The last few laps were all action in the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
Sunshine greeted the riders and fans on Friday as the British Grand Prix started with free practice.
With Maverick Viñales topping the time sheets followed by Jorge Lorenzo Cal Crutchlow Marc Márquez and Valentino Rossi.
In the afternoon British fans had something to cheer about Cal Crutchlow was the fastest in free practice two. Valentino Rossi on his Movistar Yamaha took second.
Maverick Viñales Aleix Espargaró Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo made up the top 6. Marc Márquez was lucky to escape injury with a dramatic hi-side. He got back on his number 2 bike and crashed again in the closing stages.
Cal Crutchlow unveiled new Castrol Honda livery commemorating 25 years of Castrol involvement with Honda.
Saturday morning started off with a damp track and Johann Zarco riding his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 was fastest. Maverick Viñales Jonas Folger and Andrea Dovizioso in the top 4.
Saturday afternoon qualifying was a frantic affair with all the action taking place in the last few minutes. Valentine Rossi thought he'd got pole, but an amazing lap in the last seconds saw Marc Márquez do the fastest ever lap at the Silverstone circuit a sub 2 minute lap. With Marc almost out of control on every corner.
Octo British Grand Prix
MotoGP Qualifying 2017 Silverstone Saturday 26 August.
Sunday, race day.
Excitement was mounting as the riders had their last practise session in the morning. Unlucky Jonas Folger took a nasty crash at the end of Stow. A suspected brake failure causing the crash. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and to have a scan. He was found to be alright.
The race is on!
The sun shining again, the large crowd awaited with excitement as the riders formed up on the grid. The throng of celebrities and brolly girls cleared the grid as the riders prepared for the 20 lap race.
Marquez made a good start only to have Valentino Rossi pass him on turn one. Rossi pulled out a lead of a second in the opening laps. The following riders settled down to their race, conserving their tyres. Rossi on the factory Yamaha kept the lead for 17 laps. Team-mate Maverick Viñales, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, Hondas Marc Márquez and local hero Cal Crutchlow were never far behind. Riding a good race at the front. But as his tyres went off the chasing pack caught him up.
Marc Márquez in third, behind Rossi and Dovizioso seemed to be the Rossi's biggest threat but as race mid-distance approached, he was setting himself up for a pass on Dovizioso and challenge Rossi for the lead. At the end of the Hangar straight tragedy struck. His Honda RC213V engine spectacularly blew up on lap 13 smoke poured from the exhaust of his Honda, which put him out of the race.
Ducati mounted Dovizioso started sixth, just took his time as the laps counted down before taking Rossi on the brakes into Stowe and stopped Valentino Rossi trying to retake him, with only three laps of the race left.
He was able to pull away and make a gap, away from Rossi and the pursuing Maverick Viñales, who was the only rider to use the soft rear tyre.
Maverick Viñales, passed Rossi at Brooklands and chased after Dovi. He tried to set up a pass on the last few laps but couldn't get close enough to challenge Dovizioso. Vinales set his fastest lap on the last lap trying to catch Dovizioso who won by only 0. 114 seconds. Only 0. 749s separated the top three.
Valentino Rossi finished his 300th premiere class race in third. Cal Crutchlow finished less than a second behind him. He was the best Honda rider. After the race he told us that he was gunning for the win, but unable to overcome tyre problems during the race and he had to settle for fourth. He was 8. 5 seconds ahead of Dani Pedrosa in seventh. Dovizioso's Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in fifth and Johann Zarco on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 finished sixth between the Honda RCVS. Dani Pedrosa came in seventh.
Scott Redding on his Octo Pramac Ducati eighth this was his best finish since Qatar. Next was Suzuki's rookie Álex Rins on his Suzuki, getting his best finish of this year in ninth with Alvaro Bautista, riding his Aspar Ducati, taking his 250th Grand Prix in a credible tenth place.
Pol Espargaró finished an admirable eleventh for KTM, but on the slow down lap he highsided at turn one due to a mechanical fault.
Andrea Iannone crashed his Suzuki while in 13th in the closing stages, colliding into Danilo Petrucci and taking him out.
Dovizioso re-takes the lead from Marc Márquez, of the 2017 by nine points with Maverick Viñales only four points behind him.
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso has won four races this year, more races than any other rider this season and will start Ducati's home Misano round back on top.
Post race interviews.
After the race, Andrea Dovizioso told us
"Everybody saved the tyre for most of the laps. The intensity everyone puts in the race is completely different. I'm really good at understanding the situation. I wasn't faster but put my fight in the right position. I went a bit long into Turn 16 but was able to close the line. This was an important race. I'm so happy for the win and for my team. We go to Misano, Italy in a very strong position."
Maverick Viñales said "Over the race I let Valentino go because I knew I couldn't stay behind him in the slipstream. I was trying to save the soft tyre until the end. I did it. Dovizioso did a great job today. The championship is closer but we did a really good job today. Honestly, I'm happy and happy to see what happens in Misano."
Valentino Rossi told us that he wasn't happy with third place. A win today would have put him right back into title contention.
He said "I'm happy because my target was arrive on the podium. After a great race I did the maximum from the start to the finish. We know at the end we suffer and I had to adjust a little bit. Maverick had the soft rear and was faster than me at the end. I ride well and it's a good result. "
OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX MotoGP Race Result Classification 2017
Silverstone, Sunday, August 27, 2017
2017 MotoGP World Standing 2017 after 12 rounds.
Qualifying, race results and standing from motogp.com
- Roland Potter