Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took his third win of the 2010 season and extended his lead in the championship to 37 points over Dovizioso.
Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took his third victory of the 2010 MotoGP season with a win at the Silverstone circuit. Winning by a gap of more than six seconds, the Spaniard crushed the competition and once again extended his lead in the championship. Rounding out the podium on Sunday were Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and Tech 3 Yamaha’s Ben Spies, taking second and third respectively.
Starting from his pole position Lorenzo immediately got a good start but was met by Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. The two engaged in a duel and traded places multiple times early in the race. Also taking part in the battle for the lead were LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet, Dovizioso, and Ducati’s Nicky Hayden. Meanwhile Hayden’s teammate, Casey Stoner, trailed behind the pack after dropping to the back from his sixth-place starting position.
San Carlo Honda’s Marco Melandri’s race was brought to an early end when he crashed out on the opening lap, but his teammate, Marco Simoncelli, had better luck and was able to stay in the race and advance his position.
Lorenzo was able to find a good pace by the seventh lap and by then his lead had increased to more than five seconds. Behind him an intense fight for the number two spot broke out between Dovizioso and De Puniet with Hayden closely following. Making good progress in the race was Spies who broke into the top-five and quickly entered a chase for the final podium position.
Ben Spies took his best result of the season so far with a third-place finish at Silverstone behind Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.
By the halfway point Stoner began picking-up his pace but his eighth-place position saw him battling Pedrosa, and his attempts to get past the Honda rider were met by fierce opposition. Eventually able to make the pass on Lap 13, Spies then continued to advance through the rest of the pack.
Also having his race cut short was Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi, who crashed out by running off the track in his attempt to get past Hector Barbera.
Lorenzo crossed the finish line first in dominating style with a major gap between himself and the rest of the field. Following Lorenzo was Dovizioso in second, who took his fourth podium finish of the season and his best result so far. The final lap saw Spies advance on Hayden for the final podium spot, which he held until finish. Taking fourth and fifth respectively were teammates Hayden and Stoner who rode competitively for their top-five finishes. After setting a blistering pace in qualifying, De Puniet took sixth-place at Silverstone followed by Simoncelli, who took his best result in his MotoGP career of seventh. Although bruised and battered from his fall in Saturday’s qualifying session Pedrosa managed an eighth-place finish. Rounding out the top-10 riders were Colin Edwards of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and Aleix Espargaro, taking ninth and tenth respectively.
2010 MotoGP Silverstone Results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
3. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
4. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
5. Casey Stoner (Ducati)
6. Randy de Puniet (Honda)
7. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso took his best result of the ’10 season with his second-place finish at Silverstone.
8. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
9. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
10. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati)
11. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
12. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
13. Mika Kallio (Ducati)
DNF Loris Capirossi (Suzuki)
DNF Marco Melandri (Honda)
2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 115
2. Andrea Dovizioso, 78
3. Dani Pedrosa, 73
4. Valentino Rossi, 61
5. Nicky Hayden, 52
6. Randy de Puniet, 46
7. Ben Spies, 36
8. Casey Stoner, 35
9. Marco Melandri, 32
10. Marco Simoncelli, 32
Frenchman Jules Cluzel of Forward Racing took his first GP career win in the Moto2 event at Silverstone. After setting an impressive pace on Saturday in qualifying Cluzel rode his Suter chassis to a victory over Moriwaki Racing’s Tom Luthi and Mapfre Aspar’s Julian
Jules Cluzel (#16) took the first win of his championship career at Silverstone ahead of Thomas Luthi and Julian Simon.
Simon in what was another terrific Moto2 race.
Off the line it was Fonsi Nieto of G22 Holiday Gym climbing all the way up to third from his tenth-place start on the grid. During the opening lap the field was tightly packed together as front-row starter Stefan Bradl and Simone Corsi collided together and crashed out.
Afterward the Forward Racing duo of Claudio Corti and Cluzel became caught-up in a heated duel with Nieto for first with Simon adding to the mix shortly after.
As the leaders began stretching out ahead of the pack, an intense feud for fourth-place developed in back between multiple riders. At the same time Luthi and Scott Redding, who were making up ground from their bad starts, also participated in the battle for fourth.
Near the end of the race a terrific scene was developing between the top-five riders. After charging through the pack with impressive speed, Luthi was now caught in the middle of the battle taking place amongst the leading group.
With just two laps to go Corti crashed out in the entry to the chicane. During the final lap Luthi ran wide while heading into a corner and Cluzel capitalized on his mistake by taking the lead. Cluzel was able to retain the lead until the finish line, crossing it in first-place for the first time in his GP career. Taking their second podiums of the ’10 season were Luthi and Simon, who finished second and third respectively. British rider Redding managed his best result of the season so far with a fourth-place finish at his home GP.
Technomag-CIP’s Shoya Tomizawa took sixth followed by Mike di Meglio of Mapfre Aspar in seventh. After his poor qualifying session where he took 18th, current championship leader Toni Elias rounded out the top-10 by finishing tenth for the day.
2010 Moto2 Silverstone Results:
1. Jules Cluzel (Suter)
2. Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki)
3. Julian Simon (Suter)
4. Scott Redding (Suter)
5. Alex Debon (FTR)
Toni Elias (#24) took 10th-place at the SIlverstone circuit after a poor start. Despite this he is still leading the championship by 15 points.
6. Shoya Tomizawa (Suter)
7. Mike Di Meglio (Suter)
8. Xavier Simeon (Moriwaki)
9. Dominique Aegerter (Suter)
10. Toni Elias (Moriwaki)
11. Fonsi Nieto (Moriwaki)
12. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up)
13. Ratthapark Wilairot (Bimota)
14. Arne Tode (Suter)
15. Sergio Gadea (Pons Kalex)
2010 Moto2 Championship Points:
Toni Elias, 80
Shoya Tomizawa, 65
Thomas Luthi, 58
Julian Simon, 51
Simone Corsi, 51
Sergio Gadea, 47
Jules Cluzel, 46
Andrea Iannone, 42
Alex Debon, 37
Gabor Talmacsi, 34