MotoGP Silverstone: Dovizioso claims another victory in late race squabble

Andrea Dovizioso has claimed victory, and seized the MotoGP World Championship points lead after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Italian rider took his fourth win in the last seven races after a strong second half of the GP brought him right back into contention, making his pass for the lead with 3 laps remaining.

Valentino Rossi pounced at turn one taking the lead from pole sitter Marc Marquez, the Italian rider immediately began to stretch his advantage as Maverick Vinales and Marquez scrapped for second place, the former eventually squeezing his way past.

As the race started to settle down, Dovizioso made a pass on Marquez to move up into third place, with the gap at the front staying consistent at 0.8s between leader Rossi and Vinales.

Johan Zarco then commenced his charge, making a clean pass on Dani Pedrosa at Brooklands corner with 11 laps to go for seventh position.

Back at the front though, things began to heat up again when Vinales, Marquez and Dovizioso started to squabble, letting Rossi sprint away.

With 10 laps left on the clock, Dovizioso leapt into the second place taking no prisoners when he passed Vinnales at Coppes corner.

With a slow exit, Vinnales lost one more position through the Maggot’s and Beckett’s complex, falling back to fourth place when Marquez got past as well.

Dovizioso then had his sights set on Rossi and began to chase him down.

Marquez’s race, along with his championship lead, went up in smoke with seven laps remaining, the Spaniards Repsol Honda blowing its engine on the run down the hangar straight towards Stowe corner.

Quicker than you could blink, Dovizioso really started to attack Rossi and the latter’s one second lead faded to nothing.

After sizing “The Doctor” up for a number of laps, Dovizioso finally made his move for the lead at Stowe corner, which was proving to be a popular overtaking spot.

Rossi fell back to third when his Yamaha team-mate – Vinales – got past at Brooklands, the Italian then fell into the clutches of Cal Crutchlow who managed to catch up to the leading trio.

The positions remained the same at the checkered flag.

Jorge Lorenzo, who ran a rather quite race came across the line in fifth place, while Zarco dropped to sixth.

Dani Pedrosa also struggled in the second half of the race, finishing up in seventh after Marquez’s retirement promoted him up a position.

Scott Redding took out eighth place in his home Grand Prix, while Alex Wins and Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top ten.

Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Iannone joined Maquez in the list of DNF’s, the pair tangling at Abbey corner, eliminating each other from the race.

Other retirements included Aleix Esparagaro and Sam Lowes.

MotoGP now heads to Misano for round 13 of the season from the 8th to the 10th of September.

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