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Silverstone celebrates record crowds at ?sensational' British Grand Prix
Record 159,006 attendance over three days
A record crowd of 73,456 was at Silverstone on Sunday for a ?sensational' 2013 Hertz British Grand Prix. British rider Scott Redding won his Moto2? race in front of the passionate home crowd, while reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed victory in the headline MotoGP? race, after a breathtaking battle with championship leader Marc Marquez.
Following bumper attendances of 53,250 for Qualifying on Saturday and 32,300 for Practice on Friday, the 159,006 three-day crowd was the highest in almost 20 years and a
record in the MotoGP era.
Britain's Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith finished seventh and ninth respectively in MotoGP; Crutchlow racing with a badly injured arm after a heavy fall on Saturday.
Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: "We've seen record crowds over the three days here at Silverstone and have been treated to some sensational racing. Scott Redding rode a phenomenal race to win in Moto2 and it was fantastic to see a British rider on the top step of the podium. The MotoGP race was also a real thriller between Lorenzo and Marquez. We've had fantastic weather and the fans' support has been tremendous all weekend. They've really played their part in making this year's British Grand Prix one of the best in years."
Race winner Scott Redding, who extended his lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championship, said: "I couldn't have asked for a better day than today; quickest in Warm Up, led 90% of the race and then went on to get the victory in front of my home crowd. I've had an amazing reception here this weekend and I've enjoyed every second of it. I'm pleased to have signed the MotoGP deal and for that to be out there, but firstly I need to try and wrap up this year's World Title."
Marking 10 years since the passing of the late, great Barry Sheene, Silverstone also hosted a well-received Tribute Parade to honour one of Britain's most popular and successful motorcycle racers. Taking place between the Moto2 and MotoGP? races on Sunday, the Parade featured several of Barry's family, former teammates and rivals, riding a selection of the bikes that the two-time World Champion rode during an illustrious career.
The riders included Sheene's son Freddie, brother-in-law Paul Smart, nephew Scott Smart, former teammate Steve Parrish, Niall MacKenzie and his son, Taylor MacKenzie. Friend and on-track rival, Randy Mamola, also supported the tribute, as did Barry's daughter, Sidonie Sheene.
Lorenzo Shines with Stunning Silverstone Victory
Silverstone (Great Britain), 31st August 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo delivered a stunning performance today to take victory in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. The defending world champion made another lightening race start this afternoon, flying from second on the grid to take the hole shot into turn one ahead of arch rival Marc Marquez. Although unable to break away, Lorenzo executed an unbroken string of inch perfect laps to maintain the lead until just three laps from the end when Marquez attempted to take control of the race.
His lead was not to last as Lorenzo fought back a lap later to regain the lead, beginning a battle which was to last to the last corner as the two exchanged places in the fight for the lead. It was Lorenzo who emerged victorious, making the definitive move just two corners from the end and holding the tighter line into the last turn to cross the line victorious and claim his fourth win of the season.
Team mate Valentino Rossi made an excellent start from sixth on the grid, initially jumping three places to slot in behind Marquez in third position. Still struggling to find an optimum set up for the first few race laps, the nine-time world champion then slipped back to sixth before mounting his fight back. With 12 laps to go Rossi was swapping positions in a close fight with German rider Stefan Bradl, emerging the victor two laps later and then hunting down Alvaro Bautista in fourth. The battle with Bautista was to begin with just three laps remaining and continue to the finish line, Rossi's race craft eventually giving him the upper hand and earning him fourth place at the flag.
The results bring Lorenzo five points closer to the championship leader Marquez, the point difference now 39 as Lorenzo sits on 194, just nine points behind Pedrosa in second. Rossi continues in fourth in the standings, now on 156 points and building the gap to Cal Crutchlow in fifth to 20 points.
The next Grand Prix takes place in two weeks time, the San Marino Grand Prix on 15th September.
99 Jorge Lorenzo
1st / 40'52.515 / 20 laps
"This was one of the best races I've ever had. I'm really happy and really pleased. It's a very important win. I pushed from the beginning to try and open a gap, even more than in recent races but it was impossible. Marc never gives up, even if he's a little bit injured after the warm up. He overtook me three laps from the end so I studied him a little for one lap and I saw he was struggling in some braking so I overtook him on the corner where he crashed. I pushed in the last lap to the maximum, I opened a little gap but I made a mistake in braking and almost crashed. When he overtook me three corners from the end I thought it was over again and second place but then he opened a little gap in the last corner so I thought "now or never" and I tried and got it. To be honest I'm not thinking about the championship, I'm thinking just to enjoy this victory which was very special to get then focus on Misano!"
99 Valentino Rossi
4th / +13.233 / 20 laps
"For me this result is a bit more positive than in Brno. Every time I come here I have a bad result, this time we worked in a different and better way. The fourth place is better than in Brno, but it is still a fourth place. Unfortunately I made a good start but in the first laps the other guys between the second and seventh lap were a lot faster than me, but the second half of the race was not so bad. We will continue to work hard, we never give up and are not so far now. We have a constant pace and we are nearly there but we need to go a bit faster, we still have to work to improve our pace. We made a modification between warm up and the race that gave me a better feeling with the front."
Yamaha Factory Racing Wilco Zeelenberg
"It was fantastic to see the final race from the triple in a row go our way. It was hard to fight for so many laps in the lead and every time get third, but this race he rode like an animal! He gave his best and the last lap was amazing, he deserved this victory. The team worked very hard to prepare the bike he finally raced with. We improved in the braking zone and I think working and listening together we were able to give him what he deserved today."
Yamaha Factory Racing Massimo Meregalli
"Even though it was a really hard and tough race Jorge still won it. I think he did a great and fantastic job. We put a lot of effort into this weekend and he put in a lot of effort too so we could beat our competitors in an incredible last lap. It has been a really nice race to watch. We knew that Silverstone was going to be a good circuit for us and we are really happy to leave here with this big win. We have taken back a lot of positive spirit and we are looking forward to Misano. I want to say a big thank you to the guys who made this possible and we will keep pushing as the target of the Championship is still there. It's been another challenging race for Valentino but nevertheless he was able to get a good fourth place. Now we head to Misano, Valentino's home race, and we will again do our outmost to give him the best possible bike to fight for the podium."
Exciting podium for Repsol Honda riders
World Championship leader Marc Marquez takes second at Silverstone, 81 milliseconds off the win despite suffering morning shoulder injury. Dani Pedrosa takes third place, just behind the top two.
Another thrilling race in the MotoGP premier class saw Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez on the podium at the Grand Prix of Great Britain, placing behind Jorge Lorenzo in a contest decided on the line. Marquez crashed in the warmup session prior to the race, suffering a dislocated left shoulder that the medical services quickly put back in place. The World Championship leader was eventually able to fight for the win, losing out to Lorenzo by just 81 milliseconds.
Jorge Lorenzo overtook Marquez off the line and both made an immediate escape, whilst Pedrosa dropped down a position to sixth. In four laps Pedrosa had moved back up to third, albeit over two seconds behind his two rivals. He set about his pursuit of the duo by continuously putting in the fastest laps of the race, catching them by the halfway point. However, the effort had worn out his tyres, meaning that he could play no part in the exciting finale with Marquez and Lorenzo. The race ended with the top two exchanging passes, right up until the final lap. Lorenzo retook Marquez on the chicane before the chequered flag, after the rookie had got ahead.
With this latest podium, Marquez has now taken 50 rostrum finishes in his Grand Prix career. He leads the World Championship with 233 points, 30 ahead of Pedrosa and 39 ahead of Lorenzo.
3rd at 1.551 sec.
"I'm disappointed with the result today. I rode well but got a bad start and conceded a lot of seconds on the opening two laps, so I had to really push in order to recover ground. I gradually caught up with Marc and Jorge, but I wore my tyres out in the process and at the end of the race I lacked grip on the right-hand corners. I tried to calm down and slow my pace in order to lower the tyre temperature, although finally I wasn't able to match their performance. That meant that when I attempted to pass the bike slid out a lot and I was unable to really get involved in the fight for the win. I will have to give it another go at Misano."
2nd at 0.081 sec.
"I'm very happy with how things went today. This morning when my shoulder popped out I thought that my weekend was over, but the doctors were able to put it back in place quickly and that allowed me to be up there at the front, fighting with Jorge. I didn't feel much pain, because I received an injection to dull the pain, but I was lacking strength and was feeling tired by the end. Despite all this, I was able to battle all the way until the final corner with Jorge, who eventually emerged victorious today. Congratulations to him! For me these 20 points are like a win!"
HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX
01/09/2013 17°c cloudy
Courageous Crutchlow ends bruising British Grand Prix in seventh
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow showed tremendous determination and desire in this afternoon's British Grand Prix, the home crowd hero racing to a seventh place finish in front of a record attendance at Silverstone.
British teammate Bradley Smith also demonstrated his battling qualities in the 20-lap race to secure ninth position, which was his eighth top 10 finish in 12 appearances on Yamaha's YZR-M1 machine.
Almost 74,000 British fans were cheering when Crutchlow kick off the race in a decent way from the front row of the grid.
But riding in considerable pain and discomfort after three high-speed crashes in the build-up to today's action, the 27-year-old was unable to keep himself in contention for the top six, despite producing yet another performance that typifies his fighting spirit and never-give-up attitude.
After defying the pain, Crutchlow still got a rapturous reception from his loyal home crowd, who were appreciative of his efforts to claim a 10th top 10 finish of the season.
Smith kept his challenge for a top 10 position in the overall World Championship standings on course after he was narrowly beaten to eighth place in the closing stages.
The 22-year-old attacked from the off and brilliantly kept Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso at bay until four laps from the end. Relegated to ninth, Smith mounted a relentless pursuit of American Hayden in the final stages but he couldn't find a way through and the chequered flag saw him less than 0.2s behind the 2006 MotoGP World Champion.
Cal Crutchlow 7th 136 points :Cal Crutchlow
"Honestly I'm pleased the weekend is over and at least we finished the race. It certainly wasn't the easiest race I have ever done and it is disappointing that I couldn't challenge. But after the crashes I just had no power at all in my right arm and I was also lacking grip at the start when the tyres were cold. Unfortunately that is what happens when you crash three times in a weekend. I didn't give myself enough time to get laps under the belt to set the bike up properly. The only positive we can take away is that we have been faster than last year. But it's definitely less than what I hoped for when we arrived at the track on Wednesday.
Congratulations though to Jorge, Marc and Dani because they put on an incredible show today and had fantastic speed. I'd have loved to be up there with them and now I'm just looking forward to a few quiet days at home before we go to Misano where I hope to fighting closer to the front again."
Bradley Smith 9th - 66 points :Bradley Smith
"I was very pleased with my start and we decided to race with the softer rear tyre option, as we were lacking a bit of grip during the whole weekend. I wanted the sun to come out but unfortunately the temperatures remained cold and after just three laps we already knew that the race would be difficult one. Probably the hard tyre would have been the right choice but we did not have enough time to evaluate it yesterday. We did what we could and even if I didn't want to finish behind Nicky, I decided it was safer the finish the race after Andrea crashed out just in front of me. All in all it has been a tough weekend but riding in front of nearly 75.000 British here today has been an incredible feeling."
Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :
"I would like to say I'm happy it's over because it has been a really tough weekend for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. This is a special weekend for both Cal and Bradley and the motivation to do well is maybe sometimes a bit too big. But it seems that Cal has some bad luck here every year. We were hoping after the qualifying that he could fight for the podium but the crash this morning in qualifying did not help to build up his confidence. I believe he was just riding to see the finish line and I'm glad he scored some points and finished the weekend in positive fashion. I really want to thank Cal also this weekend for his bravery. He was pushing all the weekend and he never give up after some big crashes. Bradley also had a strong weekend. Again for nearly the whole race he was battling with Andrea and Nicky and he managed to stay in front of them for many laps, which is not an easy task considering how experienced they are. I'm happy both of them finished their home race and we can prepare for the next challenge in Misano after a very tough period in the Championship."
British GP: Hayden eighth, crash for Dovizioso at Silverstone
Today's British Grand Prix?the final race in a busy MotoGP tripleheader that lasted almost the entire month of August?was a thrilling affair that featured several exciting battles, including a race-long tussle over eighth place involving Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, as well as Bradley Smith. Ultimately, it was the American who secured the position at the finish, whereas Dovizioso suffered an unfortunate fall just two laps from the end.
Dovizioso and Hayden had started from opposite ends of the third row and were ninth and tenth, respectively, at the completion of lap one. The teammates traded positions on a couple of occasions, and on lap seventeen of twenty, the Italian moved by Smith to take over eighth place, only to lose the front end two laps later and crash out. Hayden took advantage and also passed Smith before crossing the finish line in eighth place.
The MotoGP riders now get a well-deserved weekend off before returning to the track for the GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on 15 September.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 8th
"I was going fast in the warm-up this morning but I had a high-speed crash that really beat up the bike. I had to use the other bike in the race, but even though it had an older engine, it worked fine and I had a good battle with Bradley and Dovi. I had hoped before the race that we could really do something better than that, but I think eighth place was about the maximum that was possible today. The team is really working hard, and they improved the bike a bit for today. We'll keep rolling and try to do a step forward."
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, NC
"It's really a shame about the crash because I had a good strategy and Nicky and I had tried hard to stay with Smith for the whole race. We managed it until near the end. I was trying to put a small gap on them before the last corner, but I lost the front end in turn twelve, a spot where I really wasn't expecting it. I was quite fast there, and I felt safe. I don't think I made a big mistake; maybe I was just going a bit faster than normal, but as we're always riding at the limit, the front closed and I went down. I'm really disappointed because I could've had eighth place, which we knew was the maximum that we could do this weekend. I lost some points in the championship, and I'm very sorry for the team."
Paolo Ciabatti - Ducati MotoGP Project Director
"Today both Nicky and Andrea gave it their all as they fought for eighth place, and it's really a shame that Dovi crashed a couple of laps from the end. At the moment, this seems to be our potential, but we'll continue trying hard to improve the bike's performance ahead of the Misano round in two weeks. The test team will be back on track at Mugello on Wednesday morning with Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini, and our development work continues without pause."
Lorenzo the victor in fantastic last-lap battle at Silverstone
Round 12: British MotoGP - Race
Silverstone, Sunday 1 September 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium-soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 18-19°C; Track 30-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo rode one of the races of his career to win a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone by the narrowest of margins over Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo got a great start from second on the grid to lead into the first corner and was closely followed by Marquez throughout the race, with the battle heating up in the closing stages of the race. After swapping position numerous times in the final two laps, Lorenzo managed to squeeze past Marquez at Luffield on the final lap and powered away to take the chequered flag a mere 0.081 seconds ahead of Marquez. On the other Repsol Honda, Dani Pedrosa took third place having a set a Circuit Record Lap time of 2'01.941 on lap six. The first CRT rider across the finish line today was Power Electronics Aspar's Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard crossing the finish line in tenth place to secure his seventh top-ten finish of the year.
The dry and mild conditions continued today with a peak track temperature of 32°C recorded during the race. The fine weather resulted in today's contest being the quickest overall MotoGP? race at Silverstone, the average pace being over one second quicker per lap than last year. Another outcome of the consistent weather was that many different tyre strategies were used for the race, with all slick tyre specifications being utilised. The majority of riders preferred the softer slick, although eight riders - including the top four finishers - selected the harder rear slick option. Front tyre choice showed a strong trend towards the harder front slick, with sixteen of the twenty-three riders selecting this option.
Lorenzo's fourth win of the year helps the reigning MotoGP? champion close the gap to Marquez in the standings to thirty-nine points, while by finishing ahead of his teammate at Silverstone, Marquez extends his lead over Pedrosa to thirty points with six rounds remaining.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
"Congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha for their fantastic victory at Silverstone today; that was one of the most exciting races I have witnessed with so much happening throughout the field! We were all waiting to see who would rise to challenge Marc's recent run of victories and Jorge put in perhaps his greatest ever performance to show us all why he is the reigning champion, although Marc's performance after injuring himself in Warm Up was also very impressive. It was wonderful to finally have fine weather all weekend at Silverstone and this not only allowed us to have great action during qualifying and the race, it provided a great atmosphere in the many other activities happening around Silverstone. Apart from supporting the teams and riders on track, we also supported Riders for Health on the Day of Champions and also entertained fans at our display booth in the vending zone. Overall, this was a busy, yet successful weekend for Bridgestone."
Masao Azuma - Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
"It was most welcome that we had dry weather again today as all the setup work and tyre evaluation done by the teams was put to good use for the race. As expected there were a lot of different tyre combinations used today and overall tyre performance was very good, with a quick pace from the beginning of the race and a new race lap record being set. The race pace was over a second quicker than last year and the lap times were also quite consistent over the twenty-lap race. Silverstone was a good race for us and a great way to end a busy period of three back-to-back races."
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing - Race Winner
"I'm really happy as today was one of the best races of my career and it was very emotional. I tried to open a gap at the beginning, pushing even harder than in previous races but it was impossible to get a gap over Marc as he never gives up. I could see some areas in the final laps where I was stronger so I pushed to the maximum and when I saw a gap in the final corner I knew it was no or never, so I had to make the pass. "
BRADL STILL HOLDS 6TH POSITION IN THE STANDING AFTER SILVERSTONE 6TH PLACE
Silverstone, 1 September: the twelfth round of the season was held in dry and warm conditions today at Silverstone circuit with the LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl ending the 20-lap race in 6th place. The 23-year-old made another strong start from the 4th spot on the grid thanks to his impressive achievement in yesterday's qualifying. After some laps up in the pack, Bradl could not take advantage of the battle in the front for the remaining laps as he was struggling with edge grip like happened in Brno.
Stefan: "I feel like we had the same race of Brno last week because we were facing the same problems. We struggled on the edge of the tyre and no drive out of the corners and this is a bit disappointing for me because I am really strong on braking. We have to analyze why we can do a better speed in the practices on used tyres and not in the race. Of course we expected a better placement today but there's no time to complain now: we must work harder to find a solution ahead Misano GP".