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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 12: Great Britain Qualifying

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Great Britain
August 31, 2013

Honda's Marquez on Pole & Going for Fifth Straight Win

Remarkable rookie Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) beat reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) to pole position at Silverstone this afternoon, putting himself in the best-possible position to win tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.

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

Marquez’s former Moto2 rival Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) was fourth quickest to lead the second row, just ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) in fifth. Last year’s Silverstone pole man Alvaro Bautista (GO & FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) was eighth fastest.

Marquez, who in April became the youngest-ever winner of a premier-class GP, has won the last four MotoGP races to lead the World Championship by 26 points from Pedrosa. The 20-year-old Spaniard has been similarly impressive this weekend. Yesterday he was quickest in the very first session, after just 45 minutes aboard a track that’s one of the fastest, most challenging racetracks of the series.

This afternoon the reigning Moto2 World Champion rode with his usual bravery and flair, getting his RC213V nicely loose on Silverstone’s bumpy surface. Lorenzo set the pace when riders went out with their second rear tyres during the final stages of the 15 minute session, then Marquez seemed to comfortably better his compatriot by 0.128 seconds.

The lap bettered the previous pole record – set by Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda Team RC212V) in 2011 – by more than 1.7 seconds. This was Marquez’s fifth pole from the first 12 races of his MotoGP career.

Bradl’s first front row since he scored his first MotoGP pole position at last month’s United States Grand Prix was another impressive achievement from the German who has come into his own since switching to a Brembo front brake system in June.

Bautista spent much of today working to improve rear grip, modifying the set-up to and fro as conditions changed from session to session. His crew is still chasing an ideal solution, though the Spaniard is confident he can have a good race, so long as he gets a good start and gets with a fast group.

Rookie Bryan Staring (GO & FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) made things tough for himself this weekend by sliding off yesterday and the Australian ended today in 23rd place, unhappy with his progress.

Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) scored his third pole position of the year and his second in a row in the Honda-powered Moto2 class. The Japanese rider bettered local hero and World Championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) by a slender 0.039 seconds and will once again push hard in the race in search of a first Grand Prix victory. He has second in the last two races at Brno and Indy.

Boosted by the supportive British fans, Redding was happy with his performance, which puts him in the middle of the front row, between Nakagami and Frenchman Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter) who was just one thousandth of a second slower than the Briton.

Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) – Redding’s main title rival – was sixth fastest, squeezing onto the second row along with fourth-fastest Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter). Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), winner of last Sunday’s Czech GP, leads row three after qualifying seventh fastest.

Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) had a superb qualifying in the hard-fought Moto3 class, recording the fourth fastest time of the session to put himself at the front of the second row, one second behind pole position man Maverick Vinales (KTM). Tomorrow the Australian – who broke his right collarbone two weeks ago at Indy and yet raced at last weekend’ Czech GP after having the break plated in the UK – will be aiming to better his best race result of the year, sixth place at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

Three other FTR-framed Hondas made the top ten today: Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) in seventh, Niccolo Antonelli (GO & FUN Gresini FTR Honda) in ninth and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) in tenth. Italian teenager Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) will start the race from 12th on the grid. Fastest British rider is John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda), who qualified 19th.

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
Honda MotoGP rider quotess
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team): 1st - 2m 00.691
“I am very happy with pole position and this one carries even more value as we set a new record! The lap times were very fast, we managed an incredible lap and Jorge set the bar very high for us. We put in a better hot lap than I had expected; I hadn’t anticipated riding so fast! The race will be tough tomorrow and we will have to remain very focused, because I think that Jorge is the strongest rival that we have here. We will need to get a good start and see if we can stick with him”
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP): 4th - 2m 01.558
“For sure this is the position we deserve because we improved a lot from yesterday and we finally achieved our target. This is a good sign because, in the last two rounds in Indianapolis and Brno, we were fast on Friday but we dropped off a bit on Saturday so I am quite happy about this qualifying session. I could push and ride the bike as I would like and must thank the team for their efforts: it’s nice to start from the front again”
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team): 5th - 2m 01.624
“We improved our pace today and drew some positive conclusions from practice. However, in qualifying things didn’t go that well for us. I made a couple of mistakes and was unable to get a better starting position. We will start from fifth, so the important thing for us will be to focus on getting the set-up right, putting in the maximum effort to get a good start and have a strong race”
Alvaro Bautista (GO & FUN Honda Gresini): 8th – 2m 02.252
“Today we worked to solve the grip problem that we have been having, and we found a partial solution this morning. In the afternoon we continued in the same way, trying out the hard rear tyre, but we couldn’t find any improvement. In qualifying we went back to the setting from the morning, but the bike didn’t replicate the performance that it had this morning, and that made things difficult again. I can’t say that I am happy but the race is tomorrow and, if we get a good start and find a good pace, I am still convinced that we can have a strong race”
Bryan Staring (GO & FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda): 23rd – 2m 07.300
“The bike was giving me confidence but I was unable to interpret the track in the best possible way, losing a lot of time in certain sectors. It is clear that I am unhappy with how things have gone, but in any case tomorrow I will push hard to have a good race, even though it won’t be easy”
Moto2 rider quotes
Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team): 1st – 2m 07.039
“We will try again to get our first victory, but 18 laps is so long. We have been working to improve rear grip. We’ve made it better but we need more, so we will try again in warm-up. At Brno I tried 200 per cent to win, so tomorrow I must make no mistakes, try to stay calm and not be too aggressive on the bike”
Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team): 2nd – 2m 07.078
“I feel a lot more confident on the bike here than at the last couple of races because we’ve changed the ser-up a bit, making it more like it was at the beginning of the season. That way I seem able to work with the bike quite a bit better. I’m also getting a lot of support from the fans and that helps me to go fast”
Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project): 3rd – 2m 07.079
“I was trying to fight for pole from the start of the session but it wasn’t easy because Nakagami and Redding were so fast from the first laps. Step by step I improved my lap times and in the end I was pretty fast, though not quite good enough for pole. But the important thing is the race. I must learn from Brno that I am fast enough to fight at the front; I just need to find a good pace from the beginning”
Honda Moto3 Rider quotes
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology–RTG): 4th – 2m 14.523
“I’m pretty happy with that. It could’ve been a bit better if I hadn’t got stuck behind some traffic. I think we can improve things for tomorrow, but it could be a difficult race. Same as every race I’ll be trying to get behind the front guys and tag along for as long as I can. We’ll see how the rear tyre goes – if we can get it to last it’ll be good. This track is okay for us and it’s good for our chassis. The collarbone is okay, all good”
Isaac Vinales(Ongetta-Centro Seta): 7th – 2m 14.623
“We achieved a setting with which I am very comfortable and although we qualified very well, I’m sure it will be even better in the race. I am very happy with the team we’ve put together with Manu Duran. And since Dani Amatriaín joined us at the last race, things are even better. His experience helps a lot in the box and he’s bringing that little bit extra that I need to be able to fight at the front”
Niccolo Antonelli (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3): 9th – 2m 14.887
“Qualifying went well. I managed to make the third row, so I'm pretty satisfied. Perhaps the second row would have been within my reach, but I was never able to find anyone to slipstream. It doesn’t matter because we can still make another step and have a good race. There is still some things to improve and tomorrow morning we will try to go in the right direction”
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Round 12: Great Britain
MotoGP Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
2Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
3Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
4Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
5Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
6Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
7Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)
9Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
10Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
11Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
12Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
13Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)
14Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)
15Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)
Moto2 Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
2Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
3Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
4Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
5Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)
6Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
7Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
8Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
9Xavier SIMEON (Maptag SAG Zelos Team)
10Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)
11Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)
12Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)
13Randy KRUMMENACHER (Technomag carXpert)
14Toni ELIAS (Blusens Avintia)
15Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
Moto3 Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)
2Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
3Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
4Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
5Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
6Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
7Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)
8Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
9Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)
10Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
11Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)
12Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)
13Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)
14Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)
15Alessandro TONUCCI (La Fonte Tascaracing)

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