British MotoGP winner Jorge Lorenzo hailed his exceptional triumph at Silverstone as one of his 'greatest races' as the reigning world champion and Marc Marquez were involved in a modern-era classic.

Lorenzo dictated matters for much of the race until Marquez made his first move with three laps to go, but the Factory Yamaha rider was prepared for a battle and moved back to the front on lap 18.

The pair slogged it out on the final lap of the race and when Marquez made a decisive move at Brooklands it seemed for a moment that the young rookie was on course for his fifth consecutive premier class win, but the Repsol Honda rider ran slightly wide at Luffield and Lorenzo pounced to snatch an important triumph.

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Lorenzo, celebrating his fourth victory of the season, said: "This was one of the best races I've ever had. I'm really happy and really pleased. It's a very important win.

"I pushed from the beginning to try and open a gap, even more than in recent races but it was impossible. Marc never gives up, even if he's a little bit injured after the warm-up.

"He overtook me three laps from the end so I studied him a little for one lap and I saw he was struggling in some braking so I overtook him on the corner where he crashed.

"I pushed in the last lap to the maximum, I opened a little gap but I made a mistake in braking and almost crashed."

Lorenzo thought his chance was gone when Marquez squeezed through on the last lap but the defending world champion resorted to a 'now or never' strategy to seize a dramatic victory.

"When he overtook me three corners from the end I thought it was over again and second place but then he opened a little gap in the last corner so I thought 'now or never' and I tried and got it," he said.

"To be honest I'm not thinking about the championship, I'm thinking just to enjoy this victory which was very special to get the focus on Misano."

Lorenzo has closed the gap to Dani Pedrosa in second position to nine points and is now 39 points behind Marquez.