Lorenzo wins pulsating British GP
1 September 2013 – Jorge Lorenzo won a dramatic British Grand Prix on Sunday, the Yamaha rider prevailing in a race-long battle with Marc Márquez to take his first victory in four months by just eight hundredths of a second. Dani Pedrosa rounded out the podium in third.
The 200th MotoGP event since the series' inception in 2002 got off to a flying start as Lorenzo and Márquez immediately clashed. Lorenzo, with the knowledge that his rival was racing with a shoulder injury sustained in the morning warm-up, moved across the line to give the rookie a gentle nudge as the field flew into Copse. That was enough for the Yamaha rider to emerge from the first corner in the lead, with Valentino Rossi slotting into third after another good getaway for the Italian rider. Home favourite Cal Crutchlow became bogged down from third on the grid, dropping back to sixth.
Lorenzo and Márquez then proceeded to pull away from the rest of the pack, the two continuing a weekend-long duel that saw the pair top all sessions between them. Pedrosa, sensing the need to keep in touch with the leaders, began to dispatch those ahead of him one-by-one, working his way quickly up into fourth. His final target was the LCR machine of Stefan Bradl, and after several laps of posturing he pressured the German into braking late at Copse, and was able to capitalise on the exit to take third.
Pedrosa then set about bridging the gap to the walking-wounded Márquez and race leader Lorenzo, clocking a succession of fastest lap times to eventually create a three-way Spanish shootout for the victory with 12 laps remaining.
As the race entered its final stages, a slightly judicious Márquez made his first move for the lead into Stowe, but could not do enough to prevent Lorenzo from utilising the Yamaha's superior mid-corner speed, and the reigning World Champion stayed ahead. If any definitive overtake was to come, it seemed most likely to occur at the end of the Wellington straight, with Márquez able to back his bike into the late apex of Brooklands more effectively than his rival.
And that was precisely where the Repsol Honda rider chose to make his second move. After several dress rehearsals, with three laps to go he managed to dive down the inside with an audacious late-braking manoeuvre, gaining the lead to audible gasps from the Silverstone crowd. A slightly shaken Lorenzo re-passed into Club corner on the same lap, setting the stage for a dramatic final lap.
It proved to be just that, with Márquez again making a seemingly definitive overtake into Brooklands, standing Lorenzo up and pushing him wide. But determined to hang on to victory, the Yamaha rider switched back at Woodcote to reclaim the lead, and ultimately crossed the line to secure a well-deserved fourth win of the season.
Pedrosa took third, having fallen back after making a switch to his engine mapping in order to preserve his tyres. Rossi executed a successful late pass on Álvaro Bautista for fourth, with Bradl following in sixth. Crutchlow was relatively anonymous on his way to seventh place, while Nicky Hayden grabbed eighth after a fall for Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Bradley Smith and Aleix Espargaró completed the top ten.
After three races in as many weeks, the MotoGP field takes a two-week break until the Italian Grand Prix at Misano. In the championship, Márquez holds a 30-point lead over team-mate Pedrosa, while Lorenzo's win closes him to within nine points of the latter.
The Italian Grand Prix at Misano takes place on the weekend of September 14-15