Lorenzo Gets No. 4 At Silverstone
SILVERSTONE, Great Britain — Jorge Lorenzo came on strong in the second half of the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone and raced to his fourth victory in six MotoGP races this season.
Lorenzo’s Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Ben Spies got the jump on the field and led the early laps with Respol Honda’s Casey Stoner giving chase. Meanwhile, Lorenzo steadily worked his way to the front.
With 17 laps remaining Lorenzo started to find his rhythm as he looked to close the gap to the front four, followed by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.
Soon after Stoner made his move past Spies, as the Texan made a mistake, going too hot into a turn.
More overtaking was to follow, as Lorenzo took advantage of a gap left by Nicky Hayden to hunt down Bautista. Just seconds after, Hayden left yet another gap for Dovizioso to push the American even further back. With Stoner having pulled out a small gap at the front, Lorenzo did not want his rival to get way and forced his way past Bautista.
Lorenzo stormed past his teammate into second, with Spies being overtaken by Bautista a corner later. In the same bend, Pedrosa snuck past Dovizioso, who kept on the Spaniard’s rear wheel to retake him just a few corners later.
With 11 laps left Lorenzo was closing in on the rear wheel of Stoner, starting a thrilling battle for top spot. On the same lap Dovizioso crashed out of his positions, while his teammate Cal Crutchlow fought past LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl into seventh.
Heading into lap nine, Lorenzo took Stoner on the final turn, yet the Australian fought straight back in the next turn, as the pair kept the crowd on their toes with some thrilling moves. As one Repsol Honda was overtaken, the other in the form of Pedrosa went up into third.
A lap further on, the duo of Pedrosa and Bautista started to slowly close the gap on Stoner, who looked to be slowing.
With six laps left it turned into a three-way battle for second place, as Lorenzo was opening a gap at the front.
Lorenzo suffered a slight scare with four laps left as he was almost thrown from his bike, but he managed to save it and retain the lead, albeit with a reduced gap to the pursuing Stoner.
In the end, Lorenzo held his nerve to cross the finish line first and stretch his championship lead to 25 points over Stoner who finished second.
Pedrosa was third with Bautista and Spies filling the top five.
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