MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) won a brilliant victory in today’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, resisting a determined charge from Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) during the final stages.
Marquez’s second MotoGP win puts the 20-year-old rookie back into the World Championship lead, two points ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) who sat out the race following a heavy tumble yesterday. Local hero Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) entertained the huge German crowd by leading the early laps and equalling his best premier-class result with a fourth-place finish.
Marquez started from pole position for the third time this year but was content to ease into the race at a track which is notorious for catching out riders when the tyres aren’t fully up to their optimum operating temperature. He was fourth for the first two laps, while Bradl led. On lap three he started pushing forward, moving into third place and then into second two laps later. The following lap, lap six, he grabbed the lead from Bradl, cutting inside the German at the final turn, repeating the move he had put on Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) the previous lap.
Once ahead, Marquez immediately opened a gap of four tenths and by lap 15, half distance, he was 2.3 seconds ahead of Crutchlow who had also moved passed Rossi. Marquez was riding superbly and managing his advantage, which hovered just above the two-second mark for several laps. But then in the last five laps Crutchlow started nibbling away at the gap, taking a tenth here and a tenth there. The final few laps were full of tension as the Briton edged closer still, until halfway through the final lap he was just 1.3 seconds behind. Of course, Marquez had managed the gap to perfection and wheelied across the finish line 1.559 seconds in front.
The reigning Moto2 World Champion’s second victory in the elite class puts him two points ahead of Pedrosa as the 2013 campaign moves towards its halfway point at Laguna Seca next weekend. Marquez’s 28th career GP victory was also his fourth in a row at the ultra-challenging Sachsenring: he won here on a 125 in 2010, on a Moto2 bike in 2011 and 2012 and now on a MotoGP machine.
Pedrosa was ruled out of the race after a nasty highside at the first turn during yesterday morning’s FP3 practice session. The 27-year-old was thrown high from his machine and landed heavily on his left shoulder. The impact left him with a partially fractured left collarbone and other complications, including dizziness and low blood pressure. After undergoing checks at the trackside medical facilities he was taken by helicopter to Chemnitz hospital for further examinations. The former 125 and 250 World Champion was cleared to take part in this morning’s warm-up session but shortly before the outing his blood pressure dropped once again and he began to feel dizzy once more, so the MotoGP medical staff decided he wasn’t fit to start the race.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) – the other main man in the championship battle – also missed today’s race following a heavy tumble on Friday afternoon which aggravated the left collarbone he broke at Assen. Lorenzo had the injury plated so he could ride in the Dutch TT but Friday’s accident bent the metalwork fixing the bone, necessitating further surgery.
Former Moto2 World Champion Bradl fought hard to score his first MotoGP podium but it wasn’t quite to be. Boosted by massive home-crowd support, the 23-year-old led the first five laps of the 30 lap race but once he was passed by the others he knew he lacked corner speed in the second sector, so he had to be happy with fourth place behind nine-time World Champion Rossi.
Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) rode a strong first few laps, coming through from the third row of the grid to fourth place on lap three, just behind Marquez. However, the Spaniard wasn’t quite able to maintain his impressive progress due to some traction issues in the faster part of the track and slipped back to fifth place, which he held from lap four all the way to the finish.
Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had a disappointing day at the Sachsenring, sliding off without injury with three laps remaining.
Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) scored a brilliant maiden Grand Prix victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 race, getting the better of long-time leader Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) at two-thirds distance. The 25-year-old Spaniard spent the earlier part of the race shadowing Espargaro, with Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) right with them in third place, waiting to pounce.
Torres’ winning move was the classic Sachsenring overtaking manoeuvre: building speed through the high-speed and treacherous Turn 11 to set up a pass into Turn 12, the penultimate corner. Once ahead, he eked a gap and finally crossed the line more than two seconds ahead of Corsi, who had successfully attacked Espargaro at Turn Four on the final lap.
Winner of the last two races, Espargaro had to be content with third, a result which nevertheless further reduced his disadvantage to championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) who could only manage seventh place today. The pair are separated by 23 points as they go into their summer break. While the MotoGP class races at Laguna next Sunday, the next race for Moto2 and Moto3 riders is the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 18.
Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) finished a lonely fourth, three seconds down on Espargaro after he had run with the lead group during the early stages. Alex De Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter) were fifth and sixth after getting the better of Redding during the middle stages of the race.
Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team Speed Up) had a great ride, coming through from 16th on the grid to finish eighth, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Xavier Simeon (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex) who started from pole position but spoiled his race day with a high-speed fall in morning warm-up. Assen podium finisher Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) completed the top ten.
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) had a strong ride to seventh in the Moto3 race – won by Alex Rins (KTM) – after running with the leading group during the early stages. The Australian’s spectacular, aggressive riding saw him move into second on lap three but as the race wore on he was unable to match the pace of the leaders, losing touch through the track’s faster sections. During the latter stages he found himself all alone. His result puts him seventh overall in the World Championship as the Moto3 class begins its midseason break.
Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) enjoyed a frantic battle to get into the top ten for the first time since May’s French GP. The young South African saw his chance at the final corner, where the two riders in front of him were arguing over the same piece of tarmac, which allowed Binder to slip through on the inside, moving from 11th to ninth as the chequered flag awaited. Binder now sits eighth in the overall standings, just one point behind Miller.
Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was the next Honda man across the line, finishing 12th, a fraction ahead of Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda). Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini FTR Honda) scored the final point in 15th position.
|1||Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|2||Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|3||Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|4||Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)|
|5||Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)|
|6||Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|7||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|8||Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|9||Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)|
|10||Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)|
|11||Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)|
|12||Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|13||Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|14||Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)|
|15||Claudio CORTI (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|1||Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)|
|2||Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|3||Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)|
|4||Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|5||Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|6||Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)|
|7||Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|8||Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)|
|9||Xavier SIMEON (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq)|
|10||Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)|
|11||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|12||Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)|
|13||Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|14||Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)|
|15||Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|1||Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|2||Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|3||Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)|
|4||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)|
|5||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|6||Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)|
|7||Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)|
|8||Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|9||Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)|
|10||Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|11||Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)|
|12||Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)|
|13||Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)|
|14||Jasper IWEMA (RW Racing GP)|
|15||Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3)|