MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) finished second in today’s Italian GP, overcoming rear grip issues to secure his fourth successive rostrum finish and maintain his lead in the World Championship over race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
Pedrosa started from pole position and led off the line, but was pushed into second by Lorenzo with an aggressive move at the first corner. Lorenzo later apologised to his fellow Spaniard and title rival.
The Honda rider stayed close to hound his countryman mercilessly until after the halfway point of the 23-lap race around the fast and spectacular Mugello circuit in the Tuscan foothills outside Florence. Then as tyre grip faded he was forced to slacken his pace, to be sure of a safe podium finish.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) ended a typically sensational weekend in the gravel, after he had bounced back from a 200-plus mph crash on the first day of practice. Nothing daunted the reigning Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP-class rookie who qualified on the second row, started strongly and slotted in behind Pedrosa. He matched his team-mate’s every move as the pair chased Lorenzo.
After Pedrosa was forced to ease his pace Marquez moved through to second, intent on preserving his perfect rostrum record in his rookie season. He had pulled clear when two laps later he slipped off at the Savelli left-hander, sliding to a safe but frustrated stop. It was the 20-year-old sensation’s first non-finish of the year.
Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) was third, ahead of the next-best Honda rider, Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V). The German had a strong race, pulling through from seventh on the first lap to battle with the factory Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden. By lap five he was past both of them.
Dovizioso stayed close and challenging, and on the final lap they changed places four times. Over the line the former Moto2 World Champion secured fourth by a quarter of a second. It was his best finish of the year.
Grand Prix rookie Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) finished 18th, thwarted in his attempt to put his Honda CBR1000RR-powered CRT bike in the points for the first time. A crash yesterday had robbed his weekend of momentum, but another finish marked continuing progress as he gets to grips with the top class in motorcycle racing.
Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) found the fates tipped against him. On only the third corner he was sent flying after a collision with crowd favourite Valentino Rossi (Yamaha). Both riders crashed out before completing a single lap, lucky to escape injury.
Bad weather had been forecast for the weekend, but both Saturday and Sunday were clear and only partly cloudy, giving a capacity crowd of 76,326 some relief to outweigh the disappointment of seeing their hero Rossi out on the first lap. For the riders, the highest track temperatures of the weekend posed new problems of tyre wear and adhesion.
British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) claimed a second win in a row in the Honda-powered Moto2 class, where all riders use a race-tuned Honda CBR600 engine supplied by the organisers to ensure close and reliable racing.
Redding waited until the closing stages before moving clear of pursuers Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Suter) and Johan Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter), to win by better than two seconds. Terol was a similar distance ahead of Frenchman Zarco, the trio well clear of a huge pursuit pack where positions shuffled to the end.
Redding’s win extended his title lead over Terol to a valuable 43 points, the biggest margin in any class.
Over the last two laps first-race winner Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) took control of the battle for fourth place, ahead of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) by less than a tenth. Championship contender Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) was a distant 13th, after running off the track from the front pack on lap six, rejoining in 27th place for a hard ride back into the points.
Spanish rider Luis Salom (KTM) took his second win of the year in the Moto3 class to close up on points leader Maverick Vinales (KTM), who was a close third behind the similarly mounted Alex Rins.
Italian Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda) was the best-placed Honda rider, chasing a lead pack of six in seventh place.
Australian Jack Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) was next best Honda man in tenth, in the thick of a big gang battling over eighth place, with Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) 0.13 seconds and two places behind, and Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) a similar distance away in 14th. Binder remains the best-placed Honda rider in the championship, lying sixth overall.
The next MotoGP round is the Catalan Grand Prix at the Montmelo circuit outside Barcelona in two weeks time.
|1||Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|2||Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)|
|3||Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|4||Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)|
|5||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|6||Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)|
|7||Michele PIRRO (Ducati Test Team)|
|8||Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|9||Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|10||Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)|
|11||Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|12||Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)|
|13||Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)|
|14||Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|15||Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)|
|1||Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|2||Nicolas TEROL (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)|
|3||Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)|
|4||Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)|
|5||Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|6||Jordi TORRES (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)|
|7||Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|8||Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|9||Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac)|
|10||Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)|
|11||Toni ELIAS (Blusens Avintia)|
|12||Marcel SCHROTTER (Desguaces La Torre SAG)|
|13||Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)|
|14||Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|15||Randy KRUMMENACHE (Technomag carXpert)|
|1||Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|2||Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|3||Maverick VINALES (Team Calvo)|
|4||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)|
|5||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|6||Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|7||Niccolo` ANTONELLI (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3)|
|8||Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)|
|9||Eric GRANADO (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|10||Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)|
|11||Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|12||Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)|
|13||Isaac VINALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)|
|14||Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)|
|15||Jasper IWEMA (RW Racing GP)|