Jorge Lorenzo claimed a thrilling victory in today’s Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone with the Yamaha Factory Racing rider crossing the line ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez who himself claimed a stunning second place for the Repsol Honda team after the rookie dislocated his shoulder in this morning’s warm up session. Dani Pedrosa was also a close third place but the Spaniard was unable to make permanent passes on either of the top two men.
This was one of the best races I’ve ever had. I’m really happy and really pleased.
Pedrosa didn’t get away from the start line well but was quickly cutting through the field on his RC213V ad within a few laps he was back chasing the front two after passing Rossi who was also passed early on by Bautista and Bradl who were fighting for 4th place. Crutchlow meanwhile was doing his best to stay ahead of his teammate Bradley Smith who was leading the Ducati Team machines of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso while the battle for top CRT machine was being contested by Aleix Espargaro and the Power Electronics Aspar team and the NGM Mobile Forward Racing machine of Colin Edwards.
The race then began to heat up moving into the final 6 laps with Marquez all over the back of Lorenzo while Pedrosa seemed destined to remain in third place. The battle for 4th was also red hot with Rossi hassling Bautista for a way a passed and he took his chance but Bautista showed his mettle and re-took Rossi only to be overtaken on the following lap by the seven time MotoGP Champion. Lorenzo was riding perfectly moving into the final three laps but a sudden lunge from Marquez showed his fellow countryman the battle wasn’t over and within the final two laps the lead changed once more but Lorenzo wasn’t to be denied victory and made a breathtaking move on the final turn to take the victory.
Lorenzo was ecstatic with his victory and said it was vital for his championship hopes. He said, “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!” Lorenzo added.
Fighting to catch up with the front two, Pedrosa said he used up vital grip from his Bridgestone tires. “I'm disappointed with the result today,” said Pedrosa who continued, “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.”