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Lorenzo takes comfortable win at Silverstone

18th Jun 2012 9:58 pm

Jorge Lorenzo score comfortable British MotoGP victory at Silverstone.

MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo took a comfortable win at Silverstone's British Grand Prix. The Yamaha rider spent the first part of the race patiently sitting behind his team-mate Ben Spies and Honda's Casey Stoner. With six laps gone he moved into second place, before stalking Stoner for another five laps.

At half-race distance he made his move, barging past Stoner through the last corner, withstanding a brief period of resistance from the Honda and then sprinting off to an easy win. Behind him, it was a battle between the Hondas of Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Having lost the lead to Lorenzo, Stoner seemed to suddenly struggle for tyre grip. However, he was able to narrowly hold on to second place, with Pedrosa settling for third after an unsuccessful lunge on the final lap.

Polesitter Alvaro Bautista did a solid job on the Gresini Honda, running with the leaders throughout the race and eventually taking a fine fourth place. Spies was fifth, having quickly gone backwards after losing the lead in the opening laps of the race. Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3) was the star of the race, charging from the back of the grid to sixth place despite having an injured foot from Friday's crash. The Brit made a stunning run through the field, stealing sixth from Nicky Hayden (Ducati) on the very last lap.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Hector Barbera (Pramac Ducati) rounded out the top 10, while Andrea Dovizioso finished 19th after making a lengthy stop for a brake problem.

Aleix Espargaro was the best of the CRT machines, finishing 11th on the Aspar Aprilia.


Results - 20 laps:

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike                    Time/Gap
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                     41m16.429s
 2.  Casey Stoner      Honda                        + 3.313s
 3.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                        + 3.599s
 4.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda                + 5.196s
 5.  Ben Spies         Yamaha                      + 11.531s
 6.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha               + 15.112s
 7.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                      + 15.527s
 8.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                   + 22.521s
 9.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati                      + 36.138s
10.  Hector Barbera    Pramac Ducati               + 41.328s
11.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia             + 1m03.157s
12.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia             + 1m03.443s
13.  Michele Pirro     Gresini FTR-Honda         + 1m07.290s
14.  James Ellison     Paul Bird Aprilia         + 1m14.782s
15.  Yonny Hernandez   Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      + 1m15.108s
16.  Colin Edwards     Forward Suter-BMW         + 1m29.899s
17.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Aprilia              + 1m40.302s
18.  Ivan Silva        Avinita Inmotec-Kawasaki  + 1m52.099s
19.  Andrea Dovizioso  Tech 3 Yamaha                 + 1 lap


     Mattia Pasini     Speed Master Aprilia          14 laps
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