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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 12: Great Britain

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Great Britain
September 1, 2013

Honda's Heroic Marquez Takes Second; Pedrosa Third

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).

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

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.

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
Alvaro Bautista(GO & FUN Honda Gresini)zoom
Alvaro Bautista(GO & FUN Honda Gresini)


Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: 2nd
“I'm very happy with how things went today. This morning when my shoulder popped out I thought that my weekend was over, but the doctors were able to put it back in place quickly and that allowed me to be up there at the front, fighting with Jorge. I didn't feel much pain, because I received an injection to dull the pain, but I was lacking strength and feeling tired by the end. Despite all this, I was able to battle all the way until the final corner with Jorge, who eventually emerged victorious today. Congratulations to him! For me these 20 points are like a win!"
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd
“I'm disappointed with the result today. I rode well but got a bad start and conceded a lot of seconds in the opening two laps, so I had to really push in order to recover ground. I gradually caught up with Marc and Jorge, but I wore my tyres out in the process and at the end of the race I lacked grip in the right-hand corners. I tried to calm down and slow my pace in order to lower the tyre temperature, although finally I wasn't able to match their performance. That meant that when I attempted to pass, the bike slid out a lot and I was unable to really get involved in the fight for the win. I will have to give it another go at Misano."
Alvaro Bautista, Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini: 5th
“Unfortunately once again I have had to concede to Valentino but we had a lot of fun out there. The last lap was really nice because we overtook each other several times but unfortunately I couldn't make it stick and he beat me by just 0.065 seconds! That's a shame but I am happy anyway because I have improved my feeling with the bike again here, we were able to make up a lot of ground at the start of the race and confirm our recent good form again. We just need to take another little step to be even more competitive but it is coming. Hopefully we can have another nice race in the next Grand Prix at Misano, the team's home race."
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 6th
“I feel like we had the same race we had at Brno last week because we were facing the same problems. We struggled on the edge of the tyre, with no drive out of the corners and this is a bit disappointing for me because I am really strong on braking. We have to analyse why we can do a better speed in the practice on used tyres and not in the race. Of course we expected a better result today but there's no time to complain now. We must work harder to find a solution for Misano GP."
Bryan Staring, GO & FUN Honda Gresini: 21st
“My hand went numb after just three laps of the race today and I just couldn't keep the pace up. I'm sure it was a result of my crash yesterday. I was really struggling but I was determined to make it to the end of the race so I kept pushing. We have fallen short of our objectives here but I couldn't do much more today."


Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team: race winner
“I had pressure here, but also a lot of support, which made me want to win even more. I've worked really hard here to be consistent and it worked. The fans were going crazy on the slowdown lap and that gave me goose-bumps. I rode as hard as I could and worked to open a gap, but then one lap the bike jumped out of sixth and went down to second at the next corner – I thought I was down. When Nakagami ran wide and I retook the lead I knew it was time to go."
Takaaki Nakagami, Italtrans Racing Team: 2nd
“I try my best, my 200 per cent, all race. Scott had a very good pace, so it was difficult to follow, especially T1 and T2. In T3 and T4 I was faster than the other guys, but it was difficult to overtake because my top speed was not so good, so it was difficult to attack in the braking area. And the end of the race I tried so hard to catch Scott because I was fighting with Luthi. My congratulations to Scott, he rode a great race."
Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Paddock: 3rd
“It's a good feeling to be back at the front and to fight for the victory. The team has worked hard after we missed some preseason testing and the first races [due to injury], so let's say we are almost fully back; not to win, but at least to fight for the win. When we crossed the line at first I wasn't so happy, but I enjoyed the race and I'm happy with the podium."


Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: 7th
“We got pipped at the line, but it was a good fight and we were top Honda again, so I'm happy with that. The race could've been better – I got stuck in a group and although I think I could've gone faster, whenever I tried to break away I got passed on the straights. This time we did manage to save the rear tyre for all the race, which was good."
Alexis Masbou, Ongetta-Rivacold: 8th
“I got a good start and was in a fast group, fighting together all through the race. During the mid-stages I stayed at the back of the group to conserve my rear tyre, then with five laps to go I started to push again. I made it all the way to the front of the group for the start of the last lap, but then I made a mistake going into Vale. I arrived at the corner in third gear instead of first, so the three other guys all passed me. Fifth was our place today, so we did very well, apart from that one mistake."
Isaac Vinales, Ongetta-Centro Seta: 11th
“The result wasn't what I wanted – we were hoping for better after I qualified in the top eight. It was a tough race in a big group, with many overtakes. I tried my best and tried so hard to get to the front of the group, so I could finish in the top ten. It didn't quite happen, so we must keep focused and try again at Misano."
Alvaro Bautista(GO & FUN Honda Gresini),Stefan Bradl(LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Alvaro Bautista(GO & FUN Honda Gresini),Stefan Bradl(LCR Honda MotoGP)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 12: Great Britain

Rank Rider (Team)
1Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
2Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
3Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
4Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
5Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)
6Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
7Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
8Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
9Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
10Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
11Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)
12Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)
13Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)
14Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
15Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)
Rank Rider (Team)
1Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
2Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
3Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)
4Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
5Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
6Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
7Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
8Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
9Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)
10Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)
11Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)
12Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
13Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)
14Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
15Toni ELIAS (Blusens Avintia)
Rank Rider (Team)
1Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
2Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
3Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
4Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)
5Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
6Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
7Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
8Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
9Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)
10Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)
11Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)
12Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)
13Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)
14John MCPHEE (Caretta Technology - RTG)
15Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)

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