-- 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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