In what will be his last MotoGP season, Casey Stoner had to settle for second at Silverstone on Sunday.
He fell to Yamaha ride Jorge Lorenzo at the British track and moved 25 points clear of the Aussie atop of the MotoGP championship standings.
It was Lorenzo’s 42 career win and the second in two years at Silverstone; he won the 2010 meet and went on to win the title later that year.
Stoner admitted after the race that a rear tyre affected his bike the entire race.
“Very early on, when I was behind Ben (Spies), I started to struggle with the left hand side of the tyre,” said Stoner.
“Every time I went into a left corner the rear wanted to come around and I couldn't get any traction so we started struggling a lot and Jorge started to catch us.”
Lorenzo was dominant in beating out Honda riders Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, who finished a close third behind his Australian teammate. The Yahama winner found himself as far back as fifth in the race’s early stages but came back in the second half to win by 3.3 seconds. Lorenzo went ahead of Stoner after a little duel while Pedrosa was able to make up the distance and catch Stoner in the final lap but could not find enough to claim second position.
Reigning world champ Ben Spies drops to 11th on the table a third of the way through the MotoGP season after leading the race through the first five laps.
Besides the rain that finally cleared on the day, the other story coming out of Silverstone was the effort of British rider Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow crashed during Saturday’s practice and suffered a broken and dislocated left ankle, but somehow managed to finish sixth ahead of riders that included Valentino Rossi.