Jorge Lorenzo was the runaway winner of the British Grand Prix, taking a commanding victory for the Fiat Yamaha Team.
Lorenzo used his softer option front and rear slicks to good effect, setting a fast and consistent pace throughout and the fastest lap of the race which becomes a new lap record at this new circuit.
Behind Lorenzo the battle for the podium was intense as Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso pushed hard on his softer slicks to stay ahead of Ben Spies of Monster Yamaha Tech3, who scored his first MotoGP podium, and the Ducati Team duo of Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner.
The four were split by less than a second entering the final lap.
Jorge Lorenzo says: “This was an important day for me and an important win, because I felt so strong and I enjoyed riding my Yamaha so much. I had a different feeling today; I felt that it was going to be a good race. It was quite hard to be fast at the start and the first lap with Dani was difficult, but once I got past him I felt very relaxed and comfortable. I thought he would follow me for a bit longer but he didn’t and then I was on my own, so I just had to focus on myself; I didn’t even know who was behind me! I never dreamt of taking three wins from five races but here we are and I am feeling very strong mentally at this moment. I want to thank my team, Yamaha and Bridgestone for this victory. The Beatles celebration was something fun for the fans, I love their music and I thought it was nice to make a homage to them, since we’re in England!”
Wilco Zeelenberg says: “This was a great performance by Jorge. The start was a little bit interesting, with us on the hard Bridgestone and some of the others on the softer one, but Jorge rode so well, kept his head and brought it home safely. Our bike is working very well and it was great to see Spies taking a podium on the Yamaha too, well done to him. It is impressive to have a 37-point gap at this stage but now we have four more races in very close succession so we can’t relax. Well done to Jorge and to everyone for today.”
Ben Spies says: “I didn’t expect to get my first podium so quickly, especially after yesterday which wasn’t the best for me. I got a decent start but once I got by Dani and Simoncelli I just tried to stay on the back of the group battling for the podium. Once I realised I could stay in contention I just tried to save the rear tyre as much as I could and it all worked out. The last few laps I pushed as hard as I could and made some good passes and it is great for Yamaha and the Monster Tech 3 Team. I’m also pretty happy about it to o and this is good for my confidence. That last lap was difficult to pass Nicky but I got a really good drive onto the back straight and tried to pass him at Stowe Corner but he came back by. On the next straight I managed to get by him and then had to ride quite defensively on the last part of the lap. I was on the edge but I had to go for the podium and it worked out. It will be hard to duplicate this but right now I’ll let it sink in and make the most of it. But on this day I can say I was the third best rider in the world and it is a good feeling.”
Colin Edwards says: “I don’t want to be finishing in ninth at all but honestly I’m reasonably happy with the way I rode and it was a lot better than I expected after what has been a tough weekend. I’m still a fair way behind the top group but I had so many problems this weekend that even a top ten was looking lik e a difficult result to achieve. I didn’t leave anything out there and I went better than I did in qualifying but it was still not easy. The bike isn’t agile enough and having to muscle it around gave me a small arm pump problem, but not as bad as Mugello. If I could get the bike to go where I want it to go I could save lots of time, but we’ve got some ideas for the future. It was a bit of a lonely race but I rode as hard as I could for as long as I could. I want to congratulate Ben though because he did an awesome job and I’ve got nothing but admiration for him. He showed today what a great rider he is and it is great for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team to be back on the podium.”
Herve Poncharal (Tech 3 Team Manager) says: “We knew Ben really liked this circuit and we thought he could do a good race. But he rode an incredible race because he didn’t get a fantastic start but he was v ery aggressive in the first two laps and got himself into contention. He never let that group in front of him go away and we know his strength is on worn tyres, so we expected him to hang in until the end. He was quickest on track at one stage but I was worried a little bit because Casey was catching quite quickly. But he kept his cool and made some good passes and the best was on the last lap to beat Nicky. It his first podium in MotoGP and certainly not his last because he is such a bright talent for the future. I’d like to say thanks to Yamaha and to Bridgestone and also to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team because since the start of the season it has been a little bit up and down. But we’ve never stopped trying hard and today we got a big reward. Colin rode a steady race and as always he never stopped trying to improve his situation and we know better results will come for him soon. Now we look forward to Assen that both Colin and Ben like a lot and we are confident of anot her competitive weekend.”
Nicky Hayden says: “It’s a pretty frustrating result because the team did a great job with the bike after the warm-up and it was a lot of fun to ride. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good start – we’ve been having some little clutch problems and didn’t get away well. The race was really fun, everybody was going back and forth, I was able to make some moves in the corners but just didn’t really have the top speed in the straights. It’s hard for me to dress this result up because I’m not happy to finish fourth again but the good thing is we were in the hunt again. We did something good with the bike today so hopefully it will work at Assen, a circuit I love.”
Casey Stoner says: “I’m not happy with fifth place because we were capable of more today. I don’t know if we could have challenged Jorge for the win but we definitely found something in warm-up and made more improvements in the race, but we paid the price for a terrible start. As I let the clutch out the bike started jumping and hopping around and I had to pull the clutch in and go again, by which time everybody was past. The tyres were fresh on before the warm-up lap so in the early laps I had to be really careful before being able to start overtaking and I lost a lot of seconds. The race then was fun, we were able to find a good rhythm and to make our way forward but the time lost at the beginning prevented us by fighting for the podium.”
Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati Team Manager) says: “Even though we didn’t make the podium I think both Nicky and Casey had a good race today. Casey paid the price for a very bad start when the bike jumped as he let the clutch out but he put together a great fight back and only missed out on the podium because he ran out of time. Still, he made ten overtakes in a very determined performance. Nicky also paid a heavy price for the only small mistake he made at the end, missing the podium as a result, but he was up there again at a new circuit, working well with the team to find a good set-up.”
Dani Pedrosa says: “Well, eighth is obviously a disappointing result because we were looking quite strong here yesterday and I was confident. However, we were lacking some grip from the beginning of the race and we couldn’t replicate the pace we were able to achieve in practice. The rear was spinning and sliding quite a lot and the front was pushing which meant that, even though I was pushing really hard, I wasn’t able to maintain my pace.”
“It was frustrating because I could see the riders in front and I could stay with them but it was impossible to fight for position. The one positive thing from the weekend is that even though I had two crashes I wasn’t injured and I didn’t feel pain during the race today. This means we can quickly put this weekend behind us and move on to the next races – the first one being Assen next weekend. I’d like to thank the team because they worked reall y hard this weekend and had to rebuild the bike twice”.
Andrea Dovizioso says: “I’m really happy with second in the race, and we also have second in the championship now so this reflects our strong start to the season. In the middle of the race I saw many riders were closing in behind me and so I tried to push at 100 per cent to get a gap and try to avoid a fight on last lap. Corners 13 and 14 towards the end of the lap are really slow and you can see clearly the riders that are behind, and also here it would be easy to be overtaken on the last lap if they were too close, so it was important to get a gap, which I managed to do.”
“I’m so pleased with the season so far and I’d like to say thank you to Honda and to the team for the work they are doing. We still need to improve so that we can battle for race wins, but we are one step closer today and it’s a good result for us at the start of a busy period of races. Next stop is Assen and we must move forward again so that we have a chance of winning there”.
Marco Simoncelli says: “We have definitely taken another important step forward here. I got a good start and stuck with the group fighting for the podium for the majority of the race. I was able to run with Spies and close the gap right down but they were able to keep their pace to the end of the race whereas I struggled at the end as my tyres went off. It was nice to have them in my sights until two laps from the end though and I feel like I have really improved. I had fun today – hopefully next time it can be even closer to the front.”
Marco Melandri says: “I made a really good start but then made a mistake on the exit of a corner on cold tyres. I was behind Spies and felt I was faster then him so I attacked two or three times but couldn´t get through. Then I tried a pass on the inside but I hit a bump, lost the front and there was no way I could save it. I´m disappointed because I wasn´t even pushing that hard, I was just waiting for Spies to give me a chance to pass him. It´s a shame!”
Fausto Gresini says: “Simoncelli took a big step forward today and had a great race, which we expected because he had shown a lot of promise in practice. It is the first time he has raced so close to the lead group and that is very promising. I think it was an important experience for him and next time he will know how to manage his tyres better for the end of the race. A great race and a very positive result. I´m disappointed for Melandri but we can´t be too hard on him because he did the right thing by trying. Obviously nobody wants a crash on the first lap and especially today because we had a good chance to do well but like I said before this is racing and it is better to try these things than hang around at the back.”
Randy De Puniet says: “It was a good race and I had fun but, like in Mugello, I finished behind the leading group. It’s a pity but I feel satisfied anyway. I took a very good start from the front row and I could rely on my machine as we lapped consistently fast for the whole week end. At 4 laps to go the front started to move too much because we raced on front soft tyre (which was the right choice) but probably today’s ground temperature was a bit higher compared to the rest of the week end. We had a great race week end and I am a big fan of this new circuit. The guys gave me an incredible machine here and we can be pleased about this result as we battled for the podium. In my opinion we moved a step forward in this week end and will do our best to keep the sixth position in the world classification”.
Álvaro Bautista says: “For me the race seemed like my first free practice, because the conditions were different and I was able to start to ride like I wanted. I didn’t have any reference points with the better conditions so I had to learn them in the race and it was quite difficult to do that. I am quite happy because I think we have made one step forward with the bike in cold conditions and during the race I was able to ride consistently quicker than my best lap in qualifying. Also my shoulder feels much better, it was a bit painful in the last few laps, but I am pleased with how I’m recovering. Today has been the first day I’ve been able to push since my injury and I hope that for the next races I will get stronger physically and get more confidence on the bike.”
Loris Capirossi says: “I think that the whole weekend has been very tough for us, but today we did have better conditions and it gave me a better feeling on the bike. My start was not too bad, but I still couldn’t ride as hard as I wanted and with seven laps to go I lost the front during braking, so I had to let off the brakes and I was going into the corner too fast and I crashed in the gravel. It has been a bad weekend because we just couldn’t find what we were looking for to make us go quicker and get the grip we wanted. I feel so sorry for the whole team and for all the people that came to support us because we just didn’t give a very good show at our home race. Sometimes races are like this and you have to just keep going till it gets better!”
Paul Denning (Rizla Team Manager) says: “It’s been a really difficult weekend and it would have been unrealistic to expect things to change drastically for the race. Having said that, both the guys pushed as hard as they dared and at least we were in the group fighting for 10th place – which was better than practice or qualifying. The slightly warmer temperatures helped us a little bit, but it meant that the practice from the rest of the weekend was meaningless and for the riders it almost felt like the first decent run of the weekend.
“Thanks to all our sponsors and partners for all their support over the weekend and we’ll be pushing Suzuki to deliver the improvements we need, as soon as possible!”
Aleix Espargarò says: “Bad start that has ruined my race. I lost the middle group straight away and after overtaking three riders I basically ridden all alone for most of the race. A bit boring. Tenth position is anyway a good result and now we have to think to next weekend when we will be in Assen: it is one of my favorite circuits and I hope to be able to conquer a even better position.”
Mika Kallio says: “The situation compare to yesterday has sensibly improved, today we have at least made it to fight with some of the other riders. It is clear that the thirteenth position isn’t our objective but as the weekend went we couldn’t expect for more. We hope that the work done today it can become useful for next weekend. Last year in Assen we were really competitive and I hope to result at least as competitive also this season.”
Hiroshi Yasukawa (Director, Bridgestone Motorsport) says: “We saw a fantastic race today and I’d like to send my congratulations to Jorge and Fiat Yamaha for their dominant victory. Silverstone have produced a very impressive venue for this MotoGP round and the new circuit layout gave us some very close and exciting battles today. MotoGP remains to be a very strong marketing tool for Bridgestone and we wish to express our commitment to continuing support for this series. It is also valuable for us that Dorna and the FIM are embracing the need to incorporate safety and environmental responsibility into their future plan.”
Tohru Ubukata (Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department) says: “The track conditions were different again today as the temperature was the highest of the weekend, but we saw that our medium and hard compound rear slicks had good performance overlap in terms of durability, warm-up and grip.The increased track temperature made it difficult for teams to get the right setup and choose the right tyre option for the race as they only have data for this track from yesterday and Friday when it was cooler, but I am happy with the performance of both specs and I can say that I am satisfied with our tyre compound choice for Silverstone.”
Mot0GP Silverstone Results
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 41’34.083
2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team + 6.743
3. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 7.097
4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team + 7.314
5. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team + 7.494
6. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 9.055
7. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini
8. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 15.313
9. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 27.954
10. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team + 42.394
11. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team + 43.365
12. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 43.408
13. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team + 43.580
Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 7 Lap
Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 20 Lap
Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team (Injuried in Mugello)
Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP (Crashed Out During Warm-uP)
MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 115
2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 78
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 73
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 61
5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 52
6. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 46
7. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 36
8. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 35
9. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 32
10. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 32
11. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 26
12. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team 24
13. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team 22
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 18
15. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team 15
16. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 13
17. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 12