Jorge Lorenzo ran away with another victory of the season, at British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Fiat Yamaha Team’s sole representative in the absence of the injured Valentino Rossi, Lorenzo led from the first lap to come home ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies, who took his maiden podium in MotoGP, while Lorenzo went on to win with a 6.743 seconds lead over Dovizioso.
Lorenzo 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 the wake of his blue and white M1. 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. The absent Rossi falls to fourth in the championship but Lorenzo’s consistency ensures that the Fiat Yamaha Team still leads the Teams’ standings and Yamaha the Manufacturers’. The MotoGP paddock now faces a quick turnaround in order to get to Assen in time for next weekend’s Dutch TT, which is as always a Saturday race.
MotoGP Silverstone Results
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team41’34.083
2.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team+ 6.743
3.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 7.097
4.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 7.314
5.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 7.494
6.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 9.055
7.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 14.425
8.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team+ 15.313
9.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 27.954
10.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team+ 42.394
11.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 43.365
12.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 43.408
13.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team+ 43.580
Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP7 Lap
Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini20 Lap
Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP
2010 MotoGP Championship Standings
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team115
2.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team78
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team73
4.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team61
5.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team52
6.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP46
7.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 336
8.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team35
9.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini32
10.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini32
11.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 326
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team24
13.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team22
14.Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP18
15.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team15
16.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP13
17.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP12