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Rossi reclaims lead at Silverstone
30 Aug 2015 16:04
Italian great Valentino Rossi won a rain-hit British Grand Prix to take a 12-point lead over Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday as Marc Marquez's hopes of retaining the MotoGP title all but vanished.
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Pole-sitter Marquez fell on the 13th of 20 laps while running a close second, the Honda rider's crash leaving Rossi clear to take his fourth win of the season and lead an all-Italian podium with Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso.
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Spaniard Lorenzo, who had seized the lead from second on the grid but then faded, finished fourth.
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Rossi now has 236 points to Lorenzo's 224 with six races remaining. The pair had started the day level on points but with Lorenzo ahead on race wins.
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Marquez, now 77 points off the lead, conceded that his bid for a third successive title was effectively over.
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"We can say that maybe now the championship will be too difficult," the Spaniard told reporters.
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The start was delayed for 30 minutes when rain began to fall after the race had originally been declared dry. That led to riders returning to the pits for a change of tyres and setup.
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Lorenzo seized the lead at the start but Rossi, winning for the first time at Silverstone, passed him on the second lap to cheers from the 73,000 strong crowd.
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Only Marquez was able to take the fight to him until a front-end wobble threw the Spaniard into the gravel at Copse.
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"When I saw Marc crash...I slowed down a little bit because I thought I had more advantage," said Rossi, who finished three seconds ahead of Petrucci.
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"I hoped Danilo would not risk too much because it's his first podium but anyway I had to stay concentrated. At the end the conditions were more difficult because there was more water so I didn't want to make any mistake."
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Petrucci's second for the Pramac Ducati team - after he started 18th - came at the expense of works Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, who had to settle for third.
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Rossi gave Petrucci a big hug after they stepped off their bikes.
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Ireland’s Eugene Laverty finished 17th for the Aspar MotoGP Team.
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