Jorge Lorenzo knew he had just one chance to keep his slim world championship hopes alive.
Lorenzo’s Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi hailed the win as “incredible” but also admitted that it be “still difficult” for Lorenzo to retain his title.
The win came on the back of Lorenzo’s bold race strategy of quick starts and then backing his front-running pace to try and gap his Honda rivals Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
The fast, flowing corners of Silverstone gave Lorenzo his crucial advantage with the Yamaha M1 although he had not planned on leaving his winning move until the final corner.
“On the final lap I tried to close the door in all the points where Marc would try to overtake but he was strong on the brakes and came inside with three corners to go,” Lorenzo said.
“But then in the final corner there was small gap I knew this was my opportunity and I had to enter the gap. Luckily we didn’t crash but I had to do it.
“At the start of the last lap I knew I had to take some risks but I made a mistake at the chicane and this allowed Marc to close the gap.
“But 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.”
Marquez raced in discomfort after dislocating his left shoulder in a high-speed crash in the morning warm-up.
But he took the fight relentlessly to Lorenzo who led all but one of the 20 laps.
Lorenzo now trails Marquez by 39 points with six races remaining. The title door remains slightly open for Lorenzo.
But he needs some fast help from Yamaha according to Rossi.
“Now Jorge is 39 points behind so first of all Yamaha have to bring the seamless gearbox as soon as possible,” said Rossi as he repeated the constant urge for a technical upgrade to the M1.
“But it is not possible that Jorge wins the next six races and that Marc arrives second or worse in six races.
“Every race is different, can be dangerous and be a critical moment like this morning in the warm-up when Marc crashed.
“It is difficult for Jorge, the gap is quite big and Marc is very strong everywhere but is not impossible.”
Marquez leads the points on 233 with five race wins ahead of Pedrosa on 203 (two wins) with Lorenzo on 194 points (four wins).