MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) made a stunning MotoGP debut under the Losail floodlights this evening, finishing the race in a fighting third position. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) crossed the line 3.2 seconds behind his team-mate in fourth place.
Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) completed the season-opening race in sixth place, while Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) slid off while contesting fifth position.
The race was won by reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, ahead of his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Marquez and Pedrosa spent much of the race together, chasing Lorenzo who led from start to finish. Marquez – who afterwards revealed that he was more nervous than ever before the race – made his move on his team-mate with six laps of the 22 laps remaining. Three laps later it was Marquez’s turn to come under pressure as Rossi came past, having made up for a couple of mistakes he had made in the early stages. The pair stayed locked together during the final few laps, providing a thrilling climax to the race. Marquez refused to give in and fought with his more experienced rival all the way to the finish. At the flag he was just 0.221 seconds behind Rossi. It was a remarkable performance from a rider with zero race experience in the premier class.
Pedrosa came into the race following a strong qualifying performance which followed a difficult first two days of practice. The Spaniard had worked with his crew to fix a lack of rear grip but still struggled with the issue during the race. He rode as hard as he knows how but this time he didn’t have the grip he required to match his rivals.
Bautista had hoped for better than sixth but was forced to ease his pace after a few concerns with front-end feeling into corners. He was the only prototype rider to choose the softer option Bridgestone front slick (all riders ran the harder rear) but this was not enough to give him what he needed to attack the corners with full confidence.
His team-mate Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had hopes of learning plenty in his first MotoGP race, only to slide off his CBR1000RR-powered CRT bike on the second lap. He was unable to continue and will have to wait for round two at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas to go for his first MotoGP finish.
Bradl was racing with Rossi when he lost the front at Turn Seven on lap nine. He walked away from the tumble unharmed but hugely disappointed. During practice the German had struggled with lack of front-end feeling, but by yesterday evening he seemed to have solved the issue which then mysteriously returned for the race.
Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) had a thrilling duel in the Honda-powered Moto2 race, the outcome in doubt until the penultimate corner. In the end Espargaro had a fraction more speed than Redding, which took him across the finish line 0.844 seconds in front.
Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) led the early stages before settling into a lonely third place for his first Grand Prix podium; some way behind the two leaders and some way ahead of a frantic 11-man contest for fourth place.
Starting from pole, Espargaro took the lead from Redding for the first time on lap 16 of 20. Redding tried everything he knows to get by, especially on the last lap when he had to close the throttle to avoid a collision with his Spanish rival. This was Espargaro’s fifth Moto2 win. Redding’s second place equalled his best result in the class.
Fourth place finally went to Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) who took the flag a fraction of a second ahead of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) and the rest. Just 3.5 seconds separated the group, from fourth to 14th.
Danny Webb (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) and Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) were Honda’s best finishers in the Moto3 race, the team-mates crossing the finish line together in 11th and 12th positions. Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) crossed the line two positions down in his first Grand Prix since he broke a leg last September.
Honda’s best Moto3 qualifiers had a tough time in the race, with Alan Techer (CIP TSR Honda) crashing out on lap three the day after he had qualified a promising sixth fastest. Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini FTR Honda), who also went well in qualifying, slid off on the first lap.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) took the final point in 15th place, a fraction ahead of Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda).
The MotoGP World Championship continues with the Grand Prix of the Americas at the new COTA circuit in Austin, Texas, on April 21.
|1||Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|2||Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|3||Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|4||Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)|
|5||Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|6||Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)|
|7||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|8||Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)|
|9||Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)|
|10||Ben SPIES (Ignite Pramac Racing)|
|11||Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|12||Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|13||Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)|
|14||Yonny HERNANDEZ (Paul Bird Motorsport)|
|15||Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)|
|1||Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)|
|2||Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|3||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|4||Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)|
|5||Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|6||Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|7||Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|8||Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|9||Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)|
|10||Xavier SIMEON (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq)|
|11||Jordi TORRES (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)|
|12||Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)|
|13||Marcel SCHROTTER (Desguaces La Torre SAG)|
|14||Nicolas TEROL (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)|
|15||Toni ELIAS (Blusens Avintia)|
|1||Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|2||Maverick VINALES (Team Calvo)|
|3||Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|4||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|5||Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|6||Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|7||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)|
|8||Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|9||Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)|
|10||Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)|
|11||Danny WEBB (Ambrogio Racing)|
|12||Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)|
|13||Jasper IWEMA (RW Racing GP)|
|14||Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)|
|15||Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)|