For the fourth time of the 2013 MotoGP Championship, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo stood atop of the podium.
The reigning MotoGP Champion’s latest win arrived at Silverstone for the Hertz British Grand Prix. Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo took the lead into turn one from pole-sitter and current MotoGP Championship leader Marc Marquez.
The Repsol Honda RC213V pilot stayed with Lorenzo for the entire race, the two swapping the lead multiple times in the final two laps. But Lorenzo got the best of Marquez, finishing a mere 0.081 of a second ahead.
Taking the final podium position was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who also set a new Circuit Record of 2:01.941 on the sixth lap. Following his win, Lorenzo is now 39 points behind Marquez, and Pedrosa 30 points back with six rounds remaining.
Due to warmer temperatures at Silverstone, which was moved to Sept. 1 over its usually June meeting, this year’s MotoGP was the fastest ever held at the UK circuit.
The average pace was over a second quicker than last year, and the warmer weather allowed the MotoGP teams to try various Bridgestone tire strategies.
Bridgestone says the majority of riders preferred the softer slick, although eight riders – including the top four finishers – selected the harder rear slick option. Front tire choice showed a strong trend towards the harder front slick, with 16 of the 23 riders selecting this option.
Following is further tire analysts of Silverstone MotoGP.
Hiroshi Yamada (Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department) says: “Congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha for their fantastic victory at Silverstone today; that was one of the most exciting races I have witnessed with so much happening throughout the field!
“We were all waiting to see who would rise to challenge Marc’s recent run of victories and Jorge put in perhaps his greatest ever performance to show us all why he is the reigning champion, although Marc’s performance after injuring himself in Warm Up was also very impressive.
“It was wonderful to finally have fine weather all weekend at Silverstone and this not only allowed us to have great action during qualifying and the race, it provided a great atmosphere in the many other activities happening around Silverstone. Apart from supporting the teams and riders on track, we also supported Riders for Health on the Day of Champions and also entertained fans at our display booth in the vending zone. Overall, this was a busy, yet successful weekend for Bridgestone.”
Masao Azuma (Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department) says: “It was most welcome that we had dry weather again today as all the setup work and tire evaluation done by the teams was put to good use for the race. As expected there were a lot of different tire combinations used today and overall tire performance was very good, with a quick pace from the beginning of the race and a new race lap record being set.
“The race pace was over a second quicker than last year and the lap times were also quite consistent over the twenty-lap race. Silverstone was a good race for us and a great way to end a busy period of three back-to-back races.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “I’m really happy as today was one of the best races of my career and it was very emotional. I tried to open a gap at the beginning, pushing even harder than in previous races but it was impossible to get a gap over Marc as he never gives up. I could see some areas in the final laps where I was stronger so I pushed to the maximum and when I saw a gap in the final corner I knew it was no or never, so I had to make the pass.”
Bridgestone slick compounds available:
Front: Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium-soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tire compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 18-19°C; Track 30-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)