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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 13: San Marino

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San Marino
San Marino
September 15, 2013

Marquez Increases Championship Lead at Misano

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) again increased his lead in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship with a thrilling ride to second place in today's San Marino Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) finished third, just behind his team-mate, while the race was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). Pedrosa and Lorenzo are now tied on points, 34 behind Marquez, with five of 18 races remaining.

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

Although Marquez dominated qualifying yesterday, more than half a second ahead of Lorenzo, he went into the race after a fall in this morning's warm-up, his second tumble of the weekend. The remarkable MotoGP rookie didn't make the best of starts and had to work to pass Pedrosa – who had made a brilliant start from the second row – while struggling to find his best-possible rhythm with a full tank of fuel. That difficulty caused the 20-year-old to make a couple of mistakes at the Quercia left-hander, the second of which saw him run off the track while right behind his team-mate. That lost him a lot of time and put him behind Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).

By this stage of the race Lorenzo was already well gone – 2.9 seconds ahead of Pedrosa. Marquez spent the next 13 laps making up for his mistakes, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. It took him eight laps to pass Rossi and a further five to get the better of Pedrosa.

For the next few laps the Spanish pair livened up the race as they attacked and counter-attacked each other. Pedrosa found a way past with six laps remaining, but Marquez came back at his compatriot later the same lap. He then started chipping away at Lorenzo's three-second advantage, but soon realized that trying to catch the reigning champion would demand too many risks, so he settled for second. It was his 12th podium from his first 13 MotoGP races.

Pedrosa stayed close to Marquez but the former 250 and 125 World Champion was struggling with grip issues, as he had during practice, so he couldn't find a way through and crossed the line half a second down on the reigning Moto2 World Champion.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) spent the race shadowing Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha), then passed the Briton at Turn Seven on the final lap to take fifth place, seven seconds behind Rossi. It was a strong result from the young German who came back well from a big tumble on Friday.

Alvaro Bautista (GO & FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) had a mostly lonely ride to seventh at his team's home Grand Prix. Although he recorded the fifth fastest lap of the race he struggled throughout getting his bike to turn into corners, a problem he hadn't come across in practice.

Bryan Staring (GO & FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had a luckless race, his machine struck by gremlins that causing him to pull out with only a few laps to go.

The duel for the Honda-powered Moto2 World Championship swung back in the favor of Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Kalex) today, the Spaniard scoring a brilliant, hard-charging win while main rival Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) struggled to sixth. Two weeks ago at Silverstone it was the other way around, with Redding taking the win and Espargaro coming home in eighth spot.

Although Espargaro started from pole position and led the first few laps it was Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) who dominated most of the race. At the halfway stage the Japanese was two seconds ahead of Espargaro and looked set for his first Grand Prix win. But once again his pace faltered in the last laps while Espargaro got into the groove, thanks to his crew successfully adapting his bike to a new rear slick, recently introduced by Dunlop. Espargaro carved big chunks out of the leader's advantage to take the lead at the start of the penultimate lap. Nakagami had no reply, crossing the line 0.6 seconds down on the winner and 1.2 seconds ahead of Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Kalex).

Redding started from the second row and was never in the hunt for the win. He spent most of the 26 laps in the second group and lost several positions as the race went on.

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing Suter) came on strong in the later stages to lead the group home in fourth, with Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) fifth and Redding sixth after pouncing on Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter) at the last corner of the last lap. The Briton had gone into this race 38 points ahead of Espargaro. Now he goes to the next race at Aragon defending a 23 point advantage.

Xavier Simeon (Maptag SAG Zelos Team Kalex) was five seconds further back in eighth spot, just ahead of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex). Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) completed the top ten.

Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) had a superb ride in the Moto3 race, running with the five-man second group throughout and launching a stunning attack on the last lap that promoted him to fifth place, his best result of the year. The Australian teenager bore the marks of the closely fought battle, with his leathers scuffed black from contact with his rivals' machines.

Niccolo Antonelli (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda) was in the thick of the same group and passed Miller several times, but the Italian didn't fare so well in the crucial final laps and ended up at the back of the group in eighth position.

Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) fought his way into the top ten in the final stages, after having stormed through from 22nd at the end of the first lap. Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was the final Honda points scorer in 14th.

The race was won by Alex Rins, who narrowly beat fellow KTM rider Maverick Vinales after a race-long duel.

Most MotoGP teams will stay at Misano tomorrow for testing, before heading to Spain for the Aragon Grand Prix on September 29. That race is followed by three ‘flyaway' event on consecutive weekends in Malaysia, Australia and Japan. The season has its grand finale at Valencia in Spain, on November 10.

Stefan Bradl(LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan Bradl(LCR Honda MotoGP)
Alvaro Bautista(GO & FUN Honda Gresini)zoom
Alvaro Bautista(GO & FUN Honda Gresini)

MotoGP

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd
“We've taken another 20 World Championship points today and, considering how the race went, I think that is a good reward! At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes and lost a lot of time with the second of those. Maybe I was lacking a little experience – it's my rookie season and it is normal to make a few errors. I also didn't feel completely comfortable with a full fuel tank. From the midway point onwards I felt a lot better. To finish second is a great result, even though Lorenzo has gained five points on us, we are an extra four ahead of Dani. We are happy and have a lot of motivation to keep fighting hard at Aragon!"
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team: 3rd
“I gave my all in the race today. I rode as well as I can ride, putting everything into every lap and trying to take every corner perfectly. Overall, this hasn't been our weekend, generally speaking, because I had a lot of grip problems with the rear tyre on every day of the GP. In the race today it was even more noticeable, so I couldn't have done things any better."
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 5th
“Definitely it was the best day of the weekend for us. We improved the bike from Friday to Saturday and today the team made a great job. I suffered a big crash on Friday and they had to work even harder to give me a competitive bike for the race. In the beginning of the race I was not so confident because, on the warm-up lap, I was not sure about rear tyre performance. But after a few laps I could set my pace easily and I followed Cal for the whole race. He was a good reference for me and I was able to see where I was stronger than him so in the last lap I made my manoeuvre in turn seven. I had fun and I am happy now because I made a strong race after such a tough weekend."
Alvaro Bautista, GO & FUN Honda Gresini: 7th
“We expected a different result because we were competitive during practice and in the warm-up this morning but during the race I was struggling to get the bike turning into the corners, which is strange because we didn't touch the setting. Our pace was slower than practice and that's not normal so it's important we understand why this happened to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's a shame because we had the potential today to fight for fifth or even fourth place. This is racing and now we have to put the result behind us and concentrate on the next race in Spain. I am disappointed for the team because it's their home race. We were on the podium here last year and I would have loved to give them another great result."
Bryan Staring, GO & FUN Honda Gresini: DNF
“I had a good feeling with the bike today and I was happy with how the race was going but suddenly the bike gave up and we had to pull out. I am disappointed because I at least would have liked to complete full distance in the team's home race but these things can happen and we have to keep looking forward. The engineers will have a look at the bike now and try to work out what went wrong."

Moto2

Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP40: race winner
“It was tough because Taka made an incredible start to the race. For the first five laps I was slow – maybe the tyres or the full fuel tank – while Taka was pushing so hard and took a two second gap. So I had to recover and close the gap. After ten or 12 laps I felt more comfortable with less fuel and the rear tyre a bit used. It wasn't easy but it was enough to win."
Takaaki Nakagami, Italtrans Racing Team: 2nd
“Especially at the end of the race I was a bit nervous because I saw the gap closing, so I knew Pol was catching me. Every lap he was two or three tenths faster than me. On the last lap I gave 100 per cent and if I pushed more I would have crashed because already many times I had lost the front and almost crashed. I'm disappointed because Pol overtook me with one lap to go and I finished second once again. This was an important race for me and the team and also because of Shoya Tomizawa [Nakagami's compatriot who lost his life during the 2010 Misano Moto2 race]."
Esteve Rabat, Tuenti HP 40: 3rd
“I made a good start and at the beginning I could easily stay with Pol. Then after five or six laps he started to push and it was difficult to follow his rhythm. I don't know why he was able to go away from me but later on I recovered my confidence in the bike and started pushing again. I did my best."

Moto3

Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: 5th
“I'm happy with that – it was an all-round good, fun race. I tried different tactics from the last few races – I just waited and waited and waited. I didn't want to do the usual – push all race and end up falling off. I just managed the gap and when it was five laps to go I started to make my moves. We were all chopping and changing, so that dropped the pace a bit. It was nice to have a nice fight in a good group. I've got a few tyre marks on my leathers but it was all fun and games – we're all good mates. We made a big step with the suspension for the race and luckily it was in the right direction so the bike was really good. I could slipstream the other guys and make it all up on the brakes."
Niccolo Antonelli, GO & FUN Gresini Moto3: 8th
“I really enjoyed the race and I lost count of the overtakes! I hope I made a good show and entertained the fans. I had a good confidence in the bike to confirm that we have grown up and that from now on we can look with greater enthusiasm to the last part of the season. I fought for fourth place from start to finish and despite finishing eighth I am happy. The team did a great job with important improvements which give me confidence for the future."
Romano Fenati, San Carlo Team Italia: 10th
“I am very satisfied. Today the bike was good and I managed to make a good recovery from mid-race, when I was doing the same times as the guys up front. It was too bad because during the first few laps I was slowed by another group. The start is always a lottery, so I need to improve in qualifying."
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 13: San Marino

MotoGP
Rank Rider (Team)
1Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
2Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
3Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
4Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
5Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
6Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
7Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)
8Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
9Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
10Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)
11Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
12Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
13Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
14Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)
15Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)
Moto2
Rank Rider (Team)
1Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
2Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
3Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
4Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)
5Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
6Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
7Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
8Xavier SIMEON (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
9Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
10Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)
11Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)
12Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)
13Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
14Marcel SCHROTTER (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
15Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
Moto3
Rank Rider (Team)
1Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
2Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)
3Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
4Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
5Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
6Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
7Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
8Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)
9 Philipp OETTL (Tec Interwetten Moto3)
10Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)
11Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)
12Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)
13Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)
14Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)
15Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

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