Rossi conquers wet Silverstone to lead title race

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi produced a wet weather masterclass to claim an impressive victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Yamaha rider once again showcased his skills in tricky wet conditions as he dominated the race to regain the lead in the MotoGP world championship standings.

Rossi assumed the lead on the second lap once racing began following an aborted start due to the inclement weather.

The nine-time world champion came under intense pressure from Marc Marquez before the reigning world champion crashed out with eight laps remaining.

Marquez’s demise allowed Rossi to complete a comfortable win ahead of Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci, who produced one of the surprises of the season to come home in second for his maiden MotoGP podium.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso claimed the final podium place after coming up short in his battle with Petrucci.

Jorge Lorenzo had led the championship heading into the race but he struggled for pace in the wet conditions, which saw the former double world champion finish in fourth.

As a result, the Yamaha rider has fallen 12 points adrift of Rossi in the championship standings.

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa produced a solid ride to come home in fifth ahead of top Brit Scott Redding, who announced a move to Pramac Ducati for 2016 prior to the race start.

Redding finished ahead of fellow Brit Bradley Smith, Andrea Iannone, Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista, who rounded out the top 10.

The conditions produced several incidents with the most notable seeing Australia’s Jack Miller collide with his LCR Honda team-mate Cal Crutchlow.

The Townsville rider stormed from 16th on the grid to fifth in the opening laps but his race soon came to an abrupt end on lap 2.

Miller tried a move on third placed Crutchlow from a long way back which resulted in the pair making contact at Vale corner.

Crutchlow remounted but soon retired from the race, while Miller’s day ended immediately.

The incident was set to be investigated by Race Direction at the conclusion of the British Grand Prix.

The MotoGP world championship heads to Misano for Round 13 from September 11-13.

Result: MotoGP British Grand Prix, Silverstone

Position Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 20
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 20 +3.010s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 20 +4.117s
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 20 +5.726s
5 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 20 +11.132s
6 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 20 +25.467s
7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 20 +26.717s
8 Andrea Iannone Ducati 20 +29.393s
9 Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 20 +38.815s
10 Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 20 +41.712s
11 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 20 +44.776s
12 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 20 +52.489s
13 Héctor Barberá Avintia Ducati 20 +1:11.211s
14 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Ducati 20 +1:15.292s
15 Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 20 +1:17.863s
16 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 20 +1:19.310s
17 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 20 +1:19.735s
18 Claudio Corti Forward Yamaha 20 +1:58.086s
19 Karel Abraham AB Honda 19 1 Lap
DNF Pol Espargaró Tech 3 Yamaha 14 Retirement
DNF Marc Márquez Honda 12 Retirement
DNF Stefan Bradl Aprilia 12 Retirement
DNF Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 4 Retirement
DNF Jack Miller LCR Honda 2 Retirement
DNF Yonny Hernández Pramac Ducati 0 Retirement

Championship Standings

Position Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 236
2 Jorge Lorenzo 224
3 Marc Márquez 159
4 Andrea Iannone 150
5 Andrea Dovizioso 120
6 Bradley Smith 115
7 Daniel Pedrosa 102
8 Danilo Petrucci 83
9 Pol Espargaró 81
10 Cal Crutchlow 74
11 Maverick Viñales 67
12 Aleix Espargaró 60
13 Scott Redding 47
14 Yonny Hernández 41
15 Héctor Barberá 23
16 Álvaro Bautista 22
17 Loris Baz 15
18 Nicky Hayden 12
19 Jack Miller 12
20 Stefan Bradl 11
21 Michele Pirro 8
22 Eugene Laverty 7
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
24 Mike Di Meglio 4
25 Alex de Angelis 2

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