Results and summary of the MotoGP race from Silverstone:
Casey Stoner has taken his third victory in a row and his fourth victory of the season with a comfortable win on a rain-soaked track at Silverstone. More importantly, his main rival for the championship, Jorge Lorenzo, crashed out of 3rd place, giving Stoner an 18 point lead in the title race.
Lorenzo led off the line at Silverstone, heading up the two Repsol Hondas, Andrea Dovizioso having forged his way forward from the second row of the grid to head Stoner into the first turn, with Marco Simoncelli following close behind. Dovizioso and Stoner soon barged past Lorenzo, Dovizioso pushing hard to try to drop his teammate, but Stoner was having none of it. At the start of the second lap, Stoner was past, but getting past was not the same as getting away. Dovizioso continued to push Stoner hard, holding on to the Australian until lap 7. Once he let Stoner go, the race was done, Stoner building up a huge lead to take an easy victory.
Behind Stoner, a tough battle was developing for 2nd. Dovizioso was starting to hold Lorenzo up, and Simoncelli was catching the pair of them. So good a job was Dovizioso doing at holding the pair behind him that their frustration was starting to show. Lorenzo was the first victim, pushing to get past Dovizioso and paying the price for trying too hard, crashing out at Turn 1 entering the corner too hard. Simoncelli followed soon afterwards, crashing out on a deep patch of water a couple of laps later after dicing with Dovizioso.
With Lorenzo and Simoncelli out, Dovizioso could cruise comfortably home to take 2nd, but the crashes behind him opened an opportunity for Colin Edwards. After getting by Nicky Hayden when the Marlboro Ducati rider suffered a near highside, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider then disposed of Ben Spies with relative ease, despite some rather curious arm-waving from the factory Yamaha man. Edwards held on to his first podium since Donington in 2009, despite breaking his collarbone during practice in Barcelona just last week. The collarbone was not a problem, Edwards said, his issue had been the muscle in his ribs he had strained.
Hayden went on to finish 4th, closing in on Edwards but never able to catch him, while Alvaro Bautista rode an outstanding race to come home in 5th. Valentino Rossi's weekend improved only a little, his 6th position belying the Italian's pace, Rossi finishing over a minute behind the winner. Karel Abraham had a successful if lonely race in 7th, while Toni Elias had his best performance since switching back to MotoGP, ending up 8th jsut ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama. Loris Capirossi was the first of the Pramac Ducatis, and the last of the riders to finish on the same lap as Stoner.
Stoner's victory gives him a major advantage in the championship, aided in large part by the failing of his main rivals. Lorenzo's crash proved extremely costly, gifting Stoner a lead of 18 points, rather than just the 2 if he had settled for 3rd. Andrea Dovizioso closes in on Lorenzo from behind, and Valentino Rossi moves up to 4th, a little surprisingly given the Italian's problems with the Ducati. Though Rossi may be struggling, he keeps posting points, and that is working to his advantage.
|11||8||Hector BARBERA||DUCATI||48'10.582||1 lap|
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||DUCATI||48'13.094||1 lap|
|58||Marco SIMONCELLI||HONDA||24'04.277||10 laps|
|1||Jorge LORENZO||YAMAHA||19'18.287||12 laps|
|11||Ben SPIES||YAMAHA||17'14.283||13 laps|