Casey Stoner won a soaking wet British Grand Prix at Silverstone to take the MotoGP World Championship lead as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out.
Lorenzo had already departed the track by that stage, gesturing angrily after he flipped over the front of his bike and slid into the gravel on lap eight. It was the first time he had failed to finish a race since 2009.
Moreover, Lorenzo’s American teammate Ben Spies also crashed out on lap 14.
“I feel disappointed because the crash was my own mistake,” said Lorenzo, “It’s a shame for the team because they did a very good job all weekend and also my Fan Club who come here to support me. I was riding with confidence, but I had to wait my moment to overtake Andrea. I think I could have fought for the victory with Casey.
“I wasn’t worried that Simoncelli was catching me; I was worried because Casey was going if I didn’t overtake Andrea… then I crashed! Before Casey was chasing me, like a greyhound with a hare but now the situation has reversed. Now we have to go for the victory in Assen!
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