By Stephen English
From the outside it seemed that Jorge Lorenzo had once again judged a race to perfection as he moved through the field to claim victory at Silverstone for the second time.
With his fourth race win of the season Lorenzo has struck a rich vein of form to open the 2012 campaign.
But following a difficult weekend at Silverstone, where changeable conditions made finding the perfect set-up all but impossible, Lorenzo explained just how difficult it was to claim victory.
“Today I struggled a lot to keep the pace of the first group [Spies, Stoner, Bautista and Hayden] and I was a little behind them [at the start],” said Lorenzo. “I needed to keep my concentration for lots of laps to not make a mistake when I was behind that group.”
Once Lorenzo found his rhythm and closed on the leading group he had a challenging time trying to find his way past, as the quartet battled hard.
“Alvaro [Bautista] was braking very deep, and so was Ben [Spies], so I didn't want to make any mistake. I wanted to wait until the race went on to see the pace of each riders,” he explained.
“I realised that I had a little more speed when the tyres dropped a little bit and that they were slowing down quite a bit. My pace was slower in the beginning but not so much [later] so I feel every time better and better.”
Once Lorenzo had moved past Nicky Hayden, Bautista and Spies the Spaniard found himself chasing down race leader, reigning champion and title rival Casey Stoner (Honda).
The pair have enjoyed thrilling battles in recent years but at Silverstone they offered the British crowd a fight to savour - the pair trading places for one-third of the lap before Lorenzo asserted himself.
“I got into second position and Casey was trying not to let me past for some laps, but finally I saw the chance to pass him in the last corner and I think we made a good show for the spectators!
“Luckily for me I had a little more [pace] than him in this race so I tried to push 100% to open the gap.”
Once in front Lorenzo was not headed again and opened up a two second lead by the chequered flag.