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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 13: San Marino Qualifying

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San Marino
San Marino
September 14, 2013

Marquez Sets New Pole Record at Misano

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) rode to his fourth pole position from the last six races at sun-blessed Misano this afternoon, continuing his remarkable apprenticeship season in MotoGP. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) was fourth quickest in qualifying, less than two tenths of a second off the front row of the grid.

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

Although this is Marquez’s first visit to Misano on a MotoGP bike, the 20-year-old has topped all five sessions so far. Even a high-speed tumble in FP4 – when he ran out of front grip and slid off, like so many other riders here this weekend – failed to disrupt his momentum.

The reigning Moto2 World Champion’s fastest lap in qualifying was the fastest-ever motorcycle lap at Misano and more than half a second ahead of his nearest challenger Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), whose team-mate Valentino Rossi completed the front row of the grid in third place. Tomorrow he will be aiming for his 12th podium finish – preferably on the top step – from his first 13 MotoGP races.

Marquez currently leads the World Championship chase by 30 points from Pedrosa, who completed the first three practice sessions in second place, less than two tenths of a second behind his fellow Spaniard.

Pedrosa had a minor crash in this morning’s session and has struggled to find consistent grip throughout today’s sessions. The former 250 and 125 World Champion spent much of qualifying far from the front row but his final lap was impressively fast and enough to lift him to fourth, just a fraction of a second behind Rossi.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) completed qualifying in seventh place, which puts him at the head of row three, though he was less than one hundredth of a second away from the second row of the grid. The former Moto2 World Champion is still working to resolve a front-grip issue that has cost him confidence and speed at the last few races.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) was one place and 0.132 seconds behind Bradl in eighth spot. His result in free practice had been better and the Spaniard is consoled by the fact that his race pace is good. Tomorrow he will need a good start at a track where the first two corners are a notorious accident spot.

Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) was 23rd today, the Australian rookie struggling in the all-important faster sections of the track.

Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) won the battle for pole position in the Honda-powered Moto2 category, in which the three riders on the front row were separated by just 0.058 seconds. Espargaro, who is fighting to get his title challenge back on track after a difficult race at Silverstone two weeks ago, bettered team-mate Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) by just 0.032 seconds. The omens are good for Espargaro, whose three 2013 victories have all been won from pole.

World Championship leader and Silverstone winner Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) was fifth fastest this afternoon, half a second off pole, putting the Briton in the middle of the second row between Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter) and Xavier Simeon (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex).

The Moto2 third row is Johann Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter), Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) and Marcel Schrotter (Desguaces La Torre SAG Kalex).

Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini FTR Honda) was Honda’s top performer in Moto3. The 17-year-old from nearby Cattolica achieved his best grid position of the year with the fifth-fastest time of the afternoon.

Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) will start one row further back on the third row after recording the eighth-best time of the session. Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) was 11th, having been fourth fastest in free practice thing morning. The Australian slid off during that session, complaining of a lack of front grip, like many other riders across all three classes.

Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) was one place and less than one hundredth of a second behind Miller in 12th. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) was 15th, two places ahead of Miller’s team-mate John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda)

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)zoom
Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)
Honda MotoGP rider quotess
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: pole position – 1m 32.915s
“I’m very happy with this pole position, as we had a really good hot lap! It’s a shame about the small crash that we had in practice this morning – which was completely my fault – but the important thing is that we know where I made the mistake. In qualifying I felt very comfortable every time on fast laps and was able to put in some quick times. We’ll see if we can fight with Jorge tomorrow, as he has a very good pace. Valentino will also be tough to beat, because it is his home race and he has been very strong in practice. I’m sure that he will be fast tomorrow, as will Dani. The aim is to get a good start, try to ride in the lead group at the front and pick up more World Championship points.”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 4th – 1m 33.726s
“We had a bit of luck to take fourth on the grid, because we have been having problems with all the rear tyres that we have used. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I didn’t have any grip in any of the sessions today. In the final free practice session we changed the tyres twice, then in qualifying we again switched to new rubber, but there was never a good response. We don’t know if the problem is with the tyres, with the bike or with the track surface. In the final moments we made another change and suddenly I had some grip again, and it is thanks to this that we were able to take the fourth fastest time, although this position was certainly short of our aims for today. For tomorrow, however, we are confident that we can get a good start and have a good race.”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 7th – 1m 34.098s
“Even today it was very difficult for us to challenge the front guys. Honestly I am not confident enough and this front-end issue prevented us from making second row. I think that the team made a very good job because we improved the bike a lot from yesterday and we definitely changed a lot of things, but I could adapt quickly. I am definitely trying my hardest but with this limit I could not push myself beyond seventh place today.”
Alvaro Bautista, Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 8th – 1m 34.230s
“I can’t say I’m happy because we showed in free practice that we have good potential here but we didn’t manage to confirm it in qualifying. I am disappointed because we have done a good job so far this weekend and I expected better. I can take comfort from our race pace and hopefully with a good start tomorrow we can make ground up, even though it won’t be easy at a track like Misano where it’s not easy to overtake.”
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 23rd – 1m 37.283s
“I’m fairly satisfied. We are still struggling in the fast sections and I can’t push the bike how I would like. I am still confident we can improve this situation for tomorrow and have a good race. We’ll try our best because we all want the best possible result at the team’s home race.”
Moto2 rider quotes
Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP40 Pons: pole position, 1m 37.666s
“The race tomorrow will for sure be difficult because the humidity is so high here. I’m quite happy with what we did today because finally we have found something with the new rear tyre so now we are getting faster and faster. The race will be a different story, however. We will have to push all the way and I think there will be many guys fighting at the front. In qualifying I gave my 200 per cent, which was enough to get pole, so now I will work with the mechanics to make the bike even better for tomorrow.”
Esteve Rabat, Tuenti HP 40 Pons: 2nd, 1m 37.698s
“I’m very happy with today’s result. When I went out with the first tyre, things were quite difficult but when we fitted a new rear the times came easy. At the end I pushed very hard and tried everything I could. I thought I had got pole but Pol was faster, so my congratulations to him. Tomorrow I hope to make a good start, a good race and a good result.”
Takaaki Nakagami, Italtrans Racing Team: 3rd, 1m 37.756s
“Sure, we can try to win the race here. Our lap time is okay, even though Espargaro and Rabat were just a little bit faster than me this afternoon. The race will be very different from qualifying because it’s 24 laps around here, which is so long. We know it won’t be easy, but we will give 200 per cent, try to enjoy the race and try to make my first victory.”
Honda Moto3 Rider quotes
Niccolo Antonelli, GO&FUN Gresini: 5th, 1m 43.727s
“I am very happy. I was worried because we had a problem with the bike at the start of the session but the guys did a great job to fix it and things changed quickly. I managed to stay in control of the situation and put in a great lap at the end to qualify on the second row, which will be really important for the race tomorrow.”
Isaac Vinales, Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta: 8th, 1m 43.878s
“I’m very happy with the work we did in free practice and with today’s result which is the result of that work. We tried to ride alone and focus on ourselves today and it seemed to work well. Now we have the race and I think we can improve the bike a little more for race distance.”
Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: 11th, 1m 43.962s
“We’ve been struggling with set-up all weekend, so that wasn’t too bad, though I’d rather be where I was after FP3. We’ve a few things to get sorted – this morning I crashed on the front because I’m not getting the feedback I’d like from the front. I made all my laps in qualifying stone-dead alone, so in the race I’m sure we can make up a heap of positions and fight in the first group.”
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Round 13: San Marino
MotoGP Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
2Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
3Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
4Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
5Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
6Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
7Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
8Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)
9Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
10Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
11Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)
12Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)
13Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
14Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
15Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)
Moto2 Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
2Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
3Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
4Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)
5Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
6Xavier SIMEON (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
7Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
8Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
9Marcel SCHROTTER (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
10Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
11Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)
12Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)
13Danny KENT (Tech 3)
14Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)
15Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)
Moto3 Class
Rank Rider (Team)
1Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
2Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
3Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)
4Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
5Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)
6Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
7Eric GRANADO (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
8Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)
9Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
10Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
11Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
12Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
13Philipp OETTL (Paddock TT Motion Events)
14Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)
15Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)

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