MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
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.
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)
|1||Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|2||Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|3||Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|4||Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)|
|5||Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|6||Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|7||Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)|
|8||Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)|
|9||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|10||Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)|
|11||Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)|
|12||Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)|
|13||Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|14||Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|15||Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)|
|1||Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)|
|2||Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)|
|3||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|4||Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)|
|5||Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|6||Xavier SIMEON (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)|
|7||Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)|
|8||Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|9||Marcel SCHROTTER (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)|
|10||Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)|
|11||Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|12||Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)|
|13||Danny KENT (Tech 3)|
|14||Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)|
|15||Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|1||Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|2||Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|3||Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)|
|4||Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|5||Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)|
|6||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)|
|7||Eric GRANADO (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|8||Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)|
|9||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|10||Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|11||Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)|
|12||Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)|
|13||Philipp OETTL (Paddock TT Motion Events)|
|14||Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)|
|15||Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)|