Motorsport Wrap for Monday 18th June
 

LORENZO EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

The 2012 MotoGP World Championship is in danger of becoming a one-horse race after Spain's Jorge Lorenzo took out the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to increase his title lead.

In what was almost a replay of the last race in Spain, Lorenzo came on strong in the second half of the race to pass Honda's Casey Stoner for the lead with nine laps remaining.

Stoner held on for second place ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa, while pole-sitter Alvaro Bautista claimed his best ever finish with fourth place.

"I was a bit worried at the start of the race as I was in sixth position and the leaders were fast, but I waited for my moment and as the race went on the guys at the front started to slow down," said Lorenzo.

"I caught up to them and then Casey and I had a wonderful fight and fortunately for us I had a pace advantage. We have had a perfect season until now so I have to thank Yamaha for all their good work."

The possibility of rain at the start of the race saw all but one rider select the softer rear Bridgestone slick while front tyre choice was evenly split between the softer and harder slick options.

"Spots of rain started to fall just as riders went on to the grid and for this reason all but one rider selected the softer rear slick in case conditions worsened," said Shinji Aoki, Manager of Bridgestone's Motorsport Tyre Development Department.

"Front tyre choice was more varied with just over half the riders on the harder front and with Jorge and Casey enjoying a good fight though they selected different compound front slicks.

"I am pleased that both of the new specification front slicks we brought to Silverstone worked well over a race distance."

Three wins in a row for Lorenzo sees him lead Stoner by 25 points in the championship, while Pedrosa's podium at Silverstone consolidates him in third position overall 14 points behind Stoner.