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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013

Round 15: Malaysia

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October 13, 2013

Pedrosa and Marquez Score Repsol Honda One-Two at Sepang

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) shrugged off lingering pain from his recent Aragon crash to score a convincing victory in today’s Malaysian GP, run in gruelling tropical heat. The former 250 and 125 World Champion was followed home by team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V), who once again increased his World Championship lead over Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) who finished third today.

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

Pedrosa – who also won here last year – finished the race 2.7 seconds ahead of Marquez to record his third victory of the season. The result gave the Repsol Honda team its fifth one-two finish of the season, following similarly impressive performances at Austin, Jerez, Indianapolis and Brno. The result increases Honda’s lead in the constructors’ title race and Repsol Honda’s lead in the team championship.

Starting from the second row of the grid, Pedrosa grabbed the lead from Lorenzo on lap five and was soon clear of the entertaining battle that raged behind him, with Lorenzo and pole-sitter Marquez swapping positions time and again before half distance. At one point the Yamaha rider made contact with the reigning Moto2 World Champion – who had set a new lap record on lap two – but their fight continued unabated until Marquez went inside his rival at Turn 14 on the ninth lap. From that moment on, Marquez had only the brilliant Pedrosa ahead, but he had lost too much time fighting back and forth with Lorenzo and soon realized that chasing his team-mate would entail taking too many risks. He knew full well that all he really needed to do was increase his points advantage over the reigning champ, which he duly did.

With 15 rounds gone and three to go, the remarkable 20-year-old rookie leads Lorenzo by 43 points. If he does go on to win the title, he will be the youngest crowned king of the elite class in the 65 year history of the sport.

After his third win of the season, Pedrosa sits just 11 points behind Lorenzo. Without the Aragon crash – which wasn’t his fault – he would still be very much in contention for the World Championship.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) enjoyed a thrilling duel for fifth place with Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha), which went his way in the final few laps. In the early stages he had run with the lead group, but after running wide he lost touch and that allowed Crutchlow to catch and pass him. However, Bautista had the speed when it mattered most.

Australian rookie Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) finished 18th, three places out of the points, and is looking forward to going to Phillip Island, a track he knows well.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) missed today’s race after what should have been an uncomplicated low-side crash during yesterday’s final practice session. The German lost the front into Turn One and caught his right foot on some trackside carpet, which fractured the ankle. He underwent surgery in Kuala Lumpur last night and has yet to decide whether he will be able to race at Phillip Island next weekend.

Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) stormed to a brilliant win in the Honda-powered Moto2 race to strengthen his outside challenge for the World Championship. The Spaniard started from pole position and quickly made the shortened race – which had been stopped and restarted after a lap one pile-up – all his own. During the 12 laps no one got close to Rabat – who last won a race at Indy in August – and he took the checkered flag 1.5 seconds ahead of team-mate Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) who won a tense duel for second place with Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter).

Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) came through to fourth at the finish after getting the better of Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) in the closing stages. The Finn was just 0.6 seconds off the podium.

World Championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) had another difficult weekend, qualifying on the fourth row and finishing in seventh place after Johann Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter) had passed him at the final corner.

It might have been a different story without the first-lap accident. Redding had made a stunning start from row four to take fourth place at only the second corner, only for the red flags to come out moments later. He was unable to repeat the feat in the restart. With three races remaining, the Briton leads Espargaro by nine points.

None of the five riders involved in the pile-up was seriously hurt.

Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) rode a heroic Moto3 race, fighting his way into the lead pack to cross the line just one second behind race winner and series leader Luis Salom (KTM). Miller spent the last few laps in the thick of the lead group of six riders and passed two of them on the final lap, but he didn’t quite have the speed to hold them off and so finished the race in sixth spot. It was another impressive display from the Australian teenager who now travels to Phillip Island for his home race.

Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) also ran with the leaders in the early stages. After qualifying brilliantly to put himself on the front row, he led the charge away from the grid, then used his impressive late braking and corner speed to stay with the frontrunners. However, from mid-race he was troubled by vision problems – possibly the result of an old injury – and although he tried to keep pushing he had to ease his pace slightly and dropped back to lead the second group over the finish line in seventh place.

Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) enjoyed a stirring ride through the pack, from 19th at the end of the first lap all the way to ninth, just over a second behind Masbou. Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was the final Honda rider in the points, the Spaniard finishing 14th.

Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini FTR Honda) was running in the top ten after qualifying on the front row of the grid, only to tumble shortly before half-distance.

The MotoGP paddock now continues its eastern tour, immediately heading south to Phillip Island for next Sunday’s Australian GP. The quick-fire action continues with the Japanese GP on October 27, before the circus returns to Europe for the Valencia GP season finale in Spain on November 10.

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


Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: race winner
“I am very happy with this win, as it is very special. My level of riding today was very good and the victory comes after a difficult week in which I was laid up in bed and could hardly move. To come here and win is fantastic, so thanks to all my team! It is a pity about what happened in Aragón, because we had the pace and the same chance of the win as we did here. However, we can’t keep looking back; we need to continue on and try to carry our form into the final races."
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: 2nd
“These twenty points are very important and I'm really happy with how the race went today. I had a nice, fun battle with Lorenzo, but at the same time I could see that Dani was opening up a gap. When I finally managed to overtake Jorge and make the pass stick, I tried to reduce the distance that Dani had put between us. However, I saw that it was too risky to do so. From that moment on, I decided to focus on keeping Lorenzo at bay, because the goal here was to finish the race ahead of him. We did what we came here to do, so we are very happy!"
Alvaro Bautista, Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 5th
“I made a good start and that allowed me to get away with the front group for a few laps but then I had a moment when I couldn't get the front brake lever fully on and I ran wide. It took me a couple of laps to get confident with the brakes again and I lost touch. Maybe in the battle with Valentino I overheated the brakes. It was a shame but I fought my way back to Crutchlow and then gritted my teeth to beat him in a fight to the end. Another important top-five finish for me, the team, who have done a great job again, and the sponsors."
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 18th
“The race went pretty much the same as the rest of the weekend here and unfortunately we just haven't been competitive enough. We have struggled to get confident here and the only real consolation is that next week we go to my home race at Phillip Island, a circuit where I have won many races in the past."


Esteve Rabat, Tuenti HP 40 Pons: race winner
“It was a very difficult race – so hot! I got a good start and pushed from the beginning, then came the crash and the red flags. In the restart my tyres felt good so I could push immediately. But I made a mistake – for 12 laps I thought a water bottle wasn’t necessary – but it was! Also, I had some front and rear chatter, especially at turns five and six, where I lost time compared to yesterday. But I kept my head. I’m very happy with this result, so my congratulations to the team. Now we go to Australia and try to do the same. The title is not impossible – I have nothing to lose and everything to gain."
Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP40 Pons: 2nd
“I’m happy, especially because the weekend didn’t start so well for us. I had a very bad FP1, then FP2 was even worse – I didn’t have a good feeling with the bike. Yesterday we tried something completely different and tried a very different setting to give me more grip. We think this setting may also help us at other tracks. I was so fast in qualifying, which helped me relax more for the race, but I wasn’t so good with a full tank and new tyre. I think the restart helped me a lot. I pushed at the end but it was impossible to catch Tito [Rabat]."
Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Paddock: 3rd
“I had some rear-grip problems at the end, so I think the shorter race helped me. Tito had such a good pace, so I overtook Pol as quickly as I could and tried to stay close to Tito, but it was impossible. Then my rear tyre went down and I lost a lot of traction out of the corners, which is why I was put back into third place. Overall, a good weekend though, and I had a lot of fun here."


Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: 6th
“It was good, but a shame about the end, after I’d passed a couple of them on that last lap. It’s been good this weekend. We had the suspension dialled in great – after 18 laps in this heat the bike was still working well, so the team have done a fantastic job. We were sixth but we should be proud because we were only one second off the win – that’s our best-ever gap to the winner. And it’s great to get this result leading into Australia."
Alexis Masbou, Ongetta-Rivacold: 7th
“It was good – hard work! This time the bike was very good – in the first laps it was so easy to stay with the KTMs and the lead group. We geared the bike shorter for the race, so it was a little difficult at the end of the straight, but in braking and through the corners I could stay with them easy. Then mid-race I started to have problems – I couldn’t see very well – maybe something to do with an old injury. That made it difficult to stay with the group. I tried again, but I was destroyed, so after that it was just trying to finish."
Romano Fenati, San Carlo Team Italia: 9th
“After warm-up the bike was very good. During the race I had to fight through traffic which lost me a bit of time, so I couldn’t quite catch [Jonas] Folger.  Now I go to Australia with high morale because with the team has improved the base set-up which is important. Improving our pace in qualifying remains the priority."
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 15: Malaysia

Rank Rider (Team)
1Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
2Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
3Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
4Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)
5 Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)
6Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
7Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
8Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
9Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)
10Yonny HERNANDEZ (Ignite Pramac Racing)
11Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)
12Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)
13Claudio CORTI (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
14Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)
15Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
Rank Rider (Team)
1Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)
2Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)
3Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)
4Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
5Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
6Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)
7Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
8Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)
9Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)
10Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
11Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)
12Danny KENT (Tech 3)
13Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)
14Ricard CARDUS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)
15Marcel SCHROTTER (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team)
Rank Rider (Team)
1Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
2Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
3Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
4Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
5Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)
6Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)
7Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
8Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)
9Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)
10Philipp OETTL (Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing)
11Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)
12Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)
13Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)
14Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)
15Ana CARRASCO (Team Calvo)

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