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Old 08-30-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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MotoGP Results From the British Grand Prix At Silverstone: Rossi Wins As Marquez Cras

Movistar Yamahaís Valentino Rossi claimed his first-ever victory at Silverstone, opening open up a 12-point lead in the MotoGP World Championship standings over his teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

Rossi had topped the wet warm-up session but there was drama before the lights even went out at Silverstone as it was originally declared a dry race. Then rain on the grid prompted every rider to return to the pits on their warm-up lap to swap for wet tires. This led to a 30-minute delay to allow the teams and riders to safely re-form back on the grid.

When the action started, Rossi enjoyed a solid start before moving his way up from 4th on the grid to take the lead on just the second lap. Rossi passed his teammate and main title rival Lorenzo at Village corner, much to the delight of the 73,000 fans at the legendary Silverstone Circuit.

He then tried to break away at the front, with only Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda able to stay with him. Lap after lap Rossi and Marquez pulled away at the front, opening up a gap of seven seconds to the 3rd placed Petrucci by just the ninth lap. The 36-year-old Italian was setting a blistering pace in the hazardous conditions, and it proved too much for even Marquez. The reigning MotoGP World Champion crashed out on lap 13 at Copse Corner to effectively end any chance he had of defending his title. The Spaniard now trails Rossi by 77 points in the standings, with just six races remaining.

RELATED: See the British GP qualifying results and starting grid HERE

Without Marquez to push him, Rossi eased his pace and at one point it seemed as if the chasing Ducatiís of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso would close in towards the end of the race. Petrucci had reduced the gap to just 1.6s with two laps remaining, but Rossi got a signal from his pit board and upped the pace once more. The Doctor went on to take the race win by 3.010s.

Octo Pramac Racingís Danilo Petrucci delivered an incredible ride to secure his first-ever MotoGP podium as the leading Satellite rider.

Octo Pramac Racingís Danilo Petrucci delivered an incredible ride to secure his first-ever MotoGP podium as the leading Satellite rider. The Italian, starting from 18th on the grid, rode through the pack superbly before getting involved in an excellent battle for second with Dovizioso on the factory Ducati Team GP15. Petrucciís GP14 is known as a good bike to ride in the wet and he made sure that he secured his best ever MotoGP career result to the delight of his team.

Ducati Teamís Andrea Dovizioso (+4.117s) completed an all-Italian podium to equal his best result of the season in Assen. The former 125cc World Champion started from 12th on the grid but rode superbly in the tricky conditions to secure his 29th MotoGP podium.

Rossiís main rival for the championship and teammate Jorge Lorenzo (+5.726s) had a frustrating race. The double MotoGP World Champion led into the first corner, but found himself dropping back through the field at an alarming rate. At one point Lorenzo was as low as sixth before he seemed to recover and fought back to cross the line in fourth, limiting the damage to his title chances.

Dani Pedrosa (+11.132s) on the second Repsol Honda battled hard throughout the race to secure fifth spot. The Spaniard was right in the mix for the podium during the race but started to drop back in the latter stages, eventually crossing the line over 5 seconds behind Lorenzo.

EG 0,0 Marc VDSís Scott Redding (+25.467s) won the ĎBattle of the Britsí as he pulled off his the best result of his MotoGP career in front of his passionate home support. His compatriot Bradley Smith on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha was a further second back, after he enjoyed a race long battle with his teammate Pol Espargaro, before the Spaniard crashed out at turn three on lap 14.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) finished in eighth ahead of the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR of Aleix Espargaro in ninth. Aprilia Racing Team Gresiniís Alvaro Bautista secured the team's first top-ten finish of their return to the premier class.

Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) was the leading Open Honda in 12th ahead of the Avintia Racing duo of Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio, while his teammate Eugene Laverty crossed the line in 17th.

Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) was the leading Open Honda in 12th ahead of the Avintia Racing duo of Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio, while his teammate Eugene Laverty crossed the line in 17th.

LCR Honda pair Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller both enjoyed excellent starts to the race and found themselves battling for the final podium spot. Unfortunately Miller would take out his British teammate at Vale on the 3rd lap, with both men forced to retire. Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also crashed out of the race with 8 laps to go.

British Grand Prix Race Results
  1. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  2. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) Pramac Racing DUCATI
  3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
  4. Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  5. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  6. Scott REDDING (45) EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
  7. Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  8. Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI
  9. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  10. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
  11. Maverick VI—ALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  12. Nicky HAYDEN (69) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA
  13. Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  14. Mike DI MEGLIO (63) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  15. Alex DE ANGELIS (15) Octo IodaRacing Team ART
  16. Loris BAZ (76) Athinŗ Forward Racing YAMAHA
  17. Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA
  18. Claudio CORTI (71) Athinŗ Forward Racing YAMAHA
  19. Karel ABRAHAM (17) AB Motoracing HONDA
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Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Pramac Racing DUCATI

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