Motorcycle Racing

British MotoGP 2013: Jorge Lorenzo's Win Will Lead to Championship

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing celebrates the victory on the podium at the end of the MotoGP race during the MotoGp Of Great Britain - Race at Silverstone Circuit on September 1, 2013 in Northampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2013

Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo held off Marc Marquez to win the 2013 British MotoGP at the famous Silverstone circuit by just 0.081 seconds.

The momentum will carry him to another overall title.

Not only did Lorenzo stifle Marquez’s winning streak, but he was also able to draw closer in the points standings. The Spanish star now has 194 points, just 39 points behind overall leader Marquez (233) and nine points behind second-placed rider Dani Pedrosa (203).

This victory was huge for Lorenzo as he had recently been struggling to put together a consistent stretch of solid finishes. With his last win coming in June at the Catalan Grand Prix, the two-time MotoGP champion is on the right track to win his third championship.

While Lorenzo has four wins this year, he needed to ensure a strong start to one of the toughest portions of the schedule. The difficulty level for the final six races of the season will separate the best in the sport from the pretenders.

Lorenzo’s team is in a good position heading into the final stretch, but it’s the previous success on the courses on the homestretch that will give the riders in the Yamaha programme supreme confidence in their teammate.

Over the last four seasons in the final portion of the year, Lorenzo has finished in the top three in 15 out of 23 possible races, with five victories. That’s an impressive resume to close the season.

The history of success starts in two weeks as the San Marino and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix is next on the schedule. Lorenzo has two wins and two second-place finishes in his five seasons at the track.

With momentum firmly on the side of Lorenzo and the Yamaha team after a huge victory at Silverstone, expect the defending champion to make a late push for yet another MotoGP championship.

 

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