Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez got back to his winning ways at Silverstone, beating last year’s winner Jorge Lorenzo on the Movistar Yamaha to be the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2005 to take 11 wins in a season.
“Honestly today I didn’t expect Jorge to be like that,” Marquez said. “He was so strong from the beginning. The pace was very high. I did the same rhythm as in FP4. He was pushing a lot at the start and I was trying to save the tires a little. In the second half of the race my pace was slightly better and I tried to overtake him but made a mistake. I start to think about last year and I said ‘ok we’ll make a small gap.’ It was very tough on the last few laps. Luckily it was enough. A great battle and great to return to victory.”
Lorenzo led straight away, but the younger Spaniard Marquez took him on lap 14. The pair battled and even made contact, but in the end Lorenzo had to settle for second.
“The race was much better than we expected,” Lorenzo said. “I pushed a hundred percent, more than ever, after a great start. I’m proud of my riding. We improved a little each practice but didn’t have the best package.”
Rossi held off Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovisioso on the factory Ducati to take his eighth podium of the year.
In sixth was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone. Pol’s older brother Aleix Espargaro on the NGM Forward Racing Yamaha was the top finishing Open Class bike in ninth. Rounding out the top 10 was Scott Redding on the Go & Fun Gresini Honda at his home Grand Prix.
2014 British Grand Prix
Silverstone MotoGP Results
1. Marc Marquez (Honda)
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
3. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
5. Andrea Dovisioso (Ducati)
6. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha)
7. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
8. Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
9. Aleix Espargaro (Yamaha)
10. Scott Redding (Honda)