battle for fifth involving a huge group of riders, while Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was just a tenth behind in sixth place.

--From motogp.com

MotoGP Race Results (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

25

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

40'51.835

2

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

20

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

+0.732

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

16

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

+8.519

4

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

13

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+8.694

5

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

11

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+9.238

6

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

10

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+24.746

7

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

9

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

+26.717

8

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

8

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+26.910

9

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

7

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+33.455

10

Scott Redding

45

GBR

6

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+39.094

11

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

5

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+40.255

12

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

4

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+43.027

13

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

3

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

+52.245

14

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

2

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+58.981

15

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

1

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+59.164

16

Leon Camier

2

GBR

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+1'05.680

17

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

+1'10.939

18

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

+1'16.834

19

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1'16.904

20

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1'34.939

21

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'38.442

22

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+1 Lap

23

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

DNF

MotoGP Point Standings (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

288

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

2

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

199

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

189

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

4

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

157

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

5

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

129

Ducati Team

DUCATI

6

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

92

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

7

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

88

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

8

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

81

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

9

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

74

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

10

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

65

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

11

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

56

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

12

Scott Redding

45

GBR

51

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

13

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

40

Ducati Team

DUCATI

14

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

39

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

15

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

32

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

16

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

29

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

17

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

28

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

18

Colin Edwards

5

USA

11

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

19

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

11

Ducati Team

DUCATI

20

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

7

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

21

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

4

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

22

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

4

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

23

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

2

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

24

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

2

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

25

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

1

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

26

Leon Camier

2

GBR

1

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

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