MotoGP Silverstone: Finishing Orders

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World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo took victory from pole position at the AirAsia British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday as he stretched his lead at the top of the standings to 37 points over Andrea Dovizioso, who placed second in the race. Ben Spies achieved his first MotoGP podium with third place.

Lorenzo flew off from pole position as he and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) immediately engaged in a duel which saw them swap the early lead on the opening lap a number of times. Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda), Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) were all involved as well, whilst Casey Stoner (Ducati) suffered misfortune as he dropped to dead last from his starting position of sixth as the riders entered the first turn.

Marco Melandri suffered disappointment as he crashed out on the opening lap, but his San Carlo Honda Gresini team-mate Marco Simoncelli enjoyed better fortunes as he climbed positions.

Lorenzo wasted little time in finding a rapid rhythm and by lap seven his advantage at the head of the race was a substantial one at over five seconds. Meanwhile Dovizioso and De Puniet ignited an intense contest for second spot, with Hayden hot on their tails. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Spies was also making progress as he moved through to enter the top five and latched onto the chase for a podium spot.

Midway through the race Stoner’s lap times were almost identical to race leader Lorenzo’s, but in eighth place he was forced to chase down Pedrosa and the Australian found it hard work trying to pass the Spaniard. He eventually managed to do so on lap 13, and then proceeded to make up further ground.

Loris Capirossi’s race was ended early when the Rizla Suzuki rider crashed out at Copse as he ran off and fell whilst trying to overtake Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar). At the front end Dovizioso, De Puniet and Hayden were separated by less than half a second as they continued their tactical tussle for the final two podium spots – Spies keeping a tag on as well – with Lorenzo’s lead by now an unassailable one.

With three laps to go Hayden and Spies both managed to pass De Puniet, and Stoner scented the chance to get in the hunt. He soon made a move on the Frenchman to slot into fifth in a rousing finale.

The final lap provided a fitting climax as Spies got through on Hayden at Farm Curve to take third spot, a position he held to the finish whilst ahead Lorenzo crossed the line first. Dovizioso’s second place was his fourth podium finish and best result of the season, with Spies completing the top three for a first Grand Prix podium.

Ducati duo Hayden and Stoner took fourth and fifth after fine individual rides, with De Puniet sixth. Rookie Simoncelli took his best premier class result to date with seventh, as Pedrosa finished eighth. The top ten was completed by Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing).

Absent from the race was Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) who attended hospital to assess his condition following a crash in the morning warm up session. World Champion Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) also remains out whilst he recovers from his broken right leg.

MotoGP Results: Silverstone, Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 170.4 41’34.083
2 20 4 Andrea
ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 169.9 +6.743
3 16 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 169.9 +7.097
4 13 69 Nicky
USA Ducati Team Ducati 169.9 +7.314
5 11 27 Casey
AUS Ducati Team Ducati 169.9 +7.494
6 10 14 Randy DE
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 169.8 +9.055
7 9 58 Marco
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 169.4 +14.425
8 8 26 Dani
SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 169.3 +15.313
9 7 5 Colin
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 168.5 +27.954
10 6 41 Aleix
SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 167.5 +42.394
11 5 40 Hector
SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 167.5 +43.365
12 4 19 Alvaro
SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 167.5 +43.408
13 3 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 167.5 +43.580
Not Classified
65 Loris
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 167.1 7 Laps
Not Starting
33 Marco
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 0 Lap


Jules Cluzel celebrated the first win of his World Championship career after a stunning Moto2 race, riding his Forward Racing Suter to victory ahead of Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing) and Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar).

From the start Fonsi Nieto (G22 Holiday Gym) flew up to third from tenth on the grid as he wasted no time in pushing his way forward, and with the pack tightly bunched on the opening lap there were a pair of fallers as front row starter Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) and Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) – third in the Championship standings before the race – collided and crashed out.

The Forward Racing pair of Claudio Corti and Cluzel, who started from the front two spots on the grid, became embroiled in a battle with Nieto at the head of the race, a fight which Simón soon became involved in as Nieto’s challenge faded shortly after.

Cluzel, Corti and Simón threatened to become slightly detached at the front as the scrap for fourth involving a host of riders took place, but Lüthi and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) – who had fallen to 17th after the start – began to regain ground as they swallowed up track behind the trio.

Lüthi’s superb pace meant that by lap 12 of 18 a gap that had stood at almost two seconds to the front three had been diminished as he and Redding caught the leading group, making for a fantastic final third of the race which became a marvellous five-way contest.

Former 125cc World Champion Lüthi pushed his way to the front as he rode an unforgiving and admirable race and with two laps to go Corti crashed out as he lost his Suter bike going through Turn 8, the entry to the chicane approaching Club. The Italian returned to the race to finish 30th.

The final lap provided great drama and as Lüthi ran wide going into the corner where Corti had crashed shortly before Cluzel went through on him to take the lead, holding it until the finish line to take his debut World Championship win. Lüthi and Simón both took their second podiums of the campaign with second and third places respectively, with Redding achieving his best result of the season so far with fourth in his home GP.

Debón, Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP), Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar), Xavier Simeon (Holiday Gym G22), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) and Championship leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) completed the top ten, as Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX) and Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept) both crashed out on the final lap.

Elías remains at the top of the Championship standings on 80 points, with Tomizawa still second on 65. Lüthi climbs to third on 58, with Simón and Corsi both on 51 in fourth and fifth.

Moto2 Results: Silverstone, Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 16 Jules
FRA Forward Racing Suter 162.1 39’19.472
2 20 12 Thomas
SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 162.1 +0.057
3 16 60 Julian
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 162.1 +0.322
4 13 45 Scott
GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 162.1 +0.520
5 11 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR 161.7 +5.271
6 10 48 Shoya
JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 161.7 +5.377
7 9 63 Mike DI
FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 161.7 +5.484
8 8 19 Xavier
BEL Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 161.7 +5.709
9 7 77 Dominique
SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 161.4 +10.240
10 6 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 161.4 +10.411
11 5 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 161.4 +10.701
12 4 29 Andrea
ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 161.4 +10.741
13 3 14 Ratthapark
THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 161.3 +10.959
14 2 41 Arne TODE GER Racing
Team Germany
Suter 161.0 +16.062
15 1 40 Sergio
SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 161.0 +16.161
16 59 Niccolo
ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 160.5 +24.118
17 8 Anthony
AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 160.1 +29.563
18 72 Yuki
JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 160.1 +29.952
19 61 Vladimir
UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 160.0 +30.218
20 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki 160.0 +31.289
21 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 160.0 +31.423
22 54 Kev COGHLAN GBR Monlau
Joey Darcey
FTR 159.9 +31.715
23 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex 159.9 +31.819
24 44 Roberto
ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 159.7 +35.447
25 76 Bernat
SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 159.7 +35.851
26 53 Valentin
FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 159.2 +42.924
27 39 Robertino
VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 158.6 +51.566
28 35 Raffaele
ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 158.3 +56.529
29 21 Vladimir
RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 158.2 +58.361
30 71 Claudio
ITA Forward Racing Suter 156.9 +1’18.671
5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 151.5 +2’44.369
Not Classified
68 Yonny
COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 161.5 1 Lap
25 Alex
ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 161.4 1 Lap
17 Karel
CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 161.0 1 Lap
55 Hector
SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 159.7 1 Lap
75 Mattia
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 159.4 2 Laps
2 Gabor
HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 161.0 3 Laps
96 Anthony
FRA Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 159.6 5 Laps
3 Simone
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 155.0 17 Laps
65 Stefan
GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 154.5 17 Laps

125CC GP

Marc Márquez took his second win of the season at Silverstone after a fierce battle with compatriot Pol Espargaro. Pole holder Márquez managed to pull away with Espargaro as they moved to almost three seconds ahead of Bancaja Aspar riders Nico Terol and Bradley Smith before the halfway point of the race had even arrived.

Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) joined the Bancaja Aspar duo shortly after and managed to go through on both, taking third spot as the trio began a fight for third place whilst Márquez and Espargaró extended the distance to the chasing group even further.

With four laps to go Márquez and Espargaró were over ten seconds clear as Terol, Smith and Vázquez continued the scrap for third. Vázquez ran wide however and appeared to drop off enough momentarily to give Smith and Terol some breathing space.

The final laps provided an edge-of-the-seat finish and the fight between Márquez and Espargaró became just that as the two touched twice while pushing one another to the limit. Further back Vázquez crashed as he touched tyres with Terol, allowing Smith enough space to get through and into third.

At the front a mistake from Espargaró two corners from the end saw him run wide, which gave Márquez enough room to get clear and take the win, eventually crossing the line 2.576s ahead of Espargaró who now leads the Championship by a single point from Terol. The Bancaja Aspar man finished fourth, behind team-mate Smith who secured his first podium of the season in front of a delighted home crowd and became the first non-Spaniard to make it into the top three this season.

Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany), Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) and Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team) completed the top eight, with British rider Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) tenth. Vázquez managed to remount his bike and cross the line in 11th.

125CC GP Results: Silverstone, Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc
SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 157.5 38’12.837
2 20 44 Pol
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 157.4 +2.576
3 16 38 Bradley
GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 156.6 +13.446
4 13 40 Nicolas
SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 156.4 +17.117
5 11 71 Tomoyoshi
JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 155.1 +35.641
6 10 11 Sandro
GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 154.9 +39.184
7 9 35 Randy
SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 154.9 +39.258
8 8 14 Johann
FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 154.8 +39.949
9 7 12 Esteve
SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 154.8 +40.510
10 6 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia
Aprilia 154.2 +50.287
11 5 7 Efren
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 153.3 +1’03.503
12 4 23 Alberto
SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 153.3 +1’04.065
13 3 53 Jasper
NED CBC Corse Aprilia 153.1 +1’07.148
14 2 15 Simone
ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 153.0 +1’07.591
15 1 94 Jonas
GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 153.0 +1’07.601
16 26 Adrian
SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 153.0 +1’08.045
17 78 Marcel
GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 152.7 +1’12.472
18 50 Sturla
NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 152.4 +1’16.933
19 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC
Aprilia 151.1 +1’38.139
20 84 Jakub
CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 150.9 +1’41.224
21 32 Lorenzo
ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 150.9 +1’41.416
22 60 Michael
NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 150.8 +1’42.313
23 87 Luca
ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 150.8 +1’42.642
24 75 Deane BROWN GBR Colin
Appleyard/Macadam Racing
Honda 148.0 1 Lap
Not Classified
73 Taylor
GBR KRP Honda 150.8 1 Lap
63 Zulfahmi
MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 150.4 6 Laps
52 Danny KENT GBR Aztec
Grand Prix
Honda 148.4 6 Laps
Earnshaws Motorcycles
Honda 143.1 9 Laps
5 Alexis
FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 136.8 12 Laps
39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia 154.0 13 Laps
72 Marco
ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 147.7 13 Laps