Lorenzo Strikes in Silverstone

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo put in superb performance today for the Grand Prix of Great Britain, taking victory at the Silverstone circuit, his third consecutive victory this year. Having started from fourth on the grid, he dropped to fifth at the start and held position until lap six when he carved through to take up second place behind Casey Stoner in the lead. Stoner was only able to hold him off for four laps before the Championship leader made his move, the pass a beautiful battle with his rival over several corners. Lorenzo then led from lap 11 to the finish line, a small mistake four laps from the end causing him to sit up was the only threat to victory. He crossed the line 3.313 seconds ahead of Stoner, taking maximum points and increasing his lead in the 2012 standings to 25 points. Lorenzo heads to Assen in two weeks time now having won four of the six races of the season with a point tally of 140. The victory also increases Yamaha’s lead in the Constructor’s standings to 140, 14 ahead of Honda.

Ben Spies made a dazzling start to the race, shooting from the front row to take first place by turn one. The Texan then delivered four perfect laps at the head of the pack and was looking in dominant form until a dramatic drop off in tyre grip dropped him to second by lap five behind Stoner. As he fought to maintain a competitive race pace he gradually dropped to fifth, a position he held to the finish line. The result is his best finish of the season, awarding 11 points and bringing his tally to 35 and keeping him in 11th place in the standings.

Jorge Lorenzo
Position 1st - Time: 41'16.429

"Today was a very difficult race, the front guys were very strong and very fast so it was very hard for me to catch them and stay with them. Little by little the rear tyre drops a bit more, I had good confidence and I was faster than them and I started to catch them. When I caught up I didn't want to crash so I waited for my moment and was patient. When I caught Casey we had a wonderful fight, luckily for us I had a better pace and I passed him. Four laps from the end I made a big mistake and almost crashed! I'm very happy with the result, and for the team who gave me a good bike again."

Ben Spies
Position 5th - Time: 41'27.960

"Today was a bitter sweet day, we made a good start and had a really good pace in the beginning. After four or five laps we had a big problem with the rear tyre and lost all our momentum and pace. It turned into damage control after that. From the start of the season to now, top five is a better result. The potential of the bike was great today and we could have been fighting for the podium or the win with Jorge."

**Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager **
"Today was the third victory in a row after a difficult weekend of very mixed conditions. There were lots of unpredictable circumstances so a great victory for us. After a lot of hard work from the team Jorge kept his patience in the beginning and pushed on the end as hard as he could, a well deserved win!"

Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director
"Another important win for Jorge, the point lead is increasing, still not enough to be comfortable but going in the right direction! Ben made a really great start and led the race for a few laps. Then unfortunately he had quite a huge drop with the rear tyre and he couldn't keep the same pace. We will now check the reason why we had this issue. We're going to Assen in the right spirit and looking forward to it."

Heroic Crutchlow claims stunning Silverstone top six
Cal Crutchlow treated British fans to a heroic and courageous performance at Silverstone this afternoon, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team storming to a stunning top six finish from the back of the grid.

The 26-year-old was only passed fit to ride minutes before the start of this morning's warm-up session after he suffered a fractured bone in his left ankle following a nasty fall in yesterday's final practice session.

Having missed qualifying, Crutchlow had to start the 20 -lap race from the back row of the grid, but right from the start he treated 66,230 British fans to a truly unforgettable performance.

By the end of the second lap, Crutchlow had already passed all nine CRT machines to move into 11th, with Valentino Rossi 3.3s clear in 10th. Despite the considerable discomfort caused when changing direction and shifting gears, Crutchlow passed Rossi for 10th on lap six and he then superbly hunted down Hector Barbera and Stefan Bradl to seize seventh by lap 11.

Crutchlow continued to grit his teeth and ride through the pain barrier but his hopes of a top six seemed remote when he trailed Nicky Hayden by seven seconds on lap 12. Roared on by his home crowd, Crutchlow set a stunning pace that matched the leading group and a remarkable charge through the field was complete when he secured sixth from Hayden o n the final lap.

Today's heroic display saw Crutchlow receive a deserved standing ovation from an appreciative home crowd when he returned to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 garage.

Today's race didn't have the same happy outcome for Andrea Dovizioso, who showed terrific pace in the early stages to fight for the podium in an exciting battle for the lead.

The Italian superbly fought off the challenge of Hayden, Dani Pedrosa and Ben Spies to move into third position on lap nine. But just as he began to pursue Casey Stoner in second, he fell out of contention for a fourth successive British Grand Prix podium at Turn 9.

Dovizioso escaped injury in the crash but had to pit briefly after the protector guarding h is front brake lever was damaged. He re-joined the race and finished in 19th and is confident he will be back fighting for the podium at the legendary Assen track later this month.

Cal Crutchlow
Position 6th - Time: 41'31.541

"That's a weekend I won't forget in a hurry. Yesterday was a disaster with the crash and I thought I was going to miss my home race again. But the Clinica Mobile team and medical staff at Silverstone did an amazing job and I am grateful that I could finally start my home Grand Prix. I never imagined I could get sixth position because normally if you start from the third row it is very difficult to get into that position. So starting from the back of the grid, I'd have been happy to finish the last prototype bike. It was a very tough race but I just had to try and ignore the pain and let the adrenaline and support of the British crowd get me through. When I got by Bradl I could see Nicky was a long way clear, but I just kept on pushing to see what happened. I'm really happy with my lap times because I was as quick as the guys on the podium, even with a broken ankle. So a little part of me can't help but think without the crash yesterday that I could have been on the podium in the British Grand Prix. I'm not going to complain with sixth and I want to say thanks to my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew, who basically chose the set-up of the bike for me and it worked great. Also a big thanks to all the British fans who were unbelievable today. When I was lying in the gravel yesterday all I could think was they weren't going to see me ride in my home race again. Their support helped me a lot and I hope they went home proud of the job I did for them."

Andrea Dovizioso
Position 19th - Time: 41'51.265

"It is a real shame because I had the possibility to fight for second place today. The rhythm of the race in the early laps was incredibly high and we were much faster than in practice. I really was at the limit early on but afterwards everybody apart from Lorenzo had to slow down a little bit. That allowed me to come back to the leading group and I really had a good pace. I had just taken third and was really confident I could finish on the podium when I crashed and I am not happy about it because I didn't expect it. It happened when I felt most comfortable with the bike and I definitely was not over the limit. I just did a very small mistake losing the rear and I couldn't keep control of the bike. That was very disappointing but from a positive point of view this was another race where I have improved my feeling with the YZR-M1 a lot and I'm sure I could have finished second and very close to the victory. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is doing an incredible job and the Yamaha is a fantastic bike to ride, so I go to Assen optimistic of another podium challenge."

**Hervé Poncharal - Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team Manager **
"That was a truly incredible race and words almost fail me to describe the job that Cal did today. We weren't even sure this morning that he could ride, so for him to finish in the top six is a result I don't think we expected or will ever forget. We thought he might be able to get close to the top 10 but obviously once the adrenaline kicked in and he felt his confidence coming back, he got his head down and we were happy when he got seventh. He was a long way behind Nicky but to pass him on the last lap sums Cal up perfectly. He never gives up, he's got amazing self-belief and he has got a lot of guts to match his talent. I am proud of him and I'm sure all of the Bri tish fans are too. It is a shame for Andrea today because it was clear that he had the pace for the podium. He was mixing it and beating a lot of factory bikes and only Casey and Jorge were ahead of him. It was a small mistake and he got punished a lot and it is a big pity because I've no doubt we'd have been celebrating another podium with him today. But once again both Cal and Andrea have demonstrated how strong the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team package is. Congratulations as well go to Jorge and Yamaha. Together they are doing an amazing job and today's race highlighted again what a potent combination they are."

2012 MotoGP United Kingdom
Silverstone 17/06/2012
20 Laps
race I

|  1 Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha  ESP  41'16.429  

| 2 Casey Stoner| Honda| AUS| 0'3.313|
| 3 Daniel Pedrosa| Honda| ESP| 0'03.599|
| 4 Alvaro Bautista| Honda| ESP| 0'05.196|
| 5 Ben Spies| Yamaha| USA| 0'11.531|
| 6 Cal Crutchlow| Yamaha| GBR| 0'15.112|
| 7 Nicky Hayden| Ducati| USA| 0'15.527|
| 8 Stefan Bradl| Honda| GER| 0'22.521|
| 9 Valentino Rossi| Ducati| ITA| 0'36.138|
| 10 Hector Barbera| Ducati| ESP| 0'41.328|
| 11 Aleix Espargaro| ART| ESP| 1'03.157|
| 12 Randy De Puniet| ART| FRA| 1'03.443|
| 13 Michele Pirro| FTR| ITA| 1'07.290|
| 14 James Ellison| ART| GBR| 1'14.782|
| 15 Yonny Hernandez| BQR-FTR| COL| 1'15.108|
| 19 Andrea Dovizioso| Yamaha| ITA| -1Laps|

MotoGP World Standing
Rider Standings
After Race 6 of 18

|  1  Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha  ESP  140  

| 2| Casey Stoner| Honda| AUS| 115|
| 3| Daniel Pedrosa| Honda| ESP| 101|
| 4| Cal Crutchlow| Yamaha| GBR| 66|
| 5| Andrea Dovizioso| Yamaha| ITA| 60|
| 6| Alvaro Bautista| Honda| ESP| 58|
| 7| Valentino Rossi| Ducati| ITA| 58|
| 8| Stefan Bradl| Honda| GER| 51|
| 9| Nicky Hayden| Ducati| USA| 49|
| 10| Hector Barbera| Ducati| ESP| 37|
| 11| Ben Spies| Yamaha| USA| 35|
| 12| Aleix Espargaro| ART| ESP| 20|
| 13| Randy De Puniet| ART| FRA| 11|
| 14| Michele Pirro| FTR| ITA| 9|
| 15| James Ellison| ART| GBR| 7|
| 16| Mattia Pasini| ART| ITA| 6|

Circuit Length:
Lap Record:
(Jorge Lorenzo, 1/1/2012)
Fastest Lap Ever:
(Casey Stoner, 1/1/2011)
Last Years Winner:
Casey Stoner

Manufacturer Standings

|  1  Yamaha  140  

| 2| Honda| 126|
| 3| Ducati| 65|
| 4| ART| 24|
| 5| FTR| 9|
| 6| Ioda| 4|
| 7| Suter| 4|
| 8| BQR-FTR| 3|
| 9| BQR| 2|

Team Standings

|  1  Repsol Honda Team  216  

| 2| Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team| 175|
| 3| Monster Yamaha Tech3| 126|
| 4| Ducati Marlboro Team| 107|
| 5| San Carlo Honda Gresini| 67|
| 6| LCR Honda MotoGP| 51|
| 7| Pramac Racing Team| 37|
| 8| Power Electronics Aspar| 31|
| 9| Paul Bird Motorsport| 7|