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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 14: Aragon

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Aragon
 Aragon
September 29, 2013

Marquez takes Win Number Eight

Repsol Honda RC213V rider Marc Marquez fought back after almost running off the track to take his sixth win of the year at Aragon, stretching his title lead to almost 40 points with four races remaining. It was Honda’s eighth win this year, and the RC213V’s third in a row at the scenic Motorland Aragon circuit in the Spanish hinterland.

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

The team’s joy was tempered by misfortune to second Repsol Honda RC213V rider Dani Pedrosa, who crashed out heavily in a freak incident on the sixth of 23 laps. He had taken second place from pole starter Marquez, and was mounting a strong challenge on early leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) at the time.

Split seconds before Marquez ran wide, he clipped the rear of Pedrosa’s machine, and the team discovered that one of the electronic sensors of the traction-control system had been damaged, causing the system to become inoperative. This triggered the crash, which happened a few yards further on as Pedrosa opened the throttle. The rear wheel spun, the bike slewed sideways, and the Spaniard – who turned 28 on race day – was tossed over the high side.

Lorenzo had led away with yet another of his trade-mark lightning starts, and led by a second after the first lap, with Marquez second and Pedrosa third. The Honda pair gradually closed the gap over the next four laps; then on the fifth Pedrosa pounced on his team-mate, and was soon on the Yamaha’s back wheel and challenging strongly.

It seemed only a matter of time before he took the lead, but he hadn’t completed another lap when instead he was sent flying.

While Pedrosa was taken to the medical centre for checks (he escaped serious injury), Marquez regrouped and set about closing a gap of almost two seconds on Lorenzo. It took him nine laps to catch up and get ahead with a clean but forceful pass. Lorenzo stayed close until the closing stages, but was powerless to prevent Marquez taking the win by better than one second.

A crowd of 61,300 enjoying warm but overcast conditions were rewarded with exciting racing down the field, with a four-bike battle for the last rostrum place. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) hung on to the spot under race-long pressure from Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V), Alvaro Bautista (FUN&GO Gresini Honda RC213V) and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha).

It came to a climax in the last six laps. First Bautista got ahead of Rossi, then Bradl joined the action, with Crutchlow a close spectator. The trio changed places again with two laps to go, Rossi regaining the upper hand to lead Bautista over the line by less than a second. The Spaniard had his hands full with Bradl, less than two tenths behind. Crutchlow was just over half a second away. Less than two seconds covered the quartet.

Bautista has a special role with Honda, race-developing Showa suspension and Nissin brakes, the only rider to use the Japanese components made by companies associated with Honda

His team-mate Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) finished 18th, in the middle of a three-rider battle. The Australian, in his first grand prix season, rides a CBR1000RR-powered machine in the CRT category.

Marquez has now amassed a total of 278 points, with Lorenzo second on 239, and Pedrosa dropped to third on 219.

Nico Terol (Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) took a resounding victory in the Moto2 class, stamping his authority on a category where all riders use identical race-tuned Honda CBR600 engines supplied by the organizers, to ensure close and reliable racing. It was the former 125cc champion’s second win of the season, achieved after starting from pole position for the first time in the class. Terol led from the first lap to the last, and was able to slow towards the end and still win by 1.7 seconds. Earlier he had been more than four seconds clear.

There was a strong battle behind him, as championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) strove to keep ahead of challenging rival Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex). Espargaro’s team-mate Esteve Rabat had finally escaped ahead of the pair on the 14th of 21 laps. Soon afterwards second Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex rider Mika Kallio caught from behind, and the three closed up as the laps counted down.

Redding resisted fiercely as Espargaro’s attack redoubled, and left tyre marks on his rival’s leathers as they made contact. But in the end the Spaniard prevailed, taking the last rostrum spot by three tenths, and whittling another three points out of Redding’s title lead. He is now 20 points ahead, with four races remaining.

Kallio was a close fifth. More than seven seconds away Jordi Torres (Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) was a lonely sixth, with Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter) and then Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) equally alone behind.

Mattia Pasini (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) prevailed in a big battle for ninth, from Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex), Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) and Marcel Schrotter (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team Kalex), with Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) losing touch at the end to finish 13th. Nakagami had been with the leaders in the early stages, but dropped back after running off the track.

In the smallest class, Moto3, Honda-powered machines are up against rival factories, and the top runners among the Honda hordes found themselves engaged in a fierce battle for the points behind the three runaway leaders. A pack of nine, and sometimes ten, 250cc four-strokes were locked in combat for an eventual eighth place.

Best of them was rising Italian Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda), who conquered the group and came within a little over two seconds of catching seventh-placed Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM). He was two tenths ahead of KTM’s Arthur Sissis. Barely one second behind, experienced French rider Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) secured 11th, with Australian star Jack Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) 13th.

Miller had ridden through from 20th on the grid, after a tyre issue in qualifying kept him from his more usual position challenging for the front two rows.

Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda) was right on his back wheel for 14th, with another clutch of Hondas – Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda), Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) and wild card Bryan Schouten (Dutch Racing Team FTR Honda) – filling from 17th to 19th places, in another big group battling for the final point. Fifteenth to 22nd places crossed the line within less than 1.4 seconds.

The race was won by Spanish KTM rider Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia KTM) ahead of fellow countrymen Maverick Vinales (Team Calvo KTM) and his team mate Alex Marquez.  Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) finished fourth and retained his lead in the championship.

The next race is the Malaysian GP in two weeks’ time, followed week by week by two more long-distance races, in Australia and Japan, before the season finale in Valencia.

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

MotoGP

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: race winner
“Today was a very gruelling race, because I had to make two comebacks; the first was to catch Jorge after he broke free at the start, then I needed to make another after Dani passed me and I wanted to overtake him after two laps. I felt comfortable but I went a little wide under braking, lifted the bike up and made light contact with him. I’m not sure he even noticed it, but it was a bit of bad luck because the team told me I caused his traction control cable to snap and I’m sorry for that – it’s something very unusual to see. The important thing is that Dani is OK. I was eventually able to overtake Jorge and take the victory, which is important in terms of both the 25 points and for my morale."
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: DNF
“Fortunately I’m fine physically. I took a heavy knock to my hip and my groin area, but I was able to escape relatively unhurt from what was a big crash. Marc went in too wide on the corner entry, clipped me from the outside and I went flying when I got on the gas. My mechanics told me later that the traction control cable had been cut by the contact."
Alvaro Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini, 4th
“It was a great race and I had a lot of fun fighting with Crutchlow, Bradl and Rossi. It’s just a shame that I missed out on the podium again but I am happy because I fought for it until the end. Unfortunately I ended up getting into a fight with Bradl on the final lap and lost touch with Valentino but I have no complaints and we have to be happy with a result like this at a circuit where we have had so many difficulties in the past. Thanks to all the guys for the incredible job they are doing. It is nice that we were back to our best today, proving that Misano was not our fault."
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 5th
“Probably it was an exciting race to watch and it was fun also for me. Overall we had a good weekend and a good race although I lost the last-lap battle with Rossi and Bautista, but I am happy anyway. Of course I was dreaming about the podium, as we were fast and consistent over the three days, but Alvaro was very strong in the last lap. After Silverstone and Brno tough weekends, our performance is getting stronger and stronger and I gained more confidence on the bike. I only need some more experience to manage the last laps and the drop of the tyres, but we took the right direction."
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini, 18th
“I am not really happy because I thought the race would be different, but after a good start I made a mistake and lost focus. It’s a shame, but we have to stay positive because we have some important races coming up, including my home Grand Prix, and I am determined to finish the season off in a positive way."

Moto2

Nico Terol, Aspar Team Moto2, 1st
“It was a perfect weekend for me. Yesterday was better, but today was more difficult because there was more wind, and it was more difficult to keep the concentration and consistency. In this class you can struggle at once race and do well at the next one. Thanks to my team for all the work."
Esteve Rabat, Tuenti HP 40 Pons, 2nd
“I am very happy for the weekend. I made not such a good start to the race, and there were a lot of other riders around – Nakagami, Pol, Scott Redding. I was stuck behind Scott’s bike for a while, but when I passed them I tried to go. I could concentrate well and I could get a good gap quite quickly, but it was too late to catch Nico. But I am still very happy."
Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40 Pons, 3rd
“I’m happy because we are a little bit closer to Scott than before. It was a difficult day for us. I don’t know why, but these races are all difficult. Like Nico said, sometimes you can win, another time you have to fight very hard for fifth or sixth position. We tried our best and finally the position was okay because we were in front of Scott. It was a very hard fight, but we gained some points back."

Moto3

Romano Fenati, San Carlo Team Italia, 8th
“It was a fantastic race. I was fighting a lot with Vazquez, Sissis and other riders. The start was not good, and in the second or third lap I started to move up, passing people one by one. Then the fight with Vazquez, and I could get away a bit when I passed him. The KTM is a higher level on speed, so it is impossible to pass them on the straight. You have to do everything in the corner."
Alexis Masbou, Ongetta-Rivacold, 11th
“I made a good start, and I was with a good group in the first part of the race. To start with Oettl and Salom was too difficult, but still I was okay. Vazquez pushed everyone in the group and we lost a lot of time in the middle of the race – one or 1.5 seconds slower than our rhythm. Fenati got ahead and was able to make a little gap, but I found it impossible to pass Vazquez and finished just behind him. But I think we did a good job."
Jack Miller, Caretta Technology RTG, 13th
“We struggled all weekend. Qualifying was a disaster – I had the wrong tyre, and we ended up losing out so today we had to start from the back. We had a good pace … even yesterday I should have been seventh on the grid, which would have been a bit nicer. So I had to work my way through and into that big group. It was going good, then Vazquez hit Khairuddin and he went down and we all had to chop the gas, and broke up the group. We lost the slipstream and that was pretty much the end of it. But we took some points, that’s the main thing."
Stefan Bradl(LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan Bradl(LCR Honda MotoGP)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 14: Aragon

MotoGP
Rank Rider (Team)
1Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
2Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
3Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
4 Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)
5Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)
6Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
7Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
8Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
9Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
10Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)
11Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
12Yonny HERNANDEZ (Ignite Pramac Racing)
13Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)
14Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)
15Claudio CORTI (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
Moto2
Rank Rider (Team)
1Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)
2Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
3Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
4Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
5Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
6Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)
7Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
8Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
9Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)
10Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)
11Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
12Marcel SCHROTTER (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
13Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
14Alex MARIÑELARENA (Blusens Avintia)
15Danny KENT (Tech 3)
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)
5Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
6Philipp OETTL (Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing)
7Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
8Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)
9Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
10Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)
11Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
12Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)
13Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
14Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)
15Livio LOI (Marc VDS Racing Team)

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