Jorge Lorenzo pulled the number 99 Movistar Yamaha out in front to lead the early laps of the British Grand Prix and steadily increased his distance from the pack. By mid race, there was only one other competitor that was within striking distance: the familiar number 93 Repsol Honda of Marc Marquez. With 10 laps remaining, Marquez was clearly stalking his prey and waiting for the right moment to challenge Lorenzo. The leaders consisted of Lorenzo and Marquez extending their one-two pace, while nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovisioso were in a heated contest for third. Marquez had the pace to catch Lorenzo, but made two slight errors, giving Lorenzo the opportunity to retake the lead twice.