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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 10: Indianapolis

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Indianapolis
U.S.A.
August 18, 2013

Honda Takes Maximum Points as Racing Resumes at Indy

Repsol Honda RC213V riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished first and second at today's Indianapolis Grand Prix at the iconic “Brickyard," resuming the interrupted racing season in the best possible form as both increase their world championship points lead over closest rival Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), third today.

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

It was a third win in succession for 20-year-old class rookie Marc Marquez, who had won the last two Moto2 races here in 2011 and 2012, en route to the 2012 Championship. It gave him a three-out-of-three hat-trick in the USA. He won round two in Austin, Texas in April, then the US GP at Laguna Seca before the summer break.

He now leads the Word Championship by 21 points, the youngest rider ever to do so – just one of many records the Spanish rider has smashed in his maiden MotoGP season. With two more races in the next two weekends, the contest is reaching a crescendo. Marquez now has 188 points to Pedrosa's 167, with Lorenzo losing ground on 153.

Marquez was in top form from the start, dominating free practice and qualifying on pole for the fourth time this year. But it was Lorenzo who led away in perfect conditions, closely pursued by Pedrosa and the rookie.

Marquez took second after eight of the 28 laps, and moved into the lead before half distance. The three stayed close, then Marquez stretched his lead to win by 3.495 seconds.

Pedrosa's second place was hardly any less of an achievement. The 27-year-old Spaniard, who ceded the points lead to his team-mate three races ago when forced out of the German GP with a broken collarbone, is still recovering from the injury and racing in damage-control mode.

He had dropped to third behind Lorenzo, also injured at the same race, but a superhuman effort in the closing stages saw him close a gap of a second and then get back ahead with three laps remaining. Pedrosa finished the race in obvious pain, and is looking forward to continued physical improvement to help him regain further momentum, after winning two races earlier in the season to take the points lead.

Fans at the 4.216 km (2.62-mile) infield circuit, which shares part of the front straight and the famous “yard of bricks" with the historic and world-famous Indianapolis Oval, enjoyed warm and dry weather, with exciting racing for the remaining championship points. The warmer conditions made tire choice important, with all factory riders opting for the same hard front / soft rear combination.

Sixth-placed Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V rider Alvaro Bautista played a leading role in what was eventually a three-bike battle for fourth. He had been to and fro with Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha), when the similarly mounted multi-champion Valentino Rossi caught up in the last laps. Former 125cc World Champion Bautista came off worst in a fairing-bashing brawl in the final corner. Rossi led the trio across the line almost side by side, all within two tenths of a second. Bautista uniquely uses Showa suspension and Nissin brakes, race-developing the Japanese equipment made by Honda associates.

German LCR Honda RC213V rider Stefan Bradl was ninth, after tailing Bautista until the closing stages, then losing pace after Rossi caught and passed him. Bradl was fresh off a career-best pole and second place at the last round at Laguna Seca, and was second fastest in free practice – but a tumble in qualifying dropped him to eighth on the grid, spoiling his confidence and his chances of a repeat performance.

Australian grand prix first-timer Bryan Staring (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) was 19th on the Honda CBR1000RR-powered CRT machine, on his first visit to the circuit.

An exciting race in the all-Honda-powered Moto2 class saw Tito Rabat (Tuenti HP Pons Kalex) take his second win of the year, after breaking free from the group disputing second to hunt down and pass long-time leader Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex), for whom second was still a career best.

Crucially for the championship, points leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) secured third place over his nearest rival Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex), who had been closing up on the Englishman over the past three races. Redding passed Espargaro with a fierce move with three of 25 laps remaining; leaving the Spaniard with his hands full fending off Switzerland's Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter).

Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) won a four-rider battle for sixth, from Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter) and Xavier Simeon (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team Kalex).

Redding regained a championship cushion of more than one race win, on 159 points to Espargaro's 133. Rabat's 25-point win moved him closer in third, on 113.

Moto2 machines use identical race-tuned Honda CBR600 engines supplied by the organizers to guarantee close and reliable racing. Variety comes in the different prototype chassis used.

In the Moto3 class, where Honda faces rival manufacturers KTM and Mahindra, Australian Jack Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) has been the most successful Honda rider. The same was expected at Indianapolis, where he again qualified on the second row of the grid. Miller made a flying start and was with the leading group when he crashed out after four of the 23 laps, suffering a suspected broken collarbone.

With his nearest championship rival Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) retiring from the race, this left the Honda action to Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda), Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda rider Alexis Masbou, Alan Techer (CIP Moto3 TSR Honda), Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda) and Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda), all locked together mid-race in a fierce seven-rider fight.

Vinales crashed out and Antonelli dropped back out of the points, but Fenati was a close ninth at the finish, Masbou and Techer still battling in 12th and 13th.

The next race is the Czech Republic GP at Brno in one week.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)zoom
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)

MotoGP

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: race winner
“I am very happy to have taken another 25 points! I knew before we came here that this would be a good opportunity and I was able to take advantage of it. I felt very good throughout the weekend, and I think this has been my best GP overall since coming into the premier class. I was first in every session, so I couldn't ask for more. In the race I decided to follow Lorenzo and Pedrosa, trying to save my tires at the start. When I saw that I was feeling good and had less fuel in the tank, I tried to attack. In the end I was able to break away and have some fun sliding the bike around and enjoying how good the ride was! Now we head back to Europe, where we will try to continue working in the same way and see how many points we can pick up.”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 2nd
“Today I gave all I had. I struggled to keep my energy up and I was forced to ride in a different way because of the pain I was suffering. It was a difficult race, because I was fighting a lot against the bike but in the end I was able to keep up my pace and take a good second place. In other conditions I'm sure we would have done better, but we did all that we could under the circumstances today and should draw that positive from the day.”
Alvaro Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini, 6th
“I am really happy and I think we had a great race today. Obviously I would have preferred to finish fourth, but sixth place and the way we got it is not a bad result. Unfortunately I had to push the front harder than I would have liked in the first part of the race and we paid the price at the end, when I was unable to defend my position from Crutchlow. It's a shame but I am happy anyway, we have a fantastic feeling with the bike right now and we are doing a good job so I want to say a special thanks to the team and the guys at Showa, Nissin and of course at Honda. Now we can look to the future with even more confidence.”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 7th
“Honestly I am a bit disappointed about this result and I had mixed feelings this weekend. At the beginning we were very strong but after three crashes in the practices I lost a bit of confidence. We have tried to adjust the bike but, during the race those changes made it too heavy to ride. I could not keep the same speed for the whole race because I was too tired, so I lost the guys in front of me. Now I just want to move on to Brno and try to be back in the pack.”
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini, 19th
“I am not happy because unfortunately compared to yesterday we didn't have the same feeling with the bike. We tried every possible way to improve our confidence but didn't manage it, and I say sorry to the team.”

Moto2

Esteve Rabat, Tuenti HP40 Pons, race winner
“I made a good start and tried to hold my fourth position, because it is so difficult to pass, then Terol and Aegerter passed me. It took me two tries to get past Aegerter, but then I moved forward one by one until I was second. When the tires started to slide I feel more confidence – I can brake later. Little by little I started to catch Nakagami. When I ride alone I can go a little faster. So I pushed and I passed him, and in the end we made a very good job.”
Takaaki Nakagami, Italtrans Racing Team, 2nd
“I'm a little disappointed for sure. From the first lap I tried 100 percent. With a full tank I had good grip, and I could pass Espargaro and Redding on the first lap. I pushed to the end, but after 15 laps I started to suffer from chatter. After that it was impossible to keep my lap time. I knew Rabat was catching me, but I could do nothing. When he passed I tried to follow, but almost crashed. Second is still my best result, so after some frustration then the summer break, it is a good way to start again.”
Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team, 3rd
“I felt good at the start but I didn't want to lead because I knew I needed to save the tires. I could see Nakagami was using a lot of his rear tire but after about seven laps I suddenly starting having a vibration from the rear and I was losing time in the first and last corners. After that it was all about surviving to the finish and not trying to stress the tires too much. But when Rabat came by he was gone in a few corners, so it was obvious I had some more tire issues and that's a bit disappointing. The battle at the end with Pol was exciting. It was pretty tight in those first couple of corners on lap 23 but I never touched him and sometimes you have to be aggressive like that. I'm just happy to have beaten him because it is vitally important for the Championship.”

Moto3

Romano Fenati, San Carlo Team Italia, 9th
“A better race for me, I would say. I had a good pace, but midway through the GP the tire grip dropped away dramatically. Otherwise I could have had a better result. We had a few problems, but we were able to overcome them with a smile.”
Alexis Masbou, Ongetta-Rivacold, 12th
“A difficult weekend – I have broken ligaments in my left wrist, due to an old injury that came out again one month ago. Doctors did their best, and I'm satisfied because, though not at 100 percent I still managed a good race. In qualifying I made a mistake that left me with little time to try a fast lap with new tires, which spoiled my grid position. Anyway, my best race lap is better than last year's Honda best.”
Alan Techer, CIP Moto3, 13th
“For me it has been a good race. My chassis is good, I have confidence in it and my feeling is excellent. We should have some more power because in the straights the KTMs are impossible to follow.”
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 10: Indianapolis

MotoGP
Rank Rider (Team)
1Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
2Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
3Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
4Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
5Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
6Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)
7Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
8Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
9Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
10Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
11Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)
12Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
13Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
14Claudio CORTI (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
15Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)
Moto2
Rank Rider (Team)
1Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
2Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
3Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
4Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
5Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
6Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)
7Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
8Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
9Xavier SIMEON (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq)
10Jordi TORRES (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)
11Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
12Nicolas TEROL (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)
13Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)
14Alex DE ANGELIS (Ignite Pramac Racing)
15Marcel SCHROTTER (Desguaces La Torre SAG)
Moto3
Rank Rider (Team)
1Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
2Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
3Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)
4Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
5Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
6Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
7Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
8Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
9Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)
10Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)
11Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)
12Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
13Alan TECHER (CIP Moto3)
14Livio LOI (Marc VDS Racing Team)
15Matteo FERRARI (Ongetta-Centro Seta)

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