Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi gave a stunning performance at the British Grand Prix overnight, taking a brilliant victory in challenging conditions.
Rossi mastered the MotoGP field under difficult conditions, taking his first victory at Silverstone to continue his streak of consecutive podiums finishes this season, making it twelve.
Tension built as rain picked up just as the race was about to start. The race was declared dry, so all riders had to make the agonising choice whether they would start from pit lane on a wet setting or on slicks from the grid. However, after the warm up lap all riders decided to come into pit lane to swap bikes, making race direction decide to delay the start and reduce the race to 20 laps.
Twenty-five minutes later the MotoGP field lined up on the grid for a second attempt, this time prepared for a wet race.
Rossi was the fastest man in similar conditions in the morning warm up and quickly fought his way up the order from his fourth place grid position. The Doctor moved into third position to hunt down Honda's Marc Marquez, passing him with a brilliant move at the start of the second lap.
The nine-time World Champion then set his sights on his teammate and increased his pace. He made the audience cheer when he took over the lead, posting a 2'21.807, the fastest lap of the race thus far.
Under pressure from Marquez, he continued to pick up the pace and used his experience to keep his rival at bay until the Spaniard crashed out with eight laps to go, but the race wasn't won yet.
Rossi kept pushing on as Ducatic's Danilo Petrucci started closing in, towing Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso. Aware of the threat the Doctor managed a gap of more than 1.5s perfectly.
With two laps remaining Rossi raised the bar and expanded his margin by nearly one and a half second to take a faultless victory by 3.010s over Petrucci with Dovizioso crossing the line in third.
"I'm very happy and proud of this victory, it's a great feeling! I think that the last race on the wet that I won was ten years ago." Rossi said.
"This morning I woke up feeling good, but my team also did a great job and my bike was fantastic already from the first lap of the warm up. I felt great and got more feeling and positive things from the bike, so I knew I could be competitive in the race.
"I fought a lot with Marc, which was very difficult. I kept trying to break away but he stayed with me. I saw that Marc crashed on the mega screen and I didn't hear noise of his bike, so I already thought that maybe something had happened.
"After he crashed I slowed down, because I thought I had enough of an advantage but in reality Danilo wasn't so far, so I had to recover my concentration and start to push, because if I didn't he would catch me.
"This is my fourth victory of the season, so I'm very happy and it's important for the championship. Today I was very fast, I had great confidence with the bike and it's a fantastic victory at Silverstone, where I never won before, this is the first time!"
Rossi's first place earns him 25 points, while his team-mate Lorenzo who finished down in fourth fourth place gives Rossi a 12 point advantage in the championship over his team-mate.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa crossed the line in 5th place, 14 seconds ahead of sixth placed Scott Readding aboard his Estrella Galicia Honda. Monster Yamaha Tech3's Bradley Smith finished the race in 7th, ahead of Ducati's Andrea Iannone in 8th, Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro in 9th and Aprilia rider Alvaro Bautista in 10th.
Australia's Jack Miller was on fire in the wet conditions early, making his way all the way up to 6th place before crashing and taking his team-mate Cal Crutchlow out with him in the process.
Moto GP Results
1 Valentino Rossi 46'15.617 ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 Danilo Petrucci 3.010 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4.117 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
4 Jorge Lorenzo 5.726 ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5 Dani Pedrosa 11.132 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Scott Redding 25.467 GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
7 Bradley Smith 26.717 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Andrea Iannone 29.393 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro 38.815 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
10 Alvaro Bautista 41.712 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
11 Maverick Vinales 44.776 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
12 Nicky Hayden 52.489 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
13 Hector Barbera 1'11.211 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
14 Mike De Meglio 1'15.292 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
15 Alex de Angelis 1'17.863 ART Octo IodaRacing Team
16 Loris Baz 1'19.310 FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
17 Eugene Laverty 1'19.735 HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
18 Claudio Corti 1'58.086 ITA FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
19 Karel Abraham 1 lap CZE HONDA AB Motoracing
20 Pol Espargaro DNF ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
21 Marc Marquez DNF ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
22 Stefan Bradl DNF GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
23 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
24 Jack Miller DNF AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
25 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
1 Valentino Rossi 236 pts
2 Jorge Lorenzo 224 pts
3 Marc Marquez 159 pts
4 Andrea Iannone 150 pts
5 Andrea Dovizioso 120 pts
6 Bradley Smith 115 pts
7 Dani Pedrosa 102 pts
8 Danilo Petrucci 83 pts
9 Pol Espargaro 81 pts
10 Cal Crutchlow 74 pts
11 Maverick Vinales 67 pts
12 Aleix Espargaro 60 pts
13 Scott Redding 47 pts
14 Yonny Hernandez 41 pts
15 Hector Barbera 23 pts
18 Jack Miller 12 pts