He gave his rivals a glimmer hope in the Czech Republic but Marc Marquez restored order at Silverstone by taking a battling win from Jorge Lorenzo in the British Moto Grand Prix.
With Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso only able to challenge Spanish duo in the opening laps, Marquez and Lorenzo put on an exhibition battle for the 67,000 strong British crowd that was reminiscent of their 2013 Northamptonshire encounter. Challenging Marquez and Lorenzo proved to be a step too far for Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Dovizioso who fought it out for the final podium spot some seven seconds behind. In the end Rossi’s race-intelligence was the deciding factor as he rode to his eighth podium of 2014. True to recent form Lorenzo got the drop and set about gapping his rivals on the first lap. Unlike the last time out, Marquez was tucked in behind from the off and seemed content to let the Yamaha lead. By lap five they had broken Rossi, who, by his own admission, had used too much of his rear tyre trying to keep up and was hampered by grip issues. Marquez was confident enough to pass Lorenzo on lap 14 and instantly set about gapping his pursuer but made a mistake on the same lap allowed Lorenzo back through. The pair continued to circulate together but as the tension grew around the 3.6 mile track Marquez made his decisive move with three laps to go. Blocked by Lorenzo on the entry to Abbey, he then dove under the Yamaha at The Loop. The number 99 had to pick up at a valuable point, losing valuable drive onto the Wellington Straight. Marquez instantly had 0.8 seconds in hand, which he held to the flag. The general consensus was that Marquez’s move was hard but fair and the Spaniard was unapologetic. “We had a small contact at the corner before the pass. But at the next corner, the last overtake, I know that it was a great move, an aggressive move, but we did not have contact.” Yamaha team-boss Lin Jarvis expressed dissatisfaction with the pass but Lorenzo was unmoved. “It was aggressive. Marc is more aggressive than other riders and has a bike that permits him to ride like that.” Rossi overcame a spirited Andrea Dovizioso for third and was left to lament the loss of rear grip he suffered mid-race. “I stressed too much the rear tyre and I started to lose a lot of grip and unfortunately I started to slow down and Jorge and Marc opened a gap.” Starting from his third consecutive front row, Dovizioso put in a heroic performance, coming home fifth and just nine seconds behind the winner. So often the Ducati’s performance has radically dropped when the tyre performance goes away, but the Italian was more than a match for Dani Pedrosa. In the end it took a last lap move from Pedrosa to seal a tightly fought fourth place. He said, “We are so happy about the race, fighting with Valentino and Pedrosa and especially to finish under ten seconds. It was our target. I didn’t expect to be under the ten seconds, but we got the result and it is really positive, really important for us.” Pol Espargaro came home sixth, overcoming Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Alvaro Bautista in a close battle for sixth. Bradley Smith had been running inside the top six before a cracked wheel forced him into an unscheduled pit stop. Scott Redding snatched a heroic top ten finish from Yonny Hernandez on the final lap, two places ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Leon Camier finished just outside the points in 16th while Michael Laverty was content with 17th, six seconds clear of the next best Aprilia. Post first featured on paddockchatter.com; republished with permission