MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) starred in a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone today, finishing a tantalizingly close second and third, behind winner and fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
Marquez took the lead twice in the last three laps, making his final bid for victory with three corners to go. He made it through, but Lorenzo dived inside at the next turn and held him off in the fast dash through Woodcote to cross the line just 0.081 seconds in front. Pedrosa was a further 1.4 seconds back at the flag, having been right with his fellow Spaniards in the final stages after coming through from a sluggish start.
It was a miraculous ride from Marquez, who crashed at high speed in this morning's warm-up session, dislocating his left shoulder. After treatment at the Clinica Mobile he was passed fit to ride, although he needed painkilling pills and injections. The 20-year-old rookie and World Championship leader started the 20-lap race from pole position, aiming to continue his record-breaking spree with a fifth consecutive win.
And he so nearly did it. Watched by a record 73,000 race-day crowd, Lorenzo jumped into the lead from the start, Marquez shadowing him all the way while Pedrosa fought through from fifth on the first lap, setting a new lap record in the process.
Lap after lap, Marquez stayed right with the reigning World Champion. He made his first pass towards the end of lap 18 of 20, going underneath Lorenzo at the tight Brooklands left-hander. Half a lap later Lorenzo out-braked the youngster into Vale to regain the lead. It stayed that way until the pair attacked Brooklands for the final time, Marquez repeating his earlier move. He made it stick, but after making a tight entry into the subsequent Luffield right-hander, he lost some grip and drifted just wide enough for Lorenzo to sneak through on the inside.
Marquez's result was his 11th podium finish from his first 12 MotoGP races. With six races remaining he leads Pedrosa by 30 points and Lorenzo by 39.
Pedrosa had a great race after a difficult qualifying session yesterday, when he was fifth fastest. He knew he needed a great start if he was to challenge the leaders, but he didn't get one. Nonetheless he kept his head and quickly started passing riders ahead of him. By lap four he was into third place with a clear track ahead of him, which allowed him to quickly close on the leaders, establishing that new lap record in the process. However, his red-hot pace had taken the best from his tyres and on the last lap he made a minor mistake which lost him the chance to attack those in front.
Alvaro Bautista (Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) had a strong ride to fifth, enjoying an exciting duel with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), the pair swapping fourth place on several occasions during the final few laps. Finally Rossi got the upper hand, passing the chequered flag just 0.065 seconds ahead of the Spaniard.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) expected better than his sixth place finish. The former Moto2 World Champion struggled with a lack of edge grip and corner-exit drive, which prevented him from challenging closer to the front of the pack.
Bryan Staring (GO & FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had a difficult race. He had a numb hand for much of the 20 laps – probably as a result of his crash during practice – and could do little more than just make it to the finish.
Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) scored an important home win in the Honda-powered Moto2 series, triumphing after a tense and race-long battle with pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter). The Briton's third win of the year puts him 38 points ahead of Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) who could only manage eighth place.
Redding – who only days ago announced that he will join Fausto Gresini's Honda MotoGP squad for the next two years – led most of the race but he had to fight all the way. Nakagami put a great pass on him at The Loop on lap ten, but then lost the lead a few laps later at Village. That was the break Redding needed because while Nakagami and Luthi fought over second place, he was able to get away out front.
Nakagami crossed the line a second down after swapping places several times with Luthi on the last lap. It was his third second-place finish in succession. Luthi finished just behind the Japanese ace, with Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) closing up on them in the final stages after setting a new lap record. This was Luthi's second consecutive third-place result.
Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) was fifth, less than a second behind Rabat. Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) had a mostly lonely ride to sixth, with Johann Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter) leading the next group, just ahead of Espargaro, Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) and Mattia Pasini (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up).
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) put in a typically determined performance in the Moto3 race battling in the thick of the second group, in the race, won by Luis Salom (KTM). He looked to have secured sixth place when Jonas Folger (KTM) squeezed past on the run to the finish line. Miller ended the race just sixth thousandths of a second behind the German.
Also in the group was Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda), who swapped places with Miller, Folger and Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra). After saving his rear tyre mid-race, the Frenchman fought back to the front of the group, but then missed a couple of gears braking into Vale on the last lap, which let the other three come past. He crossed the line in eighth place, two tenths behind Miller.
Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was in the midst of the third group. He finished 11th, just ahead of Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda), Niccolo Antonelli (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda) and local John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda).
The MotoGP circus now heads back to the Continent, for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano on September 15.
|1||Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|2||Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|3||Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)|
|4||Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|5||Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)|
|6||Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)|
|7||Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|8||Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)|
|9||Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|10||Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|11||Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)|
|12||Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)|
|13||Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)|
|14||Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|15||Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)|
|1||Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|2||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|3||Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)|
|4||Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)|
|5||Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)|
|6||Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|7||Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)|
|8||Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)|
|9||Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|10||Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|11||Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)|
|12||Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|13||Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)|
|14||Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|15||Toni ELIAS (Blusens Avintia)|
|1||Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|2||Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|3||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|4||Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)|
|5||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)|
|6||Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|7||Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)|
|8||Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)|
|9||Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)|
|10||Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)|
|11||Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)|
|12||Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)|
|13||Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)|
|14||John MCPHEE (Caretta Technology - RTG)|
|15||Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)|