Silverstone MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso wins as Marc Marquez retires

Andrea Dovizioso took the lead of the MotoGP world championship with victory at Silverstone, while title rival Marc Marquez retired with an engine failure

Silverstone MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso wins as Marc Marquez retires

Dovizioso worked his way through from sixth on the grid to pass race-long leader Valentino Rossi at Stowe on lap 18 of 20, and then held off the other factory Yamaha of Maverick Vinales to win by 0.114 seconds.

Vinales picked Rossi off on the same lap as Dovizioso, moving through at Brooklands on his team-mate.

Rossi had previously led from the start after outdragging polesitter Marquez into Copse off the line.

Marquez was running third behind Rossi and Dovizioso when smoke poured from the back of his Honda on the Hangar Straight during lap 14, costing him the championship lead he held coming into this weekend.

Behind the top three, Cal Crutchlow came home on their tails to claim fourth on his LCR Honda, having sat on back of the lead pack for most of the race after being shuffled back in the early laps from third place.

That group were comfortably clear of the rest of the field, which was led home by the second Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo held the best of the rest position for the majority of the race, although he did have to battle back past Johann Zarco when the Tech3 Yamaha rider briefly got ahead after dispatching Dani Pedrosa for sixth place.

Pedrosa ended up a distant seventh, with Scott Redding, Alex Rins and Alvaro Bautista completing the top 10.

Pol Espargaro was the next man home in 11th, but he then bizarrely crashed at Copse after the chequered flag, suffering a high-side despite travelling at reduced speed and being thrown from the KTM.

The other major incident of the race occurred just outside the top 10, when Andrea Iannone fell off his Suzuki at Abbey and collected the Pramac Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

Race result

Pos Rider Team Laps Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 20 40m45.496s
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 20 0.114s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 20 0.749s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 20 1.679s
5 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 20 3.508s
6 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 20 7.001s
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 20 10.944s
8 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 20 13.627s
9 Alex Rins Suzuki 20 15.661s
10 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 20 25.279s
11 Pol Espargaro KTM 20 30.336s
12 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 20 31.609s
13 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 20 31.945s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 20 33.567s
15 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 20 33.901s
16 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 20 43.012s
17 Bradley Smith KTM 20 48.683s
- Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 18 Retirement
- Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 17 Retirement
- Andrea Iannone Suzuki 17 Retirement
- Marc Marquez Honda 13 Retirement
- Sam Lowes Aprilia 5 Retirement
- Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 0 Withdrawn

Riders' standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Andrea Dovizioso 183
2 Marc Marquez 174
3 Maverick Vinales 170
4 Valentino Rossi 157
5 Dani Pedrosa 148
6 Johann Zarco 109
7 Jorge Lorenzo 90
8 Cal Crutchlow 89
9 Jonas Folger 77
10 Danilo Petrucci 75
11 Alvaro Bautista 58
12 Scott Redding 45
13 Aleix Espargaro 43
14 Jack Miller 43
15 Loris Baz 39
16 Andrea Iannone 33
17 Karel Abraham 28
18 Tito Rabat 27
19 Pol Espargaro 26
20 Hector Barbera 23
21 Alex Rins 19
22 Bradley Smith 8
23 Michele Pirro 7
24 Mika Kallio 6
25 Sam Lowes 2
26 Sylvain Guintoli 1


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