This year Moto Gp racing returned to the classic Silverstone after 24 years. The track was always special due to its layout and fast sweeping corners. All the riders were praising the circuit before the race. Dani Pedrosa qualified at 3rd spot despite crashing in closing stages of Saturday sessions. Hiroshi Aoyama also had to sit out of race as he damaged his back in a crash during qualifying. Jorge Lorenzo scored his 1st pole position of 2010 and even on race day he proved why he is the next best after Valentino Rossi. He won the race by a gap of more than 6 seconds. The Spaniard comfortably led the race from very 1st lap. The Gresini Honda rider Marco melandri could not even finish his 1st lap as he crashed. Aussie Casey stoner made a very bad start. The main attraction of the race was pack of riders behind Lorenzo as Andrea Dovizioso, Randy de Puniet, Nicky hayden and Ben spies continuously fought hard for 2nd and 3rd postions.
Lorenzo was able to find a good pace by the seventh lap and by which time his lead had increased to more than five seconds. Behind him an intense fight for the number two spot broke out between Dovizioso and De Puniet with Hayden closely following. Making good progress in the race was Spies who broke into the top-five and quickly entered a chase for the final podium position. By halfway, Stoner began picking-up his pace but his eighth-place position saw him battling Pedrosa, and his attempts to get past the Honda rider were met with fierce opposition. Eventually able to make the pass on Lap 13, Stoner then continued to advance through the rest of the pack. Bad luck continued for Rizla Suzuki Rider Loris capirossi as he crashed out at 1st corner.
Lorenzo crossed the finish line first in dominating style with a major gap between himself and the rest of the field. Following Lorenzo was Dovizioso in second, who took his fourth podium finish of the season and his best result so far. The final lap saw Spies advance on Hayden for the final podium spot, which he held until finish. Taking fourth and fifth respectively were teammates Hayden and Stoner who rode competitively for their top-five finishes. After setting a blistering pace in qualifying, De Puniet took sixth-place at Silverstone followed by Simoncelli, who took his best result in his MotoGP career of seventh. Although bruised and battered from his fall in Saturday’s qualifying session Pedrosa managed an eighth-place finish. Rounding out the top-10 riders were Colin Edwards of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and Aleix Espargaro, taking ninth and tenth respectively.With just after 5 rounds Lorenzo is already looking strong as he’s leading the championship by 37 pts.
Words: Harkamal Singh