Casey Storms Into Championship Lead With Stunning Silverstone Victory
Casey Stoner secured at the British Grand Prix his fourth win of the season – second consecutive victory and 34th in his World Championship career – the day he took part in his 150th. Grand Prix of the World Championship. A result that allowed him to jump to the first position in the overall classification, followed on the podium by his team mate Andrea Dovizioso, who had an excellent race under the rain that fell relentlessly over the Silverstone track.
Without leaving any chances to his rivals during all the weekend, Casey Stoner offered a great exhibition for the third race in a row, this time under the rain that poured over Silverstone. The Repsol Honda Team rider is currently in a league of his own and today, although Jorge Lorenzo surpassed him at the start and Andrea Dovizioso also overtook him, before the end of the first lap the two orange Hondas were able to overtake the Spaniard’s Yamaha and in the second lap Stoner took the lead of the race.
From that moment on, Casey steadily increased his margin over the rest, flying over the tarmac, wet from the rain that fell persistently since dawn. A track nearly flooded, with great puddles in several places, that turned into a trap from which Stoner and Dovizioso came out as winners. The Italian was able to resist the attack first from his countryman Simoncelli and afterwards from Jorge Lorenzo. Both riders finished on the ground after trying to overtake him.
Lorenzo, who had steadily come closer to the Repsol Honda Team rider, fell in the seventh lap. The same happened to Marco Simoncelli, who overtook Andrea Dovizioso in the tenth lap, but was surpassed by the Repsol rider just some corners afterwards. Simoncelli crashed and left the Italian to take his second podium of the season and the second 1-2 for the Repsol Honda Team this year after the one achieved in Le Mans.
After the race, Stoner takes the lead of the overall standings, with 18 points over Lorenzo and 33 over his team mate Andrea Dovizioso, now in third position.. Dani Pedrosa, who did not compete this weekend in England, is now fifth in the overall classification.
“At the beginning of the race we didn’t have a great start and I needed to wait for the tyres to get up to temperature. In the first few laps when I was behind the other riders I got a lot of spray up inside the visor and it was hard for me to see, or for me to push.
At this time I was being careful, trying to cover my lines to stop them coming inside, then after five laps my visibility got clearer and the water drained away from my visor and I was able to start doing the lap times we were looking for and started to open up a gap.
I was just happy to stay up on the bike, it was incredibly cold and I was so nervous as in these conditions it’s so easy to crash! We had a great race today in very tough conditions where anything could have happened, but to come away with a win is fantastic”.