The MotoGP at Silverstone brought about a rather interesting turn of events. With good, solid lead positions for the Repsol Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa and a strong fight from the Doctor, it was left to Andrea Dovizioso to round off a really tough competition to win both the race and a new leader position on the driver’s championship.
At the start Dovizioso got away well from the second row and finished the opening lap in sixth place. The Italian moved into third on lap 6, battling with a group made up of Rossi, Viñales, Marquez and Crutchlow, and he then overtook the two Spanish riders to move into second behind Rossi. Three laps from the end Andrea passed his rival from Tavullia and then held off a hard-charging Viñales until the chequered flag.
Dovizioso said, “I’m so happy about today’s victory, my fourth this year, because every race we win is different from the others, and this means that we are really strong and can fight for the championship. It was a really tough race because all of our rivals were on top form. Today Marquez was unlucky, but we did a perfect race because, even though we were probably not the quickest outright, we were able to interpret it in the best possible way and go on to win.” The unlucky bit he was referring to was the engine failure on Marquez’ Repsol Honda – which has been one of the most reliable machines on the track.
Marc Marquez said, “Today was really unlucky, as I was feeling very good on the bike and was there with the others, just trying to manage the race and tyres, especially the front as the temperature was higher than yesterday and I wanted to save it so to attack in the end. I had already seen that Dovi had something more than Viñales and Rossi, but I thought I could try and fight with him. So, everything was going well when I suddenly had a problem with the engine at the end of the straight. It’s a shame of course but that’s something that can happen in racing, and it was the first time for me with Honda.”
The race ended with the Ducati ahead of the two Yamaha’s of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi joining him on the podium, while Crutchlow took fourth, ahead of the other Ducati of Lorenzo.
Marquez’ DNF puts him 9 points behind Dovizioso’s 183, with Maverick Viñales snipping at his heels with 170 and Valentino Rossi not far off with 157 points. As the pack head to San Marino, the competition is really hotting up.