MotoGP Silverstone: Singing In The Rain

Valentino Rossi secured his first ever win at a rain soaked Silverstone ahead of Italian duo Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizoso, as Marquez crashed out and Lorenzo failed to make the podium.

Rossi took his first wet win in ten years

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The British Grand Prix took a dramatic turn as the rain began to fall as riders headed out on their warm up lap, and avoiding a ‘Sachensing 2013’ situation with all riders starting the race from Pit Lane, the race was red flagged and restarted.

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As the riders lined up on wet tyres for the restarted race, Lorenzo got a strong start off the line and led the pack into the first corner as Marquez and Rossi were chasing from behind.

On just the second lap of 20 Jack Miller did the unthinkable and took out his team-mate Cal Crutchlow at his home race, which he has in turn been given a penalty point for. Crutchlow however entered the pits and rejoined the race as there were so many laps left on the clock.

At the front of the race Lorenzo had slipped down into third position with Rossi and Marquez coming through, the Italian taking the lead from Marquez round the first corner.

Two friends, overjoyed…

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After such a strong warm up in the wet, Italian Danilo Petrucci was able to steadily work his way up through the pack and was fighting for a podium on the fourth lap of 20, alongside his fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone.

Chasing down Rossi the two times motogp world champion crashed out of the race with eight laps left on the clock as he lost the rear of his Repsol Honda. This left Rossi with what he believed was a clear run, hoping to have an eight second lead over his compatriots which was in reality a four second lead.

Rossi then began to pull the pin as it looked as if his win wasn’t secure, however he was able to hold off the pair and crossed the line with over a three second lead.

Movistar Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo was unable to fight for the podium due to another foggy visor, as well as a slower race pace meaning he crossed the line in fourth position. Scott Redding was the top Brit in sixth position, ahead of Bradley Smith in seventh.

Results
1. Valentino Rossi
2. Danilo Petrucci
3. Andrea Dovizioso
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Scott Redding
7. Bradley Smith
8. Andrea Iannone
9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Alvaro Bautista
Full list and times found here.

Rider Reactions

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Rossi was understandably thrilled with his victory, despite being concerned about the rain this morning: “After the warm up it started to rain and we have to restart from zero. On the grid I was quite scared because the conditions were the worst ones, so I was happy it have to start with the rain. As Marc started to come near me, I tried the maximum but for me it was very difficult to take the advantage so I think we are going to arrive to the last lap, which with Marc is not easy. 

In one moment and I understand he crashed because I hear the noise. After he crashed I slowed down, because I thought I had enough of an advantage but in reality Danilo wasn’t so far, so I had to recover my concentration and start to push, because if I didn’t he would catch me.”

Danilo Petrucci was providing the comedy in the press conference, explaining he felt like he was in a ‘dream’ and waiting to wake up: “It ‘was an incredible race. I still can not realize what has happened. When I passed Pedrosa and Lorenzo I had a moment of fear because I thought that I would put pressure. Then it came also Dovi. I have made up his mind to take Valentino to stay focused.”

Andrea Dovizioso was happy with his podium at a circuit he has always preferred:“Today was not an

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easy day for many reasons: we started from the fourth row of the grid and I almost crashed at the start because the rear tyre suddenly lost grip and I found myself at the back of the field. Despite this I succeeded in making a good recovery, even getting up into second place. It was a really tough race, and Petrucci and I had a great battle, so I’m also happy for his excellent result. In the final stages we were taking too many risks when we were passing and repassing each other, and seeing as it was important for us to get back onto the podium, in the end I concentrated on holding onto my third place.”

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After seeing his slim championship hopes come crashing down Marquez has admitted he will now solely focus on winning races for the remainder of the season: “From the start of the race I felt very good, I was able to follow Valentino and at some point I was still faster but then the floating character of the bike that we have in the dry came back in the wet and I try to manage the problem. I lose the rear, the rear was locked and when I try to save the crash. 

We lose the hopes for the championship but now we try to win as many races as possible. Just win, not win or zero but that is probably my style. Now I will not change a lot my level because I was already taking a lot of risks.”

Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi 236
2. Jorge Lorenzo 224
3. Marc Marquez 159
4. Andrea Iannone 150
5. Andrea Dovizioso 120
6. Bradley Smith 115
7. Dani Pedrosa 102
8. Danilo Petrucci 83
9. Pol Espargaro 81
10. Cal Crutchlow 74

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Next Round

Round 13 – Misano, San Marino – 11-13 September 2015

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