Valentino Rossi wins 2015 British Moto GP

Valentino Rossi won the 2015 British Moto GP held at Silverstone in wet conditions to lead the world championship by 12 points. Ducati duo of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso made it two Ducati riders on the podium in a remarkable race turned upside down by rain before the start.

Jorge Lorenzo astride the Yamaha came in fourth place after dropping down to sixth place at one point in time. Lorenzo started the race in the second position and was first of the grid only to be caught by world title rivals Rossi and Marc Marquez.

The organizers decided for a delayed start, instead of starting from the pitlane since it was raining. The rain had prompted the entire field to head into the pitlane for their wet-weather bikes at the end of for the formation lap.

Once the race began it was a competition between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez for the top spot and Marquez was breathing down the neck of Rossi for the first half of the race. However, an error on his part was the reason for a high-speed crash at Copse which gave Rossi a clear six second advantage over the now second placed Petrucci.

Pramac Ducati rider Petrucci  had stormed through from 18th on the grid and was in a huge battle for second with works counterpart Dovizioso when Marquez crashed. Petrucci reduced the leaders advantage to just 1.6 seconds but was unable to overtake.

Marquez crash left him 77 points adrift of Valentino Rossi, the overall leader with six races to go in the season.

Results: Moto GP 

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 46m15.617s
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 3.010s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 4.117s
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 5.726s
5 Daniel Pedrosa Honda Honda 11.132s
6 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 25.467s
7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 26.717s
8 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 29.393s
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 38.815s
10 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 41.712s
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 44.776s
12 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 52.489s
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m11.211s
14 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m15.292s
15 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m17.863s
16 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m19.310s
17 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m19.735s
18 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m58.086s
19 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1 Lap
Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha Retirement
Marc Marquez Honda Honda Retirement
Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia Retirement
Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Retirement
Jack Miller LCR Honda Retirement
Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 236
2 Jorge Lorenzo 224
3 Marc Marquez 159
4 Andrea Iannone 150
5 Andrea Dovizioso 120
6 Bradley Smith 115
7 Daniel Pedrosa 102
8 Danilo Petrucci 83
9 Pol Espargaro 81
10 Cal Crutchlow 74
11 Maverick Vinales 67
12 Aleix Espargaro 60
13 Scott Redding 47
14 Yonny Hernandez 41
15 Hector Barbera 23
16 Alvaro Bautista 22
17 Loris Baz 15
18 Nicky Hayden 12
19 Jack Miller 12
20 Stefan Bradl 11
21 Michele Pirro 8
22 Eugene Laverty 7
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
24 Mike Di Meglio 4
25 Alex de Angelis 2

 

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