Spoiler Alert: 2013 MotoGP Championship results from Silverstone in the UK listed below
A mere 0.081 of a second decided the winner Sunday at the UK’s Silverstone circuit, which hosted round 12 of 18 in the 2013 MotoGP Championship.
And the winner? The reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha Factory Racing pilot edged out Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, breaking the 20-year-old rookie’s four-race winning streak.
Lorenzo and Marquez, who continues to lead the 2013 MotoGP Championship, were joined on the Silverstone podium by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. This was the third consecutive round where all three Spaniards finished on the podium.
On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in Sunday morning Warm-Up. After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Center, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider headed up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.
Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno last weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders. Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just over two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale. On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield, which featured slight contract between the two bikes.
The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far. Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him. In fourth spot was Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, while LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finished in sixth place.
Having missed his home race in 2011 before starting at the back in 2012, Cal Crutchlow had hoped for a much stronger Silverstone weekend in 2013. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider crashed twice on Saturday and again in Sunday’s Warm-Up, then paid the price for a poor getaway as the Tech3 rider plummeted from third to sixth at the start. He would fall back to his eventual finishing position of seventh when the charging Bautista – who had lined up eighth on the grid – overtook at the end of Lap 1.
Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith again found himself dicing with the pair of Ducati Team riders, but was ultimately taken advantage of by Nicky Hayden for eighth place. Smith would end the day ninth, while Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate tour. The Italian joined second-lap faller Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project) on the sidelines, promoting Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into the top ten despite a broken finger and injured neck after a Saturday crash; he therefore led home the CRT riders as PBM’s Michael Laverty ended his maiden home race in 19th position, ahead of Colombian teammate Yonny Hernandez.
Following the race, it was announced that Marquez has been given two Penalty Points under the new system due to not slowing down under the yellow flags in the morning Warm-Up. This also happened to be the moment that saw him crash at the same turn as Cal Crutchlow. Not to be confused with Championship Points, the penalty system was introduced in 2013, under which Up to 10 penalty points can be imposed, with sanctions applied at certain thresholds. Any rider reaching four penalty points starts the next race from the back of the grid, while seven points lead to a pit lane start and 10 points a race ban.
With the triple-header of Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone now over, MotoGP returns in two weekends’ time with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
With six events remaining in 2013, debutant Marquez carries an advantage of 30 points over Pedrosa, with Sunday’s winner Lorenzo now trailing the championship leader by 39 points.
2013 Silverstone MotoGP Results:
Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 173.2 40’52.515
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 173.2 +0.081
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 173.1 +1.551
4 13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 172.2 +13.233
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 172.2 +13.298
6 10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 171.7 +20.227
7 9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 171.3 +26.299
8 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 170.7 +35.993
9 7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 170.6 +36.119
10 6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 169.5 +53.196
11 5 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 169.1 +59.058
12 4 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 169.0 +1’00.710
13 3 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 168.9 +1’01.690
14 2 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 168.9 +1’01.843
15 1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 168.4 +1’08.833
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 168.4 +1’09.063
17 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 167.9 +1’16.474
18 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 167.9 +1’16.535
19 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 166.9 +1’32.057
20 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 166.6 +1’36.224
21 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 165.0 +2’00.635
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 170.8 2 Laps
52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 158.2 19 Laps
2013 MotoGP Championship Standings (after 12 of 18):
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 233
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 203
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 194
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 156
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 136
6 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 113
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 103
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 96
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 88
10 Aleix ESPARGARO ART SPA 68
11 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 66
12 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 44
13 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 41
14 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki USA 27
15 Hector BARBERA FTR SPA 27
16 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 22
17 Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 20
18 Ben SPIES Ducati USA 9
19 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki ITA 7
20 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART COL 7
21 Alex DE ANGELIS Ducati RSM 5
22 Karel ABRAHAM ART CZE 5
23 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR JPN 4
24 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 3
25 Bryan STARING FTR Honda AUS 2
26 Javier DEL AMOR FTR SPA 1