Oakley Sweeps Podium at Silverstone Stop
World Championship leader from Spain, Jorge Lorenzo took victory from pole position at Silverstone on Sunday as he stretched his lead at the top of the standings to 37 points over Andrea Dovizioso, who placed second in the race. Ben Spies achieved his first MotoGP podium with third place, earning Oakley not only a podium sweep, but scoring positions one thru six at the finish line.
Lorenzo flew off from his pole position and he and Dani Pedrosa immediately engaged in a duel which saw them swap the early lead on the opening lap a number of times. Randy de Puniet, Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were all involved as well, whilst Casey Stoner dropped to the back of the field from his starting position of sixth as the riders entered the first turn.
Lorenzo wasted little time in finding a rapid rhythm and by lap seven his advantage at the head of the race was a substantial one at over five seconds. Meanwhile Dovizioso and De Puniet ignited an intense contest for second spot, with Hayden hot on their tails. Spies was also making progress as he moved through to enter the top five and latched onto the chase for a podium spot.
Midway through Stoner’s lap times were almost identical to race leader Lorenzo’s, but in eighth place he was forced to chase down Pedrosa and the Australian found it hard work trying to pass the Spaniard. He eventually managed to do so on lap 13, and then proceeded to make up further ground. With three laps to go Hayden and Spies both managed to pass De Puniet, and Stoner scented the chance to get in the hunt. He soon made a move on the Frenchman to slot into fifth in a rousing finale.
The final lap provided a fitting climax, as Spies got through on Hayden at Farm Curve to take third spot, a position he held to the finish whilst ahead Lorenzo crossed the line first. Dovizioso’s second place was his fourth podium finish and best result of the season, with Spies completing the top three for a first World Championship podium. Ducati duo Hayden and Stoner took fourth and fifth after fine individual rides, with De Puniet sixth.
Final Race Classification:
1st. J.Lorenzo Oakley
2nd A.Dovizioso Oakley
3rd B.Spies Oakley
4th N.Hayden Oakley
5th C. Stoner Oakley
6th R.DePuniet Oakley
Current World Championship Standing:
1. J.Lorenzo 115pts.
5. N.Hayden 52pts.