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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 07: Netherlands

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Netherlands
Netherlands
June 29, 2013

Honda's Pedrosa Extends Points Lead, Marquez On The Rostrum

Repsol Honda RC213V riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez both took profit from today’s Dutch TT at Assen.

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

The younger rider Marquez had the better result, finishing second to continue a run of top-three finishes interrupted only once in his first MotoGP season; but Pedrosa had the comfort of extending his overall points lead, with a strong fourth place.

A crowd of 90,000 fans made the journey to the north of The Netherlands to the classic Assen circuit, to be rewarded with yet another close and exciting race, won by popular former multi-champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), his first victory since 2010. It was the climax to a dramatic weekend, when all top three championship rivals suffered crashes in damp and difficult practice sessions.

Pedrosa was lucky to escape injury, but Marquez was nursing not only painful bruising but also a fracture in the little finger of his right hand, and another in his right foot. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) broke his collar-bone on Thursday, underwent surgery that night, and returned to the track for the Saturday race, finishing fifth.

Marquez’s second place was his second this year in the MotoGP class after winning the Moto2 World Championship last year. He claimed a first win at only his second MotoGP race at Austin in Texas, second place at Jerez in round three, and has been third at every other race except in Italy for round five, when he crashed out while lying second.

He qualified second at Assen – his fourth time on the front row, but was displaced on the run into the first corner by flying team-mate Pedrosa. Marquez stayed with the older Repsol Honda RC213V rider as Rossi came past both of them on lap six of 26, and the trio kept close company as the laps counted down.

Then as Pedrosa’s pace dropped Marquez finally got ahead after several attempts with nine laps to go. He chased Rossi in vain, and at the end successfully fended of a fierce attack from third-placed Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha).

Pedrosa’s race started well, but the feeling didn’t last for the points leader, who has won twice this year so far. He took the lead into the first corner with a familiar jack-rabbit start from the second row; and stayed there for the first five laps, controlling the pace.

But the Spanish racer was expecting difficulties in the later laps. He’d been chasing grip issues all weekend, and as the tyres wore they returned with a vengeance. His valiant defence of second was eventually in vain, and by the end of the race he had dropped back, to finish fourth behind Crutchlow. It was the first time he has finished below second in the last five races.

German LCR Honda RC213V rider Stefan Bradl finished a lone sixth after a steady race. He had lost positions off the start in the early laps as he struggled to regain the feeling that gave him his first-ever front-row qualifying position; but was steadfast in sixth, comfortably clear of the opposition.

That came from Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V rider Alvaro Bautista, four seconds behind Bradl but less than one ahead of his race-long rival Aleix Espargaro (ART). After crashing out of the last two races, the Spanish former 125cc World Champion was anxious to secure a safe finish, but had his hands full with the persistent Espargaro to the finish.

Australian grand prix first-timer Bryan Staring (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) was 21st on the Honda CBR1000RR-powered CRT machine, crossing the line fourth in a close group of five battling riders. Eighteenth to 22nd places were covered by less than two seconds.

The battle in the all-Honda-powered Moto2 class went all the way, with Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) regaining the lead from championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) on the last lap, after the pair had outstripped the opposition to run away together after half-distance of the 24-lap race. They were separated by barely a tenth of a second over the line. The result meant that Espargaro clawed back five points from the British rider, but Redding’s lead still stands at a comfortable 30 points.

An absorbing battle for third was also decided after a frantic final lap saw positions change almost corner by corner. Over the line Switzerland’s Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) narrowly claimed the last rostrum spot by just over a tenth, from second Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex rider Mika Kallio, Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) and Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter). All five crossed the line within just over half a second.

Nico Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) finished out of the points in 18th.

Australian Jack Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) was again the top Honda rider in the Moto3 class, claiming a fine seventh place, still in strong pursuit of the leading group while also fighting off the attentions of compatriot Arthur Sissis (KTM).

The battling pair were comfortably clear of a massive mid-field battle, where Honda riders played a leading role. Ninth place to 21st crossed the line in less than four seconds – the winner of the battle was Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda rider Alexis Masbou, with the next-best Honda just two places behind – the Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda rider Isaac Vinales.

Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) was in the thick of it, claiming one point for 15th place to remain the top Honda in the championship, one point ahead of Miller.

The next race is the German GP at the Sachsenring, in two weeks.

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)zoom
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)

MotoGP

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: 2nd
“Overall the pace was faster than I had expected. At the start and throughout the race both Dani and Valentino were very strong. In fact, Valentino was simply faster than us today. I could only pass Dani towards the end because at first I had a lot of trouble. Once I was ahead of Dani, I tried to catch Valentino, but my arm began to affect me and I couldn’t brake in my normal way, due to my injured finger. In the end we took 20 points after a good battle with Cal, and I think I defended pretty well against him. In general, we can say we’ve done a good job all weekend. I would also like to congratulate Valentino, as it’s always good for motorcycle racing when he is up at the front.”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 4th
“Today I started well, saving a crash at the very beginning with cold tyres, and I was able to continue and put in some good laps. Then I had problems with the tyres, both in the front and the rear. Still, I tried to hold on for as long as possible, because I don’t want it to be an excuse. I sat behind Rossi for several laps, then as the race progressed it was more and more difficult to keep up, especially when Marc and Crutchlow caught me. I guess everyone was sliding around behind us, but I found I couldn’t control the bike on entry to some corners and that made me lose touch, especially in the closing laps. Overall this weekend we had very negative feelings and in the end we managed an okay race. Now it is time to move on, relax and get ready for the next round. Finally, congratulations to Jorge, because what he did today and how he did it was very impressive. I take my hat off to him.”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 6th
“Honestly we are not completely happy because we were expecting a better result after our first front row. Sixth is still okay, but we missed something to catch the guys in front. Actually we could not repeat yesterday’s lap times, and I felt the bike was heavier to turn. This cost us a lot of time in corner entries. Some riders passed me in the beginning on brakes because I was not able to fix my braking point, and I struggled to find my references. I was not able to put the things together and reduce the gap to the front. Now we move to Argentina for a two-day test session, and then my home race at the Sachsenring. I am really looking forward to racing in front of my local fans.”
Alvaro Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini, 7th
“We finished the race, and this was above all the main goal of this weekend. It’s a small consolation but after two setbacks this was very important. In the race I didn’t have a perfect feeling with the bike, because it was unstable and moving around a lot. Unfortunately with the weather conditions being so variable we didn’t have the time required to find the best setup. At first I tried to stay calm by getting heat into the tyres, trying not to take excessive risks. Maybe I lost a bit too much time then, and later from the middle of the race I had problems with the rear brake and I could not slow down as I wanted. It took a few laps to adapt to the situation, and after that I tried to finish in the best possible way. It was not really a good race, but it was important to finish in order to think about the future with greater serenity.”
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini, 21st
“I was convinced that I could do much better. For a while I battled as part of the group but then I was not consistent enough until the end. For this reason I am a little disappointed with my performance. It’s further experience, but I would have preferred to end it with a different result. However, I’ve learned some important things that I hope to put into practice in future races.”

Moto2

Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40 Pons, race winner
“This whole weekend I have felt so confident – and felt so good with my bike. Through the race it was the same, and finally Scott and I had an incredible battle in the last laps. I was faster through the third and fourth sectors, he was faster than me in the first two. He wanted to close the door as we started the last lap, but I managed to do it. Thanks to my team. Now we must continue to work and recover points on Scott.”
Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team, 2nd
“Normally I’d be disappointed with finishing second, but not today. It was a close race and it was good for me to know I could put pressure on Pol throughout, despite him having a bit of a speed advantage on the straight. I could pass him in the first sector but he would just come back at me in sector two or sector four. In the end I went through and tried to pull a gap, because I knew it would be difficult to hold him off on the last lap if we were close. It was all going to plan, but then the bike jumped out of sixth gear and it was enough for him to close on me again. It was a close fight and Pol made some hard moves, but I was smiling in my helmet for the whole race. It was great fun, so losing out on the win by just a tenth at the end wasn’t as disheartening as it would normally be.”
Dominique Aegerter, Technomag carXpert, 3rd
“The race was very difficult. I made a great start and I could fight very well with the front group, and I could even take the lead for one or two laps. But it’s not so easy to fight with these people, and in the middle of the race I lost a bit of confidence with the front. Then when Zarco and Rabat passed me, I could get the confidence back. Thanks to the team for a good job, they gave me a good bike and I am very happy with my second podium.”

Moto3

Jack Miller, Caretta Technology-RTG, 7th
“The bike was really good for the first eight laps and I had a good start … but I got stuck behind Arthur Sissis for a few laps and we lost touch with the leaders. I destroyed the tyres after ten laps, and I was losing the front all over the place. There was another good battle with Sissis at the end, and I managed to fight him off. I’m pretty happy. The bike worked great, and we got a decent finish and were top Honda at a track I don’t like very much.”
Alexis Masbou, Ongetta-Rivacold, 9th
“A good result. This weekend I thought it was possible to start with the fast group, but the gap was too much in the early laps. I got a good rhythm and a lot of times I was in front of the second group and doing my best. There was a big fight in the last laps and we lost a lot of time, but then we saw the front of the group again and got good points again. Not so bad.”
Isaac Vinales, Ongetta-Centro Seta, 11th
“It was a shame not to make it to the top ten. After this successful weekend I was highly motivated to make a good start and try to hook up with the leading group, but in the first two laps I had a hard time finding a good pace because I had some pain in my right shoulder from the fall yesterday. I fought in the second group where it is difficult to gain pace because so many other riders are mixed up with each other. Anyway it was a fun race and I have shown I am a candidate to be top Honda. This give me extra motivation.”
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 07: Netherlands

MotoGP
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
2 Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
4 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
5 Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
6 Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)
8 Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
9 Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
11 Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
12 Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)
13 Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)
14 Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)
15 Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)
Moto2
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
2 Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
3 Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
4 Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
5 Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
6 Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
7 Xavier SIMEON (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq)
8 Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac)
9 Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)
10 Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)
11 Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
12 Randy KRUMMENACHE (Technomag carXpert)
13 Louis ROSSI (Tech 3)
14 Marcel SCHROTTER (Desguaces La Torre SAG)
15 Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)
Moto3
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
2 Maverick VINALES (Team Calvo)
3 Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
4 Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
5 Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
6 Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
7 Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
8 Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
9 Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
10 Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)
11 Isaac VINALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)
12 Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)
13 Niccolo` ANTONELLI (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3)
14 Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)
15 Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)

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