British MotoGP 2013: Biggest Winners and Losers from Silverstone's Action
Preventing Marc Marquez from claiming a fifth successive MotoGP triumph, Jorge Lorenzo rose to snatch his fourth win of the season and keep his fellow Spaniard within some reach in the riders’ standings.
Silverstone’s Hertz British Grand Prix included some last-minute adrenaline, including an incredible final lap between the two Spaniards and fellow countryman Dani Pedrosa.
Looking at just who ended up where, some riders will have profited more from their respective finish than others, whereas a below-par performance could mean massive disappointment from some of the race’s bigger stars.
The biggest and most evident winner from the meeting in Silverstone is, of course, its actual victor: Jorge Lorenzo. He closes the gap on Marc Marquez to 39 points.
BBC Sport's Twitter feed showed just how pleased the world champion was with his victory:
Although Marquez is still the clear favourite to go and claim this season’s MotoGP final, Lorenzo couldn’t have done more in overcoming the 20-year-old, who begun the day in pole position.
Although still third in the standings, Lorenzo will have received a major confidence boost in claiming his first win since June, doing battle with the sport’s poster boy this Sunday and emerging triumphant.
For the first time this season, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was forced to retire after crashing on the penultimate lap of his race.
As a result, the Italian has lost a yard in his pursuit of Alvaro Bautista, currently seven points ahead of him in the standings, as well as allowing Nicky Hayden to creep up on him.
Having not finished outside the top 10 of a race all year long, Dovizioso was enjoying some good momentum prior to the British Grand Prix that he may find difficult to regain.
Continuing what’s already been a highly successful season for the engineering team of Repsol Honda, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa did well to claim two of the three places at Silverstone.
So far this season, Honda’s two best riders have claimed 19 podium finishes from a possible 24. Incredibly, Marquez and Pedrosa are yet to finish a race this season without at least one of them in the top three finishers.
Thirty points apart in the standings yet dominating matters with some security, the omnipotent powers of Marquez and Pedrosa could continue for some time to come if 2013 has been much to go by.
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