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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 05: Italy

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Italy
Italy
June 2, 2013

Pedrosa Extends Rostrum Run To Preserve Title Lead

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).

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

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.

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
Niccolo` ANTONELLI (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3)zoom
Niccolo` ANTONELLI (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3)

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 2nd
“I didn’t feel fully comfortable in the race today, but I’m happy because I was able to gain a large number of points. In general, this was a difficult weekend. The back tyre was giving me a lot of problems with grip but taking 20 points from this race and maintaining the lead the World Championship is something positive.”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 4th
“Repeating the fourth place of last year is a very special feeling for me and the team. Actually I am happy about the job we have done throughout the whole weekend but the race was a bit tough. Honestly I did not take a brilliant start, losing some positions. After that I had to overtake the Ducati guys. It was not easy to relegate them and I knew that Dovi would try to pass me in the last lap. He is a strong rider and I really enjoyed the battle with him. I must thank the whole team and our partners and fans for their excellent job and support because I know this a special race for Lucio and his collaborators.”
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 18th
“It has been a difficult but constructive weekend because I have picked up some very useful experience for the future. I felt good on the bike but in some sections of the track I couldn’t push it as hard as I would have liked. Still, I am looking on this as a positive experience that will definitely help us next time out.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: DNF
“Today we had with our first DNF of the season, but after three difficult days of setbacks and hard work, I finally felt good during the race. I don’t fully understand why I crashed, as I lost both the front and the back at the same time and was unable to save it. It’s clear that we made a mistake, but we can't go looking for excuses. We've looked at the telemetry and it shows that I was going at the same speed and on the same line as before but, anyway, you learn from these mistakes. We can’t forget that this is my first year in the class and I am here to learn how things are in MotoGP. In spite of everything we were still fighting for second place, which is a reason to be happy. I want to apologise to Honda and to the team, as they always support me and work so hard. Now we are turning our focus to Montmelo, and I can’t wait to race there.”
Alvaro Bautista, Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: DNF
“There is not much I can say really. Unfortunately in turn three I made contact with Valentino and we both crashed out of a race that was very important for both of us. Valentino and I have watched the incident back together in race direction and it was just a racing incident that leaves us both with a bitter taste in the mouth but neither of us is to blame. I was on the inside and it is very difficult to see a rider on the outside from there. He was taking a slightly different line and that’s why we came together. It's a shame because I felt good on the bike and that is a positive result. These things happen but we have to forget about it and try to think about the next race.”

Moto2

Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team: race winner
“What a weekend! It didn’t start well, as I just didn’t feel comfortable on the bike, but after consigning it to the skip on Saturday morning, the new bike felt much better. Qualifying on pole really boosted my confidence and once we got going I knew straight away that another win was a possibility. I slotted in behind Taka, pushing past when he started to slow and immediately pulled a gap. I’m not sure how Terol and Zarco caught me, but once Terol went in front I could see he wasn’t comfortable running the pace. I have no idea why he decided to let me through, but I wasn’t going to pass up a chance like that. I knew I could pull away, and that’s what I did.”
Nico Terol, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2: 2nd
“I am very happy with this podium after crashing at Le Mans. The weekend started off very difficult. We had many problems finding the settings. But the team worked well and today in the race my feeling was better. In the last laps, Scott was able to go faster than me ... but second is okay today.”
Johan Zarco, Came Ioda Racing Project: 3rd
“That was so good. I don’t know what big change there has been since the start of the season, but I am more comfortable, and it seems easy to be suddenly fast. My target was to catch up with the front guys. When I saw there was a big gap to fourth, I thought that though it would be nice to fight with Nico, third was good. To fight with the first like this is fantastic, not like the beginning of the season when I was in 13th position.”

Moto3

Niccolo Antonelli, GO&FUN Gresini Moto3: 7th
“First of all I was happy just to finish the race because this was the first target. I tried to stay with the lead group but I was losing too much to them down the straight, so I just did my best to make sure of seventh place, which is still a good result for us. Unfortunately we have seen just how much we are conceding to our rivals here in terms of engine performance but we know we have a good chassis so we have to look to the future and hope that Honda can give us some help soon. ”
Jack Miller, Caretta Technology-RTG: 10th
“I had a great start, fourth into turn one and pushing for the front, but I got stuck behind Alex Marquez, and he has a really strange style. He stops in the middle of the corner and then powers it out, where with the Honda you need to carry a lot of flowing corner speed. Once he gets on the gas with the KTM, that’s where the difference is. In the group, some of the passes were stupid. We could have pulled together to catch the group in front of us instead of slowing each other up. That’s racing – but there was only one Honda in front of me.”
Alexis Masbou. Ongetta-Rivacold: 12th
“My finish was not as good as the last rounds, but it was an incredible race ... a really big tight group with people changing places all the time. I dropped back to 20th early on, but I stayed calm and gradually moved forward as other riders made mistakes. Step by step I am feeling stronger and more confident as the season continues. We keep trying to improve.”
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 05: Italy

MotoGP
Rank Rider (Team)
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)
Moto2
Rank Rider (Team)
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)
Moto3
Rank Rider (Team)
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)

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