Valentino Rossi wins British Grand Prix, Petrucci has career-first podium
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider and six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi won the 2015 British MotoGP in a flawless race at the Silverstone circuit. The Italian motorsport legend began the race in the second row, in 4th position to take his 4th win of the calendar year so far.
Rossi and teammate Jorge Lorenzo both led the drivers’ championship standings at 211 points. This victory takes Rossi back to top with 236. Spaniard Lorenzo, who started in 2nd, lost out to Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati and ended up in 6th position.
The race began with incident, with racing delayed as the circuit saw rain delay the start by 15 minutes. Rossi, a master of the conditions, held on to his top spot as Repson Honda’s Marc Marquez, the reigning double world champion, looked to give the Italian a challenge, but crashed out with 9 laps to go. The Spaniard was 52 points behind Lorenzo and Rossi in the world championship standings, and with Rossi’s win, this gap has widened significantly.
Petrucci won his first ever MotoGP podium, “I don’t understand how Valentino come so close lap by lap, but the rain comes out so I was tense,” the 24-year-old Italian rider said.
“It was very tough, the rain..it become heavy, I struggle near Petrucci a lot, I was scared for him.. expected to see him crash every braking but he ran very, very well. I am happy for my friend,” said 3rd place Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati about his Pramac competitor Petrucci.
The win has taken Rossi 12 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The 36-year-old, at 236 points, will next race in Italy with his colleagues. , with Rossi living in the town over from the circuit itself. The San Marino Grand Prix will be the home race for every driver on the podium today.
Marc Marquez looks unlikely to be able to take the championships back, now 77 points behind leader Rossi. Movistar Yamaha lead the constructors’ championships.