Looking back on this weekend’s British GP, here are 10 things you need to know:
- It could have been worse.
During the race day warm up, Cal Crutchlow crashed in morning practice in the Vale straight coming into Turn 8.
As track stewards were assisting, Marc Marquez ran off course in the same turn, giving Crutchlow and stewards only moments to react, narrowly missing the danger. The incident left Marquez with a dislocated left shoulder. Fortunately for Crutchlow and stewards, no additional injuries were sustained.
- Silverstone marked the first loss in two months and two days for Marquez – going back to the Assen circuit in June.
- With his second place finish, Marquez now has a 30-point lead over Dani Pedrosa and a 39-point lead over Jorge Lorenzo.
- After the race, Marquez was docked two points for the pre-race mishap. The penalty was assessed for failure to adequately slow during the caution that was brought about by Crutchlow’s accident. The penalty will not impact his championship points.
- Even with a dislocated shoulder, Marquez still secured a spot on the podium with a second-place finish. During the race, Marquez traded the lead position with Lorenzo on two other occasions during the later half of the race.
- Less than one-tenth of a second (+0.081) separated Lorenzo and Marquez at the finish, making Silverstone the closest finish of the 2013 season, so far.
- Cal Crutchlow did not have a good weekend at all: two crashes on Saturday, one crash during Sunday warm-up and he dropped from a starting race position of third to a finish in seventh place.
- Silverstone marked the third pole position in five races for Marquez.
- Lap 19: Lorenzo and Marquez each primarily ran under 2:03 minute lap times for the duration of the 20-lap race. This was true for all laps except for the first and the 19th – where Marquez posted his only lap time above that 2:03 minute threshold.
On Lap 19, Marquez ran his slowest lap of the race at 2:03:337 minutes and conceded the lead back to Lorenzo, who posted consistent sub 2:03 minute laps from Lap 2 until the end of the race.
- Out of a field of 23 drivers and 20 course laps, only Lorenzo and Marquez lead the field at any point. Marquez lead for only one of them – Lap 18.British GP, Cal Crutchlow, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Silverstone Circuit