The Yamaha Factory Racing rider delivered a stunning performance to take a much-needed victory at the Hertz British Grand Prix. Lorenzo made another lightening race start, flying from second on the grid to take the hole shot into turn one ahead of Marc Marquez.
Unable to break away from the determined Marquez and with Dani Pedrosa also in pursuit, Lorenzo executed an unbroken string of fast laps to maintain the lead until just three laps from the end when Marquez attempted to take control of the race.
His lead was not to last as Lorenzo fought back a lap later to regain the lead, beginning a battle which was to continue until the last corner as the two exchanged places in the fight for the lead. It was Lorenzo who emerged victorious, making the definitive move just two corners from the end and holding the tighter line into the last turn to cross the line victorious and claim his fourth win of the season.
The results bring Lorenzo five points closer to the standings leader Marquez, the point difference now 39 as Lorenzo sits on 194, just nine points behind Pedrosa in second.
"This was one of the best races I've ever had," Lorenzo enthused as he reflected on the battle. "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."
The man from Majorca continued, "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."
"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. To be honest I'm not thinking about the championship, I'm thinking just to enjoy this victory which was very special."