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GP Week : Issue 120
Just three days after drought had been declared in nearby East Anglia, Silverstone laid on an old- fashioned rain-fest for the British GP. For Casey Stoner, it made no difference. The Repsol Honda rider had dominated wet or dry in practice. He did it again in the race. His second successive win was his fourth of the year, and with earlier points leader Jorge Lorenzo crashing out of the battle for second, it put the Australian in the lead of the World Championship for the first time. He took the lead on the second lap from team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, and after a spell was able to pull away steadily to win by better than 15 seconds. Shivering and blue after the race, he explained his tactics. “Andrea very fast in beginning. I wanted to settle down a little, but behind him I was copping a lot of water in my face. Unfortunately some got inside my visor, and I couldn’t see the wet patches. When it went, I could pick my points, and that’s when my pace got faster. “For the last seven laps I was just counting them down. I was freezing: couldn’t feel the brake pressure. I’m glad it’s over.” He had given another demonstration of how to making something almost impossible look relatively easy. Not easy enough for Lorenzo (Yamaha), who was vigorously attacking second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) when he slid and was flicked over the bars. That was on lap seven. “I was feeling good; I had to try something,” he said. One lap earlier team-mate Ben Spies had fallen, and was under investigation for a back injury after the race. On lap nine, it was San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli’s turn to fall while trying to get past Dovi. He lost it under brakes just inches behind his countryman. “ They both gave me pressure,” said Dovi. “But I didn’t think they were faster than me, though it was hard to understand the limit. I think my strategy worked, because they both made a mistake.” MOTOGP silverstone >> 35