If you haven’t seen today’s British GP at Silverstone, stop reading this article, and go watch your Tivo right now. We can hardly contain ourselves after watching the race, so we’ll keep this intro short. While the race winner is not going to surprise too many GP race fans, it’s the rest of the finishes that had us jumping up and down on our chairs. Spoilers after the jump.
Dovi beats Pedrosa, Hayden beats Stoner, de Puniet continues not to crash, and the ultimate event….Spies takes a podium. There! We finally got it out before bursting! After favorable remarks from all the riders about Silverstone’s new layout, the British track has seemingly tossed up the pecking order at the four major teams in MotoGP. Fiat-Yamaha can rest assured that they’ll likely take another Championship, even with Valentino Rossi injured, as Jorge Lorenzo looked well in control of today’s race.
But for Marlboro Ducati, the British GP was a shake up to what otherwise would have been business as usual. Nicky Hayden not only qualified for the first time ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner, but the American Champion found himself beating the Australian in today’s race, if only by a couple tenths of a second.
Opposite day continued as Repsol Honda saw the continued meltdown of Dani Pedrosa who finished 8th. Meanwhile his Pedrosa’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, continued to carry the HRC flag, and took the second step on the winners’ podium.
Our favorite outcome of the day was the event all American’s have been waiting for: Ben Spies standing on a MotoGP podium. Taking a close third place, and beating out the two Marlboro Ducatis, Spies bested Team Texas teammate Colin Edwards who finsihed 9th for the day. This very well could be a glimpse at things to come in the Yamaha camp.
In other news, celebrating Texans have crossed the border into Oklahoma, claiming the Panhandle State as new sovereign Texan territory, which will now be known as Spiestoria. Huzzah!
Race Results from MotoGP at the British GP:
|6||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||41’43.138||9.055|
|65||Loris CAPIROSSI||SUZUKI||27’33.079||7 laps|
|Not finished first lap|