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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 10: Indianapolis

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August 17, 2013

Marquez Takes Pole Number Four For Honda at Indianapolis

Repsol Honda RC213V rider Marc Marquez claimed his fourth pole position of the season with a new record lap at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. With team-mate Dani Pedrosa third, the MotoGP season resumes with two Hondas on the front row of the grid.

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
Marc MARQUEZ (LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

The 20-year-old MotoGP class rookie ended the first half of the season riding high, after extending his World Championship lead with two wins in succession in the previous rounds in Germany and at Laguna Seca.

Marquez has resumed business in the same sparkling form. The factory Honda rider led all four free practice sessions, and smashed the previous qualifying record to head the time sheets almost from the start of the crucial final 15 minutes of qualifying. He underlined his pace by going even faster on his second run. His lap time was almost a full second below the previous best lap, set last year by race-winner Pedrosa.

Marquez has been on pole position for two out the three races in the USA, and won in Austin, Texas as well as at Laguna. Victory tomorrow would give him an American hat-trick, and further extend his title lead.

Pedrosa’s third place on the grid was achieved in less spectacular style. The rider is still recovering from the injury that ruled him out of the German GP and made his fifth place at Laguna into a heroic effort in damage control.

The 27-year-old Spanish rider admitted he was feeling stiff and not at full strength, and took a steady approach to practice, before reeling off a blazing lap at the end that lifted him from the third row to the first, a mere 0.014 seconds off defending champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) in second. Pedrosa was also comfortably inside his own record.

Pedrosa missed the German GP after being diagnosed with a partially fractured left collarbone suffered in a crash in free practice. His first no-score cost him the lead in the World Championship. A week later he was back at Laguna Seca, where further post-race diagnosis revealed that the fracture was complete rather than partial. The three-week break was a chance to heal, but the prescribed rest cure meant he was not able to train as usual.

Pedrosa has won twice at the 4.216-km Indianapolis infield track, which loops back and forth within the iconic banked oval track used for America’s biggest car racing series; while team-mate Marquez won in the Moto2 class for the last two years, going on to claim the title last year.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) also produced strong qualifying form for a second race in a row, placing fifth in the middle of the second row. The Spanish former 125cc World Champion, who also has an important testing role, was on the front row at Laguna Seca.

Bautista is the only prototype rider to use Japanese Showa suspension and Nissin brakes, helping the Honda associates to develop cutting-edge racing technologies.

LCR Honda RC213V rider Stefan Bradl had been challenging to repeat his first pole position achieved at Laguna Seca until misfortune in the final session spiked his guns. He crashed out unhurt, his second tumble of the day, and was unable to improve on eighth position, in the middle of the grid.

Australian grand prix rookie Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) placed his Honda CBR1000RR-powered CRT bike 20th, in the thick of a tight pack of non-factory CRT machines, in his first visit for the circuit, putting him in a position where he can add to the points he has already scored in his first season.

The final qualifying in the all-Honda powered Moto2 class came to an exciting climax, when championship rivals Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) and Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) battled over pole.

The honours went to English rider Redding by less than three hundredths of a second, promising a close battle tomorrow. Espargaro has been closing the points gap to his rival, but the Spanish rider suffered a heavy crash yesterday, which slowed his progress and left him battered.

Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) snatched third place in the closing minutes to complete the front row of the grid, displacing earlier title contender and race winner Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) to the head of the second rank.

Positions were something of a lottery, with 20 out of 33 riders within one second of pole position. Moto2 machines use a variety of specialist chassis, but all competitors are issued with identical race-tuned Honda CBR600 engines by the organisers, to ensure not only close but also reliable racing.

In the Moto3 class Honda is up against rival factories KTM and Mahindra, and Honda engines are used in both factory and independent chassis. Australian Jack Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) heads the Honda brigade after surviving a major moment in qualifying to challenge for his first front row. Running in the top three until the closing minutes, he ended up fifth, in the middle of the second row.

The next-best Honda was at the head of a quartet of the 250cc four-stroke machines, 12th to 15th places within five hundredths of a second in typically close times in the very competitive class. Alessandro Tonucci (La Fonte Tascaracing FTR Honda) was 12th, his best position so far, narrowly ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda), Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) and Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda).

Alan Techer (CIP Moto3 TSR Honda) was a close 17th, and Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) 19th.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)zoom
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)
Honda MotoGP rider quotess
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V): 1st - 1m 37.958
“I’m happy with how things went in the qualifying session. Obviously taking pole is important, but it’s tomorrow that really counts. Besides that, the conditions change a lot, tyre durability suffers and it will be tough as the race progresses. We knew the qualifying session was all about the single flying lap, the tyres had a lot of grip then and I took advantage of it. I set a very good time and I think for tomorrow we are ready to fight for victory. As always, we will give 100 percent”
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda): 3rd - 1m 38.475
“Today went well, we were able to improve our times, so I’m happy! Starting from the first row is good for us and the feeling with the bike is more positive, but we still have to choose the rear tyre. The important thing for tomorrow is to start well and have a good race”
Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini): 5th - 1m 38.872
“I am happy with the work we have done today and with my feeling on the bike compared to yesterday. It felt better from the start this morning and gave us time to test the hard tyre again, but there was no advantage to it so we went back to the soft. I managed to put a good lap together this afternoon to qualify fifth, which is a decent position for the race tomorrow. We have improved our pace by a second from last year so that shows what a good job we are doing this season. We are improving from race to race and building our confidence with the bike. Tomorrow I hope we can get a good start and put our pace together, have some fun and hopefully take some important points home”
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V): 8th - 1m 39.313
“Unfortunately we are only eighth in the qualifying because we have struggled a bit with the front tyre due to the increased temperature of the asphalt. I tried to push as hard as I could in my flying lap and I crashed. We were not capable to solve this issue with the front before the Q2 but we have been very fast for the whole weekend so I am not worried about my pace for tomorrow. It won’t be an easy race starting from the third row of the grid but my confidence is still high”
Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda): 20th - 1m 41.786
“I’m happy because I’ve improved my feeling with the bike and made up some positions. I really didn’t think we had this in us, but hopefully we can take another step forward tomorrow. I feel confident that we can and I am looking forward to getting out on track. It won’t be an easy race but I’ll do my best”
Moto2 rider quotes
Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team): 1st - 1m 43.026
“It was a bit difficult. I had good speed and rhythm at the beginning, but I struggled with traffic in the middle. Then I found Pol waiting for me, and it was a bit difficult to make a good lap with him trying to follow me. I even stopped, and he stopped with me. I was thinking: ‘play fair’; but in the end I did a ride through pit lane, and I managed to come out and get pole position. I’m really happy with that, but we have to look to tomorrow and the race. The tyres are not so good for everybody, so we’ll need to see who can save their tyres best. Poll and I will fight hard tomorrow. We both want to win. We’ll see how he rides, and we have some good speed on the straight, so we’ll see what happens”
Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40): 2nd - 1m 43.053
“I’m quite happy. We did a great job, and missed the pole by a whisker. We worked not only for qualifying, but also thinking about the needs of the race. The tyres go down quickly, so we experimented a few things to help them to be more constant and give better sensations in the last part of the race. We will check it again tomorrow, in the warm-up. No big consequences for the high-side I suffered. I still feel some pain while standing, sitting or walking, but when I’m on the bike, I don’t know how, the pain vanishes. For the race, after this night’s rest, the situation will be even better”
Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team): 3rd - 1m 43.175
“It will not be easy tomorrow, because Scott and Pol are both very fast, and Rabat is very constant … but we are quite strong. I’m losing just a little bit in the first two sections, but I am very fast in the final fourth section. I’m happy to be back in the first row. It’s really important for any race, so thanks to my team. They worked very hard. Tomorrow I will try to make a good race for them”
Honda Moto3 Rider quotes
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG): 5th - 1m 47.928
“I made a few too many little mistakes, and this is what put me on the second row, but tomorrow is looking good. The bike is working really great, and we’re closing the gap slowly. The chassis is really good, and the handling is what is helping us most here”
Alessandro Tonucci (La Fonte Tascaracing): 12th - 1m 48.879
“In the last couple of GPs, we lost a little bit the right way. So, here in Indy we went back, as far as the frame is concerned, to the basics. It has been a good idea  today’s qualifying has been the best of the season so far. In the evening we are going to check the data to understand what should be done to further improve  the target is to get a better rear grip. Tomorrow's warm-up will be devoted to check that”
Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini): 13th - 1m 48.900
“After this morning’s crash in free practice, qualifying on the contrary has been pretty good. We tested a new fairing, which is smaller and more agile, and therefore helps me in the corners and changing of direction, but it is less aerodynamic on the straight. We have work to do, but I’m confident tomorrow we can do a good race”
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Round 10: Indianapolis
MotoGP Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
2Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
3Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
4Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
5Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)
6Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
7Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
8Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
9Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
10Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
11Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)
12Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
13Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
14Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)
15Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)
Moto2 Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
2Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
3Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
4Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
5Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)
6 Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)
7 Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)
8Marcel SCHROTTER (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
9Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
10Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)
11Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
12Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
13Xavier SIMEON (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
14Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)
15Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
Moto3 Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
2Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
3Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)
4Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)
5Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
6Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
7Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
8Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
9Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
10Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
11Livio LOI (Marc VDS Racing Team)
12Alessandro TONUCCI (La Fonte Tascaracing)
13Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)
14Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)
15Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)

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