-- MotoGP 2013 - Round 13 - Misano -
Sunday Race Guide, from statistics compiled by
Dr. Martin Raines
• Marc Marquez starts from pole for the sixth time this year. From his five previous poles this year he has had three wins, a second and a third. Marquez has won for the last three years at Misano; the 125cc race in 2010 and the Moto2 race in both 2011 & 2012.
• Marquez, at the age of 20 years 210 days, takes the record for youngest ever rider to have back-to-back poles in the premier-class, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who had consecutive poles at Anderstorp and Mugello in 1982 at the age of 20 years 259 days.
• Jorge Lorenzo, who has won for the last two years at Misano, has qualified on the front row for the ninth time this year.
• Lorenzo has won the last five MotoGP races held in Italy; the last MotoGP race held in Italy not won by Lorenzo was when Dani Pedrosa won at Misano in 2010.
• Valentino Rossi starts from the front row for the second time this year. Rossi finished second at Misano last year - his only dry weather podium of 2012.
• Dani Pedrosa has qualified in fourth place on the grid – the third successive race he has been on the second row.
• Cal Crutchlow is in fifth place on the grid, which equals his worst qualifying result of the year from Laguna Seca.
• Taking the final place on the second row of the grid is best CRT qualifier Aleix Espargaro, who has been the first CRT rider across the line at all eleven races that he has finished this year.
• Heading the third row of the grid is Stefan Bradl, who has finished in the top-six seven times in the last eight races.
• Alvaro Bautista has qualified in eighth place on the grid. Bautista finished third at Misano last year – his first podium in the MotoGP class.
• In ninth place on the grid is highest placed Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso. Misano is one of just three circuits where Dovizioso has not had a podium finish in any class, along with Austin and Laguna Seca.
• Pol Espargaro starts from pole for the fourth time in 2013. His three wins this year have all come when he has started from pole.
• Esteve Rabat starts from second place on the grid, his best qualifying result since he was on pole at Jerez.
• Takaaki Nakagami has qualified on the front row for the ninth time in 2013. After finishing second at the last three races, Nakagami will be aiming to be the first Japanese rider to win a grand prix in any class since Yuki Takahashi won the Moto2 race in Catalunya in 2010.
• In fourth place on the grid is Thomas Luthi, which equals his previous best qualifying result of the year from the Sachsenring.
• Championship leader Scott Redding starts from fifth place on the grid. Redding is aiming to be the first British rider since Barry Sheene in 1977 to win more than three grands prix in a single season.
• Jonas Folger starts from pole for the second time this year and from the front row for the first time since he was on pole at Mugello. Folger has only finished on the podium once from his three pole position starts in GP racing – third at Aragon last year.
• Alex Rins starts from the front row for the tenth time in 2013. Rins finished fourth last year at Misano from 17th place on the grid.
• Maverick Viñales takes the final place on the front row at one of only two circuits, along with Phillip Island, where he has not had a podium finish.
• Zulfahmi Khairuddin heads the second row of the grid – his best qualifying result since he was on pole at Sepang last year.
• In fifth place on the grid is Niccolo Antonelli, which is his best qualifying result since he was third on the grid at Misano last year.
• Eric Granado is at the head of the third row – the best ever qualifying result in the Moto3/125cc class by a Brazilian rider.
• Championship leader Luis Salom is in tenth place on the grid, equalling his previous worst qualifying result of the year from Indianapolis.
-- Qualifying........... Marquez crushes opposition with record Misano pole
Marc Marquez has impressively collected his sixth pole position of the 2013 MotoGP™ season, beating Casey Stoner’s Misano lap record in the process. The championship leader will start alongside Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, with teammate Dani Pedrosa coming from fourth place on the grid.
As qualifying drew to a close at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, it looked as though Marquez had beaten Lorenzo by just 24 thousandths of a second. The Repsol Honda Team man (despite having suffered an accident during the preceding fourth practice session) then delivered a crushing blow in the form of 1’32.915, establishing the new qualifying record and sealing his second consecutive pole by over half a second. Lorenzo was comfortably second ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing partner Rossi, both now running with seamless gearbox for the first time. In fourth spot, Honda’s Pedrosa - on pole last year - was clearly frustrated for the duration of the day and was eight tenths of a second off the pole position time.
Cal Crutchlow delivered an inspiring lap for fifth place, having been outside of the combined top ten in practice, which meant he passed through Q1 for the first time. The Englishman will fill the middle of Row 2 ahead of Aleix Espargaro, again very much punching above his weight to qualify his Power Electronics Aspar ART machine in sixth position. Stefan Bradl starts seventh for LCR Honda MotoGP, ahead of GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista (who finished on the podium here last year) and Ducati Team duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden.
A total of six Italians will start this weekend’s race, two being on Row 4 as Pramac Racing teammates Michele Pirro and Andrea Iannone have qualified 11th and 12th. Bradley Smith struggled to 13th spot after a Turn 14 crash at the end of Q1, while Hector Barbera managed 17th place as the only Avintia Blusens rider to be running with a new pneumatic valve engine. The 24-rider grid will be completed by Came IodaRacing Project’s Lukas Pesek.
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.”
As he also did at Indianapolis in mid-August, Marc Marquez has topped every season in which he has taken part so far this weekend. Sunday’s GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, Round 13 of the season, begins at 2pm local time (GMT +2).
MotoGP™ Qualifying Practice Classification
1 Marc Marquez 1'32.915 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'33.428 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Valentino Rossi 1'33.573 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Dani Pedrosa 1'33.726 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Cal Crutchlow 1'34.014 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Aleix Espargaro 1'34.028 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
7 Stefan Bradl 1'34.098 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Alvaro Bautista 1'34.230 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
9 Andrea Dovizioso 1'34.338 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Nicky Hayden 1'34.362 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Michele Pirro 1'34.467 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
12 Andrea Iannone 1'34.519 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
13 Bradley Smith 1'34.869 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
14 Colin Edwards 1'35.174 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'35.534 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Randy De Puniet 1'35.596 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
17 Hector Barbera 1'35.866 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
18 Claudio Corti 1'35.885 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Danilo Petrucci 1'36.027 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
20 Michael Laverty 1'36.788 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Yonny Hernandez 1'36.844 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Karel Abraham 1'36.877 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Bryan Staring 1'37.283 AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
24 Lukas Pesek 1'37.886 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
A last-gasp lap from Pol Espargaro allowed the Moto2™ title challenger to claim pole position for the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini. The Tuenti HP 40 rider will start alongside teammate Tito Rabat and Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami, with championship leader Scott Redding in fifth position.
It looked as though the top spot would go the way of Nakagami, who led for most of the session and had locked out both of the opening practice periods on Friday. Espargaro had other plans, though, and posted 1’37.666 to collect his fourth pole of the campaign – and the Catalan is yet to be beaten when starting from pole this year.
Although Rabat and Nakagami were also denied pole, the collective performance of the front row riders suggests Sunday’s race will be extremely close, as less than one tenth of a second covers the front trio. In fifth spot, championship leader Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) will be sandwiched on the second row by Tom Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) and Xavier Simeon (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team), while 11th placed Mattia Pasini (NGM Mobile Racing) was the top Italian in qualifying after recovering from an early fall at Turn 5.
Arguably out of position is Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio, starting 16th ahead of Blusens Avintia’s Alex Mariñelarena who achieves his best qualifying result to date. Sunday’s intermediate class race will begin at 12:20pm local time (GMT +2).
Jason O'Halloran - Position: 26th - 1'39.622 - "Even today I had to spend a lot of time studying the track and take the correct references. We have improved a lot, much to hit the target from falling below the 1m40s bracket but the class is very competitive and others have improved equally, if not more, and then we're back over half of the grid. We made few changes on the bike, mostly aimed at defining the choice of tyres and fix the rear that in some places it seems to lack traction. Unfortunately, some choices I've made have not yielded the desired results then in the warm up we will make a few steps in the other direction, trusting that it is the right one. The track is new to me and I really like it, especially the 3rd sector is very fast paced with three fast curves. It took me a while to understand how to interpret it, but now that I've discovered the trick I can really have fun. I have no predictions about the race, we need to think step by step, with the guys will try to find a good set-up in the warm up and then giveour the best in the race to gain as many positions as possible."
-- Moto2™ Qualifying Practice Classification
1- Pol Espargaró SPA Kalex 1:37.666
2- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex +0.032
3- Takaaki Nakagami JPN Kalex +0.090
Germany’s Jonas Folger will start the Moto3™ GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini from pole position, his second of the 2013 season. The Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 rider will be joined on the front row by Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins and Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales, with championship leader Luis Salom tenth.
As is so often the case in qualifying, a flurry of rapid lap times shook up the order and provided a dramatic climax to proceedings at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Folger was rapid throughout, however, claiming pole number two of the year (and his second in Italy) with a leading effort of 1’42.707. This saw off Rins’ own best by less than one tenth of a second, while title contender Viñales cemented yet another front row slot. Critically, rival Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo, who suffered an accident on Friday) could manage no more than tenth place, 1.2 seconds off the top spot, and will aim to avoid trouble on the opening lap of Sunday’s race.
The second row positions will be occupied by a number of standout performers, as Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin and GO&FUN Gresini Moto3’s Niccolo Antonelli achieved fourth and fifth positions ahead of Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira. Row 3 is likely to be an equally happy place, as Eric Granado and Isaac Viñales delivered impressive performances to qualify seventh and eight for their respective Aspar and Ongetta-Centro Seta outfits. Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez will start ninth, having crashed early on in qualifying as Khairuddin had already done.
In 21st place, it was a respectable result for Avant Tecno rider Niklas Ajo, as the Finn had returned from a CT scan in hospital following a heavy crash in morning practice. Further back, wildcard Luca Marini (Twelve Racing and half-brother of nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi) will start his first ever World Championship Grand Prix from 29th on the grid. Sunday’s race starts at 11am local time (GMT +2).
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.”
Moto3™ Qualifying Practice Classification
1- Jonas Folger GER Kalex KTM 1:42.707
2- Alex Rins SPA KTM +0.061
3- Maverick Viñales SPA KTM +0.464
-- Red Bull Rookies
Manuel Pagliani stole victory from fellow Italian Stefano Manzi on the run into the line at Misano to take his first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup victory. The 17-year-old has ridden superbly since the beginning of this, his first Cup season and had already been second three times. It looked to be going that way again as Manzi took the lead with just a few corners to go, only to run fractionally wide on the exit of the final turn allowing Pagliani victory.
Marcos Ramirez, the 15-year-old Spaniard, shadowed the pair of them to third but Karel Hanika fans were already celebrating the 17-year-old Czech's Cup victory even though he didn't finish. He suffered an engine problem while leading on lap 12 of 17. The only rider who had any chance of wresting the title from him going into the race was Jorge Martín but the 15-year-old Spaniard crossed the line ninth with handling problems and Hanika has an unassailable points lead even with the two race at Aragon to go.
Manzi had chased Ramirez and Pagliani onto the last lap and looked to be in the perfect slipstreaming position, especially being the smallest of them. Tucked away down the back straight he moved cleverly into the lead. “It was a great race, a lot of fun,” said Manzi. “I had to work hard from the start but then Hanika and I could break away. When he stopped there was no more slipstream and the others could catch up. My last lap was good, nearly good enough but I just couldn't get across the line first.”
It was clear that Manzi had a last lap plan. Pagliani admitted otherwise. “No, no plan at all, it wasn't possible I just went as hard as I could. Out of the last corner I just tucked everything in and made myself as small as possible,” he said glowing with enthusiasm even though he hasn't the biggest smile in the world. He admitted that the race had not been easy. “Strange, the bike in qualifying was good even though not perfect. Something changed for the race though, the temperature or something because in the middle of the corners as I tried to open the throttle the front wanted to break away, I really struggled with that quite a bit and had to ride round it.”
Ramirez took the last step of the podium for the third time in succession. “That's OK, another great race, really tough all the way but in Aragon I have to do better than third. It might have happened today but on the last lap it just didn't work out, I could find a way past in the last two corners.”
Hanika looked distraught after his engine stopped when he had pulled Manzi clear of the pack but by the time the race finished he was back in the pit lane and almost managed a smile. “Of course I wanted to win this race, I would always like to win but these things happen in racing and it is great to have the Cup. It has been a wonderful season, the high point winning my home race in Brno, that will stay with me all my life. I am also looking forward to Aragon and having another two good races.”
Martín is also looking forward to Spain. “This just hasn't been a good weekend, I fought the bike through practice and with a change of temperature or something I had to fight even harder through the race. I am sure it will be better in Aragon and yes, if you push me I'll say it, I will win both races there,” he concluded with his cool smile.
It was yet another thrilling race from first lap to last and in the early stages 11 riders looked potential winners as the advantage swung back and forth dramatically. Finally it was pole man Enea Bastianini, the 15-year-old Italian, who finally took fourth after the Ramirez and Pagliani had chased down Manzi following Hanika's stoppage. Fifth man home was South African Darryn Binder. The 15-year-old had his best ride of the season, his KTM bearing witness to the closeness of the action with a tyre mark across it's nose from the rear of Scott Deroue, the Silverstone winner, who finished eighth.
The final two Rookies Cup races of the season take place in Aragon, Spain on September 28th and 29th.
-- HRC Report
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)
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.”
Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:44.405 +1.69 - "The qualifying practice didn’t go too well, this morning I was much faster in the final practice session. During the last part of qualifying, with new tires, Luis [Salom] and I went out together to try to help each other out, but we didn’t get the same times as the morning session. But with the lap times we had this morning, we know we can do well in the race. We just need to make a good start and twist the throttle."
-- Yamaha Report
Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of San Marino side by side on the front row after an intense qualifying battle this afternoon at the Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’.
As usual Lorenzo was the first rider away onto the track and immediately set the pace with a 1’33.824, the fastest lap of the weekend at the time. He went on to immediately improve, shaving a little off to lap in 1’33.797, beating last year’s pole time. With nine minutes remaining he relinquished pole position to rival Marc Marquez and returned to the pits for fresh rubber. With just over six minutes remaining he returned to the track and with his seventh lap brought his time down to a 1’33.428 to secure second place on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Teammate Rossi was quick to follow Lorenzo out at the beginning of the session but was forced to sit up in the opening lap due to heavy traffic, the Italian having to wait until there were just eight minutes remaining to find suitably clear track to climb from 12th to an impressive third position with a 1’34.025. He then returned to the pits for a fresh rear tyre and was back on track with just over five minutes remaining. The nine-time world champion then delivered a scorching 1’33.659 with two minutes left on the clock to take provisional second place, only to be bettered by teammate Lorenzo soon after and moving to third. Another step on his final flying lap saw the lap time drop even further to a 1’33.573, securing third place and keeping him on the front row for the second time this season.
Jorge Lorenzo - Position 2nd - Time 1.33.428 - Laps 8
“I expected to struggle less this weekend and go faster than last year but I couldn’t be faster and I couldn't improve the bike so much. We improved a little but not enough to be closer to Marc. He made an amazing lap. We are struggling to stop the bike in braking and we have more spinning than normal in acceleration, that is why the lap time is not great. I will try to make a good start tomorrow and maybe the best strategy is to follow Marc and see how our performance is during the race.”
Valentino Rossi - Position 3rd - Time 1.33.573 - Laps 9
“We are satisfied with yesterday and today because we worked very well during the practice, I was always strong and we improved the setting step by step. This afternoon my bike was fantastic; it had a great setting with a lot of grip. With the second tyre I was alone with no traffic and I pushed very much from the first corner with a great feeling with the bike and I improved my lap time a lot. I’m happy because it's very important to start on the front row tomorrow as Marc and Dani are very fast and also Lorenzo is very strong and very fast. Tomorrow I want to arrive on the podium so starting with them from the beginning is important to fight for it. I want a great race and I want to be on the podium!”
Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing - Team Manager
“The second day is done in Misano and we qualified second on the front row, which is good for the race. Of course we would have liked to have gone a bit faster; we are still trying to find some solutions for some extra grip. Overall, we are on the front row, which is what matters but for tomorrow’s race we would like to improve a little bit.”
Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing - Team Director
“A really good qualifying session, having both riders on the front row is very important, especially here where it is difficult to overtake. For me we have done a really good job so far. We came here with important new items for the bikes and were able to make good use of them, although we still have some adapting to do. Tomorrow is going to be a really good race, it's going to be a tough one but I think we are ready. Looking at the rhythm both riders have we should be confident.”
Crutchlow digs deep to claim second row in Misano
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow maintained his excellent qualifying form in 2013 to claim a fantastic fifth position on the grid for tomorrow’s 28-lap Misano MotoGP encounter in San Marino.
For the first time since the new qualifying format was introduced for 2013, Crutchlow found himself having to participate in the opening 15-minute QP1 session. The British rider though comfortably advanced into QP2 with a best lap of 1.34.694.
Still searching for the optimum set-up with his YZR-M1 to allow him to show the potential that has taken to four rostrum finishes and two pole positions in 2013, Crutchlow dug deep to find his best form of the weekend in a record-breaking QP2.
In gloriously sunny and hot conditions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, which lies just a short distance from the Adriatic coast, Crutchlow shaved another 0.6s off his best pace to claim a place in the middle of the second row for tomorrow’s 13th round of the campaign.
Crutchlow’s brilliant performance this afternoon ensured in 13 qualifying sessions this season he has not yet finished lower than fifth position.
British teammate Bradley Smith also featured in QP1 and he came tantalisingly close to making it through to the second session when a time of 1.34.869 saw him miss out on a top two place by just 0.175s.
The 22-year-old was pushing hard on his final lap to try and join the battle for the top 12 grid positions when he suffered a small front-end crash at Turn 14. He was uninjured in the spill and he will start tomorrow’s race from 13th on the grid, and he remains optimistic that he can fight for a ninth top 10 finish in his rookie season.
Cal Crutchlow - Position 5th - Time 1.34.014 - Laps 9
“It has not been an easy weekend at all and having to go into QP1 for the first time this season was proof of that. So considering how difficult it has been I am really pleased to be starting on the second row of the grid. This afternoon was much better and as I always do, I managed to pull something out of the bag in qualifying. I am always strong in this situation but I really had to be today to get myself out of trouble. We still need to find something else for the race because the gap to the front is pretty big. I am definitely trying my hardest but I have lost some confidence on the bike since the middle of the season and now I have to improve to go faster. One area I definitely need to look at is T3 because I am not fast enough in that sector. I’ll try and get a good start and go with the leading group and I will be doing my best to deliver a positive result for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team.”
Bradley Smith - Position 13th - Time 1.34.869 - Laps 8
“Unfortunately today didn’t go according to plan at all and being 13th on the grid is not ideal. I improved my pace from yesterday by over a second but clearly it is not enough. I’ve crashed twice now this weekend by losing the front, so it shows we have a problem and we will have a good look at the data tonight to find some improvements in that area. We made a really good step overnight with the bike for FP3, but this afternoon we didn’t really make any progress. It is going to be a very tough race and if I can get a top 10 finish I will class that as an amazing result."
-- Ducati Report
Qualifying day at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli proved unsatisfying for the Ducati Team, with Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden posting times that will have them starting tomorrow’s GP di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini from the third and fourth rows, respectively.
Although neither rider was satisfied with his lap time or qualifying position, Dovizioso was relatively pleased with his race pace. Meanwhile, Hayden and his team will use tomorrow’s warm-up session to try to improve the performance of the Desmosedici GP13 over bumps and on changes of direction.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 9th (1:34.338)
“I’m really disappointed with qualifying because I wasn’t able to put together a perfect lap, and starting from the third row will make things difficult. It was important to try to make row two here because the first few corners are challenging, and it’s difficult to overtake riders. We might have the pace to fight for sixth place, which is something we haven’t had in recent races, so that’s fairly positive. It will be a long and difficult race, but we’re in a bit better shape than we have been for the other races.”
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 10th (1:34.362)
“Obviously, things aren’t going as well here as we’d like, as tenth in qualifying is a long way from the top. The actual lap time wasn’t so bad, but nonetheless, the others are far away. We’re struggling a lot over the bumps and with edge grip, especially in the last corner. We’ve got some issues to sort out so we’ll definitely try something in the warm-up to see if we can improve the pace. We know tomorrow’s going to be a hard race, but anyway, we’ll line up and do our best.”
-- Bridgestone Report
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Weather: FP3 - Dry. Ambient 22-24°C; Track 28-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 25-26°C; Track 39-39°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez resumed the dominant form he showed in yesterday’s practice sessions to smash the qualifying lap record on his way to pole position at Misano.
Marquez set a scorching lap of 1’32.915 to beat the existing lap record by 0.223 seconds and take the first slot on the grid for tomorrow’s race ahead of the Yamaha Factory Racing duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi who qualified in second and third place respectively. All of the riders on the front row set their best time on the combination of the softer rear and the harder front slick tyre and the San Marino Grand Prix is the fourth round in a row where a new Circuit Best Lap record was set in qualifying. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro once again used the full potential of the CRT-specific softer rear slick to qualify directly for QP2 and claim sixth position on the grid for tomorrow’s race with a time of 1'34.732 to be the best CRT qualifier.
The weather for today’s practice and qualifying sessions was practically the same as yesterday, with the same peak temperature recording of 39°C being reached during qualifying. The grip level of the circuit did not improve from yesterday and as a result the softer slick options were widely used today, particularly for the rear tyre. Although the softer rear slick was the preferred option, those riders that used the harder rear did report it performed well with only a slight reduction in edge grip compared to the softer rear. Both front slick options were used today with no clear preference emerging in today’s sessions. The harder front slick offers greater stability in the faster sections of the circuit, while the softer front slick offers an advantage in edge grip which helps compensate for the poor grip level of the tarmac.
The MotoGP™ riders will be next on track at 0940 local time (GMT +2) tomorrow morning for the twenty minute Warm Up session before the twenty-eight lap San Marino Grand Prix gets underway at 1400.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Weather conditions were almost exactly the same as yesterday and although the pace was quicker today, the comments from many riders indicate that the condition of the circuit is not as good as recent years, so this makes Marc’s new qualifying record even more impressive. The lack of grip also resulted in just a few riders evaluating the harder rear slick options in FP4, as they preferred the greater edge grip offered by the softer rear slicks. For the front tyres, there is no clear preference among the riders. Some prefer the greater cornering and braking stability of the harder front, while other riders prefer the better edge grip and feel of the softer front slick. It seems that the greatest variable in race tyre strategy among the riders for tomorrow’s race will be the front tyre.”
-- Friday.............Marquez edges Pedrosa as Misano action gets underway
Marc Marquez set the pace in both practice sessions as Friday signalled the start of the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini weekend at Misano. The Repsol Honda Team rider narrowly edged out teammate Dani Pedrosa, while Valentino Rossi ended the day quicker than Jorge Lorenzo as both ran the seamless transmission for the first time.
Already the championship leader heading to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Marquez started as he means to continue by locking out both sessions. The margin was narrow, though, with Pedrosa moving to within 33 thousandths at the end of the day, having previously overcome problems as his bike suffered vibrations. In third place, Rossi was ahead of Lorenzo, but Misano marks a critical race for all at Yamaha Factory Racing as it finally puts its seamless transmission system into practice.
Standout performance of the day went to Aleix Espargaro, as the Catalan rider hauled his CRT-specification ART machine into the top five for Power Electronics Aspar. This remarkable effort, only half a second off the top spot, demoted GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista to sixth place ahead of Ignite Pramac Racing’s Michele Pirro and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso. Stefan Bradl was ninth for LCR Honda MotoGP, but suffered a Turn 6 crash during the afternoon session.
It was a tough day for Monster Yamaha Tech3, with Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith off the pace in both sessions. The former finished tenth, one second down on Marquez, while his teammate was 14th fastest and experienced a crash on entry to the first corner. A total of six Italians are competing this weekend, including Andrea Iannone (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing), Danilo Petrucci (Came IodaRacing Project) and Claudio Corti (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) who ended proceedings in respective 11th, 13th and 15th positions.
1 Marc Marquez 1'34.200 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'34.233 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Valentino Rossi 1'34.458 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Jorge Lorenzo 1'34.495 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Aleix Espargaro 1'34.732 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
6 Alvaro Bautista 1'34.858 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Michele Pirro 1'34.889 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1'34.901 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Stefan Bradl 1'35.107 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Cal Crutchlow 1'35.208 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Andrea Iannone 1'35.218 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
12 Nicky Hayden 1'35.392 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
13 Danilo Petrucci 1'35.933 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
14 Bradley Smith 1'36.004 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
15 Claudio Corti 1'36.122 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Colin Edwards 1'36.181 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Hector Barbera 1'36.198 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
18 Randy De Puniet 1'36.283 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'36.646 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Karel Abraham 1'37.310 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
21 Yonny Hernandez 1'37.329 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Michael Laverty 1'37.334 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
23 Bryan Staring 1'37.722 AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
24 Lukas Pesek 1'38.962 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami locked out both Moto2™ Friday practices for the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, only to crash at the end of the afternoon. The Italtrans Racing Team rider was joined inside the top three by Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat, with championship leader Scott Redding fourth.
Already quickest in the morning, Nakagami proceeded to lower the best lap time to 1’38.291 which was just a single thousandth of a second quicker than Espargaro, who is currently second in the championship. However the former suffered a heavy impact when he highsided his Kalex at the very end of the second session; following a medical check-up, it was confirmed that he had suffered no more than bruising to a foot.
Behind Rabat, Silverstone winner Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) was just over a third of a second off the day’s best pace, with Johann Zarco – who crashed at the end of the opening period – completing the top five for Came IodaRacing Project. Sixth was Tom Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing), as the field continued to set up their bikes at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Nakagami’s teammate Julian Simon was seventh from Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio, while the top ten was completed by Maptaq SAG Zelos Team’s Xavier Simeon and NGM Mobile Racing’s Mattia Pasini.
In the paddock, news came through that Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas – who is not competing at Misano due to injury – has been banned from the Aragon and Malaysia events for causing a multiple collision at the end of the Silverstone Warm-Up session just under two weeks ago.
Jason O'Halloran - Position: - 29th - 1'40.671 - "Having never been here before at all I spent most of the morning session simply staying out on the bike to learn the circuit. For the afternoon we made some changes to the front fork to give a little bit more resistance during the hard braking areas, as we did at Silverstone, but it was really a case of getting more and more comfortable again with the bike and especially the circuit. In the afternoon we made progress and took 0.9s off our time, but then didn’t make up places as many people improved – that’s the competitive nature of this class. I crashed today but without hurting myself so I will put that down to experience as I push harder. Tomorrow my aim is to get into the 1m 39s bracket and get into the top 20. This class is hard-fought and all about making little steps forward, which we aim to do."
Alex Rins topped the timesheets in a dramatic second Moto3™ practice session for the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini. As the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider moved to the front, there were crashes for numerous riders including teammate Alex Marquez and championship leader Luis Salom.
Rins set the pace with his best lap of 1’43.457, six tenths of a second faster than his own previous track record of 2012. Maverick Viñales (Team Calvo), who had been fastest early on, was second from Marquez, who would end the session with a fall.
Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) was fourth, and three quarters of a second off the leading pace, while South Africa’s Brad Binder shone by finishing inside the top five as Ambrogio Racing used Mahindra motorcycles for the first time.
Championship leader Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed 15 minutes before the chequered flag came out, losing control of his machine at the final corner; thrown off the bike, his left knee struck the race track as the rider landed. Although he departed the scene with a limp, the Mallorcan was soon able to re-join the session and finish sixth.
In addition to Marquez and Salom, the eventful period also featured mishaps for CIP Moto3 pairing Alan Techer and Juanfran Guevara plus GO&FUN Gresini Moto3’s Lorenzo Baldassarri and Ongetta-Rivacold Alexis Masbou. Luca Marini, the 16-year-old half-brother of nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, ended the day 27th quickest as he made his first wildcard appearance for Twelve Racing.
-- Red Bull Rookies
The Italians played their home cards well during qualifying for Saturday's Red Bull MotoGP Cup race at Misano with 15-year-old Enea Bastianini robbing pole from 17 year old Manuel Pagliani by just two thousandths of a second. Cup leader Karel Hanika will start from fifth after sliding off early in the session but the 17-year-old Czech is well ahead of his lone points rival Jorge Martín after the 15-year-old Spaniard could only manage eighth.
It was another two Spaniards, 15-year-old Marcos Ramirez and 16-year-old Joan Mir, who qualified third and fourth and with the top 11 covered by less than a second another super-close Rookies Cup race is all but guaranteed.
To accuse the Italians of a home track advantage is rather unkind as Bastianini explained. “I've just done two races here, one on a Moto3 and one on a 125. Of course this is my first year in Rookies Cup and I am so happy to have my first pole. We sorted the bike out early today and now it really is perfect, so much fun to ride,” said the Jerez Race 2 winner who has a simple plan for the coming race; “I'm going to win,” he says with the fabulous grin that he also manages in much less successful circumstances.
Pagliani, also in his first Cup season, might have been annoyed at missing out by so little especially as he was fastest in both free sessions while Bastianini was fourth in each, but that isn't him. “That's OK, there is still the race,” he says with a shrug and his usual deadpan expression. “The bike is pretty good but not perfect, a little trouble with the front, I am not sure if we should change anything though because it is not too bad.”
Ramirez, fresh from two third places at Silverstone, is likely to have made changes before he joins them on the front row on Saturday afternoon. “When I am braking the rear is way off the ground so I would like to do something about that before the race. The rest is not bad and I am certainly enjoying the track much more than last year when I hated the rain. I think it should be a great race.”
Hanika lost the chance to leave Silverstone as the Cup holder when Diego Perez almost crashed beside him on the final lap and the pair collided, leaving Hanika on the floor while the 15 year-old-Spaniard finished seventh. Qualifying saw Hanika in the dirt again but this was all his fault as he slid off on lap four while looking a good bet for pole. “The front just folded as I flicked it left into the second corner, it is a bit bumpy there, my mistake.”
The mechanics did a fantastic job of repairing the bike after it was returned to the pit lane. With less than six minutes remaining he was off again but did not improve. “The bike wasn't perfect and neither was I,” he said simply. “I think we are both good enough to win the race though,” he added with his great smile.
Martín, who trails by 72 points with 75 on offer from the remaining three races, has to string the victories together and is not optimistic. “I am just not happy with the bike, the front isn't working right and we haven't been able to sort it out today. It is my first time here as I missed last year's race with the broken collarbone and I am struggling.”
-- Yamaha Report
Valentino Rossi made a strong start to the San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini Grand Prix weekend today, taking third overall in combined times for the first two free practice sessions.
The local hero was enjoying Yamaha’s new seamless gearbox for the first time in a race weekend situation as he tackled the Misano World circuit under hot and sunny conditions. Rossi completed the morning session in fourth, just over half a second from the front then stepped up the pace in the afternoon session, shaving just under quarter of a second off to finish in third, 0.258 seconds behind Marc Marquez at the front.
Jorge Lorenzo was quick to find a similar pace to teammate Rossi, wrapping up day one in fourth position. The defending world champion was also using the new seamless gearbox as he worked to find an optimum set up for the track. The morning session saw him finish in third, 0.426 seconds from the front and then improve in time in the afternoon to finish 0.295 seconds from Marquez in fourth position.
Valentino Rossi - 3rd, 1'34.458, 23 Laps - “It’s always special and a great feeling to ride here. Today was a good Friday for me, my performance was not so bad. This morning I was already quite fast but especially this afternoon my pace was very good. I was fast from the beginning to the end of the practice and we are very close to the front. Yamaha has made a fantastic job with the gearbox; it is a great help for the riders. It’s not a big advantage with lap time but the bike becomes a lot easier to ride, more stable in acceleration and less wheelie. You can concentrate more on riding, it is less demanding so I think for the race it will be a big help.”
Jorge Lorenzo - 4th, 1'34.495, 19 Laps - “We are having some problems to find the best set up on the bike because I felt a little bit worse than the last years here but we are trying to improve it. The new gearbox is working well and I really like it. I’m confident we can go a little faster tomorrow.”
Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Managero - “The first day in Misano is done. We need to fix some things on the bike to find a little more confidence on entry and also rear grip is a bit of an issue. We are not far off but we need to improve on some areas. We need to find a couple of tenths of a second but I think we can definitely do that.”
Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director - “We have started very well considering we started using the new transmission today. The feeling of the riders has been great, as good as it was in Brno. They are both really impressed with it and I think the feeling will only get better as they get used to it. This morning we suffered from a lack of grip but we recovered well this afternoon. We are heading in the right direction, we are close and tomorrow we will make another step.”
Crutchlow and Smith target improvements after difficult start in Misano
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith experienced a difficult start to preparations for Sunday’s Misano MotoGP round today.
In warm and sunny conditions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the British pairing found both 45-minute free practice sessions a tough challenge while they worked hard to find confidence with their YZR-M1 machinery.
A right arm injury the 27-year-old suffered in the first of three heavy crashes during his recent home race at Silverstone has still not completely healed and Crutchlow was uncharacteristically outside of the top 10 in FP1 this morning.
Crutchlow was able to make significant progress this afternoon by lapping over 0.7s faster and a personal best time of 1.35.208 moved him one place higher up the rankings into 10th position and just 0.4s away from the top six.
Rookie Smith’s first taste of the San Marino track on a MotoGP machine didn’t go according to plan after the 22-year-old ended the opening day proceedings in 14th position on the combined timesheets.
Building up his confidence and speed in FP2, Smith had just set his best time of the day with a 1.36.004 when he fell unhurt at the first corner at the beginning of his 11th lap.
Despite a difficult start to the 13th round of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, Crutchlow and Smith remain optimistic they can be more competitive for the remainder of the weekend
Cal Crutchlow - Position 10th - Time 1.35.208 - “Today was a really difficult day and I am not very happy at all with my pace or my position. My right arm is not 100% after Silverstone but the main problem is I don’t have any feeling with the bike at all. We need to improve because all I can say is that today was bad and disappointing. Those in front of me can just run a much better pace and there is not one single area that is holding me back. I am struggling everywhere but I won’t give up and I will work hard with my crew tonight to try and find some solutions to be more competitive tomorrow.”|
Bradley Smith - Position 14th - Time 1.36.004 - "Unfortunately today wasn’t very positive. Misano is a track I like, so to have a result like today is not nice, but it is clear with the final position there is a bigger problem than just the setting. The bad feeling I had in Silverstone is the same here. The good thing is we understand what the issues are now and we know which direction we have to go in. It is frustrating to have the crash but I am pushing to try and get the same feeling back that I had in Brno where I was strong. I believe with all the info we have that we can take a big step forward tomorrow and be faster. Qualifying is very important here with the first section so tight and the run to the first corner quite short, so it is vital to give yourself the best chance to get away with the leading group.”
-- Repsol HRC Report
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa concluded the opening day of the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix with the first and second fastest times, respectively, on the combined timesheet. The top two riders in the MotoGP World Championship standings did not let up the pace at the Misano Marco Simoncelli Circuit, occupying the top two spots in both of the Free Practice sessions held on Friday. They were separated by just 0.033s on the day's combined lap times.
Marquez showed his cards right from the opening moments of the morning session, quickly going fastest of the MotoGP field. After 21 laps, the Repsol Honda rider had stopped the clock with a best time of 1'34.476. On the other side of the garage, teammate Pedrosa took second after completing 18 laps, with his speediest lap 0.222s off that of Marquez.
In the afternoon practice session, both would make improvements. Marquez racked up a further 22 laps, ending the day with the fastest time: 1'34.200. Pedrosa was hot on his heels, concluding the second session just 0.033 slower. Both Repsol Honda riders look to be in good form at Misano so far.
Dani Pedrosa - FP1 - 1:34.698, 18 laps, 76 km. - FP2 - 1:34.233, 20 laps, 85 km.
“In general, today we managed to have two good practice sessions. The only problem is that we are lacking some grip in the rear. It was hard to find the necessary traction during the sessions and we hope to be able to improve this tomorrow. The track condition didn't help us today either, as the asphalt wasn't very grippy. Despite all this, tomorrow we will be looking for a good qualifying session ‒which is the important thing.”
Marc Marquez - FP1 - 1:34.476, 21 laps, 89 km. - FP2 - 1:34.200, 22 laps, 93 km.
“I am happy with how things went today, and how we worked. I felt pretty good from the start and found some good reference points; there's only a few places, like on the fast corner, where I still need to make some improvements in order to go faster. I'm running slightly wide onto the astroturf at that point. I hope that we can rectify this tomorrow, keep working well and get in even better shape for the race.”
-- Ducati Report
The GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini kicked off in perfect conditions, with sunny skies and mild temperatures, but at the completion of day one, the Ducati Team wasn’t satisfied with its early efforts at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The first free-practice session ended with Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso seventh and eighth quickest, respectively. The afternoon session saw Dovizioso improve his best time by .112 seconds to 1:35.392, which left him in the same position, whereas the American wasn’t able to improve his morning time and dropped to twelfth.
Both riders will work with their teams during tomorrow morning’s free-practice in an effort to improve their setups for the afternoon qualifying sessions.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 8th (1:34.901)
“We’re all quite close but the feeling is a bit worse than when we had our test here. It’s a few degrees cooler and my Desmosedici works a little differently. This track is pretty tight and slow, and we must work to improve by a couple tenths in order to get our pace below 1’35”. That will be very important in order to have a chance to fight for positions further up in the field.”
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 12th (1:35.392)
“I obviously wasn’t thrilled with the day, but I do think we can improve quite a bit for tomorrow. There are a couple of sections where I’m losing the most, mainly on change of direction, but I’m going quite well in other places. It was a bit bumpy, but that’s nothing we didn’t expect for Misano. I wasn’t happy with my last exit of the afternoon as I made some mistakes. My ideal time is half a second faster, so I’m confident we can do a good step forward tomorrow.”
-- Bridgestone Report
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Weather: FP1 - Dry. Ambient 20-22°C; Track 26-31°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP2 - Dry. Ambient 25-25°C; Track 39-39°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continues to impress after posting the fastest time in practice for the San Marino Grand Prix today, the young Spaniard setting a time of 1’34.200 under sunny skies at Misano.
Marquez led a Repsol Honda 1-2 in Friday practice as Dani Pedrosa was second fastest today with a personal best lap time just 0.033 seconds behind his rookie teammate. Third quickest today was hometown hero Valentino Rossi, the Italian rider setting a lap time of 1’34.458 on his Yamaha Factory Racing M1. Aleix Espargaro showed formidable pace on his Power Electronics Aspar ART machine, taking fifth overall with a time of 1'34.732 to be the highest placed CRT rider on the first day of practice.
Weather conditions throughout the day were dry and warm with the track temperature reaching a maximum of 39°C in the afternoon Free Practice 2 session. The fine conditions resulted in all slick options being utilised today and at this stage of the race weekend, the most widely used combination is the harder front slick paired with the softer rear slick option. Track conditions today for the first day of the race weekend were satisfactory with lap times already getting within a few tenths of the current race lap record.
Similar weather conditions are predicted for tomorrow’s practice and qualifying sessions, with the next MotoGP™ session scheduled for 955 local time (GMT +2).
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“The dry and warm conditions today enabled riders to try a wide range of slick tyre options and already the pace from the front-runners is quite quick, which is a positive sign. Misano is a circuit where an optimal bike setup is very important to get the best from the tyres, so it was good to have two dry sessions today. At this stage the softer rear slick options are the more popular choice, although some riders also evaluated the harder rear slicks and with the possibility of warmer weather tomorrow, we may see more riders give this option a try. The hard compound front slick was preferred as track temperatures became warmer as it offers an advantage in braking and cornering stability over the softer option, which is important at this circuit given its layout. It was a positive start to the race weekend at Misano.”
|MotoGP 2013 -
Round 13 - Misano - Yamaha goes “seamless” to
take the fight to Honda at Misano
The Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli got underway today with a packed pre-race press conference featuring Repsol Honda Team’s championship leader Marc Marquez, Yamaha Factory Racing duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, Repsol Honda’s Team Principal Livio Suppo, as well as Yamaha Factory Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis.
The main talking point for Marquez was whether his injured shoulder from Silverstone has improved: “I feel quite good, nearly 100%. It’s not perfect, the shoulder, but I have good memories at Misano. Every year I ride quite well and it looks like Honda is quite good here. Brno and Silverstone are big circuits with fast corners. This is smaller, but I usually ride quite well on small circuits.”
Yet it was Lorenzo who trumped Marquez by announcing the arrival of the seamless transmission, putting them level with the Honda’s gearbox: “It [seamless transmission] will be here for the weekend. We can say that. Tomorrow! After a nice victory at Silverstone, normally Misano is good for me, I have always finished first or second in MotoGP. I like the track and I think we’re in good shape.”
Rossi, for whom this is his home-circuit, has good memories of the track: “Yes, this is a special track for me because I grew up here, and the first time I used a real bike on a circuit was here. It’s my home Grand Prix, so it is a special track and I like it. I have had good results in the past, especially with the Yamaha but also with my best result for Ducati last year. We have to improve on the results of the last three races and try to fight with the top three guys.
“We will try the new gearbox from tomorrow and we are so happy. For sure it is important, it is very good for the rider and a big help. Misano is a track on which you use the gearbox a lot, so we hope that will be a good advantage when fighting with the Hondas.”
Iannone, who has had an injury-plagued time in his first year in MotoGP™, is pleased with his progression nonetheless: “Yes, many, many [injuries]! But, okay, it’s a very difficult season for me this year. My last injury with the shoulder is a big problem for me, last three races very hard, much pain, but with the Clinica Mobile I have been trying different solutions and last week I worked very hard to try and improve my situation. I am very happy with the development of it and I think it is ready for this weekend, I will try to do my best.”
Suppo confirmed not only that the Honda “production racer” is proving competitive in tests, but also agreed that the championship on a whole was heading in the right direction. He also had to rebuff questions regarding a possible return of Casey Stoner: “Sure. We have to find a way to find teams reasonably competitive machines for reasonable prices. It’s not easy because the level of factory machines is very high, but we are trying. Yamaha is doing similar things and it’s good.
“Of course, when you speak about Casey everybody is interested in knowing if he will be back one day, but there is nothing more to it at the moment. He is enjoying it [testing] and for sure for any manufacturer something like this is a dream for testing. We are very, very lucky. For sure, he loves riding the bike because you can’t replicate that. So he is happy to go there testing, no media attention or anything. I think he loved the competition but he just wanted to be in his kind of isolated world, and that is the case with the tests.”
Jarvis on the other hand spoke about Yamaha’s plans for next year, and joked that it was rider pressure that brought the seamless transmission in for the race: “Earlier today we announced the renewal with Tech3 for another two years, which is very important with them using the factory-spec bikes. Just now we have come from the Forward Racing press conference; we have a one-year programme to provide them with our solution to the ex CRT class. We will provide them with the package. They are not ready with their riders yet but the project is taking fruition, so that is new and exciting. In addition to that it is our second home race based in Italy – a really busy time to the year. And now we introduce the new gearbox we have been waiting for a while, so it’s a very exciting weekend.
“[The transmission was brought in now] with the pressure from these two! But if it’s ready for Monday, it’s ready for now. We have a deficit to Honda and need to do everything we can to challenge them over these next six races.”
The day before, Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith, Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis, as well as Yamaha Team Director Massimo Meregalli, all participated in a 5km uphill bike ride up Mount Titano to the Old Town of San Marino, supported by four members of their personal team. Starting at Fonte dell’Ovo, it was Pirro who came out on top with his team, starting his home race weekend in the best possible way.
-- MotoGP 2013 - Round 13 - Misano - Anticipation builds as MotoGP™
moves epic battle to Misano
As the MotoGP™ grid heads to the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano this weekend there is once again only one thing on riders’ minds – how to close the gap to championship leader Marc Marquez.
Last time out in Silverstone it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo who managed to figure it out by beating the Repsol Honda Team rookie sensation with a bold move in the final few corners. Lorenzo will aim for much of the same as he tries to cut the lead to the Repsol Honda men, including Dani Pedrosa, who will look to convert his outright pace into a win to get his title challenge back on course. Marquez may prove tougher to beat in Misano however, as he will have recovered further from the left dislocated collarbone he picked up in a crash in Sunday Warm-Up at the last race.
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi is aiming to find his end-of-race pace directly off the start line, as that looks to be the weak link stopping him from challenging for a podium or win once more. GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista on the other hand will be searching for a way past the famous Italian, having lost out to him narrowly in the last three races. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl has been somewhat off-colour in recent races, despite showing great pace over one lap. He will need to rediscover the race pace that saw him take second in Laguna Seca, whereas Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow will look to forget his crash-plagued Silverstone and get back to challenging for the podium.
The Ducati Team duo may fare better at Misano than in previous outings, as they occasionally use it as a test track during the season. Yet no doubt they will have Tech3’s British rookie Bradley Smith to contend with, who has recently been tussling with the Ducatis on track. Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies is once again replaced due to injury by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, who will make it a fully Italian garage alongside Energy T.I. Pramac’s Andrea Iannone.
Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro still looks near unstoppable as top CRT on his ART machine, and the likes of NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards and Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera will have a tough job chasing him down.
World Championship Standings MotoGP™
1 Marc Marquez 233 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 203 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 194 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Valentino Rossi 156 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 136 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 113 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 103 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso 96 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 88 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Aleix Espargaro 68 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
11 Bradley Smith 66 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Michele Pirro 44 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Andrea Iannone 41 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 27 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Hector Barbera 27 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Danilo Petrucci 22 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
17 Randy De Puniet 20 pts FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
18 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
19 Claudio Corti 7 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
20 Yonny Hernandez 7 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
22 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 4 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
24 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
25 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
26 Javier Del Amor 1 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
27 Martin Bauer 0 pts AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
28 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
29 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
30 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance
The top news running up to Misano is that of inaugural Moto2™ World Champion Toni Elias, who has now departed the Blusens Avintia team. The Spaniard is in negotiations regarding a move to the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, while he is replaced in the intermediate class by Argentina’s Ezequiel Iturrioz.
Fresh from winning his home race, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding will head into this weekend’s GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano as favourite, with Tuenti HP 40 title rival Pol Espargaro needing a good race to reduce the Brit’s lead.
Redding was on superb form in Silverstone, and will prove tough to beat in Misano, however with the likes of Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi and Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami on form at the moment, there are many contenders for the win. Espargaro had a weekend to forget in the UK, though in Misano will still remain one of the favourites for the podium, as will his teammate Esteve Rabat, who usually looks strong towards the end of the race.
The NGM Mobile Forward Racing team could be one to watch with local rider Alex de Angelis, as well as two other strong Italians in the form of Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia has replaced Yuki Takahashi permanently with Malaysian Azlan Shah, whilst Australian Jason O’Halloran steps in once again for the inured Mike di Meglio in the JiR Moto2 team.
Gino Rea is the only wildcard this weekend with his Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing team. Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas will not contest the race due to injury and will be covered for by Spanish compatriot Alex Mariñelarena. At Federal Oil Gresini Moto2, Italy’s Franco Morbidelli stands in for Doni Tata Pradita for this event.
Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal is set to appear in Misano, despite suffering a broken right ankle in Moto2 Warm-Up at Silverstone, but will have to pass a medical test before being allowed out on-track.
World Championship Standings Moto2™
1- Scott Redding GBR Kalex 192
2- Pol Espargaro SPA Kalex 154
3- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex 135
4- Mika Kallio FIN Kalex 125
5- Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter 108
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom is firmly in charge as the Moto3™ contingent heads to this weekend’s GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano to fight it out for the lightweight title.
Salom has looked in dominant form in recent races, and the likes of Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins will be trying their best to get past the Mallorcan and claw back some points. Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez is proving to be a constant podium threat, whilst Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller is always one to watch.
Away from the track there is a significant technology switch with the Ambrogio Racing team switching from Suter-Honda bikes to Mahindras. This means that for the first time ever there will be four permanent Mahindra bikes on the grid in the Moto3™ World Championship. Add to that the Misano wildcard of Italian Andrea Locatelli alongside regular riders Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez, and there will be five.
And providing another twist this weekend will be wildcard Luca Marini with his team Twelve Racing – the Italian being the half brother of nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.
World Championship Standings Moto3™
1- Luis Salom SPA KTM 233
2- Maverick Viñales SPA KTM 207
3- Alex Rins SPA KTM 200
4- Jonas Folger GER Kalex KTM 120
5- Alex Marquez SPA KTM 117
-- Red Bull Rookies
There are just three races remaining in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2013 as everyone heads for Italy's Adriatic Coast and the Grand Prix di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. Czech 17-year-old Karel Hanika leads the title chase by an impressive 72 points from Spanish 15-year-old Jorge Martín but as Silverstone's dramatic races demonstrated two weeks ago, nothing is a foregone conclusion.
Hanika is of course favourite to take the Cup, either here or at the final round in Aragon but equally it is a racing certainty that he will have a fight on his hands all the way just as he has in the 11 previous races. Both Hanika and Martín were brought down on the final lap in Britain but it was only the Spaniard who was able to remount and take the points that kept his challenge alive and he takes that determination to Italy.
Silverstone Race 2 victor Scott Deroue is absolutely the man on form and the 17-year-old Dutchman comes straight from a double victory in the ONK Moto3 championship at Assen last weekend. Hanika also kept his winning form up with victory in the IDM Moto3 Championship at the Sachsenring.
Matching their National Championship successes, Jordan Weaving snatched victory from Tarran Mackenzie in a thrilling last lap at Donington Park to win his second British Moto3 Championship round. Mackenzie is already a three-time winner in Britain and both are also hitting good form in Rookies Cup with Weaving part of the lead battle at Silverstone and Mackenzie a good 9th in Race 1.
There was no national championship round last weekend for the Italians but of course they are all looking for home success in Misano. Stefano Manzi, the 14-year-old from Santarcangelo di Romagna, Rimini, lives only 35km from the track and has already scored two second places and two thirds so far this season, his second year in Rookies Cup. First season local challengers are 15-year-old Enea Bastianini, also from Rimini and even closer to the track, who won in Jerez and 17-year-old Manuel Pagliani, from Camposampiero, Padua, who has three second places to his name. Mario Tocca makes the trip from Rome, keen to celebrate Thursday's 15th birthday in style.
Manzi lies 7th in the Cup points after some bad luck this season. Pagliani is third and Bastianini fifth, split by Marcos Ramirez, the 15-year-old Spaniard who had a double third at Silverstone. He was also third in Race 1 at Assen and last year he had three second places so is still looking for his first win.
-- Previously..............................MotoGP 2013 - Round 12 - Silverstone
-- Lorenzo edges Marquez in Silverstone thriller
Jorge Lorenzo has returned to winning ways in a highly dramatic Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone, beating championship leader Marc Marquez by less than one tenth of a second. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium as home favourite Cal Crutchlow struggled to seventh place.
On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in Sunday morning Warm-Up. After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Centre, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider headed up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.
Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno last weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders. Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just over two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale. On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield, which featured slight contract between the two bikes.
The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far. Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him. In fourth spot was Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, while LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finished in sixth place.
Having missed his home race in 2011 before starting at the back in 2012, Cal Crutchlow had hoped for a much stronger Silverstone weekend in 2013. He crashed twice on Saturday and again in Sunday’s Warm-Up, then paid the price for a poor getaway as the Tech3 rider plummeted from third to sixth at the start. He would fall back to his eventual finishing position of seventh when the charging Bautista – who had lined up eighth on the grid – overtook at the end of Lap 1.
Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith again found himself dicing with the pair of Ducati Team riders, but was ultimately taken advantage of by Nicky Hayden for eighth place. Smith would end the day ninth, while Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate tour. The Italian joined second-lap faller Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project) on the sidelines, promoting Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into the top ten despite a broken finger and injured neck after a Saturday crash; he therefore led home the CRT riders as PBM’s Michael Laverty ended his maiden home race in 19th position, ahead of Colombian teammate Yonny Hernandez.
Following the race, it was announced that Marquez has been given two Penalty Points under the new system due to not slowing down under the yellow flags in the morning Warm-Up. This also happened to be the moment that saw him crash at the same turn as Cal Crutchlow. Not to be confused with Championship Points, the penalty system was introduced in 2013, under which Up to 10 penalty points can be imposed, with sanctions applied at certain thresholds. Any rider reaching four penalty points starts the next race from the back of the grid, while seven points lead to a pit lane start and 10 points a race ban.
With the triple-header of Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone now over, MotoGP™ returns in two weekends’ time with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. With six events remaining in 2013, debutant Marquez carries an advantage of 30 points over Pedrosa, with Sunday’s winner Lorenzo now trailing the championship leader by 39 points.
-- MotoGP™ Race Classification - Round 12
1 Jorge Lorenzo 40'52.515 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2 Marc Marquez +0.081 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Dani Pedrosa +1.551 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi +13.233 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Alvaro Bautista +13.298 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
6 Stefan Bradl +20.227 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Cal Crutchlow +26.299 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Nicky Hayden +35.993 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Bradley Smith +36.119 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Aleix Espargaro +53.196 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
11 Andrea Iannone +59.058 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
12 Michele Pirro +1'00.710 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Hector Barbera +1'01.690 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
14 Colin Edwards +1'01.843 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Danilo Petrucci +1'08.833 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
16 Randy De Puniet +1'09.063 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
17 Claudio Corti +1'16.474 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 Hiroshi Aoyama +1'16.535 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
19 Michael Laverty +1'32.057 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
20 Yonny Hernandez +1'36.224 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Bryan Staring +2'00.635 AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
22 Andrea Dovizioso DNF ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
23 Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
Moto2™ championship leader Scott Redding has won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider, who took the lead off the start line, was assisted in the closing stages as a tight battled raged for second place. Pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi completed the podium.
On Saturday, Japan’s Nakagami had claimed his second pole position within the space of a week, but it was Redding who seized the lead as the red lights went out. Critically for the English rider, much fighting over the remaining rostrum places would prove a decisive element in his first home victory since 2008, when he had claimed a career-first win in the 125 class at Donington Park.
A race-long duel between Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) and Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) featured various changes of position, not least on the last lap when the duo swapped places at Vale and Club corners before battling deep into the Brooklands complex. The Japanese would finish ahead of the Swiss, with Tuenti HP 40’s Tito Rabat and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter in close attendance. Redding’s teammate and Brno winner Mika Kallio was sixth.
Sunday was a difficult affair for title contender Pol Espargaro. Following a crash at the start of the Warm-Up session, the Tuenti HP 40 rider started sixth on the grid but lost ground in the early stages of the race – falling to as low as 11th. He fought back up to eighth behind Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco, but crucially loses a further 17 points in his championship fight with Redding. Six races remain in 2013.
Three riders failed to finish. Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Alberto Moncayo was an early faller, while British wildcard Gino Rea (Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing, fracturing the fourth metacarpus of his right hand) and Xavier Simeon (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team) crashed across the final pair of laps.
At JiR Moto2, Australian Jason O’Halloran finished 25th as he replaced France’s Mike di Meglio, injured at Brno last weekend, while both Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas and Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal missed the race following a multiple collision at the end of the morning Warm-Up.
Jason O'Halloran - 25th - "It was a tough, difficult but enjoyable race to be honest. We were fighting in the group at the back with riders with a lot more experience on a Moto2 bike than me and where I could be faster in the corners but was losing out on the straights and getting passed by people. It was definitely some sort of technical issue as there was oil on my boots and glove. The positives are that we did go faster towards the end of the race and that it was an amazing experience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the JiR Team for this experience as they gave me so much support all weekend."
Moto2 continues in two weekends’ time, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Scott Redding - who has become the first Briton to win an intermediate class race in his home country since Tom Herron triumphed at the Isle of Man TT in 1976 - will head to Italy with a 38-point championship advantage over Pol Espargaro.
Moto2™ Race Classification
1- Scott Redding GBR Kalex 38:22.897
2- Takaaki Nakagami JPN Kalex +1.066
3- Thomas Luthi SWI +1.170
Luis Salom has extended his Moto3™ championship lead with a second consecutive victory, beating Alex Rins by just 49 thousandths of a second in the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Alex Marquez rounded out the rostrum while pole-sitter Maverick Viñales just failed to establish a new podium finishes record.
Silverstone marked the end of the triple-header, which had first taken the championship to Indianapolis and Brno; with this in mind, many were keen to sign off with victory ahead of a two-week break until the next race.
Salom started as he meant to continue by shooting into the lead from third on the grid. Before the 17 laps were completed, however, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider would exchange positions on various occasions with Team Calvo’s Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins, with Rins’ teammate Marquez also very much in the battle. Salom would confirm his sixth win of the season by less than half a tenth of a second, with second-placed Rins having had to defend as well as attack on the final tour.
Marquez’s top three result was his second in three races, while in fourth Viñales finished off the podium for the first time this year; in the process, he just misses out on becoming the first rider in history to claim 11 successive podium finishes from the start of a season in the lower class of the World Championship. The top six was completed by Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, while Britain’s John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG) scored two points in his home Grand Prix, finishing 14th.
Four riders failed to see the chequered flag, including La Fonte Tascaracing’s Alessandro Tonucci who was involved in a high-speed Woodcote collision with Aspar’s Eric Granado in the closing stages of the races. The first pair of retirements were CIP Moto3’s Juanfran Guevara and teammate Alan Techer, both out of the race in a first-lap collision at Vale with Racing Steps Foundation KRP’s Wayne Ryan. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, teammate to Salom, recovered to 20th place after being forced to start from the pit lane following technical problems on the grid.
Salom’s championship lead over Viñales is now 26 points, with Rins a further seven behind. Moto3™ continues at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini taking place in two weeks’ time.
Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: 7th - “We got pipped at the line, but it was a good fight and we were top Honda again, so I’m happy with that. The race could’ve been better – I got stuck in a group and although I think I could’ve gone faster, whenever I tried to break away I got passed on the straights. This time we did manage to save the rear tyre for all the race, which was good.”
Arthur Sissis, 24th - "I made a good start and was riding pretty fast, so I was able to overtake a few rivals. I tried to reach the front group, but I struggled a lot with the riders in between and lost touch. It was a tough battle. Then, going into Turn 8, I crashed. I re-entered the race because the bike hadn’t stopped, but it was quite damaged. However, I wanted to continue because there were only three laps remaining and I thought I would be able to finish."
Moto3™ Race Classification
1- Luis Salom SPA KTM 38:17.291
2- Alex Rins SPA KTM +0.049
3- Alex Marquez SPA KTM +0.698
-- Red Bull Rookies
Scott Deroue won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 2 at Silverstone and Karel Hanika did not win the Cup. It all came down to an incredible last lap and while 17-year-old Dutchman Deroue got in front and out of trouble, points leader Hanika, the 17-year-old Czech, was knocked down with less than half a lap to go.
His only remaining points rival, 15-year-old Spaniard Jorge Martín, was then dramatically brought down as Joe Roberts, the 16-year-old American, highsided right in front of him in the the final section.
While Hanika had stalled the bike and could not restart, Martín remounted to pick up just 4 points, his only score from the weekend but enough to keep his title hopes mathematically alive. Just three races remain in the Cup season and though Hanika leads by 72 points there are 75 still on offer.
It had been a fifteen rider battle from the start and while a few dropped back it was still a pack of 8 who could take the rostrum places as Hanika took the lead heading out onto the 14th and final lap.
He had done the same in Race 1 and it worked perfectly as those behind cannoned into each other. This time though Hanika could not get even the slightest advantage, Deroue was determined to win and so was 15-year-old Spaniard Diego Perez. As Perez opened the throttle a touch too hard the rear Dunlop let go and as he wrestled for control the bike went left and into Hanika who was knocked down.
Deroue was given a clear advantage and when, a few seconds later, Roberts and Martín also fell the other podium places were handed to Joan Mir, who celebrated his 16th birthday with second, and 15 year old Spaniard Marcos Ramirez who took third as he had on Saturday.
After a largely disappointing season so far Deroue was thrilled with the end to an odd weekend. “The bike was great from early on because the WP guys did such a great job with the setting. I was quick through Free Practice but then when we put the new tyres in for Qualifying suddenly the bike felt quite strange and I was a second slower than I had been on old tyres in Free Practice, that's why I qualified on the fifth row.”
“Race 1 was good though until I crashed with Martín. 'Sorry Jorge'. Then in Race 2 I was determined to make it a good one. After I made it to the front it was all pretty crazy, a lot of overtaking but I managed to get in front on the last lap and I had no idea what was going on behind. Did I have much of a lead across the line?” he queried.
Such was the drama behind Deroue that his advantage was 0.646 seconds over Mir who was equally thrilled. “My first podium in Rookies Cup and so much fun, the bike was really great and after I caught up to the front it was such a fun fight, I was leading, then overtaken, back and forth, just a great race.”
Ramirez was also in the heart of the action at the front, even stronger than he had been on Saturday. “It was another very hard race, it is funny, in Race 1 I had a bit of trouble with the rear sliding too much towards the end, we changed the rear a bit for Race 2 but now I was battling the front a bit. Still another great podium and I want to carry on like that in Misano,” stated the Spanish Moto3 Championship leader.
Though Hanika had hung his head in despair immediately after abandoning his attempt to rejoin the race, just a few minutes later he realised that everything was far from lost. “I have to accept that the race for the Cup goes on. It was another hard race and this time I think it got a little too crazy towards the end, I don't really agree with the way that some of the guys were riding but I still thought I could win it. Perez went wide, I had the drive but then he slid and came across, there was nothing I could do.”
And what did Martín have to say? “Nothing,” he answered with a shrug and just a hint of his usual smile. “It all was a bit too crazy, I would get in front and try and pull away but always someone came past and it was impossible. OK so there is still the possibility for the championship but just 4 points from the weekend.... not good,” he concluded simply, after falls in both races that were in no way his fault.
-- Yamaha Report
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a stunning performance today to take victory in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. The defending world champion made another lightening race start this afternoon, flying from second on the grid to take the hole shot into turn one ahead of arch rival Marc Marquez. Although unable to break away, Lorenzo executed an unbroken string of inch perfect laps to maintain the lead until just three laps from the end when Marquez attempted to take control of the race.
His lead was not to last as Lorenzo fought back a lap later to regain the lead, beginning a battle which was to last to the last corner as the two exchanged places in the fight for the lead. It was Lorenzo who emerged victorious, making the definitive move just two corners from the end and holding the tighter line into the last turn to cross the line victorious and claim his fourth win of the season.
Team mate Valentino Rossi made an excellent start from sixth on the grid, initially jumping three places to slot in behind Marquez in third position. Still struggling to find an optimum set up for the first few race laps, the nine-time world champion then slipped back to sixth before mounting his fight back. With 12 laps to go Rossi was swapping positions in a close fight with German rider Stefan Bradl, emerging the victor two laps later and then hunting down Alvaro Bautista in fourth. The battle with Bautista was to begin with just three laps remaining and continue to the finish line, Rossi’s race craft eventually giving him the upper hand and earning him fourth place at the flag.
The results bring Lorenzo five points closer to the championship leader Marquez, the point difference now 39 as Lorenzo sits on 194, just nine points behind Pedrosa in second. Rossi continues in fourth in the standings, now on 156 points and building the gap to Cal Crutchlow in fifth to 20 points.
The next Grand Prix takes place in two weeks time, the San Marino Grand Prix on 15th September.
Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 1st - Time: 40.52.515 - "This was one of the best races I’ve ever had. I’m really happy and really pleased. It’s a very important win. I pushed from the beginning to try and open a gap, even more than in recent races but it was impossible. Marc never gives up, even if he’s a little bit injured after the warm up. He overtook me three laps from the end so I studied him a little for one lap and I saw he was struggling in some braking so I overtook him on the corner where he crashed. I pushed in the last lap to the maximum, I opened a little gap but I made a mistake in braking and almost crashed. When he overtook me three corners from the end I thought it was over again and second place but then he opened a little gap in the last corner so I thought "now or never" and I tried and got it. To be honest I’m not thinking about the championship, I’m thinking just to enjoy this victory which was very special to get then focus on Misano!”
Valentino Rossi - Position: 4th - Time: +13.233 - “For me this result is a bit more positive than in Brno. Every time I come here I have a bad result, this time we worked in a different and better way. The fourth place is better than in Brno, but it is still a fourth place. Unfortunately I made a good start but in the first laps the other guys between the second and seventh lap were a lot faster than me, but the second half of the race was not so bad. We will continue to work hard, we never give up and are not so far now. We have a constant pace and we are nearly there but we need to go a bit faster, we still have to work to improve our pace. We made a modification between warm up and the race that gave me a better feeling with the front.”
Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager - “It was fantastic to see the final race from the triple in a row go our way. It was hard to fight for so many laps in the lead and every time get third, but this race he rode like an animal! He gave his best and the last lap was amazing, he deserved this victory. The team worked very hard to prepare the bike he finally raced with. We improved in the braking zone and I think working and listening together we were able to give him what he deserved today.”
Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director - “Even though it was a really hard and tough race Jorge still won it. I think he did a great and fantastic job. We put a lot of effort into this weekend and he put in a lot of effort too so we could beat our competitors in an incredible last lap. It has been a really nice race to watch. We knew that Silverstone was going to be a good circuit for us and we are really happy to leave here with this big win. We have taken back a lot of positive spirit and we are looking forward to Misano. I want to say a big thank you to the guys who made this possible and we will keep pushing as the target of the Championship is still there. It's been another challenging race for Valentino but nevertheless he was able to get a good fourth place. Now we head to Misano, Valentino's home race, and we will again do our outmost to give him the best possible bike to fight for the podium.”
Courageous Crutchlow ends bruising British Grand Prix in seventh
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow showed tremendous determination and desire in this afternoon’s British Grand Prix, the home crowd hero racing to a seventh place finish in front of a record attendance at Silverstone.
British teammate Bradley Smith also demonstrated his battling qualities in the 20-lap race to secure ninth position, which was his eighth top 10 finish in 12 appearances on Yamaha’s YZR-M1 machine.
Almost 74,000 British fans were cheering when Crutchlow kick off the race in a decent way from the front row of the grid.
But riding in considerable pain and discomfort after three high-speed crashes in the build-up to today’s action, the 27-year-old was unable to keep himself in contention for the top six, despite producing yet another performance that typifies his fighting spirit and never-give-up attitude.
After defying the pain, Crutchlow still got a rapturous reception from his loyal home crowd, who were appreciative of his efforts to claim a 10th top 10 finish of the season.
Smith kept his challenge for a top 10 position in the overall World Championship standings on course after he was narrowly beaten to eighth place in the closing stages.
The 22-year-old attacked from the off and brilliantly kept Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso at bay until four laps from the end. Relegated to ninth, Smith mounted a relentless pursuit of American Hayden in the final stages but he couldn’t find a way through and the chequered flag saw him less than 0.2s behind the 2006 MotoGP World Champion.
Cal Crutchlow - Position: 7th - Time: +26.299 - “Honestly I’m pleased the weekend is over and at least we finished the race. It certainly wasn’t the easiest race I have ever done and it is disappointing that I couldn’t challenge. But after the crashes I just had no power at all in my right arm and I was also lacking grip at the start when the tyres were cold. Unfortunately that is what happens when you crash three times in a weekend. I didn’t give myself enough time to get laps under the belt to set the bike up properly. The only positive we can take away is that we have been faster than last year. But it’s definitely less than what I hoped for when we arrived at the track on Wednesday. Congratulations though to Jorge, Marc and Dani because they put on an incredible show today and had fantastic speed. I’d have loved to be up there with them and now I’m just looking forward to a few quiet days at home before we go to Misano where I hope to fighting closer to the front again.”
Bradley Smith - Position: 9th - Time: +36.119 - “I was very pleased with my start and we decided to race with the softer rear tyre option, as we were lacking a bit of grip during the whole weekend. I wanted the sun to come out but unfortunately the temperatures remained cold and after just three laps we already knew that the race would be difficult one. Probably the hard tyre would have been the right choice but we did not have enough time to evaluate it yesterday. We did what we could and even if I didn’t want to finish behind Nicky, I decided it was safer the finish the race after Andrea crashed out just in front of me. All in all it has been a tough weekend but riding in front of nearly 75.000 British here today has been an incredible feeling.”
Herve Poncharal - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team - Team Manager - “I would like to say I’m happy it’s over because it has been a really tough weekend for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. This is a special weekend for both Cal and Bradley and the motivation to do well is maybe sometimes a bit too big. But it seems that Cal has some bad luck here every year. We were hoping after the qualifying that he could fight for the podium but the crash this morning in qualifying did not help to build up his confidence. I believe he was just riding to see the finish line and I’m glad he scored some points and finished the weekend in positive fashion. I really want to thank Cal also this weekend for his bravery. He was pushing all the weekend and he never give up after some big crashes. Bradley also had a strong weekend. Again for nearly the whole race he was battling with Andrea and Nicky and he managed to stay in front of them for many laps, which is not an easy task considering how experienced they are. I’m happy both of them finished their home race and we can prepare for the next challenge in Misano after a very tough period in the Championship.”
-- HRC Report
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) starred in a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone today, finishing a tantalisingly close second and third, behind winner and fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
Marquez took the lead twice in the last three laps, making his final bid for victory with three corners to go. He made it through, but Lorenzo dived inside at the next turn and held him off in the fast dash through Woodcote to cross the line just 0.081 seconds in front. Pedrosa was a further 1.4 seconds back at the flag, having been right with his fellow Spaniards in the final stages after coming through from a sluggish start.
It was a miraculous ride from Marquez, who crashed at high speed in this morning’s warm-up session, dislocating his left shoulder. After treatment at the Clinica Mobile he was passed fit to ride, although he needed painkilling pills and injections. The 20-year-old rookie and World Championship leader started the 20-lap race from pole position, aiming to continue his record-breaking spree with a fifth consecutive win.
And he so nearly did it. Watched by a record 73,000 race-day crowd, Lorenzo jumped into the lead from the start, Marquez shadowing him all the way while Pedrosa fought through from fifth on the first lap, setting a new lap record in the process.
Lap after lap, Marquez stayed right with the reigning World Champion. He made his first pass towards the end of lap 18 of 20, going underneath Lorenzo at the tight Brooklands left-hander. Half a lap later Lorenzo out-braked the youngster into Vale to regain the lead. It stayed that way until the pair attacked Brooklands for the final time, Marquez repeating his earlier move. He made it stick, but after making a tight entry into the subsequent Luffield right-hander, he lost some grip and drifted just wide enough for Lorenzo to sneak through on the inside.
Marquez’s result was his 11th podium finish from his first 12 MotoGP races. With six races remaining he leads Pedrosa by 30 points and Lorenzo by 39.
Pedrosa had a great race after a difficult qualifying session yesterday, when he was fifth fastest. He knew he needed a great start if he was to challenge the leaders, but he didn’t get one. Nonetheless he kept his head and quickly started passing riders ahead of him. By lap four he was into third place with a clear track ahead of him, which allowed him to quickly close on the leaders, establishing that new lap record in the process. However, his red-hot pace had taken the best from his tyres and on the last lap he made a minor mistake which lost him the chance to attack those in front.
Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) had a strong ride to fifth, enjoying an exciting duel with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), the pair swapping fourth place on several occasions during the final few laps. Finally Rossi got the upper hand, passing the chequered flag just 0.065 seconds ahead of the Spaniard.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) expected better than his sixth place finish. The former Moto2 World Champion struggled with a lack of edge grip and corner-exit drive, which prevented him from challenging closer to the front of the pack.
Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had a difficult race. He had a numb hand for much of the 20 laps – probably as a result of his crash during practice – and could do little more than just make it to the finish.
Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) scored an important home win in the Honda-powered Moto2 series, triumphing after a tense and race-long battle with pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter). The Briton’s third win of the year puts him 38 points ahead of Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) who could only manage eighth place.
Redding – who only days ago announced that he will join Fausto Gresini’s Honda MotoGP squad for the next two years – led most of the race but he had to fight all the way. Nakagami put a great pass on him at The Loop on lap ten, but then lost the lead a few laps later at Village. That was the break Redding needed because while Nakagami and Luthi fought over second place, he was able to get away out front.
Nakagami crossed the line a second down after swapping places several times with Luthi on the last lap. It was his third second-place finish in succession. Luthi finished just behind the Japanese ace, with Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) closing up on them in the final stages after setting a new lap record. This was Luthi’s second consecutive third-place result.
Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) was fifth, less than a second behind Rabat. Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) had a mostly lonely ride to sixth, with Johann Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter) leading the next group, just ahead of Espargaro, Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) and Mattia Pasini (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up).
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) put in a typically determined performance in the Moto3 race battling in the thick of the second group, in the race, won by Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo). He looked to have secured sixth place when Jonas Folger (KTM) squeezed past on the run to the finish line. Miller ended the race just sixth thousandths of a second behind the German.
Also in the group was Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda), who swapped places with Miller, Folger and Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra). After saving his rear tyre mid-race, the Frenchman fought back to the front of the group, but then missed a couple of gears braking into Vale on the last lap, which let the other three come past. He crossed the line in eighth place, two tenths behind Miller.
Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was in the midst of the third group. He finished 11th, just ahead of Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda), Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini FTR Honda) and local John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda).
The MotoGP circus now heads back to the Continent, for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano on September 15.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: 2nd - “I’m very happy with how things went today. This morning when my shoulder popped out I thought that my weekend was over, but the doctors were able to put it back in place quickly and that allowed me to be up there at the front, fighting with Jorge. I didn’t feel much pain, because I received an injection to dull the pain, but I was lacking strength and feeling tired by the end. Despite all this, I was able to battle all the way until the final corner with Jorge, who eventually emerged victorious today. Congratulations to him! For me these 20 points are like a win!”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd - “I’m disappointed with the result today. I rode well but got a bad start and conceded a lot of seconds in the opening two laps, so I had to really push in order to recover ground. I gradually caught up with Marc and Jorge, but I wore my tyres out in the process and at the end of the race I lacked grip in the right-hand corners. I tried to calm down and slow my pace in order to lower the tyre temperature, although finally I wasn’t able to match their performance. That meant that when I attempted to pass, the bike slid out a lot and I was unable to really get involved in the fight for the win. I will have to give it another go at Misano.”
Alvaro Bautista, Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 5th - “Unfortunately once again I have had to concede to Valentino but we had a lot of fun out there. The last lap was really nice because we overtook each other several times but unfortunately I couldn’t make it stick and he beat me by just 0.065 seconds! That’s a shame but I am happy anyway because I have improved my feeling with the bike again here, we were able to make up a lot of ground at the start of the race and confirm our recent good form again. We just need to take another little step to be even more competitive but it is coming. Hopefully we can have another nice race in the next Grand Prix at Misano, the team’s home race.”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 6th - “I feel like we had the same race we had at Brno last week because we were facing the same problems. We struggled on the edge of the tyre, with no drive out of the corners and this is a bit disappointing for me because I am really strong on braking. We have to analyse why we can do a better speed in the practice on used tyres and not in the race. Of course we expected a better result today but there’s no time to complain now. We must work harder to find a solution for Misano GP.”
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 21st - “My hand went numb after just three laps of the race today and I just couldn’t keep the pace up. I’m sure it was a result of my crash yesterday. I was really struggling but I was determined to make it to the end of the race so I kept pushing. We have fallen short of our objectives here but I couldn’t do much more today.”
Moto2 rider quotes
Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team: race winner - “I had pressure here, but also a lot of support, which made me want to win even more. I’ve worked really hard here to be consistent and it worked. The fans were going crazy on the slowdown lap and that gave me goose-bumps. I rode as hard as I could and worked to open a gap, but then one lap the bike jumped out of sixth and went down to second at the next corner – I thought I was down. When Nakagami ran wide and I retook the lead I knew it was time to go.”
Takaaki Nakagami, Italtrans Racing Team: 2nd - “I try my best, my 200 per cent, all race. Scott had a very good pace, so it was difficult to follow, especially T1 and T2. In T3 and T4 I was faster than the other guys, but it was difficult to overtake because my top speed was not so good, so it was difficult to attack in the braking area. And the end of the race I tried so hard to catch Scott because I was fighting with Luthi. My congratulations to Scott, he rode a great race.”
Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Paddock: 3rd - “It’s a good feeling to be back at the front and to fight for the victory. The team has worked hard after we missed some preseason testing and the first races [due to injury], so let’s say we are almost fully back; not to win, but at least to fight for the win. When we crossed the line at first I wasn’t so happy, but I enjoyed the race and I’m happy with the podium.”
Honda Moto3 Rider quotes
Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: 7th - “We got pipped at the line, but it was a good fight and we were top Honda again, so I’m happy with that. The race could’ve been better – I got stuck in a group and although I think I could’ve gone faster, whenever I tried to break away I got passed on the straights. This time we did manage to save the rear tyre for all the race, which was good.”
Alexis Masbou, Ongetta-Rivacold: 8th - “I got a good start and was in a fast group, fighting together all through the race. During the mid-stages I stayed at the back of the group to conserve my rear tyre, then with five laps to go I started to push again. I made it all the way to the front of the group for the start of the last lap, but then I made a mistake going into Vale. I arrived at the corner in third gear instead of first, so the three other guys all passed me. Fifth was our place today, so we did very well, apart from that one mistake.”
Isaac Vinales, Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta: 11th - “The result wasn’t what I wanted – we were hoping for better after I qualified in the top eight. It was a tough race in a big group, with many overtakes. I tried my best and tried so hard to get to the front of the group, so I could finish in the top ten. It didn’t quite happen, so we must keep focused and try again at Misano.”
-- Ducati Report
Today’s British Grand Prix—the final race in a busy MotoGP tripleheader that lasted almost the entire month of August—was a thrilling affair that featured several exciting battles, including a race-long tussle over eighth place involving Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, as well as Bradley Smith. Ultimately, it was the American who secured the position at the finish, whereas Dovizioso suffered an unfortunate fall just two laps from the end.
Dovizioso and Hayden had started from opposite ends of the third row and were ninth and tenth, respectively, at the completion of lap one. The teammates traded positions on a couple of occasions, and on lap seventeen of twenty, the Italian moved by Smith to take over eighth place, only to lose the front end two laps later and crash out. Hayden took advantage and also passed Smith before crossing the finish line in eighth place.
The MotoGP riders now get a well-deserved weekend off before returning to the track for the GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on 15 September.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 8th
“I was going fast in the warm-up this morning but I had a high-speed crash that really beat up the bike. I had to use the other bike in the race, but even though it had an older engine, it worked fine and I had a good battle with Bradley and Dovi. I had hoped before the race that we could really do something better than that, but I think eighth place was about the maximum that was possible today. The team is really working hard, and they improved the bike a bit for today. We’ll keep rolling and try to do a step forward.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, NC
“It’s really a shame about the crash because I had a good strategy and Nicky and I had tried hard to stay with Smith for the whole race. We managed it until near the end. I was trying to put a small gap on them before the last corner, but I lost the front end in turn twelve, a spot where I really wasn’t expecting it. I was quite fast there, and I felt safe. I don’t think I made a big mistake; maybe I was just going a bit faster than normal, but as we’re always riding at the limit, the front closed and I went down. I’m really disappointed because I could’ve had eighth place, which we knew was the maximum that we could do this weekend. I lost some points in the championship, and I’m very sorry for the team.”
Paolo Ciabatti – Ducati MotoGP Project Director
“Today both Nicky and Andrea gave it their all as they fought for eighth place, and it’s really a shame that Dovi crashed a couple of laps from the end. At the moment, this seems to be our potential, but we’ll continue trying hard to improve the bike’s performance ahead of the Misano round in two weeks. The test team will be back on track at Mugello on Wednesday morning with Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini, and our development work continues without pause.”
-- Bridgestone Report
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium-soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 18-19°C; Track 30-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo rode one of the races of his career to win a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone by the narrowest of margins over Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo got a great start from second on the grid to lead into the first corner and was closely followed by Marquez throughout the race, with the battle heating up in the closing stages of the race. After swapping position numerous times in the final two laps, Lorenzo managed to squeeze past Marquez at Luffield on the final lap and powered away to take the chequered flag a mere 0.081 seconds ahead of Marquez. On the other Repsol Honda, Dani Pedrosa took third place having a set a Circuit Record Lap time of 2'01.941 on lap six. The first CRT rider across the finish line today was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard crossing the finish line in tenth place to secure his seventh top-ten finish of the year.
The dry and mild conditions continued today with a peak track temperature of 32°C recorded during the race. The fine weather resulted in today’s contest being the quickest overall MotoGP™ race at Silverstone, the average pace being over one second quicker per lap than last year. Another outcome of the consistent weather was that many different tyre strategies were used for the race, with all slick tyre specifications being utilised. The majority of riders preferred the softer slick, although eight riders – including the top four finishers – selected the harder rear slick option. Front tyre choice showed a strong trend towards the harder front slick, with sixteen of the twenty-three riders selecting this option.
Lorenzo’s fourth win of the year helps the reigning MotoGP™ champion close the gap to Marquez in the standings to thirty-nine points, while by finishing ahead of his teammate at Silverstone, Marquez extends his lead over Pedrosa to thirty points with six rounds remaining.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha for their fantastic victory at Silverstone today; that was one of the most exciting races I have witnessed with so much happening throughout the field! We were all waiting to see who would rise to challenge Marc’s recent run of victories and Jorge put in perhaps his greatest ever performance to show us all why he is the reigning champion, although Marc’s performance after injuring himself in Warm Up was also very impressive. It was wonderful to finally have fine weather all weekend at Silverstone and this not only allowed us to have great action during qualifying and the race, it provided a great atmosphere in the many other activities happening around Silverstone. Apart from supporting the teams and riders on track, we also supported Riders for Health on the Day of Champions and also entertained fans at our display booth in the vending zone. Overall, this was a busy, yet successful weekend for Bridgestone.”
Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“It was most welcome that we had dry weather again today as all the setup work and tyre evaluation done by the teams was put to good use for the race. As expected there were a lot of different tyre combinations used today and overall tyre performance was very good, with a quick pace from the beginning of the race and a new race lap record being set. The race pace was over a second quicker than last year and the lap times were also quite consistent over the twenty-lap race. Silverstone was a good race for us and a great way to end a busy period of three back-to-back races.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner
“I’m really happy as today was one of the best races of my career and it was very emotional. I tried to open a gap at the beginning, pushing even harder than in previous races but it was impossible to get a gap over Marc as he never gives up. I could see some areas in the final laps where I was stronger so I pushed to the maximum and when I saw a gap in the final corner I knew it was no or never, so I had to make the pass. ”
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