Lorenzo extends MotoGP title lead with British win

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo has extended his lead in the MotoGP world championship by winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone today.

The Spaniard worked his way into the lead, passing Australian Honda star Casey Stoner to score his third-consecutive win.

Stoner held the lead in the early stages, only to watch Lorenzo pass and gap him.

Stoner was given a glimmer of hope in the flossing laps when Lorenzo had a minor moment, but Lorenzo knuckled down to take another win – less than a week after announcing he had resigned a two year deal with Yamaha.

Stoner held off a valiant effort from team-mate Dani Pedrosa to secure second and third for the factory Honda team.

San Carlo Gresini pole-sitter Alvaro Bautista finished fourth, ahead of factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies, who scored the best result of his difficult 2012 season.

Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow finished a fighting sixth after suffering a fractured left ankle earlier in the weekend. The local British rider secured sixth on the final lap, passing Ducati’s Nicky Hayden.

Eighth place went to Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Hector Barbera (Pramac) rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Tech 3 rider Andrea Dovizioso was the highest profile rider to crash. He returned to the circuit to finish a lap down.

Results, British Grand Prix

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 171.5 41’16.429
2 20 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 171.3 +3.313
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 171.3 +3.599
4 13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 171.2 +5.196
5 11 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 170.7 +11.531
6 10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 170.5 +15.112
7 9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 170.5 +15.527
8 8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 170.0 +22.521
9 7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 169.1 +36.138
10 6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 168.7 +41.328
11 5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 167.3 +1’03.157
12 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 167.3 +1’03.443
13 3 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 167.0 +1’07.290
14 2 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 166.5 +1’14.782
15 1 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 166.5 +1’15.108
16 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 165.5 +1’29.899
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 164.9 +1’40.302
18 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 164.1 +1’52.099
19 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 160.7 1 Lap
Not Classified
54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 164.3 6 Laps

Championship standings

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 140
2 Casey STONER Honda AUS 115
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 101
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 66
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 60
6 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 58
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 58
8 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 51
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 49
10 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 37
11 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 35
12 Aleix ESPARGARO ART SPA 20
13 Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 11
14 Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 9
15 James ELLISON ART GBR 7
16 Mattia PASINI ART ITA 6
17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 4
18 Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 4
19 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda ITA 4
20 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR COL 4
21 Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 1

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