Moto GP

Lorenzo storms to stunning Silvestone victory

Author: Garry Morrow

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Jorge Lorenzo ran away with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, storming home to win by 6.743 seconds to take his first UK win in the Premier Class.
Andrea Dovizioso won the battle for second. Lorenzo was long gone.
The Fiat Yamaha rider led from the first lap to come home ahead of Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso and Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies, who took his maiden podium in MotoGP.

The Mallorcan got a strong start from pole position and led out of turn one but it was not all plain sailing as he became embroiled in a feisty first-lap battle with Dani Pedrosa.

The pair traded the lead several times but it was Lorenzo who eventually led over the line and he was unchallenged from there on in, gradually extending his lead lap-by-lap and leaving his rivals trailing in his wake.

With two laps remaining the gap to Dovizioso stood at more than eight seconds but Lorenzo slowed down on the final two laps to ensure he came home safely, which he duly did to the delight of the 70,000 British fans who are quickly adopting the spirited Spaniard as one of their own.

His third win of the season and another 25-point haul extends Lorenzo's lead to 37 points over Dovizioso in second, with Pedrosa now third.

"This was an important day for me and an important win, because I felt so strong and I enjoyed riding my Yamaha so much," Lorenzo said.

"I had a different feeling today; I felt that it was going to be a good race. It was quite hard to be fast at the start and the first lap with Dani was difficult, but once I got past him I felt very relaxed and comfortable.

"I thought he would follow me for a bit longer but he didn't and then I was on my own, so I just had to focus on myself; I didn't even know who was behind me! I never dreamt of taking three wins from five races but here we are and I am feeling very strong mentally at this moment."

While Silverstone was a walk in the park for Lorenzo it was Dovizioso who crossed the line in second, the Italian ‰ÛÒ who won last year‰Ûªs rain-hit British GP at Donington Park ‰ÛÒ headed a frantic four-way contest for the runner-up spot.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy with second in the race, and we also have second in the championship now so this reflects our strong start to the season. In the middle of the race I saw many riders were closing in behind me and so I tried to push at 100 per cent to get a gap and try to avoid a fight on last lap. Corners 13 and 14 towards the end of the lap are really slow and you can see clearly the riders that are behind, and also here it would be easy to be overtaken there on the last lap if they were too close, so it was important to get a gap, which I managed to do," Dovizioso said.

Ben Spies grabbed third when Ducati's Nicky Hayden out braked himself on the last lap and allowed his fellow Texan through for his maiden MotoGP podium.
Ben Spies took his first podium with third after a tough battle with Nicky Hadyen and Andrea Dovizioso
"I didn't expect to get my first podium so quickly, especially after yesterday which wasn't the best for me," Spies said.

"I got a decent start but once I got by Dani and Simoncelli I just tried to stay on the back of the group battling for the podium. Once I realised I could stay in contention I just tried to save the rear tyre as much as I could and it all worked out.

"The last few laps I pushed as hard as I could and made some good passes and it is great for Yamaha and the Monster Tech 3 Team. I'm also pretty happy about it too and this is good for my confidence. That last lap was difficult to pass Nicky but I got a really good drive onto the back straight and tried to pass him at Stowe Corner but he came back by. On the next straight I managed to get by him and then had to ride quite defensively on the last part of the lap. I was on the edge but I had to go for the podium and it worked out. It will be hard to duplicate this but right now I'll let it sink in and make the most of it. But on this day I can say I was the third best rider in the world and it is a good feeling," the 25-year-old concluded.

For Hayden it was another frustrating fourth, making it the third one in four races.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a pretty frustrating result because the team did a great job with the bike after the warm-up and it was a lot of fun to ride," Hayden explained.

"Unfortunately I didn‰Ûªt get a good start ‰ÛÒ we‰Ûªve been having some little clutch problems and didn‰Ûªt get away well. The race was really fun, everybody was going back and forth, I was able to make some moves in the corners but just didn‰Ûªt really have the top speed in the straights. It‰Ûªs hard for me to dress this result up because I‰Ûªm not happy to finish fourth again but the good thing is we were in the hunt again. We did something good with the bike today so hopefully it will work at Assen, a circuit I love.‰Û
Nicky Hayden took his third 4th for the season after Ben Spies got past on the final lap.
Hayden's team-mate Casey Stoner completly blew the start when he had clutch problems but staged a spirited fight-back to finish 5th, just on the tail of the final podium place battle.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm not happy with fifth place because we were capable of more today," Stoner said.

"I don‰Ûªt know if we could have challenged Jorge for the win but we definitely found something in warm-up and made more improvements in the race, but we paid the price for a terrible start. As I let the clutch out the bike started jumping and hopping around and I had to pull the clutch in and go again, by which time everybody was past. The tyres were fresh on before the warm-up lap so in the early laps I had to be really careful before being able to start overtaking and I lost a lot of seconds. The race then was fun, we were able to find a good rhythm and to make our way forward but the time lost at the beginning prevented us by fighting for the podium," the Australian explained.

Frenchman Randy De Puniet had his LCR Honda in the thick of it for 75% of the race and looked good for a podium until his tyres went away.

‰ÛÏIt was a good race and I had fun but, like in Mugello, I finished behind the leading group. It‰Ûªs a pity but I feel satisfied anyway. I took a very good start from the front row and I could rely on my machine as we lapped consistently fast for the whole weekend. With four laps to go the front started to move too much because we raced on front soft tyre, which was the right choice, but probably today‰Ûªs ground temperature was a bit higher compared to the rest of the weekend. We had a great race weekend and I am a big fan of this new circuit." best to keep the sixth position in the world classification.‰Û

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