Any thoughts that MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo would be 'lost' without the intensity of fighting team-mate Valentino Rossi were well and truly put to rest at Silverstone on Sunday.

A "confused" Lorenzo had finished a subdued second at the previous Mugello round, just one day after reigning world champion Rossi had broken his leg, but was back to his best for the first British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire track since 1986.

Mugello winner Dani Pedrosa provided spirited opposition on the opening lap, but from then on Lorenzo was in a class of his own, building a lead of over eight seconds.

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Lorenzo's third victory from five races means he is now a huge 37 points ahead of new nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso, Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team-mate, who finished second on Sunday.

"This was an important day for me and an important win, because I felt so strong and I enjoyed riding my Yamaha so much," said Lorenzo.

"I had a different feeling today; I felt that it was going to be a good race. It was quite hard to be fast at the start and the first lap with Dani was difficult, but once I got past him I felt very relaxed and comfortable.

"I thought he would follow me for a bit longer but he didn't and then I was on my own, so I just had to focus on myself; I didn't even know who was behind me!

"I never dreamt of taking three wins from five races but here we are and I am feeling very strong mentally at this moment.

"The Beatles celebration was something fun for the fans, I love their music and I thought it was nice to make a homage to them, since we're in England!" explained the 23-year-old.

"The start was a little bit interesting, but Jorge rode so well, kept his head and brought it home safely," added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.

"Our bike is working very well and it was great to see Spies taking a podium on the Yamaha too, well done to him. It is impressive to have a 37-point gap at this stage but now we have four more races in very close succession so we can't relax."

Lorenzo will continue to ride alone at next weekend's Assen round, with Fiat Yamaha due to field a replacement for Rossi at Barcelona on July 4.

It was intended that the replacement would have been named by Silverstone, but Yamaha appear to be having trouble finding anyone who is both suitable and available.