SILVERSTONE, England – Jorge Lorenzo has returned to winning ways in a dramatic fashion during Sunday’s MotoGP Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, beating determined championship leader Marc Marquez by less than one tenth of a second.
Dani Pedrosa completed the podium as home favorite Cal Crutchlow struggled to seventh place.
On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in the Sunday morning warm-up. Marquez had ignored yellow caution flags, waving as a result of a crash by another rider earlier in the warm-up, and would crash in the same location.
Race directors announced following the race that they would penalize him two points for not slowing down and putting race marshals and the other rider in danger.
He continued at racing speed and did not slow down and be prepared to stop as required by the regulations. His subsequent crash at the same point as the previous accident seriously endangered the rider being attended and the marshals in the accident zone.
After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Center, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider started on the front row alongside Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.
Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno last weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders. Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just more than two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale.
On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield which featured slight contract between the two bikes.
The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far.
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The triumph also marks Lorenzo’s first win since Catalunya in mid-June. Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him.
In fourth spot was Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.