Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez proved his defeat in Brno a fortnight ago was a mere blip in his relentless campaign to add a second successive world title, winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone after a race-long duel with Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo.
Lorenzo seized the lead at the start of the race and led the lion’s share of the laps, but succumbed to a Marquez counter-attack with eight laps to go. Unexpectedly however, Marquez then made a rare error that allowed the Majorcan to retake the lead; a lead he defended for two more laps before again being unceremoniously shoved aside by the 21 year old Honda rider.
Their battle for the lead wasn’t the only spectacle available to fans; Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa were locked in a race-long contest for 3rd that eventually saw the nine-time world champion emerge on top in his record-breaking 246th grand prix appearance, and while Pedrosa cleared Dovizoso’s Ducati for 4th he was disappointed not to have made lighter work of the Italian.
Bradley Smith was running strongly in 7th in front of his home crowd before mechanical problems forced a trip to the pits for the Englishman. He rejoined the race but finished 22nd and last, with Alvaro Bautista the only retirement after crashing on the penultimate lap. His accident elevated Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow to 10th and 12th places respectively, with compatriot’s Leon Camier and Michael Laverty 16th and 17th just outside the points.
CLASSIFICATION – Race – MotoGP – British Grand Prix – 31st August 2014