MotoGP: Marc Marquez clinches hard-fought victory at Silverstone

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez leads Jorge Lorenzo at Silverstone

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez leads Jorge Lorenzo at Silverstone

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Northern Ireland’s Michael Laverty missed out on a points finish at the British MotoGP at Silverstone on Sunday, which was won by world champion Marc Marquez.

PBM rider Laverty crossed the line in 17th position behind Leon Camier, finishing ahead of his team-mate, Broc Parkes, who came home in 22nd place.

Marquez endured a race-long battle with Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo from start to finish before claiming victory.

The 21-year-old Spaniard battled back after a mistake on the brakes allowed Lorenzo through to lead in the closing stages, with Marquez making an aggressive pass at the Loop.

He pulled away to win by 0.7 seconds, with Valentino Rossi finishing third.

Marquez said: “When I got past him [Lorenzo] for the first time I expected to open up a small gap but I made a small mistake and then he came by, but the battle was nice and to win the race - I was remembering and thinking about last year and this time I was a bit better and I beat him.”

The top six was completed by Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro, with Scott Redding the top British rider in 10th and Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow 12th.

Bradley Smith’s top-six chances were hit by a machine issue on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1.

Wildcard rider Jeremy McWilliams finished 29th in the Moto2 race.