2012 Silverstone MotoGP Race Result: Impressive Victory After Hard-Fought Battle

Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Silverstone:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken his fourth victory of the season, winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in comfortable fashion, after disposing of Casey Stoner at the halfway mark. With Stoner ending the race in 2nd, Lorenzo extended his lead by another 5 points, a full race win ahead of Stoner in the championship.

A Lorenzo victory looked unlikely after the start. The Spaniard's Factory Yamaha teammate got the holeshot, leading Casey Stoner, polesitter Alvaro Bautista and a rampant Nicky Hayden through the first few corners. Spies pushed hard early, keen to make amends after a disastrous start to the season, taking Stoner, Bautista and Hayden along in his wake. Lorenzo's start was very mediocre, as was Dani Pedrosa's in a break with tradition.  Lorenzo was over a second back, in a group consisting of himself, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.

Though Spies pushed hard from the outset, his pace slowed within a few laps, going from race leader to holding the group up behind him. The delay worked in Lorenzo's favor, allowing the Spaniard to catch the leading foursome, and start to work his way past Nicky Hayden. Shortly after, Stoner got by Spies, and attempted to make a break, but within a couple of laps, Lorenzo had worked his way past the chasing group and had started to close in on Stoner. 

Lorenzo's pace grew as the halfway mark approached, while Stoner's started to falter. The Australian held off multiple challenges from Lorenzo, swapping places through the first half of the lap, before finally conceding defeat on lap 12. Once past him, Lorenzo dropped the hammer and disappeared into the distance, going on to win the race comfortably.

Once Lorenzo was past, Stoner dropped back into the clutches of Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista, the two Spaniards having disposed of Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden, while Andrea Dovizioso had crashed out earlier in the race. Stoner looked like he would lose out to Pedrosa for large parts of the race, eventually holding off a strong final challenge in the last couple of corners to secure 2nd. Pedrosa settled for 3rd, while Bautista scored his best result of the season with a very strong 4th spot.

Ben Spies also secured his best result of the season, finally getting a decent result under his belt, while Cal Crutchlow rode an impressive race with a broken ankle, catching and passing Nicky Hayden on the last lap to take 6th, demoting Hayden to 7th.

Lorenzo now sits 25 points clear at the head of the championship table, with one third of the championship gone. Honda will need to find solutions for the chatter which has plagued them very quickly if Stoner is to defend his title with success, making Lorenzo's decision to renew with Yamaha look increasingly wise.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 41'16.429  
2 1 Casey STONER HONDA 41'19.742 3.313
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 41'20.028 3.599
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 41'21.625 5.196
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 41'27.960 11.531
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 41'31.541 15.112
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 41'31.956 15.527
8 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 41'38.950 22.521
9 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 41'52.567 36.138
10 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 41'57.757 41.328
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 42'19.586 1'03.157
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 42'19.872 1'03.443
13 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 42'23.719 1'07.290
14 77 James ELLISON ART 42'31.211 1'14.782
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 42'31.537 1'15.108
16 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 42'46.328 1'29.899
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 42'56.731 1'40.302
18 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 43'08.528 1'52.099
19 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 41'51.265 1 lap
Not Classified
  54 Mattia PASINI ART 30'09.876 6 laps

 

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stoner didnt seem to have so much chatter problems, or at least that wasnt the more important problem...he himself said the left side of his rear tyre started to lose some grip in the second half of the race, eventually resulting in him losing pace and getting far behind lorenzo and far closer to pedrosa and bautista.

i believe lorenzo would have crossed stoner anyway even if stoner hadnt started to lose some grip in the left side of his rear...he just rides that precisely and intelligently, not to forget his M1 is a great setup...spies holding the group behind him was hardly anything for him....not being too fast and daring in the beginning of the race and slowly and intellingenly crossing everyone as the race progresses is his style, as it was of rossi's as well once upon a time.

From last to 6th with a broken ankle

amazing!

What happened to Dovi? it looked like the brake guard interfered with his brake lever?

Were that he had edge grip problems and wasnt able to hold speed in mid corner. Thats the way it looked watching the race also. And thats usually his strong suit... that and corner entry where he looked tentative and deliberate (in comparison to his usual style). Still he held that position well and fought for it to the line. I think he's known for a while that this championship is going to be harder than many thought at the start of the year.
Jorge is just relentless and rode a really well judged race from a slow start.
The disappointment was Rossi's finish some 20 secs behind Hayden. Nicky Hayden never used to be capable of doing that... so has Rossi just lost heart now?
Sure looks that way.
Great to see so many bikes close together for so long.
Ride of the weekend was Scott Redding... needs to be on a bigger bike.

that after the race he also cited front end chatter that they haven't been able to fix as part of the problems he was having... he said he hadn't felt good the whole weekend. Where-as the rear tyre edge grip is a problem that developed over time during the race the chatter is a problem from lap 1 of every session.

First of all, 'Hats Off & a Hand' to Lorenzo for a great race! Cruch......AMAZING PERFORNANCE!!!!! I expected him to be fast and be a top 10'er, but I never expected him to ride at the level he's riding. Spies is definitely in trouble in trying to keep his seat next to Lorenzo. Unless he has a stellar rest of the season, someone else will be in his seat in 2013. David, any 'gossip/hints' on this interesting topic?

The BIG surprise is HRC. I'm not making any excuses for Casey/Dani, but HRC's great engineers have managed to __________________ (fill in the blank) to a bike that was untouchable in Casey's hands last year. How is THAT POSSIBLE? I understand its setting up the bike for the tires, but Yamaha have managed to give Lorenzo a bike that likes the tires, so how in the world is the power of HRC managed NOT to give Casey/Dani a bike/chassis that works? Last year I won big on a bet for the WC....and this year it looks like I'm gonna lose big! Oh well...easy come/easy go!

Duc: for the umpteenth time I'll say the same thing---Hmmmmmmmmmmmm..............

something always keeps on being a problem with someone's bike always...excepting ducati who always have a hugely problematic bike, last year stoner's honda was a setup with no major and/or continuing problem and this yr it's having issues all the time till now...and last yr lorenzo's yamaha had a few important issues all through out the season and this yr as of now it's been up to the mark thankfully, except according to what lorenzo just said after today's race, that his M1 is great at corner speeds but he wants more speed out of it at the straight sections which the current setup lacks a bit in with respect to the hondas.

Great ride by him. Honestly I could already see him lying in the gravel so I was really glad he didn't pull a head over heels move on Pedrosa and 'settled' for fourth. A very mature race.