Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) rode a brilliant race with a broken
collarbone, to land third on the podium.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing)
lead a rainy start of the Silverstone race, chased by the two Hondas of
Dovizioso and Stoner, with Marco Simoncelli on the San Carlo Honda
Gresini Team Honda close behind. But Lorenzo made a mistake on the first
lap, allowing the Repsol bikes to pass and clearing the way for
Simoncelli to challenge the Championship leader, who passed the
Mallorcan for third several corners later.
Stoner contended Dovizioso for the lead on lap two, with the Italian
holding the top spot for several corners until pole position starter
Stoner took over the lead from his team mate. Meanwhile, Simoncelli, who
started from second position, positively hunted down the Repsol Hondas
from his third position in the field until he ran wide on the 4th lap
and lost the position back to Lorenzo.
With rain steadily falling and conditions worsening, Lorenzo
highsided out of third position on lap 8, making the Silverstone race
the first he did not finish since 2009.
This put the 25 year old Simoncelli in third position, but not
content to settle for his first podium position to be a third, he pushed
to pass Dovizioso until he lost the front under braking on lap ten.
Stoner stretched a gap of 15 seconds ahead of field, eventually
lapping Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) and Randy de Puniet (Pramac
Racing) with three and a half laps left in the race, the two of whom
finished 11th and 12th respectively.
The surprise of the weekend came with Colin Edwards piloting his
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike to a podium finish. The 'Texas Tornado', who
broke his collarbone last week in practice at Catalunya, started from
eighth on the grid to ride a consistent race. Edwards benefited from the
setbacks of Lorenzo and Simoncelli, thus earning his first podium of
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), who set the fastest lap of the race, followed fellow American Edwards across the line in fourth.
Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) in fifth. Valentino Rossi (Ducati
Team) finished sixth, in front of Czech rider Karel Abraham (Cardion AB
Toni Elias made a good launch off the start, putting his LCR Honda
into eighth on the first lap from his 14th grid position. The Moto2
Champion crossed the line in eighth position, with Hiroshi Aoyama (San
Carlo Honda Gresini) in ninth and Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing) in
Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) crashed out of the race on lap 14.