2013 Silverstone MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone:
Lorenzo Shines with Stunning Silverstone Victory
Silverstone (Great Britain), 31st August 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a stunning performance today to take victory in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. The defending world champion made another lightening race start this afternoon, flying from second on the grid to take the hole shot into turn one ahead of arch rival Marc Marquez. Although unable to break away, Lorenzo executed an unbroken string of inch perfect laps to maintain the lead until just three laps from the end when Marquez attempted to take control of the race.
His lead was not to last as Lorenzo fought back a lap later to regain the lead, beginning a battle which was to last to the last corner as the two exchanged places in the fight for the lead. It was Lorenzo who emerged victorious, making the definitive move just two corners from the end and holding the tighter line into the last turn to cross the line victorious and claim his fourth win of the season.
Team mate Valentino Rossi made an excellent start from sixth on the grid, initially jumping three places to slot in behind Marquez in third position. Still struggling to find an optimum set up for the first few race laps, the nine-time world champion then slipped back to sixth before mounting his fight back. With 12 laps to go Rossi was swapping positions in a close fight with German rider Stefan Bradl, emerging the victor two laps later and then hunting down Alvaro Bautista in fourth. The battle with Bautista was to begin with just three laps remaining and continue to the finish line, Rossi’s race craft eventually giving him the upper hand and earning him fourth place at the flag.
The results bring Lorenzo five points closer to the championship leader Marquez, the point difference now 39 as Lorenzo sits on 194, just nine points behind Pedrosa in second. Rossi continues in fourth in the standings, now on 156 points and building the gap to Cal Crutchlow in fifth to 20 points.
The next Grand Prix takes place in two weeks time, the San Marino Grand Prix on 15th September.
1st / 40'52.515 / 20 laps
“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!”
4th / +13.233 / 20 laps
“For me this result is a bit more positive than in Brno. Every time I come here I have a bad result, this time we worked in a different and better way. The fourth place is better than in Brno, but it is still a fourth place. Unfortunately I made a good start but in the first laps the other guys between the second and seventh lap were a lot faster than me, but the second half of the race was not so bad. We will continue to work hard, we never give up and are not so far now. We have a constant pace and we are nearly there but we need to go a bit faster, we still have to work to improve our pace. We made a modification between warm up and the race that gave me a better feeling with the front.”
“It was fantastic to see the final race from the triple in a row go our way. It was hard to fight for so many laps in the lead and every time get third, but this race he rode like an animal! He gave his best and the last lap was amazing, he deserved this victory. The team worked very hard to prepare the bike he finally raced with. We improved in the braking zone and I think working and listening together we were able to give him what he deserved today.”
“Even though it was a really hard and tough race Jorge still won it. I think he did a great and fantastic job. We put a lot of effort into this weekend and he put in a lot of effort too so we could beat our competitors in an incredible last lap. It has been a really nice race to watch. We knew that Silverstone was going to be a good circuit for us and we are really happy to leave here with this big win. We have taken back a lot of positive spirit and we are looking forward to Misano. I want to say a big thank you to the guys who made this possible and we will keep pushing as the target of the Championship is still there. It's been another challenging race for Valentino but nevertheless he was able to get a good fourth place. Now we head to Misano, Valentino's home race, and we will again do our outmost to give him the best possible bike to fight for the podium.”
Repsol Honda celebrate seventh double podium in Silverstone
Today marked the 200th race in the MotoGP class, since it was introduced in 2002, and Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have taken another double podium finish with 2nd and 3rd places.
It was a difficult start to the day when in warm up Championship leader Marc Marquez had a nasty fall and dislocated his left shoulder. Fortunately, the young rookie was able to receive medical treatment and was declared fit to race. To add insult to injury, during the incident, Marc did not see the yellow caution flags being displayed and as a result Race Direction imposed two "penalty points" on Marc's record - which does not affect his Championship points.
Starting from 1st and 5th respectively, Marc and Dani both dropped a position by the first corner with Lorenzo taking the lead. Dani then began to make up ground first passing Bautista and then Rossi on lap two, and Bradl on lap three. He chased down the leaders Lorenzo and Marc and set a new fastest race lap on lap six with 2'01.941.
The three title contenders then rode in perfect formation with nothing separating them. On lap thirteen, Marc attempted a pass on Lorenzo which he was unable to complete, then on lap eighteen he passed Lorenzo again and briefly led the race before being re-passed on lap nineteen with just one lap remaining. Marc fought to the end but was unable to attempt another pass and settled for 2nd, just 0.081s behind Lorenzo with Dani completing the podium lineup.
With his second place finish in Silverstone Marc has set a new record of the most podium finishes by a rookie in the premier-class (Valentino Rossi scored ten in 2000). He maintains his lead in the Championship with 233 points, and becomes the rider with the most points scored in his rookie season (Dani Pedrosa scored 215 points in 2006), with six races stil l remaining.
It also marks his 50th podium finish which at the age of 20 years 196 days makes him the youngest rider to reach a half century of grand prix podium finishes, taking the record from Dani Pedrosa who was 21 years 162 days old when he stood on a GP podium for the 50th time.
Dani remains second in the Championship with 203 points, 9 points ahead of Lorenzo.
Marc Marquez 2nd Championship Standing: 1st - 233 points
"I'm very happy with how things went today. This morning when my shoulder popped out I thought that my weekend was over, but the doctors were able to put it back in place quickly and that allowed me to be up there at the front, fighting with Jorge. I didn't feel much pain, because I received an injection to dull the pain, but I was lacking strength and was feeling tired by the end. Despite all this, I was able to battle all the way until the final corner with Jorge, who eventually emerged victorious today. Congratulations to him! For me these 20 points are like a win!"
Dani Pedrosa 3rd Championship Standing: 2nd - 203 points
"I'm disappointed with the result today. 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 tyres 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 tyre 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"
British GP: Hayden eighth, crash for Dovizioso at Silverstone
Today’s British Grand Prix—the final race in a busy MotoGP tripleheader that lasted almost the entire month of August—was a thrilling affair that featured several exciting battles, including a race-long tussle over eighth place involving Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, as well as Bradley Smith. Ultimately, it was the American who secured the position at the finish, whereas Dovizioso suffered an unfortunate fall just two laps from the end.
Dovizioso and Hayden had started from opposite ends of the third row and were ninth and tenth, respectively, at the completion of lap one. The teammates traded positions on a couple of occasions, and on lap seventeen of twenty, the Italian moved by Smith to take over eighth place, only to lose the front end two laps later and crash out. Hayden took advantage and also passed Smith before crossing the finish line in eighth place.
The MotoGP riders now get a well-deserved weekend off before returning to the track for the GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on 15 September.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 8th
“I was going fast in the warm-up this morning but I had a high-speed crash that really beat up the bike. I had to use the other bike in the race, but even though it had an older engine, it worked fine and I had a good battle with Bradley and Dovi. I had hoped before the race that we could really do something better than that, but I think eighth place was about the maximum that was possible today. The team is really working hard, and they improved the bike a bit for today. We’ll keep rolling and try to do a step forward.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, NC
“It’s really a shame about the crash because I had a good strategy and Nicky and I had tried hard to stay with Smith for the whole race. We managed it until near the end. I was trying to put a small gap on them before the last corner, but I lost the front end in turn twelve, a spot where I really wasn’t expecting it. I was quite fast there, and I felt safe. I don’t think I made a big mistake; maybe I was just going a bit faster than normal, but as we’re always riding at the limit, the front closed and I went down. I’m really disappointed because I could’ve had eighth place, which we knew was the maximum that we could do this weekend. I lost some points in the championship, and I’m very sorry for the team.”
Paolo Ciabatti – Ducati MotoGP Project Director
“Today both Nicky and Andrea gave it their all as they fought for eighth place, and it’s really a shame that Dovi crashed a couple of laps from the end. At the moment, this seems to be our potential, but we’ll continue trying hard to improve the bike’s performance ahead of the Misano round in two weeks. The test team will be back on track at Mugello on Wednesday morning with Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini, and our development work continues without pause.”
BAUTISTA FIFTH AGAIN BY 0.065 SECONDS
Alvaro Bautista enjoyed another fantastic battle with Valentino Rossi today, this time conceding fourth place to the Italian on the final lap of the British Grand Prix by just 0.065 seconds at the line. Another top five finish continues a positive recent run of form for the Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini rider, whose relationship with the Honda RC213V has grown stronger over the last four races and promises much more as the season enters its final third. Bryan Staring had another difficult weekend and he was troubled in the race by numbness in his hand after just a few laps.
Alvaro Bautista (5th) “Unfortunately once again I have had to concede to Valentino but we had a lot of fun out there. The last lap was really nice because we overtook each other several times but unfortunately I couldn't make it stick and he beat me by just 0.065 seconds! That's a shame but I am happy anyway because I have improved my feeling with the bike again here, we were able to make up a lot of ground at the start of the race and confirm our recent good form again. We just need to take another little step to be even more competitive but it is coming. Hopefully we can have another nice race in the next Grand Prix at Misano, the team's home race.”
Bryan Staring (21st) “My hand went numb after just three laps of the race today and I just couldn't keep the pace up. I'm sure it was a result of my crash yesterday. I was really struggling but I was determined to make it to the end of the race so I kept pushing. We have fallen short of our objectives here but I couldn't do much more today.”
Fausto Gresini “What can I say? That was a great race, really fun to watch. It was just a shame about the result because again we have narrowly missed out on fourth place by just 0.065 seconds. Alvaro showed a lot of heart to keep fighting with Valentino until the end. It is nice to be up there fighting at the front of a Grand Prix. Now we need to take another step forward to be even more competitive. Over the last four races we have been able to demonstrate all the hard work that has been done this year by the team, Showa and Nissin. If we can keep going like this we can have a lot of fun! Unfortunately Bryan was suffering from the effects of a crash so that was a shame but he deserves credit for battling through the pain to finish the race.”
BRADL HOLDS 6TH POSITION IN THE STANDING AFTER SILVERSTONE 6TH PLACE
Silverstone, 1 September: the twelfth round of the season was held in dry and warm conditions today at Silverstone circuit with the LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl ending the 20-lap race in 6th place. The 23-year-old made another strong start from the 4th spot on the grid thanks to his impressive achievement in yesterday’s qualifying. After some laps up in the pack, Bradl could not take advantage of the battle in the front for the remaining laps as he was struggling with edge grip like happened in Brno.
I feel like we had the same race of Brno last week because we were facing the same problems. We struggled on the edge of the tyre and no drive out of the corners and this is a bit disappointing for me because I am really strong on braking. We have to analyze why we can do a better speed in the practices on used tyres and not in the race. Of course we expected a better placement today but there’s no time to complain now: we must work harder to find a solution ahead Misano GP”.
Courageous Crutchlow ends bruising British Grand Prix in seventh
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow showed tremendous determination and desire in this afternoon’s British Grand Prix, the home crowd hero racing to a seventh place finish in front of a record attendance at Silverstone.
British teammate Bradley Smith also demonstrated his battling qualities in the 20-lap race to secure ninth position, which was his eighth top 10 finish in 12 appearances on Yamaha’s YZR-M1 machine.
Almost 74,000 British fans were cheering when Crutchlow kick off the race in a decent way from the front row of the grid.
But riding in considerable pain and discomfort after three high-speed crashes in the build-up to today’s action, the 27-year-old was unable to keep himself in contention for the top six, despite producing yet another performance that typifies his fighting spirit and never-give-up attitude.
After defying the pain, Crutchlow still got a rapturous reception from his loyal home crowd, who were appreciative of his efforts to claim a 10th top 10 finish of the season.
Smith kept his challenge for a top 10 position in the overall World Championship standings on course after he was narrowly beaten to eighth place in the closing stages.
The 22-year-old attacked from the off and brilliantly kept Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso at bay until four laps from the end. Relegated to ninth, Smith mounted a relentless pursuit of American Hayden in the final stages but he couldn’t find a way through and the chequered flag saw him less than 0.2s behind the 2006 MotoGP World Champion.
Cal Crutchlow 7th 136 points :
“Honestly I’m pleased the weekend is over and at least we finished the race. It certainly wasn’t the easiest race I have ever done and it is disappointing that I couldn’t challenge. But after the crashes I just had no power at all in my right arm and I was also lacking grip at the start when the tyres were cold. Unfortunately that is what happens when you crash three times in a weekend. I didn’t give myself enough time to get laps under the belt to set the bike up properly. The only positive we can take away is that we have been faster than last year. But it’s definitely less than what I hoped for when we arrived at the track on Wednesday. Congratulations though to Jorge, Marc and Dani because they put on an incredible show today and had fantastic speed. I’d have loved to be up there with them and now I’m just looking forward to a few quiet days at home before we go to Misano where I hope to fighting closer to the front again.”
Bradley Smith 9th – 66 points :
“I was very pleased with my start and we decided to race with the softer rear tyre option, as we were lacking a bit of grip during the whole weekend. I wanted the sun to come out but unfortunately the temperatures remained cold and after just three laps we already knew that the race would be difficult one. Probably the hard tyre would have been the right choice but we did not have enough time to evaluate it yesterday. We did what we could and even if I didn’t want to finish behind Nicky, I decided it was safer the finish the race after Andrea crashed out just in front of me. All in all it has been a tough weekend but riding in front of nearly 75.000 British here today has been an incredible feeling.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :
“I would like to say I’m happy it’s over because it has been a really tough weekend for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. This is a special weekend for both Cal and Bradley and the motivation to do well is maybe sometimes a bit too big. But it seems that Cal has some bad luck here every year. We were hoping after the qualifying that he could fight for the podium but the crash this morning in qualifying did not help to build up his confidence. I believe he was just riding to see the finish line and I’m glad he scored some points and finished the weekend in positive fashion. I really want to thank Cal also this weekend for his bravery. He was pushing all the weekend and he never give up after some big crashes. Bradley also had a strong weekend. Again for nearly the whole race he was battling with Andrea and Nicky and he managed to stay in front of them for many laps, which is not an easy task considering how experienced they are. I’m happy both of them finished their home race and we can prepare for the next challenge in Misano after a very tough period in the Championship.”
Ignite Pramac Racing Team says goodbye to Silverstone
Hazy skies and lower temperatures than the previous two days greeted the twenty-four MotoGP riders at the Silverstone Circuit for the final day of the British Grand Prix, which was marked by a high number of crashes.
Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider Michele Pirro picked up four positions immediately after the start before riding to a twelfth-place finish, despite what had been an unfortunate start to his day. Shortly after the start of the morning warm-up session, he had suffered a fall in turn eight, but fortunately he was uninjured apart from some bruising and swelling that was promptly treated at the Mobile Clinic. The fall had been caused by a lack of grip, the low temperatures, and a small bump.
The championship’s next stop will be on 15 September at Misano, where Pirro will return to the more familiar Desmosedici GP13 Lab, with which he hopes to find the right feeling and move up some positions in the results.
Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“This morning I felt good with the bike so it’s a shame that things went as they did. I had found a good feeling but I had an unexpected fall. I had to use the second bike for the race, and with the different settings and the lost confidence following this morning’s crash, I had a slower pace again. Fortunately, from mid-race on, I moved up some positions and found a good rhythm. Thanks a lot to the team for preparing the bike for the race; I hope to do much better at Misano.”
MotoGP round 12 concludes at Silverstone
Hazy skies and lower temperatures than the previous two days greeted the twenty-four MotoGP riders at the Silverstone Circuit for the final day of the British Grand Prix.
Taking advantage of an explosive start that gained him five positions on the first lap, moving him closer to the Ducati Team riders, Andrea Iannone rode in defense for the entire race. The Italian completed the twenty-lap contest with a well-deserved eleventh-place finish and recorded a 2:03.986 lap that was his best of the weekend.
Having entrusted himself to the treatment of the Mobile Clinic staff in order to relieve the pain in his injured right shoulder, the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider will now take advantage of a short and well-deserved break before the next round, which will take place in Misano on Sunday, 15 September.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“This has been a really tough weekend. I always tried to do my best but it wasn’t easy. I was always pretty far from the leaders, but also from my fellow Ducati riders. For sure the biggest problem at the moment is that my shoulder really hurts. For almost a month now I’ve been taking so many medicines and painkillers that I’m not sure they’re having an effect. I'm not happy with how it went but I know I did my best all the time. Now I’ll take advantage of the short rest period before Misano. I’ll work a lot with my physical therapist to regain strength and mobility in my shoulder. I hope to be at least at 80 or 90% in Misano because I’d like to be fit in front of my home crowd."
ESPARGARÓ TAKES ANOTHER TENTH PLACE AT SILVERSTONE
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team rider repeats position from previous round, and continues tenth overall with 68 points. Randy De Puniet finishes sixteenth in British GP
Yesterday there was talk that the duel between Lorenzo and Márquez for pole position had taken MotoGP to new heights, as they smashed previous lap records at Silverstone. Today they overshadowed even that thrilling session with a great race. As at Brno, it was a battle between the two Spaniards for victory, with Lorenzo leading the way early on. He and Márquez broke away, whilst Pedrosa made his way up through the field with fast times like a new 2’01.941 circuit record. Márquez looked for a definitive move for victory late on, despite riding with a shoulder injury picked up in the morning warmup, and passed Lorenzo in the closing stages. However, Lorenzo returned the favour on the penultimate corner to cross the line 81 milliseconds ahead of Márquez. In third, Pedrosa competed the podium just behind the duo.
Falls, injuries, crashes ... Nothing slows Aleix Espargaró down in the stellar season that he is experiencing. The top CRT rider ha 68 points to his name already, and is 41 points ahead of his nearest rival in the CRT standings. A crash in practice yesterday meant that he would race at Silverstone with a broken left little finger and bruising to his neck, but an injection and a strong will meant that he could place as the best CRT rider on Sunday. He was stalked by Andrea Iannone early on, but broke free later on to ride by himself and claim tenth place.
Randy De Puniet had a tricky time on race day at Silverstone. Back on form yesterday with thirteenth in qualifying, the Frenchman had a bad start in the race and lost places. He made a comeback, but a gearbox issue soured his day and dropped his pace. He concluded the British GP in sixteenth place.
10th Aleix Espargaró: "This weekend, as at Brno, I struggled to stay focused. Yesterday I made a big mistake in the last practice session. Right after exiting the pits, with the tyres cold, I suffered a crash which left me with a broken little finger and a bruise to my neck. The medical team did a great job, like at Indianapolis. Thanks to a painkilling injection I hardly felt any discomfort in the race, and was feeling a lot better than I had expected. Today I had to give more than 100% in order to be the top CRT rider. We were ten seconds ahead of the other CRTs, but I would have liked to have been closer to the MotoGP bikes. We’ll keep working for Misano with this in mind.”
16th Randy De Puniet: "This weekend we got back on the right track with our work, and thanks to that we had a good pace and I was convinced of a good race today. I am surprised, because I did not enjoy it as much as I had expected. My start was not good and I lost some positions. Petrucci overtook me and then it was hard for me to stay with him -his engine was slightly faster than ours. It was several laps before I could pass him, establish some kind of advantage and catch Pirro. I noticed a problem with the gearbox, as I could not slip the gears in easily. I do not understand why this happened, as the team had changed all the parts this weekend. My pace dropped and Petrucci overtook me again as a result. It was a shame, as in peak condition I could have fought in the group of Iannone, Edwards and Barberá.”
Silverstone Woe for PBM
Despite going into their home Grand Prix full of optimism, the Penrith-based PBM MotoGP Team left the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone empty handed and unable to add to their points tally.
For the second weekend in a row, both Colombian rider Yonny Hernandez and Ulsterman Michael Laverty brought the machines home inside the top 20 but again both riders were outside of the all-important points.
It was a disappointing weekend for the team due to a series of crashes which saw Hernandez, from Medelln, on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored Aprilia ART, crash out twice in Free Practice on Saturday and again in this morning's warm-up session whereas Laverty, from Toome in County Antrim, on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored PBM machine also fell during Saturday's Free Practice.
Despite the setbacks, both riders were confident of a good result at a track they know well and have had some good results in the past as Hernandez lined up in 17th on the grid with Laverty two places behind.
In front of 75,000 fans, Laverty got the better start and headed Hernandez for the opening couple of laps until Hernandez took over and the pair circulated in 20th and 21st respectively for most of the race. Laverty passed his team-mate with two laps to go and crossed the line in 19th with Hernandez just behind in 20th.
Hernandez remains in 20th overall in the MotoGP World Championship standings with Laverty holding 24th in his debut season. In the Claiming Rules Teams (CRT) class, Hernandez is seventh with Laverty in tenth whereas PBM occupy eighth in the Constructors Championship and 12th in the Teams Championship in their debut season with their brand new British-built machine.
Michael Laverty: "Silverstone was my first experience of a home GP and it didn't disappoint, the crowd support was fantastic all weekend. It was great to see the amount of support the whole PBM team has as a British racing project. Obviously the end result is not where we want to be but that's the reality of developing a new motorcycle against the world's best. We will improve from here I'm confident of that and I would just like to thank all the team for the hard work this weekend."
Yonny Hernandez: "It was a difficult race because after my crashes I lost the good feeling I had on Friday. >From the middle of the race I had some strange spinning and so I did not take any risks. I am not happy because I know I can do better and I hope to do be able to challenge for some points in Misano."
Phil Borley, Technical Director: "Unfortunately our home race has been the most disappointing weekend of the year, with the final results well below our expectations and capabilities. We tried to improve Michael's feeling with some different components and settings but the progress we thought had been made could not be translated into a competitive race pace, so we will have to try and improve at the next race. Yonny started the weekend very well but the crashes he suffered in cool conditions on Saturday and Sunday morning knocked his confidence and this added to a bike problem later in the race and resulted in his low finishing position. There has been a lot of work this weekend for the team so thanks to everyone for their efforts. We have to continue working hard to achieve better results in the future."
Paul Bird, Team Owner: "Not a very impressive weekend at all at our home GP and especially in front of our sponsors. The crashes on Saturday really put us on the back foot and then Yonny went and crashed early in warm up which was a silly mistake. We need to up our game and do it soon as this sort of performance isn't what we are capable of. Hopefully lessons have been learned this weekend and I'm expecting much better results at Misano."
Lorenzo the victor in fantastic last-lap battle at Silverstone
Round 12: British MotoGP™ - Race
Silverstone, Sunday 1 September 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium-soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 18-19°C; Track 30-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo rode one of the races of his career to win a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone by the narrowest of margins over Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo got a great start from second on the grid to lead into the first corner and was closely followed by Marquez throughout the race, with the battle heating up in the closing stages of the race. After swapping position numerous times in the final two laps, Lorenzo managed to squeeze past Marquez at Luffield on the final lap and powered away to take the chequered flag a mere 0.081 seconds ahead of Marquez. On the other Repsol Honda, Dani Pedrosa took third place having a set a Circuit Record Lap time of 2'01.941 on lap six. The first CRT rider across the finish line today was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard crossing the finish line in tenth place to secure his seventh top-ten finish of the year.
The dry and mild conditions continued today with a peak track temperature of 32°C recorded during the race. The fine weather resulted in today’s contest being the quickest overall MotoGP™ race at Silverstone, the average pace being over one second quicker per lap than last year. Another outcome of the consistent weather was that many different tyre strategies were used for the race, with all slick tyre specifications being utilised. The majority of riders preferred the softer slick, although eight riders – including the top four finishers – selected the harder rear slick option. Front tyre choice showed a strong trend towards the harder front slick, with sixteen of the twenty-three riders selecting this option.
Lorenzo’s fourth win of the year helps the reigning MotoGP™ champion close the gap to Marquez in the standings to thirty-nine points, while by finishing ahead of his teammate at Silverstone, Marquez extends his lead over Pedrosa to thirty points with six rounds remaining.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha for their fantastic victory at Silverstone today; that was one of the most exciting races I have witnessed with so much happening throughout the field! We were all waiting to see who would rise to challenge Marc’s recent run of victories and Jorge put in perhaps his greatest ever performance to show us all why he is the reigning champion, although Marc’s performance after injuring himself in Warm Up was also very impressive. It was wonderful to finally have fine weather all weekend at Silverstone and this not only allowed us to have great action during qualifying and the race, it provided a great atmosphere in the many other activities happening around Silverstone. Apart from supporting the teams and riders on track, we also supported Riders for Health on the Day of Champions and also entertained fans at our display booth in the vending zone. Overall, this was a busy, yet successful weekend for Bridgestone.”
Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“It was most welcome that we had dry weather again today as all the setup work and tyre evaluation done by the teams was put to good use for the race. As expected there were a lot of different tyre combinations used today and overall tyre performance was very good, with a quick pace from the beginning of the race and a new race lap record being set. The race pace was over a second quicker than last year and the lap times were also quite consistent over the twenty-lap race. Silverstone was a good race for us and a great way to end a busy period of three back-to-back races.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner
“I’m really happy as today was one of the best races of my career and it was very emotional. I tried to open a gap at the beginning, pushing even harder than in previous races but it was impossible to get a gap over Marc as he never gives up. I could see some areas in the final laps where I was stronger so I pushed to the maximum and when I saw a gap in the final corner I knew it was no or never, so I had to make the pass. ”