Boom Goes the Dynamite! – First Podium For…

06/20/2010 @ 11:53 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

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:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 41’34.083
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 41’40.826 6.743
3 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 41’41.180 7.097
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 41’41.397 7.314
5 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 41’41.577 7.494
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 41’43.138 9.055
7 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 41’48.508 14.425
8 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 41’49.396 15.313
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 42’02.037 27.954
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 42’16.477 42.394
11 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 42’17.448 43.365
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 42’17.491 43.408
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 42’17.663 43.580
Not Classified
65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 27’33.079 7 laps
Not finished first lap
  • Kevin White

    Made all the more impressive by the fact that A) his bike is supposedly down on power quite a bit from the other M1s, and B) he may still be riding on a fractured ankle.

  • 7point62

    Heh, the tags kinda gave it away for the folks that didn’t know the results. Gutted about Hayden though – he rode his socks off. If he had to be beaten by anyone I’m sort of glad it was Spies.

    Bloody shameful that there were no Brit wildcards on the grid. Not that there was much of a grid anyways. Every MotoGP starter is guaranteed a point these days, it seems. Except the suzooks!

  • Sean Mitchell

    I’m a Hayden fan, and have never liked Spies, so it was a heartbreaker for me. Can’t say it wasn’t exciting though, almost as good as a WSBK race…

  • Sean Mitchell

    Ducati is having a bad year in both series. To be beat by a Satellite Team…they really need to get it in gear. I still blame the Multistroodle for dulling Ducati’s hardcore racebike blade!

  • CBR600RR 09


    I watched it live and OMG! I am a mad Casey supporter and WHAT A RIDE!!!

    But woosh!!! I was cheering for Spies, congratulations to him! What an amazing ride by him as well, and boy didnt he punish Nicky for his error! ROARED past him!

    Best race all year so far (GP series)

  • Sean Mitchell

    Seriously though, this is the second time there has been a huge battle going on during the last lap, and they cut to Lorenzo way off in front crossing the line, and a moronic shot of his crew cheering. Sheer bafoonery on the part of the broadcast director.

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  • Woody

    +1 with Sean. It looked like Nicky might take his spot back, then they cut to Whore-Gay crossing the line. Great editing, you cunts.

  • Sean

    They ALWAYS cut to the leader crossing the line. Its all most news programs will show, so it will always happen. What was really irritating was the 1/2 a lap of Lorenzo they showed a lap or two earlier .

  • Howard Worton

    They do have to show the winner of the race, it’s kind of the point of racing – winning, I mean. Bit silly to miss that. As it happens, no crucial action was missed, no harm done.

    Worth mentioning that while Nicky did finish ahead of Stoner, the Australian was last going into turn one after a starting problem. Stoner did look very fast, shame for him. He may even have challenged The Janitor.