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Silverstone MotoGP: Post Race Review

The Factory Honda team nailed it once again in a very blustery wet and cold English afternoon! Repsol Honda’s untouchable Casey Stoner, floated away with his 27th victory and another 1st podium win today at the AirAsia British Grand Prix at Silverstone. While Casey’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso placed second and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s injured dark horse, Colin Edwards entered the parc ferme in a surprising third place.

The traditional British rain reared its ugly head on and off through out the practice weekend, but the skies could hold back no longer and drenched the 3.66 mile circuit, leaving infinite puddles everywhere for the premier riders to blindly dodge.

The moistened fans would have to forgo witnessing their beloved Monster Yamaha Tech 3 mascot rider, Cal Crutchlow take part in a hometown race when the popular Brit lost control of his YZR- M1 on the 3rd lap in QP on Saturday; further lowering the participating grid count to 15 riders on race day. The rookie rider was diagnosed with a (infamous) broken collar-bone, possible neck injury and a slight concussion leaving a big question mark on his return.

Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies catapulted himself to the front right out of the gate with Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner right on his tail in the short wet 20 lap race. But, the American rider could not hold his primary place when the Honda duo pushed him aside for the lead with San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli drafting close behind.

Spies continued to fall behind in the front line up until he unexpectedly went down in the 8th lap, putting him out of contention for the remainder of the day. Honda’s prize possession, Casey Stoner, found his comfort zone at the front of the pack once again and never looked back with an amazing lead over second place winner and teammate, Andrea Dovizioso and actually lapped Mapfre Aspar Teams Hector Barbera and Pramac’s Randy de Puniet in the process.

Saying; “It was very, very hard, I didn’t get off to the best start. I had a lot of water coming up in front of me and some actually got inside my visor. A lot of water and bad visibility, the last 10 laps were torture. But it got better and felt more confident, I’m happy for the win and big thanks for my team.”

Andrea Dovizioso kept his nose to the tarmac and in deep concentration held his 2nd place lead well away from his contenders with the exception of Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo’s brief threat to overtake in the first half of the race.

Dovizioso stated: “I tried to start as fast I can, I wanted to stay in front of the riders. I was very happy in the first 3 laps and happy about 2nd position. Thank you to my team and the fans. I need that support to help to try to win the Championship.”

The Factory Yamaha team continued its streak of bad luck when World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo showcased a rare high side in his futile attempt to pass Dovizioso in 2nd place rounding the 8th lap, emulating his teammate Ben Spies. A feat the Spaniard has not publicly displayed since 2009.

With both Factory Yamaha riders yanked out of the water-logged course and Simoncelli soon to follow in the 10th lap with a disappointing 3rd crash in the last 6 races of the season, it set the stage for Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards.

The visibly pained American veteran rider made an impressive start in QP and a 3rd position on the grid after taking a header just 9 days prior at Catalunya. Suffering from very sore ribs and nursing a healing collar-bone surgery, the happy-go-lucky rider held his grueling pace crossing over the finish line in an astonishing 3rd place on the podium. Edwards stated: “I had a great doctor, he did a great job. It was hard to keep that thing on two wheels and it was a little tricky in some areas. But, I thank my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, we went out on a completely different set up, they made it work and they are fantastic!”

Marlboro Ducati’s Nicky Hayden placed 4th  and clocked the fastest lap time of the race with 2:21.432 pace even though the Kentucky Kid was not content with his performance the entire weekend.

Although the Ducati teams were favorable for the wet conditions, they struggled to find an agreeable race rhythm. Teammate Valentino Rossi could not get his groove on for the entirety of the competitive weekend and his frustration showed in his rare 14th  position on the grid. The easy-going Italian exhibited obvious signs of discontent with his inexperience on the Silverstone tarmac, entering corners too slow and finding the right bike set up. But, he managed to pull himself out of his rut and passed the checkered flag in an uncustomary 6th place. With Rossi’s recent past performances and continual set-up battle with his Italian heritage GP11, you can’t help but ponder the idea if this was indeed a good move for the talented rider?

Solo rider for Rizla Suzuki, Alvaro Bautista made a surprising effort coming in 5th right in front of Rossi and had a favorable weekend feeling good about his lap times and bike set-up…”no?”

Cardon AB Motoracing’s Czech rider Karel Abraham took the best pole representing Ducati in the second row and placed 7th with LCR Honda and former Moto2 Champion, Toni Elias in 8th, San Carlo Honda Grisini’s Hiroshi Aoyama for a 9th and Pramac’s Loris Capirossi, Hector Barbera and Randy de Puniet bringing up the rear in the final 10th, 11th and 12th spots. 

Next on the GP provisional calendar: Iveco TT Assen in the Netherlands, Commencing on Thursday June 23rd at10:10am GMT+2

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Silverstone, race day  Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 147.9 47’53.459
2 20 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 147.1 +15.159
3 16 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 146.8 +21.480
4 13 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 146.5 +26.984
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 146.1 +35.569
6 10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 144.6 +1’04.526
7 9 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 143.3 +1’32.650
8 8 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 142.3 +1’51.938
9 7 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 142.3 +1’52.350
10 6 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 141.8 +2’03.312
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 139.7 1 Lap
12 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 139.5 1 Lap
Not Classified
    58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 147.1 10 Laps
    1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 146.7 12 Laps
    11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 143.8 13 Laps

MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 116
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 98
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 83
4 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 68
5 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 61
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 60
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 43
8 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 37
9 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 36
10 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 33
11 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 32
12 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 31
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 30
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 28
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 22
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 22
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 10
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June 12, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Assen, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Catalunya, Colin Edwards, Ducati, girlracer, Hector Barbera, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Nicky Hayden, Randy De Puniet, Silverstone, toni elais, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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