Results and summary of a fascinating MotoGP race at Silverstone:
Valentino Rossi has wrenched control of the MotoGP championship by taking a studied win in wet conditions. Rossi made a break early in the race with Marc Márquez, then managed the gap all the way home after Márquez crashed.
The race was always going to be an unsettled affair, after the first attempt to start it had to be aborted. With the track just about dry after the Moto2 race, the race was declared dry, but rain started to fall quite heavily on the grid, and by the time the riders were halfway through the warm up lap, it was clear they would have to swap to their wet bikes. The entire field piled into the pits, and to avoid a repeat of the chaos at the Sachsenring in 2014, Race Director Mike Webb red-flagged the race and ordered a restart.
The second attempt to start the race on a fully wet track was more successful. Jorge Lorenzo got a lightning start, as did Pol Espargaro, the Tech 3 rider coming through to take second. But Marc Márquez and Valentino Rossi were quickly through on Espargaro, and chasing down Lorenzo.
Rossi was quickly past, Márquez taking advantage and following through to demote Lorenzo to third. The two leaders quickly gapped the chasing group, Rossi pushing hard to try to shake Márquez, but the reigning champion would not be dropped. After the halfway mark, Márquez tried to press Rossi, but he could not get past him. Márquez tried, pushed too hard, and crashed out, the rear locking under engine braking flicking Marquez off when it briefly gripped again.
From that moment on, Rossi looked safe, though behind him, the battle for second started getting closer. Danilo Petrucci had fought his way forward in the wet, passing Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, and Andrea Dovizioso. After a long battle with the factory Ducati man, Petrucci finally shook him off, and though he closed the gap to Rossi down to a second and a half, Rossi soon had the gap under control again, going on to take the win.
A delirious Petrucci held on for second, while Andrea Dovizioso made a welcome return to the podium in third. Jorge Lorenzo limited the championship damage to hold on to fourth, while Dani Pedrosa crossed the line a lonely fifth. Two British riders came home in sixth and seventh, Scott Redding getting an excellent result finishing ahead of Bradley Smith.
The result means Valentino Rossi has once again taken the lead in the championship, now ahead of Jorge Lorenzo by 12 points. Marc Márquez' crash rules him completely out of contention, now trailing by 77 points.
|14||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||+1'15.292|
|15||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||+1'17.863|
|16||76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||+1'19.310|
|18||71||Claudio CORTI||Yamaha Forward||+1'58.086|
|19||17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||1 Lap|
|44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||6 Laps|
|93||Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||8 Laps|
|6||Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||8 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||16 Laps|
|43||Jack MILLER||Honda||18 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||0 Lap|