By Stephen English
Following Jorge Lorenzo's British MotoGP victory the Spaniard has opened a commanding 25 point championship lead over Casey Stoner.
With six races completed in the season, and 12 remaining, it is far from what had been expected from the reigning world champion - but Stoner was keen to stress that it was far too early to view the championship momentum as having swung decisively in Lorenzo's favour.
“It's too early [to worry about the championship.] I'm more worried about our pace to be honest,” said the 26 year old Repsol Honda rider. “That's the thing that has disappointed me a lot.
“Championships can turn around in one race. Definitely the way Jorge is going it's not going to happen, but one DNF and a win for myself and we're equal on points and it's game on again.
"So we don't know what can happen later on in the season, but we have got to keep fighting and either try and close the gap or not let it increase too much."
With the Silverstone weekend having been run in changeable weather conditions, Stoner was keen to stress that second place was a strong result.
“Today could have gone either way and I could have lost a lot more points than we did so I'm happy to have held on for second. Things could have gone a lot better too so we've got to turn ourselves around,” concluded the Australian.
Stoner led laps 5-10 of the 20-lap race, before being passed by Lorenzo. Stoner then spent the remaining laps holding off team-mate Dani Pedrosa.