Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Silverstone:
Jorge Lorenzo has resumed the mantle of favorite for the 2010 MotoGP championship by taking a thoroughly convincing victory at the series' return to Silverstone. Lorenzo led away from the line, and, after responding swiftly to a brief attack by Dani Pedrosa on the first lap, was never troubled, laying down a pace in the early laps which nearly matched his pole time. The victory was effectively settled after less than the first third had passed.
That did not mean the race was processional, however. Behind the Fiat Yamaha rider, the action was fairly frantic. Pedrosa's early pace was deceptive, the Repsol Honda rider dropping back through the field through the rest of the race, but his teammate was not to be denied. Andrea Dovizioso disposed of Pedrosa in short order, but LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet was a tough nut to crack. Dovizioso and De Puniet swapped 2nd for several laps, until the Frenchman decided that staying ahead of Dovizioso would be too difficult to achieve.
With De Puniet slotted into 3rd behind Dovizioso, the chasing group started to close. Led by Nicky Hayden, a gaggle consisting of the Marlboro Ducati rider, San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies, the struggling Dani Pedrosa and a rapidly closing Casey Stoner gathered pace. Pedrosa's problems were passed on to Stoner, as the Spaniard made his Repsol Honda as wide as a bus, forcing Stoner to expend plenty of time and energy to get past him.
Once past, Stoner soon caught the group fighting for 2nd, and latched on to the back of Ben Spies. Dovizioso seemed firmly in control: De Puniet was starting to fade, and Hayden was pushing the Frenchman into a mistake. On lap 17, Hayden finally barged past, and Spies followed him through into 4th a lap later, with Stoner not far behind.
Hayden set about pushing Dovizioso, but the Repsol Honda rider was made of sterner stuff, parrying Hayden's attacks. Meanwhile, Hayden was coming under fire from Ben Spies behind him, the Texan probing the defenses of the Kentuckian. Hayden looked to have his first podium of the year safe, but Spies had other ideas. On the final lap, with Spies pushing hard behind him, Hayden ran wide into Abbey, and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider was past, for his first ever MotoGP podium, behind a comfortable Andrea Dovizioso.
The two Marlboro Ducatis finished behind, Hayden claiming another 4th place, ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner. Stoner's 5th place was impressive, having entered the first corner dead last after bogging his bike off the line. Randy de Puniet, meanwhile, crossed the line in 6th, after another strong race.
|6||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||41'43.138||9.055|
|65||Loris CAPIROSSI||SUZUKI||27'33.079||7 laps|
|Not finished first lap|