NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, England — Andrea Dovizioso passed Valentino Rossi to win Sunday’s MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone, taking the championship lead in the process after title rival Marc Marquez suffered an engine failure.
Rossi shot into the lead from second on the grid and began to pull away from polesitter Marquez, while his Yamaha teammate Maverick Viñales took third place from Cal Crutchlow on the way into Stowe corner.
Dovizioso started his fight up from sixth on the next lap, by first passing his Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo into Copse corner at the start of the lap and then battling with Crutchlow around the outside of Club corner, but held the place, keeping Dovizioso in fourth.
He would not remain there long, as Dovizioso got past the LCR Honda rider at Stowe corner on the next lap, while Viñales went by Marquez on the start of the same lap.
Dovizioso would go one better on lap six, going past Marquez into the Stowe corner. Marquez would fight back a few laps later getting past him at Brooklands, only for Dovizioso to ride back by him on the start of the next lap.
He also fought with Viñales halfway around the lap, with the pair trading places until the start of the next lap, when Dovizioso out braked his rival into Copse corner and Marquez got by him later in the lap.
Marquez was out of the race two laps later when his engine blew on the Hangar straight. He held onto the bike as oil spilled on his rear tire, being able to park it safely.
Dovizioso made his move for the lead with three laps to go, sweeping by Rossi on the inside of Stowe corner. Rossi was also passed by his teammate later in the lap, with Viñales coming past at Brooklands.
Viñales came alive in the remaining two laps and caught up to Dovizioso, but the Ducati rider was able to hold on and crossed the line 0.114 seconds ahead of the Yamaha pair to score his fourth win of the year.
“I’m so happy about today’s victory, my fourth this year, because every race we win is different from the others, and this means that we are really strong and can fight for the championship,” said Dovizioso.
“It was a really tough race because all of our rivals were on top form. Today Marquez was unlucky, but we did a perfect race because, even though we were probably not the quickest outright, we were able to interpret it in the best possible way and go on to win.”
After staying with the front group for most of the race, Crutchlow was able to finish his home race in fourth place ahead of the second factory Ducati of Lorenzo.
Johann Zarco crossed the line sixth place and was the only Tech3 Yamaha in the race, as his teammate Jonas Folger did not compete in the race after a crash in the morning warm up session.
Dani Pedrosa was seventh in the remaining Repsol Honda ahead of Scott Redding, Alex Rins, and Alvaro Bautista.
Pol Espagaro crossed the line in eleventh but crashed at the first corner on the start of the cooldown lap as his bike swapped ends on him.
Dovizioso goes into his home race, the San Marino Grand Prix, with a nine-point championship lead.
MotoGP will return Sept. 8-10 at Misano, Italy.
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