Jorge Lorenzo wins the British GP in an epic duel against Marquez
A record breaking crowd at Silverstone were treated to a spectacular and epic duel on Sunday when Jorge Lorenzo was finally able break Marc Marquez’ four race winning spree during the 2013 Hertz British Grand Prix – the 12th round of the MotoGP championship.
Marquez‘s participation in the race was uncertain after he suffered a high speed crash during the morning warm-up session, dislocating his left shoulder when he impacted with the asphalt at 22.55 g.
However, the rookie was sitting in pole position( he broke the qualifying record by more than 1.3 seconds) on the grid and with just a painkilling injection to take him through the long 20 lap race.
It was Lorenzo who got the holeshot with Marquez hotly pursuing him, as the two pulled a 1.4 second gap over the rest of the field in just the opening lap.
For seventeen laps Lorenzo would lead the race never being able to open up a safe margin from the Repsol Honda rookie , who kept the Yamaha rider squarely in his sights.
With just two laps to go Marquez made his move, diving down inside on Lorenzo at Brooklands, to take the lead, but the Yamaha rider retaliated on the next lap with his own pass at Vale as the final lap came up.
Once again Marquez picked him off, but going into Luffield and just two corners from the end, he ran slightly wide which allowed Lorenzo to suff his M1 through – the two would touch - as they raced head-to-head to the wire, where the reigning world champion would score his fourth seasonal victory by a 0.081s margin.
Dani Pedrosa would take a highly disappointing third place.
The Repsol Honda veteran uncharacteristically had a bad start (5th on the grid) and got caught behind three slower riders, but in two laps he already disposed of the them and began racing after the two front runners who were more than two seconds ahead of him, he caught them, but the efforts of the chase had put a huge strain on his tires and while he stuck to his title rivals he was never in the fight.
Valentino Rossi took another fourth place after battling again with a tenacious Alvaro Bautista – that duel also went to the wire, and the Italian won it by a mere 0.065s.
Stefan Bradl’s decision to run a soft tire cost him. The German rider was unable to stay with Rossi and Bautista, and he faded to a lonely sixth.
Home hero Cal Crutchlow could only take seventh. Three crashes – two in the same practice session that left him with a very swollen right arm and abrasions, and a third in warm-up, left the Coventry man with the wrong set-up and an undermined confidence.
Nicky Hayden took eighth, but only after Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate lap while battling with Bradley Smith for the position.
Aleix Espargaro closed out the top ten, and again was the best CRT rider despite having fractured his pinky finger in FP4.
2013 MotoGP Silverstone Race Results:
- 01- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – 20 laps in 40’52.515
- 02- Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 0.081
- 03- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 1.551
- 04- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 13.233
- 05- Alvaro Bautista – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 13.298
- 06- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 20.227
- 07- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 26.299
- 08- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 35.993
- 09- Bradley Smith – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 36.119
- 10- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 53.196
- 11- Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 59.058
- 12- Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 1’00.710
- 13- Hector Barbera – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR – + 1’01.690
- 14- Colin Edwards – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki – + 1’01.843
- 15- Danilo Petrucci – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda Suter BMW – + 1’08.833
- 16- Randy De Puniet – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 1’09.063
- 17- Claudio Corti – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki – + 1’16.474
- 18- Hiroshi Aoyama – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR – + 1’16.535
- 19- Michael Laverty – Paul Bird Motorsport – PBM 01 – + 1’32.057
- 20- Yonny Hernandez – Paul Bird Motorsport – ART GP13 – + 1’36.224
- 21- Bryan Staring – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – FTR Honda – + 2’00.635