-- MotoGP 2013 - Round Three - Jerez
-- Pedrosa wins Jerez as Marquez bumps Lorenzo out of second place
The Circuito de Jerez welcomed a huge crowd as the first European race of the season took place. Lorenzo had been the rider to beat for much of the weekend, comfortably sealing his second pole position of the season on Saturday. He would share the front row with the Honda duo, with Pedrosa knowing that a quick start would be vital.
Confirming Lorenzo’s worst fears, Pedrosa overtook as the 27-lap race began. The lead was immediately snatched back, but Pedrosa made the move stick as he passed at Dry Sack on Lap 6. As the Yamaha rider dropped into the clutches of Marquez, Pedrosa maintained a steady pace en route to his first win since Valencia last year.
Marquez’s race was a dramatic one, having entered as the joint championship leader with Lorenzo. Having quickly demoted Valentino Rossi to fourth place after the Yamaha rider overtook at the end of Lap 1, the 20-year-old charged up to the back of Lorenzo and attempted several different lines in a bid to distract the current title holder. The eventual move ironically came at the newly-named Jorge Lorenzo corner at the end of the very last lap, with Lorenzo left fuming after contact was made.
Once dispatched by Marquez, Rossi had a lonely ride to fourth place on the second Yamaha Factory bike, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow overcoming GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista for a top five spot at the end of a difficult weekend which featured two sizeable accidents on Saturday. Ducati Team duo Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso made the top eight while test rider Michele Pirro enjoyed a strong first ride of the campaign to 11th on the squad’s GP13 Lab chassis.
Hector Barbera and Avintia Blusens’ impressed by qualifying tenth on the lead CRT machine, but on race day the Spaniard fell to 12th as Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro took CRT honours for the third time in as many races, finishing ninth from Tech 3’s Bradley Smith. As Blusens’ Hiroshi Aoyama tumbled to 18th in the closing stages, Michael Laverty scored the first points for PBM’s own-built bike by coming home 13th and ahead of Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, who also scored for the first time in 2013.
Five riders failed to make the end of the race, notably Stefan Bradl who compounded a tough three days for himself and LCR Honda MotoGP. The German, like Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, retired on the fourth lap. Iannone’s teammate Ben Spies did not compete, advised by doctors to rest and solve a problem with a pectoral muscle, while Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham pulled out after Friday due to suffering too much pain with his broken right collarbone.
In the World Championship, Marquez becomes the sole leader just three races into his premier class career. He now leads teammate Pedrosa by three points (61 to 58), with Lorenzo just a further one in arrears. Rossi and Crutchlow complete the top five while Espargaro has extended his CRT advantage to ten points over Barbera.
After witnessing three different winners in the first three races, the season continues with Round 4 in two weeks’ time, as the MotoGP™ community returns to legendary Le Mans for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.
Race Result - Round 3
1 Dani Pedrosa 45'17.632 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Marc Marquez +2.487 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo +5.089 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Valentino Rossi +8.914 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow +12.663 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista +15.094 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Nicky Hayden +25.632 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Andrea Dovizioso +41.881 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro +43.812 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
10 Bradley Smith +44.461 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Michele Pirro +45.974 ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
12 Hector Barbera +59.859 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
13 Michael Laverty +1'09.743 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
14 Danilo Petrucci +1'17.813 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
15 Colin Edwards +1'18.177 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Bryan Staring +1'18.928 AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
17 Claudio Corti +1'19.307 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 Hiroshi Aoyama +1'19.457 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
19 Stefan Bradl DNF GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
20 Andrea Iannone DNF ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
21 Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
22 Randy De Puniet DNF FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
23 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
1 Marc Marquez 61 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 58 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 57 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Valentino Rossi 43 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 28 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Andrea Dovizioso 26 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Nicky Hayden 24 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro 17 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
10 Andrea Iannone 13 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
11 Stefan Bradl 11 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Bradley Smith 10 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
13 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Hector Barbera 7 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
15 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
16 Michele Pirro 5 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
17 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
18 Yonny Hernandez 3 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Danilo Petrucci 2 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
20 Colin Edwards 1 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Hiroshi Aoyama 1 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
22 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
23 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance
24 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
25 Bryan Staring 0 pts AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
-- HRC Report
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) claimed his first win of the season in confident style in blazing sunshine and in front of a huge crowd at Jerez today, making it two out of three so far this year for Honda, and reasserting himself in a World Championship battle that is already rich with tension.
With Texas winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) claiming a very hard-fought second place, it was the second race in succession that Honda took the top two positions.
Pedrosa took the lead from fellow-Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) at the Dry Sack hairpin on the sixth of 27 laps, and was immediately able to secure a small but vital cushion, to win by 2.487 seconds. The last lap, he said, was particularly special, in front of 111,259 fervent Spanish fans.
He made it look easy, compared with his team-mate’s second place. Twenty-year-old Marquez had been fighting to find a way past Lorenzo mid-race and again in the closing laps. Every attack was repulsed, and when he did get in front the last time round Dry Sack, he directly ran wide, ceding the position once more.
The class rookie, who became the youngest-ever GP winner at Austin, Texas a fortnight before, wasn’t done yet.
At the final corner he saw a chink of space inside his rival, and dived straight into it. The pair touched, but Marquez had the inside line and was able to finish his corner, while Lorenzo was sent out wide, and had to accept third.
The same three riders were on the rostrum in Texas, with the order of the front two reversed.
Marquez’s third successive rostrum finish puts the youngster ahead at the top of the World Championship, with 61 points to Lorenzo’s 57; while Dani’s win moves him to second overall, one point clear of his Yamaha rival.
Conditions were hot and punishing, especially for the tyres, with all riders having to focus not only on racing their rivals but also trying to stay smooth, to avoid running out of grip in the closing laps. Pedrosa managed it best, able to run a fast but smooth pace, riding alone.
With Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow (both Yamaha) fourth and fifth the next-best Honda rider was sixth-placed Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V). He had been ahead of Crutchlow mid-race, and was barely two seconds adrift at the finish.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) crashed out in the early stages, but Grand Prix rookie Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) was just seven tenths of a second away from scoring a first point, finishing 16th after holding his own in a strong CRT battle aboard his CBR1000RR-powered machine. Staring was at the back of a tight four-strong group, but gained two places in the last lap for his best finish yet.
Esteve “Tito” Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) claimed a career first victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 class, qualifying on pole for the first time, leading into the first corner, and evading his pursuers with a series of blistering early laps. By the finish he was 4.261 seconds clear of second-placed Scott Redding (Marc VDS Kalex), who had held the position all race long. Rabat’s win gave him the World Championship lead over Redding by one point.
Second Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex rider Pol Espargaro took a hard-fought third to add to his victory in Qatar and regain third overall. He started off fourth and spent the rest of the race battling to catch Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex). He finally did so with two laps to go, and seized the last rostrum position when the Japanese rider ran wide after saving a near-crash on a corner exit. Nakagami was barely two tenths behind over the line.
Austin GP winner Nico Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Suter) was fifth; while Xavier Simeon (Desguaces Le Torre Maptaq Kalex) triumphed by half a second in a strong fight with Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Suter) for sixth.
For a second grand prix in succession, the Moto3 race was stopped early by a red flag after French rider Alan Techer (CIP Moto3 TSR Honda) crashed out and required track-side treatment. He suffered concussion, but escaped serious injury. This time more than two thirds of the 23 laps had been completed, so no restart was required. Results were taken from the lap before the crash, the 15th, with victory for Spanish KTM rider Maverick Vinales, by quarter of a second from compatriot Luis Salom (KTM) and Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM).
South African Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) claimed a brilliant career-best fourth place, heading a big group battling for the position and then escaping to finish three seconds clear of fifth place. Hopes of a possible rostrum were dashed by the red flag.
Italian Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) was the next best Honda rider, forging his way through the field from 17th on the first lap to ninth place, at the front of the next big group, and three tenths ahead of Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) and John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda). Danny Webb (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) was also in the points, in 13th.
Unluckiest of all was Australian Jack Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda), who was going strongly in the group disputing an eventual fourth. He had just crossed the line still at the front of the eight-strong gang when into the first corner he was touched from behind by Mahindra-mounted Miguel Oliveira, and both riders crashed. He was unhurt, but unable to restart.
After a day of testing at Jerez, the MotoGP World Championship moves on to Le Mans in France in two weeks, as the European season gathers momentum.
Honda MotoGP rider quotes
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: race winner
“It was a beautiful race. I was able to ride the bike well, even though it was difficult because the tyres were really on the limit. I couldn’t push too hard because of that, so I had to ride carefully. I was able to maintain a good advantage throughout the race and collect this win at home as a result. It was fantastic, especially seeing all the fans in the stands; this year we’ve had a lot of people come to watch this Grand Prix. I also want to say ‘Happy Mothers Day’ to my mum and thanks to all my team; it’s been a great day!”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: second
“It was a very good race. I gave 100 percent from the first lap through to the last. At some points in the race I felt better than at others, but I never gave up. I tried to stick as close as possible to Lorenzo, although it was very difficult. I couldn’t quite close the gap, but I didn’t let him get away either. It was a very hard race, because if you get one or two seconds difference between you, you relax a bit. I didn’t relax though, and I am very happy. I think that, above all, the end of the race was really good for the fans. I want to apologise to Jorge, because it was a racing incident – a last lap move that happens when you are on the limit. The most important thing is that we both finished the race, and I hope that that’s the end of it.”
Alvaro Bautista, Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: sixth
“That was a long and hard race because of the heat, which made it tough on the tyres. I didn’t get the best start and lost two positions, which I was able to make up although it was when I closed down on the group ahead of me that we started to struggle for grip. It is basically the same problem we have been having all weekend but I also started to have some problems with the front, which wasn’t allowing me to get on the gas as I wanted. Anyway, we gave 100 percent and it’s a positive result that gives us something to build on in the test tomorrow. I want to thank the team and sponsors for their continued support.”
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 16th
“It goes without saying that I am happy with my best result so far in MotoGP. At the start of the race I was struggling a bit but then I got into my rhythm and found the confidence to push. I am still gaining experience in this class and I think we are on the right track to start making big improvements. It’s a shame to miss out on the points but I am determined to get there soon and I am sure that with the help of the team, who continue to offer great support, we will do it soon.”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: DNF
“Basically we were not able to fix our problems throughout the weekend and even today I could not ride the bike in a smooth way. I crashed early on because, since the beginning of the race, I could not push the front and this overall package did not suit my riding style. This tough weekend ended with a crash and I feel sorry for everybody. We must forget this race and go ahead working hard for Le Mans GP.”
Moto2 rider quotes
Esteve Rabat, Tuenti HP 40 Pons: race winner
“I am very happy. We worked very well this weekend, from the start. I could make a good lap time for one lap, but also get a good rhythm for the race. I knew it I got a good start and no-one passed me in the first laps, then I try to get away. My mechanics were telling me ‘plus 0.6’ and ‘plus 0.7’, so I pushed and pushed and I was able to make a gap, and then I could go at my own pace.”
Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team: second
“It was a strange race. I’m full of a cold at the moment, so the fact that it just got hotter as the race progressed meant I was fatiguing towards the end. At the start Rabat managed to creep away; it was just one or two tenths a lap, but it was enough to pull away. I tried to go with him, but it was feeling a little bit risky so I backed off to do my pace, that I knew I could maintain. It worked out pretty well. The tyres were spinning up a bit, but my lap times were okay, it’s just that Rabat was quicker today and I just have to accept that. I’m happy to be on the podium again.”
Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40 Pons: third
“I am not happy. Of course it is normally impossible to win every race, but we had some new problems and that is why I was behind Tito. The whole weekend was not good, but in the race I could go a couple of tenths faster, but when the heat came up the bike was sliding a lot. I think we need to do something with set-up. We are not able to use the tyres well and we have the same tyres for the whole year, so we have to change something.”
Honda Moto3 rider quotes
Brad Binder, Ambrogio Racing: fourth
“Just after the start, I was in a big group. We were eight, I believe. I didn’t want to waste my tires at the beginning, so I waited. At a point, I realized that I could be faster than the others, half a second faster, and so decided to take the lead and tried to open a gap – two seconds, and maintaining it. The first group, at that point, was well ahead, and I could see them only on the straight, but the gap seemed to get smaller and smaller, lap by lap. Then – the red flag. You never know what can happen to people fighting for the victory. Perhaps even the podium could have been up for grabs... but it’s OK: I’m more than happy.”
Romano Fenati, San Carlo Team Italia: ninth
“The race was beautiful. I came through from 18th on the grid; I fought a lot with some of the best riders, and I made a lot of overtakes. It was very much fun. The bike was not so bad today. I will try to keep on doing better at the next races, and especially to qualify closer to the front for even better results.”
Alexis Masbou. Ongetta-Rivacold: tenth
“It was a difficult race, but very enjoyable. I was in a big group of riders, and though it was tough it was fun. I qualified 13th and finished the first lap in the same position, so that was okay. We were all battling, then with four laps to go after a couple of riders crashed ahead of me I was able to take some advantage of the confusion. I was up to ninth, then Fenati got ahead of me, and in the end beat me by a few tenths.”
-- Yamaha Report
Jorge Lorenzo took his third consecutive podium finish of the season today, taking third on the podium for the Gran Premio bwin de España at the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit in Southern Spain. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider made a strong start from pole position, initially dropping to second off the line but retaking the lead a couple of corners later from fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa. With 22 laps to go tyre life dropped off dramatically and Lorenzo was then re-passed by Pedrosa. The reigning World Champion was able to hold second from an advancing Marc Marquez until the final corner of the final lap when the young Spanish rookie made a heart stopping pass on the inside of Lorenzo, making contact and pushing him wide to steal second. The podium finish delivers Lorenzo 16 Championship points and places him third in the standings, four points behind Marquez.
Valentino Rossi made a good start from fifth position on the grid and enjoyed an early tussle with Marc Marquez reminiscent of their Qatar battle. Having been unable to find an optimum set up for the race Rossi was unable to maintain the pace of the front three. The nine-time World Champion was quick enough to stay ahead of fifth placed rider Cal Crutchlow and rode a relatively lonely race in fourth to take a further 13 Championship points. Rossi sits in fourth in the standings with 43 points, 14 behind his teammate in third.
Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd, +5.089
“I have always been positive so today also I am going to be positive, to finish the race with sixteen points is always a great result. I was second for the whole race and then lost the place on the last corner so it wasn't the perfect race. The perfect race is a victory and if not possible second, the next is third. Today we got another podium and we are quite close to the leader. On the other hand we have to improve the bike. I think I made two mistakes in the race, in the start I started really badly and in the last corner, I thought Marquez was further behind than he was so I didn’t take a defensive line, this was my second mistake.”
Valentino Rossi, 4th +8.914
It was a difficult race. Unfortunately we were not able to be better, we suffered a bit with the conditions and we tried to do the maximum. We improved the set up for the race and we did a good start. I was with the top group but unfortunately I was not fast enough to stay with the top three. Lap by lap the gap was bigger so I think we have some work to do. Here in Jerez I expected we could go faster than Honda but they arrived in front of us. We still have some work to do to improve the bike. Tomorrow we have the test and we'll try to find the right balance. In the Championship we are not very far from the top and we took some important points. I wanted to be on the podium but unfortunately it was not possible, we will try again next week.”
Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
“A very tough fight today in very difficult circumstances. We struggled a lot to get the bike under control for the whole race. Finally we finished on the podium, which is very important in races like this. After five laps the tyre had already dropped a lot and Jorge was missing apexes here and there. He brought the bike back home and that is what is important.”
Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director
“It has been a hard weekend. We really worked as hard as we could to improve tyre life. Unfortunately we couldn't get what we were looking for. For sure we will focus some more effort tomorrow during the test to fix it for the rest of the season. In terms of the Championship, points and a podium are always good and we are close to the leader. The season is long; we lost a battle but not the war! Both riders put in a lot of effort, pushing 100% from the start of the race until the end. Overall it was a good race.”
Heroic fifth for Crutchlow, Smith gets first top 10 in Jerez
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team celebrated its first double top 10 result of the 2013 MotoGP campaign in Jerez today, with Cal Crutchlow riding to a heroic fifth place and rookie Bradley Smith storming to a maiden top 10 finish. Crutchlow displayed phenomenal determination and bravery to bounce back from two heavy crashes yesterday to maintain his 100% record of finishing every race inside the top five this season. The British rider was engaged in an exciting early fight with Valentino Rossi for fourth before he got locked into an intense tussle with Alvaro Bautista shortly before the halfway stage of the 27-lap encounter. In scenes reminiscent of their titanic battle for the podium in Japan last October, Bautista seized fifth from Crutchlow on lap 11. But riding through the pain barrier in gruelling heat that saw temperatures hit 27 degrees under clear blue skies, Crutchlow fought back superbly to take back fifth on lap 17. He then produced a master class in aggressive riding to streak away from Bautista and claim a third successive top five finish by almost three seconds. Bradley Smith produced an equally impressive ride to come tantalizingly close to registering his first top 10 finish in MotoGP. For the majority of the 27-lap race he was locked in the biggest battle on track for eighth position with Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and Michele Pirro. Smith moved into the top 10 on lap 24 with a clinical move to get by Pirro and at that stage he was 1.770s behind Espargaro. He produced a stunning late charge to cut the Spaniard’s advantage to less than a second but just as he was lining up an attack to claim ninth the chequered flag came out.
Cal Crutchlow 5th, +12.663
“Fifth place today is not a bad result considering everything that has gone on before but it’s not exactly what we expected. I was fast all weekend but after the two crashes yesterday I think it’s a very good result to remain the best of the rest. I did not feel very confident with the front-end in the race, but I think all Yamaha’s struggled in this area. I think in the middle of the race my pace was good and I started to push but with the full fuel tank I could not stop the bike and I had no grip, so I lost quite a bit of time in the early laps. Physically I had no problem on the bike for the race distance although I had a little bit of pain in my lower back. It has been a difficult weekend in many respects so I am very satisfied with fifth because probably last year I would not have finished the race in the same situation and that’s for sure an improvement.”
Bradley Smith 10th, +44.461
“I’m obviously happy with my first top 10 result because conditions for the race were different compared to the rest of the weekend. The lap times were relatively slow and the temperature meant the grip was quite low, so it was a big learning experience for me. Riding these bikes with that little grip needs a different style, so I had to adapt at the beginning of the race. From the middle stages I felt comfortable and I’m a little disappointed to be beaten again by Espargaro but it’s nice to be at least closer than last time in Austin. I just ran out of time at the end of the race because I was catching him very quickly. In Austin I was 50 seconds behind the winner and here the deficit is 44 seconds, so that’s definitely a positive and our aim for the future will be to keep reducing the gap. I’m really looking forward to the test tomorrow. It will be another learning experience for me and it will be nice to test on a track where we’ve just had a race and where I feel now really comfortable on the bike. Tomorrow we will be able to test a few different parts and understand actually what’s working better and what does not. So all in all it has been a positive weekend with improvements in every session.”
-- Ducati Report
The Spanish Grand Prix proved challenging for Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.
Despite pain in his right wrist, Hayden managed to finish in seventh place, maintaining the same position for almost the entire race and riding alone for most of the twenty-seven laps. His Italian teammate, Dovizioso, never found a good feeling with his Desmosedici GP13, and he was involved in a battle with Espargaro for eighth place, a position he managed to claim at the chequered flag.
Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro had an encouraging performance in his first race aboard a MotoGP bike. Riding the experimental GP13, Pirro rode consistently in tenth place before losing a position four laps from the end and finishing eleventh.
Hayden and Dovizioso are scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s official IRTA test, which will also be held at Circuito de Jerez.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 7th
“The small tweaks we did to the bike this morning were improvements, and after I was fifth in the warm-up with a decent pace, I was confident for the race. My start was okay, but I lost the gap when Bradl crashed in front of me and I wasn’t able to stay with Bautista and Crutchlow. Thanks to my physiotherapist, Alfredo Dente, and the Clinica Mobile, who helped me to race despite the problem with my wrist. With the adrenaline, the first fifteen laps weren’t much of a problem, but the last part wasn’t much fun. It was our best weekend so far this season, so hopefully we can build on it.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 8th
“I knew it would be a hard weekend, but it was more difficult than I expected, especially the race. For sure the front tyre wasn’t suited to these conditions, but we shouldn’t complain too much because this is our gap at the moment. Anyway, I don’t want to find excuses because I didn’t ride as I wanted to today, while Nicky interpreted the track better. Tomorrow will be an important test to try the parts that Pirro raced with today, and I’m confident.”
Michele Pirro – Ducati Test Team, 11th
“Honestly, considering how I was doing until the halfway point, I thought I could've stayed with Dovizioso, but I eventually found myself in a battle with Espargaro. I made some small mistakes and lost some time. In the end, I lost the feeling with the front tyre and also a bit of acceleration on corner exit. It’s a shame because we had the potential to finish in the top ten. It was my first real race on a MotoGP bike, and it wasn’t easy because I didn’t want to make mistakes. Now we can focus on my next race at Mugello, where I hope to do better. I don’t like this track much, but anyway we got some good information for our development work. I’d like to thank Ducati for having given me this opportunity.”
Bernhard Gobmeier – Ducati Corse General Manager
“We knew from the tests we’d done at Jerez that this weekend would be difficult for us, as the track doesn’t seem to match the characteristics of our GP13. Still, Nicky did good lap times in the race despite his painful wrist, while Andrea had some problems with the front tyre. It was nice to see Pirro’s performance over race distance, as he made progress and improved his feeling with the laboratory bike. Thank you to the whole team, including the test team, for the good work they did over the weekend, and which will continue in the test tomorrow, when the two Ducati Team riders will have the opportunity to give their input on the experimental bike for future development.”
-- Bridgestone Report
Pedrosa storms to first win of the season at Jerez
Round 3: Spanish MotoGP™ - Race
Circuito de Jerez, Sunday 5 May 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium; Rear: Extra-soft, Soft, Medium (Symmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative – front), Extra-hard (Alternative – rear)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 26-27°C; Track 51-53°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa rediscovered the form that netted him seven wins last season to take a dominant victory in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
After getting the holeshot at the start of the race to lead into the first corner, Pedrosa was overtaken by Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo on the first lap who set a fierce pace in the opening stages of the contest, setting a new race lap record of 1’39.565 on lap two. Pedrosa managed to regain the race lead from Lorenzo on lap six before pulling away to take the chequered flag by 2.487 seconds. The battle for second place between Lorenzo and Marc Marquez on the other Repsol Honda came to a thrilling conclusion on the last lap of the race, with Marquez passing Lorenzo on the inside at the last corner to take second place and the championship lead, while Lorenzo crossed the line in third place.
The first of the CRT finishers at Jerez was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, who capped off a strong showing in Spain by claiming ninth position.
Strong sunshine and ambient temperatures approaching the thirty degree Celsius mark combined to create challenging track conditions today. A peak track temperature of 53°C was recorded during the race – the same figure reached yesterday afternoon – and correspondingly, race tyre choice was similar to that seen in qualifying. Front tyre choice for the race was uniform across the whole grid with all riders selecting the harder of the two front slick tyre options, the medium compound for the race. All the riders also selected the softer of the rear slick options available to them, with CRT riders selecting the extra-soft compound symmetric rear slick and the riders on works machines selecting the soft compound symmetric rear slick.
Pedrosa’s victory sees him move into second place in the MotoGP championship standings on fifty-eight points, while Marquez moves to the overall points lead with sixty-one points. Lorenzo sits one point behind Pedrosa in third position.
Yuichiro Takenami – Vice President and Senior Officer, Corporate Communications and Motorsport
“Congratulations to Dani Pedrosa on taking his first win of the season today in front of a large and passionate Spanish crowd. The contest between Marc and Jorge for second place was special to behold and the intense level of competition in MotoGP at the moment is resulting in some fantastic races. Bridgestone is proud to be part of such an exciting series and with such a depth of talent in the championship and the inclusion of exciting new rookies such as Marquez, I am sure we will continue to see large crowds of people flocking to racetracks throughout the season.”
Shinichi Yamashita – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“This weekend presented a big challenge to the riders with the hottest track conditions seen in Jerez in recent times, so our technical team worked diligently to ensure the teams could get the most out of the tyres on the scorching asphalt. I am pleased that even though track temperatures were substantially higher than we had in the pre-season test six weeks ago, a new race lap record was set and riders could lap at a consistent pace throughout the twenty-seven lap race. The extreme temperatures also provided lots of useful data on tyre performance at this circuit, which we will take into consideration for our ongoing tyre development programme.”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“To win today feels amazing and obviously for the championship this victory is also good. It was a smart race from me, I had to push every lap while also taking care of the tyres, but the bike was working well and towards the end I could manage the gap. It’s an amazing feeling to be here and thanks to my team, we now have a test tomorrow so there is still some hard work to do.”
-- Moto2 Report
Ahead of his 24th birthday later this month, Rabat held the advantage from Redding as the red lights went out. He went on to make the victory look easy, despite the pressure of a home crowd, and comfortably pulled away as gaps began to develop between the top five riders. He would take the chequered flag by over four seconds.
Redding’s ride to second place was a calm one, as the Marc VDS Racing Team rider looks to achieve consistency across the 2013 season. After narrowly missing out on the win in Qatar before finishing fifth in Texas, he will head to the fourth round of the campaign only one point in arrears of the new championship leader.
Espargaro, a pre-season favourite for many, was desperate to make up ground as he – despite winning at Losail - had crashed out at Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago. Running fourth and catching Italtrans Racing Team’s Nakagami, the former was held up by Indonesia’s Rafid Topan Sucipto (QMMF Racing Team) who was running a lap down. He caught Nakagami again with only a handful of laps to go, passing on the penultimate tour as the Japanese rider made an unforced error exiting Michelin curve. After the race, Sucipto apologised to Espargaro for delaying his progress.
As Nakagami dropped to fourth and was unable to re-pass Espargaro, Texas winner Nico Terol ended the day fifth for Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 while Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon overhauled Aspar’s Jordi Torres to end a spirited battle in a career-best sixth position. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert), Toni Elias (Blusens Avintia) and Marcel Schrotter (Desguaces La Torre SAG) completed the first ten, while Tom Luthi finished 11th on his return with Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing. Two places further back, Came Iodaracing Project’s Johann Zarco had fought up to 13th position from 30th on the starting grid.
Several riders were caught out, including Britons Danny Kent and Kyle Smith, but Mika Kallio’s fall was arguably the most significant. The Finn had been joint second in the standings heading into the race, but crashed his Marc VDS Racing Team bike at Dry Sack corner while involved in a multiple-rider battle over fifth position.
Following the Gran Premio bwin de España, Rabat becomes the championship leader with a single-point advantage over Redding. Espargaro is placed third overall, 11 points in arrears of his leading teammate, as Terol and Aegerter complete the top five.
RACE: (26 laps = 114.998 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Esteve RABAT / SPA / Tuenti HP 40 / KALEX / 45'04.450 / 153 /
2 / Scott REDDING / GBR / Marc VDS Racing Team / KALEX / 45'08.711 / 152.8 / 4.261
3 / Pol ESPARGARO / SPA / Tuenti HP 40 / KALEX / 45'11.967 / 152.6 / 7.517
4 / Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / Italtrans Racing Team / KALEX / 45'12.171 / 152.6 / 7.721
5 / Nicolas TEROL / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 / SUTER / 45'15.985 / 152.4 / 11.535
6 / Xavier SIMEON / BEL / Desguaces La Torre Maptaq / KALEX / 45'17.714 / 152.3 / 13.264
7 / Jordi TORRES / SPA / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 / SUTER / 45'18.212 / 152.3 / 13.762
8 / Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Technomag carXpert / SUTER / 45'25.555 / 151.8 / 21.105
9 / Toni ELIAS / SPA / Blusens Avintia / KALEX / 45'28.671 / 151.7 / 24.221
10 / Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / Desguaces La Torre SAG / KALEX / 45'28.869 / 151.7 / 24.419
11 / Thomas LUTHI / SWI / Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac / SUTER / 45'30.976 / 151.5 / 26.526
12 / Anthony WEST / AUS / QMMF Racing Team / SPEED UP / 45'31.455 / 151.5 / 27.005
13 / Johann ZARCO / FRA / Came Iodaracing Project / SUTER / 45'40.009 / 151 / 35.559
14 / Simone CORSI / ITA / NGM Mobile Racing / SPEED UP / 45'40.106 / 151 / 35.656
15 / Alex DE ANGELIS / RSM / NGM Mobile Forward Racing / SPEED UP / 45'40.283 / 151 / 35.833
Pole Position: Esteve RABAT 1'43.251 154.2 Km/h
Fastest Lap(New record): Esteve RABAT 1'43.119 154.4 Km/h Lap 7
Old Circuit Record Lap: Toni ELIAS 1'44.710 152.0 Km/h 2010
Circuit Best Lap: Stefan BRADL 1'42.706 155.0 Km/h 2011
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TILL DATE:
1 RABAT 52, 2 REDDING 51, 3 ESPARGARO 41, 4 TEROL 38, 5 AEGERTER 34, 6 NAKAGAMI 29,
7 KALLIO 27, 8 SIMEON 19, 9 ZARCO 17, 10 TORRES 16, 11 DE ANGELIS 16, 12 ELIAS 14,
13 WEST 13, 14 SCHROTTER 13, 15 CORSI 11.
-- Marc VDS Racing Report
Scott Redding secured his second podium finish of the season today in Jerez, with a measured ride to second place in the Spanish Moto2 Grand Prix. The race was won by Esteve Rabat, who now leads Redding by just one point in the Moto2 World Championship standings.
Mika Kallio made a quick start and managed to fight his way up from 15th on the grid to quickly join the group battling for fifth place. The 30-year-old Finn could maintain the same pace as the riders ahead of him, but was struggling to find a way past. 15 laps into the race Kallio went underneath Dominique Aegerter at turn six to take eighth place, but lost the front as he turned in and crashed out of the race.
Livio Loi marked his Grand Prix debut by scoring his first championship point with 15th place in today's Moto3 race in Jerez. The 16-year-old Belgian had just moved into 14th when the race was red flagged after a crash for Alan Techer, but was credited with 15th as the regulations dictate that the results are decided on the last full lap before the race was stopped.
Redding and Kallio now head to Almeria for two days of testing, while Loi travels further North to test for two days in Aragon.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd
"It was a strange race. I'm full of a cold at the moment, so the fact that it just got hotter as the race progressed meant I was fatiguing towards the end. At the start Rabat managed to creep away; it was just one or two tenths a lap, but it was enough to pull away. I tried to go with him, but it was feeling a little bit risky so I backed off to do my pace, that I knew I could maintain. It worked out pretty well. The tyres were spinning up a bit, but my lap times were okay, it's just that Rabat was quicker today and I just have to accept that. I'm happy to be on the podium again."
Mika Kallio #36: DNF
"We made more changes to the bike ahead of warm up this morning but, while there was a definite improvement in rear grip, there was still something missing. The plan was to make up as many places as I could in the opening laps, which I managed, but when I got on the back of the second group, I just didn't have the drive out of the turns to set up a pass. Every lap they were pulling around five metres on me out of the turns, which meant I had to claw that back on the brakes. The crash was strange, as I didn't brake any harder for the turn on that lap. I was a little bit closer to Domi and tried to go underneath him on the brakes. I didn't brake any later than usual, but my line was different, the speed was a little higher and the front closed on me. It's disappointing because a top ten finish was possible for me here."
Livio Loi #11: 15th
"Starting from the seventh row I needed to make up places from the start, but I actually lost two places, which put me in the wrong group. I was trying to pass Eric Granado, but all the time he closed the door on me. When I tried to pass on the straight we clashed fairings. It was a big hit and I was lucky it was only the fairing and not my front wheel. Once I got past Granado I caught and passed Jasper Iwema and I'm pretty sure I could have caught Danny Webb if the race hadn't been red flagged. Without the slow start I think I could have been looking at a top ten finish, so we know our level now. I hope we'll see Alan Techer fully fit and back on the grid in Le Mans."
Marc van der Straten: President, Marc VDS Racing Team
"After a good 2012 season I'm really excited about this season already, because I believe we will enjoy more good results throughout the year. I am happy to have seen Livio make his World Championship debut here in Jerez, and delighted that he finished in the points first time out. I think this young man will spring a few surprises on us this season, as he makes the most of what is a great opportunity with an experienced team behind him. Scott also rode a great race to finish on the podium once again today. I am proud of the fact that we are a Belgian team, but I'm equally proud of the fact that we are also truly international, as Scott's podium illustrates very well."
-- Moto3 Report
On Saturday, Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins stormed to his second pole position in a row off the back of a maiden career victory in Texas. He defended from Viñales off the start line, but lost the lead when the latter slipped through at Dry Sack on the third tour. Pushing hard to stay in touch and doing so successfully until Lap 12, Rins lost the front end of his bike and crashed at Alex Criville corner.
Rins’ demise left Viñales in front with a small gap back to KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom, who had been joint championship leader with Rins heading into this weekend. The second of the pair caught the leader and looked set to make a move when the right moment came, but was left frustrated when the race was stopped at just past two-thirds distance. Less irritated was Livio Loi, as the Belgian scored on his debut with Marc VDS Racing Team less than two weeks after his 16th birthday.
The race-ending incident came on Lap 17, with the red flags flying for the second time in as many races while doctors attended to Frenchmen Alan Techer (CIP Moto3). Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing), Jack Miller (Caretta Technology - RTG), Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3), Ana Carrasco (Team Calvo) and Florian Alt (Kiefer Racing) also suffered crashes or collisions, but all riders escaped unharmed.
Viñales’ victory is his first since Mugello last year and comes at the same track where he suffered the pre-season testing crash which injured his right hand. He now takes the championship lead, having led home Salom and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger who made up for his below-par performance in Qualifying on Saturday.
Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder was the main prophet of the Oliveira-Miller clash, finishing fourth from Redox RW Racing GP’s Jakub Kornfeil who has enjoyed an extremely strong weekend when considering that he missed all of Friday Free Practice in order to take compulsory exams. Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo avoided the trouble to finish sixth as Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Mahindra’s Efren Vazquez, San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati and Ognetta-Rivacold’s Alexis Masbou completed the top ten.
After three rounds, Viñales becomes the new championship leader on 65 points. There is a four-point cushion back to Salom, with the non-scoring Rins now third and 24 points off the top spot. Folger and Khairuddin are fourth and fifth overall.
Moto3™ continues with Round 4 of the 2013 season, the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, at the historic Le Mans circuit in two weeks’ time.
RACE: (15 laps = 66.345 Km)
POS / RIDER / NAT. / TEAM / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / KM/H / GAP
1 / Maverick VIÑALES / SPA / Team Calvo / KTM / 26'57.338 / 147.6 /
2 / Luis SALOM / SPA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 26'57.601 / 147.6 / 0.263
3 / Jonas FOLGER / GER / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 / KALEX KTM / 27'01.813 / 147.2 / 4.475
4 / Brad BINDER / RSA / Ambrogio Racing / SUTER HONDA / 27'12.442 / 146.3 / 15.104
5 / Jakub KORNFEIL / CZE / Redox RW Racing GP / KALEX KTM / 27'15.750 / 146 / 18.412
6 / Niklas AJO / FIN / Avant Tecno / KTM / 27'16.402 / 145.9 / 19.064
7 / Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN / MAL / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 27'16.542 / 145.9 / 19.204
8 / Efren VAZQUEZ / SPA / Mahindra Racing / MAHINDRA / 27'17.018 / 145.9 / 19.68
9 / Romano FENATI / ITA / San Carlo Team Italia / FTR HONDA / 27'20.101 / 145.6 / 22.763
10 / Alexis MASBOU / FRA / Ongetta-Rivacold / FTR HONDA / 27'20.476 / 145.5 / 23.138
11 / John McPHEE / GBR / Caretta Technology - RTG / FTR HONDA / 27'20.527 / 145.5 / 23.189
12 / Arthur SISSIS / AUS / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 27'21.134 / 145.5 / 23.796
13 / Danny WEBB / GBR / Ambrogio Racing / SUTER HONDA / 27'25.235 / 145.1 / 27.897
14 / Jasper IWEMA / NED / RW Racing GP / KALEX KTM / 27'26.924 / 145 / 29.586
15 / Livio LOI / BEL / Marc VDS Racing Team / KALEX KTM / 27'27.114 / 145 / 29.776
Pole Position: Alex RINS 1'46.660 149.2 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Luis SALOM 1'46.948 148.8 Km/h Lap 2
Old Circuit Record Lap: Romano FENATI 1'52.774 141.1 Km/h 2012
Circuit Best Lap: Luis SALOM 2'16.345 145.5 Km/h 2013
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TILL DATE:
1 VIÑALES 65, 2 SALOM 61, 3 RINS 41, 4 FOLGER 40, 5 KHAIRUDDIN 28, 6 BINDER 24,
7 OLIVEIRA 20, 8 AJO 18, 9 KORNFEIL 17, 10 VAZQUEZ 16, 11 MASBOU 16, 12 SISSIS 16,
13 MARQUEZ 13, 14 WEBB 13, 15 MILLER 10.
NEXT EVENT: ROUND04, MAY 19 LE MANS, GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
-- Red Bull Rookies Cup
Young Italian rider Enea Bastianini rounded off a top Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup weekend in Jerez, Spain on Sunday when he out-foxed Karel Hanika and Stefano Manzi to win the second of two races in this launching pad competition for junior racers.
Bastianini, in his debut year with the Rookies Cup took third on Saturday, but gaining in confidence, vaulted himself up the order on Sunday in just his fourth race in the series. “I felt I was fast and felt I could win the race,” he said. “Yesterday I was a bit uncomfortable on the brakes and I was third. But actually we didn't change anything on the bike for today, I just me and managed to win. It was a great race with Hanika, I just pushed to the maximum at the end, no plan, I just gave it full gas.”
Points leader Hanika of the Czech Republic was not so happy, having been pipped on the finish line for the second day in a row, even though he has one win and three seconds in the four races. “I'm not happy to finish second again of course. It was another tough race, I pushed as hard as I could. Right from the start of the race I felt comfortable on the bike, it was working well so I was enjoying riding it and happy to be leading,” Hanika said.
“At the end I just tried to put in the perfect laps and hoped that was enough to win. Enea passed me and then I just got a sort of mental block that told me not to do anything silly at the last corner and that the points were more important. Of course that's true and it is important for the championship but it's not as much fun as winning.”
Manzi, the 14-year-old Italian looked very confident going into the final stages of what was a very tight race at the front and was pleased with his third place. “It was such a tough race, they always are in Rookies Cup. Yesterday I got stuck in the pack and just couldn't break out but I knew I could not let that happen today. I pushed so hard and at the end I really had a go at winning, I went past Hanika but then went wide and he got back in front, then I was just a bit too far back.”
The lead trio had been handed a real advantage when a 10-rider battle for the lead was broken when Darryn Binder went out with technical problems in lap 12 of 16. He too had looked like a potential winner until the problem finished his bid but is also having a great start to his debut season.
Australian rider Olly Simpson, who crashed at the beginning of Saturday’s race was reported to have a straightforward break to the radius bone in his left forearm. His dislocated right shoulder was repositioned at the track. He has a small crack in his right foot but is reported to be on the road to recovery.
The FIM stewards determined that Lukas Trautmann, the 17-year-old Austrian, should miss three races for his part in the accident. The first race was counted as Sunday’s race in Jerez and he will not be allowed to start in Assen where the competition resumes at the end of June at the Dutch TT after a seven-week break.
Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup
Jerez, Spain, Race 2
1, Enea Bastianini, Italy 29.55.087
2, Karek Haneki, Czech Republic 29:55.228
3, Stefano Manzi, Italy, 29:55.636
4, Jorge Martin, Spain, 29:58.534
5, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Turkey at 29:59.215
6, Bradley Ray, UK, 29:59.218
7, Scott Deroue, Netherlands, 30:00.432
8, Marcos Ramirez, Spain, 30:01.397
9, Soushi Mihara, Japan 14.30:09.899
10, Joe Roberts, USA 30:14.998
Standings after Rd. 4
1, Hanika, 85 points
2, Martin, 57
3, Ray, 56
4, Razgatlioglu 53
5, Bastianini, 49
6, Deroue, 35
7, Pagliani, Italy, 33
8, Manzi, 31
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