2012 Silverstone MotoGP Race Result: Impressive Victory After Hard-Fought Battle
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Silverstone:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken his fourth victory of the season, winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in comfortable fashion, after disposing of Casey Stoner at the halfway mark. With Stoner ending the race in 2nd, Lorenzo extended his lead by another 5 points, a full race win ahead of Stoner in the championship.
A Lorenzo victory looked unlikely after the start. The Spaniard's Factory Yamaha teammate got the holeshot, leading Casey Stoner, polesitter Alvaro Bautista and a rampant Nicky Hayden through the first few corners. Spies pushed hard early, keen to make amends after a disastrous start to the season, taking Stoner, Bautista and Hayden along in his wake. Lorenzo's start was very mediocre, as was Dani Pedrosa's in a break with tradition. Lorenzo was over a second back, in a group consisting of himself, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.
Though Spies pushed hard from the outset, his pace slowed within a few laps, going from race leader to holding the group up behind him. The delay worked in Lorenzo's favor, allowing the Spaniard to catch the leading foursome, and start to work his way past Nicky Hayden. Shortly after, Stoner got by Spies, and attempted to make a break, but within a couple of laps, Lorenzo had worked his way past the chasing group and had started to close in on Stoner.
Lorenzo's pace grew as the halfway mark approached, while Stoner's started to falter. The Australian held off multiple challenges from Lorenzo, swapping places through the first half of the lap, before finally conceding defeat on lap 12. Once past him, Lorenzo dropped the hammer and disappeared into the distance, going on to win the race comfortably.
Once Lorenzo was past, Stoner dropped back into the clutches of Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista, the two Spaniards having disposed of Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden, while Andrea Dovizioso had crashed out earlier in the race. Stoner looked like he would lose out to Pedrosa for large parts of the race, eventually holding off a strong final challenge in the last couple of corners to secure 2nd. Pedrosa settled for 3rd, while Bautista scored his best result of the season with a very strong 4th spot.
Ben Spies also secured his best result of the season, finally getting a decent result under his belt, while Cal Crutchlow rode an impressive race with a broken ankle, catching and passing Nicky Hayden on the last lap to take 6th, demoting Hayden to 7th.
Lorenzo now sits 25 points clear at the head of the championship table, with one third of the championship gone. Honda will need to find solutions for the chatter which has plagued them very quickly if Stoner is to defend his title with success, making Lorenzo's decision to renew with Yamaha look increasingly wise.
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||42'19.872||1'03.443|
|19||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||YAMAHA||41'51.265||1 lap|
|54||Mattia PASINI||ART||30'09.876||6 laps|