-- MotoGP Testing - 2014 Prototypes come
out to play - Misano, September 16, 2013
-- Marquez heads test as Hernandez joins Pramac
Marc Marquez was quickest in Monday’s post-race test at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. As the championship leader moved ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, Suzuki continued its programme ahead of a MotoGP™ return and Yonny Hernandez made his first appearance in Ignite Pramac Racing colours.
The full day of testing gave those present a perfect opportunity to put right what had not worked over the San Marino Grand Prix race weekend, as well as trialing new and updated components both for the rest of this season and for 2014. For the record, Marquez’s last-gasp lap of 1’33.264 demoted Lorenzo by two tenths of a second, with Valentino Rossi completing the top three on the second Yamaha Factory Racing bike.
For Repsol Honda Team, the programme revolved around a non-liveried evolution bike of the one first sampled in the Aragon test that followed the Catalan GP in June; this was the first time that particular version of the machine had been ridden, as rain had prevented Casey Stoner from doing so at his last Motegi test. Marquez and Dani Pedrosa also worked with the current bike, focusing on a new swingarm and new rear shocks.
While Yamaha Factory Racing looked into a 2014 configuration engine, Monster Yamaha Tech3 worked on braking improvements for Cal Crutchlow – whose confidence had been knocked over the weekend – and new suspension parts for Bradley Smith, who had struggled with balance and finding the ideal riding position over. They would end proceedings fourth and 11th quickest, respectively.
Suzuki stuck to their usual plan in terms of rider roles, with Randy de Puniet serving as the main tester alongside Nobuatsu Aoki. Ahead of the company’s return to the World Championship in 2015, running at Misano is likely to come as a great help in order to extract data from a new track in a bid to define chassis development to a greater level; the marque continues to test with Mitsubishi ECU software for the time being, but is working with the Magneti Marelli spec system back at base. Individually, Suzuki will continue testing at Misano across Tuesday and Wednesday.
There was a new challenge for Yonny Hernandez, as the Colombian is now riding for Pramac Racing Team to cover for the injured Ben Spies. He used the test as an opportunity to adapt to the bike ahead of the Aragon race, while teammate Andrea Iannone looked into Brembo brake discs and smaller components, experimenting with settings ahead of specific upcoming race events. Brakes was also the prime focus for Ducati Team, with Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso then looking into both software development and clutch settings. Michele Pirro was back in Ducati Test Team colours, sharing his bike with Franco Battaini to analyse a 2014-spec engine plus new software, in order to share feedback with engineers who continue to work on the development of next year’s machine.
GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista made the top five, placing the emphasis on Showa front forks and his Nissin brakes, as he and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl sandwiched Pedrosa into sixth position. In Bradl’s case, the workload consisted of mapping and bike geometry, including suspension modifications. At Avintia Blusens, Hector Barbera resumed work with the new pneumatic valve engine, having suffered chatter during Sunday’s race, while teammate Hiroshi Aoyama began the day with his more conventional engine that had failed during Free Practice on Friday.
The timesheet was completed by Michele Magnoni, currently competing in the Superstock 1000 championship. The Italian rode Lukas Pesek’s Came IodaRacing Project machine and could soon become the team’s official reserve rider, while compatriot Claudio Corti was involved in trying out a Magneti Marelli ECU software upgrade at NGM Mobile Forward Racing; this was also run by Michael Laverty, who was otherwise kept highly occupied with back-to-back comparison runs between the PBM in-house bike and the ART machine previously ridden by Hernandez.
Although Marquez shook things up by posting the eventual quickest time with the 2014 prototype Honda right before the chequered flag signaled the end of an eight-hour day, activities had started very calmly as the circuit had been left drenched by a heavy rainstorm during the night.
-- Testing Results
1 Marc Marquez 1'33.264 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'33.502 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Valentino Rossi 1'33.660 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Cal Crutchlow 1'33.780 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Alvaro Bautista 1'33.877 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
6 Dani Pedrosa 1'33.892 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
7 Stefan Bradl 1'34.015 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1'34.118 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 1'34.252 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Andrea Iannone 1'34.378 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
11 Bradley Smith 1'34.414 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Michele Pirro 1'34.652 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Randy De Puniet 1'35.097 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'35.501 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
15 Danilo Petrucci 1'35.671 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
16 Yonny Hernandez 1'36.277 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
17 Hector Barbera 1'36.348 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
18 Colin Edwards 1'36.402 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Claudio Corti 1'36.540 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
20 Michael Laverty 1'37.699 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Michele Magnoni 1'39.107 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
-- Repsol HRC Report
After yesterday's double podium in the San Marino GP, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were back on track today testing at the Misano circuit.
It was a productive day for the Spanish riders who had a busy test programme. Honda Racing Corporation brought the next evolution of the 2014 bike to test, complete with new Magneti Marelli hardware. Both Marc and Dani reported positive feedback on its development but agreed there were still areas to improve. The HRC engineers will now return to Japan with the data collected in order to complete the final stages of the 2014 project in time for the Valencia test.
Marc and Dani also tested a new swing arm and some other small parts on the current 2013 RC213V machine to assist them in the final five races and their battle for the Championship.
Marc, who had a small crash in turn twelve whilst trying a new geometry on his current bike, set the fastest time of the day, on the new 2014 machine, with 1'33.264 on lap 70 of 71, just three tenths off his record pole time from Saturday of 1'32.915. Dani was sixth fastest for the day with 1'33.892 recorded on lap 57 of 74 on his current machine.
Marc Marquez 1st 1'33.264
“The day went well and we tried out a lot of things with the setup - above all the geometry - and we made considerable improvements. We've also gathered some useful data, so this test has been very useful ahead of the five remaining races. We also rode next year's prototype, which I feel fairly comfortable with already. We've worked well and the important thing is that we have a good foundation"
Dani Pedrosa 6th 1'33.892
“We've tried out a lot of things today, with a view to solving the rear grip issue that we've been having. Generally speaking, that was the focus for today and some things we experimented with worked well - and others not so well. As for the new bike, I only put in three or four laps with it and we still need to make various changes for the next time we ride with it, after Valencia. Making adjustments to the new machine wasn't our main objective today"
-- Yamaha Report
Following straight on from yesterday’s stunning victory by Jorge Lorenzo in the Grand Prix of San Marino, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team were straight back to work this morning.
Riders Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi spent the day evaluating an engine spec for the 2014 YZR-M1 along with a number of setting options on the current 2013 machine ahead of next week’s Aragon Grand Prix race.
The test proved to be a positive one, the riders completing an exhausting 142 laps between them. At the end of the session Lorenzo sat in second on the timesheets with a 1’33.502 and Rossi was not far behind in third with a 1’33.660.
Jorge Lorenzo - 2nd / 1:33.502 / 67 laps
“Happily we got a great sunny session. The weather was perfect to test and we were able to make many laps to check our latest issues on the bike. We were pretty focused on the settings thinking about the next race at Motorland in a couple of weeks and we found some good feelings. We also tested a new spec engine for 2014 that worked really well and we are quite happy with the result. Furthermore there were some new pieces for 2013 but small details to improve our performance. Nevertheless the most important issue was to work on the next GP in Aragon, another good challenge for us, especially because in the last years we've struggled a bit.”
Valentino Rossi - 3rd / 1:33.660 / 75 laps
“Fortunately it was a good day, the weather was good. It was important to make a day of testing at Misano like this, because we had much we needed to try. I used the race bike and a bike where there was also something new for next year. At the end it has been a good test. It was important because we found some improvements in some points of view, small details but a good way to continue. We made a lot of comparisons between the two but at the end more or less the performance is very similar. Now a few days of rest and then we will be ready for Aragon!”
Yamaha Factory Racing Massimo Meregalli Team Director
“Fortunately, the weather has allowed us to do a good job today in Misano. The main goal we had marked for today was to test the 2014 prototype engine and seek all the information that the Japanese needed without any problem and we focused also on some settings already thinking about the next race at Motorland, including a larger brake disc. Now we look forward to reaching Aragon to continue our fight for the championship.”
-- Ducati Report
The day after the GP di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini found all of the MotoGP teams taking part in a busy test at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were on hand with the Desmosedici GP13 machines that they used in the last few races, while Michele Pirro was back in his test-rider role with the Ducati Test Team after having taken part in the last three races with Team Pramac Racing as a substitute rider for Ben Spies.
Following the rain that fell overnight, the two Ducati Team riders got on track at approximately 1 p.m. and finished riding at 6 p.m. The bulk of the work was focused on electronic and software strategies, different settings and on testing larger brake discs, the latter with an eye toward the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi on 27 October. They also tried a new hard tyre for Bridgestone, the championship’s sole tyre supplier. Pirro, meanwhile, tested some parts for next year’s engine.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 8th, 1:34.118 (53 laps)
“Today’s test was interesting because you can always work on small details after a race, as you have all the parameters from the weekend. We didn’t try any new parts, but we did some small tests with the balance that helped us to understand some things. We tried the bigger brakes, which we might use in Japan, and they work very well. There was also a new tyre that Bridgestone brought; it could let us also use the hard option during the weekends, as we normally just use the soft. The conditions today were good and we dropped our fast lap time a bit, so we hope that these small improvements will help us at Aragon.”
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 9th, 1:34.252 (72 laps)
“We got a late start because of the weather, but then we just worked through the day and pretty much tested everything we wanted to try. We didn’t have anything too major, just some different setup options that we may want to use at some races later in the year. On a positive note, we tried the new hard Bridgestone tyre, which seemed to work pretty well and should definitely be good for some tracks later in the season if it’s available. We also tested brakes for Motegi. In general, we didn’t find any big breakthroughs, but we got some good information.”
-- LCR Honda Report
Monday’s post-San Marino GP test at Misano, scheduled from 10 am till 6 pm, had a delayed start this morning with the MotoGP riders waiting for the track to dry up after heavy rain last night. After yesterday’s strong performance, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl lapped the 4.226 Km race track 75 times posting the 7th fastest time overall (1’34.015). The German and his squad worked to resolve the front-grip issue that cost him confidence and speed at the last few races.
Stefan: “Well… we have done a lot of work today: at the end I lapped the circuit 75 times but it was necessary to gather important data ahead the following races. Our TO DO list included mapping and bike geometry and suspension modifications. Our target remains the same: to improve the front and rear grip at the maximum lean. We started a bit late as the asphalt was damp but I think we have done a good job today”.
-- Previously..... - MotoGP 2013 - Round 13 - Misano - Lorenzo
storms to dominant victory in San Marino GP
Jorge Lorenzo has won his second consecutive Grand Prix, winning the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini at Misano on Sunday afternoon. The World Champion, who took the lead at the start, controlled the pace as championship leader Marc Marquez beat Dani Pedrosa to second position.
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has delivered another glorious result for Lorenzo, who has now flourished at the Adriatic venue for three years in a row. The win, which is the 49th of his career and 28th in the premier class, also confirms that the Mallorcan has won both Italian races on the calendar for a trio of successive seasons.
From second on the grid, Lorenzo shot into the lead as pole-sitter Marquez dropped to third on the opening lap. The latter would put on a spurt in the second half of the race, but by this point had fallen to fourth place due to an unforced error; Marquez recovered from his Turn 8 mistake to catch and pass both Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi and his Repsol Honda Team colleague Pedrosa. However, as the two Honda riders engaged in a battle, Lorenzo’s already comfortable lead only grew.
Marquez’s championship lead is now 34 points with five races remaining, while Lorenzo has drawn level with Pedrosa for second overall. Rossi and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow are the only other two riders who can mathematically still clinch the title; the Italian ended Sunday’s race fourth, while the Englishman fell to sixth on the final lap behind LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl. Alvaro Bautista was seventh for GO&FUN Honda Gresini, having claimed his maiden MotoGP™ podium at Misano in 2012, while Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso beat teammate Nicky Hayden and Ignite Pramac Racing’s Michele Pirro to eighth spot.
11th was Tech3’s Bradley Smith, while Colin Edwards (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) was the leading CRT rider in 12th; the American finishing one position ahead of Aleix Espargaro (Power Electronics Aspar) who, from an impressive sixth on the grid, ran fourth on Lap 1, but was handed a ride-through penalty for jumping the start. Six riders failed to make the finish, including Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone who was one of six Italians racing in front of a passionate crowd.
-- Race Result - Round 13
1 Jorge Lorenzo 44'05.522 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2 Marc Marquez +3.379 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Dani Pedrosa +7.368 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi +15.062 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Stefan Bradl +22.355 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Cal Crutchlow +22.599 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Alvaro Bautista +31.059 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso +42.702 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden +44.858 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Michele Pirro +47.818 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
11 Bradley Smith +48.011 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Colin Edwards +1'03.154 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
13 Aleix Espargaro +1'07.600 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
14 Hiroshi Aoyama +1'15.528 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
15 Danilo Petrucci +1'17.907 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
16 Claudio Corti +1'29.655 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Randy De Puniet +1'33.990 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
18 Michael Laverty +1'36.860 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Bryan Staring DNF AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
20 Hector Barbera DNF SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
21 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Karel Abraham DNF CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Andrea Iannone DNF ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
24 Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
-- Championship standings
1 Marc Marquez 253 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 219 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 219 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Valentino Rossi 169 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 146 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 124 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 112 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso 104 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 95 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 71 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 71 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Andrea Iannone 41 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 31 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Hector Barbera 27 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Danilo Petrucci 23 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 Hiroshi Aoyama 6 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
22 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
23 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
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
Pol Espargaro has won the Moto2™ GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, denying Takaaki Nakagami a career-first victory on the penultimate lap at Misano. Tito Rabat made the podium as championship leader Scott Redding finished sixth.
On Saturday, Tuenti HP 40’s Espargaro – 38 points behind Redding in the championship following a poor race at Silverstone – had confidently sealed pole position, with his chief rival starting fifth for Marc VDS Racing Team. A clean start saw the Spaniard retain the lead but Italtrans Racing Team’s Nakagami, highly keen to win after finishing second in the last three races, went through on Lap 4.
As Nakagami’s tyres began to drop off the cliff in the final stages of the race, Espargaro relentlessly reduced a two-second gap and posted the fastest lap of the entire Grand Prix on Lap 22. The ultimately inevitable pass came at the end of the start/finish straight with only two laps remaining, demoting Nakagami to yet another second place as Espargaro’s teammate Rabat – who ran second in the early stages – completed the rostrum. Tom Luthi and Dominique Aegerter completed the top five for Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing and Technomag carXpert, correspondingly.
For Redding, it was a case of damage limitation. Eventually losing out to the likes of Aegerter, the Englishman narrowly beat Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco to sixth place; this means his new championship leading margin is 23 points – now less than a single race win. The top ten in the race was rounded out by Maptaq SAG Zelos Team’s Xavier Simeon, Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio and Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol. On the victory lap, second-placed Nakagami took a moment to reflect with a large Japanese flag, remembering late compatriot Shoya Tomizawa.
Jason O'Halloran, DNF - "Unfortunately it was not a good day and I am very sorry for the falls. We worked hard all weekend to try to improve the feel and traction at the rear and we got a result that I really liked, but that probably has altered the overall balance and in the race I found myself with a lot of chattering at the front, a problem completely new to us. This took away my confidence, I tried to force the rhythm to find back the pace I had in practice and that would have allowed me to recover some positions but I struggled and crashed. Given the limited damage I took to the track again to finish the race for the team. I was also able to recover but the second crash occurred under similar conditions was the end for the bike. Unfortunately that’s how things went. I am very sorry for the result and I want to again thank Gianluca Montiron for the chance as well as all the guys who worked for me with professionalism and competence."
Moto2™ Race Classification
1- Pol Espargaro SPA 42:47.098
2- Takaaki Nakagami JPN Kalex +0.621
3- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex +1.815
Alex Rins has claimed his fourth race win of the Moto3™ season, beating Maverick Viñales by just one hundredth of a second in the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini. Alex Marquez completed the podium while championship leader Luis Salom limited the points loss, finishing fourth from tenth place on the grid.
A three-horse race at the front quickly turned into a simple head-to-head when Folger – who had lost the lead to Rins and Viñales – suffered a dramatic highside on the fourth lap; he would suffer a fracture to the left ankle and an injured shoulder. The battle for first would rage for the rest of the race, with Viñales moving ahead on Lap 13 before Rins returned with a late-race surge; the eventual move would come at Turn 13 on the final lap, as both men avoided incidents knowing that Salom was further back in the pack. Marquez finished third, six seconds behind the winner, to jump ahead of Folger for fourth place in the World Championship standings.
Having crashed earlier in the weekend, Salom knew this race would be no easy feat as he started on the fourth row – his equal worst qualifying performance of 2013 so far. The Mallorcan was already in fourth place in the early stages of the race and would cross the line in the same position, but only after monitoring a train of five riders all threatening to demote him to eighth. Salom, 11 seconds behind the victor, would ultimate hold off the attentions of Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG), his own teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing), as Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3) dropped to the tail of the battle.
There was a career-best result for Philipp Oettl as the German finished ninth for Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing, ahead of San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati who suffered handling problems for most of the race. Niklas Ajo was 11th for Avant Tecno, rounding out a bruising weekend that had featured a trip to hospital, but there was disappointment for Aspar’s Eric Granado who retired in the closing stages after becoming the class’ best ever Brazilian qualifier with seventh on the grid. Luca Marini also retired, as the half-brother of nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi highsided his Twelve Racing machine into the first corner of the race; Italian national championship rival Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra Racing) also hit trouble at Turn 1.
Both Viñales and winner Rins – whose victory is his first since Indianapolis – now move back to within one race win’s equivalent of points of Salom. The championship leader is standing on 246 points, with Viñales and Rins respectively 19 and 21 points in arrears. The battle will continue at Spain’s MotorLand Aragon on 29th September.
-- Moto3™ Race Classification
1- Alex Rins SPA KTM 39:50.516
2- Maverick Viñales SPA KTM +0.050
3- Alex Marquez SPA KTM +6.434
-- Yamaha Report
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a masterful performance today to win the San Marino Grand Prix in stunning form. The victory, his sixth successive Italian Grand Prix win, was delivered after a 28 lap race of inch perfect riding from the reigning world champion.
Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo out dragged championship rival and pole sitter Marc Marquez to the first corner, taking the hole shot into turn one. He proved immediately impossible to follow, opening up a gap of just over a second on the first lap and keeping the pressure up as the race wound on. He was quick to build a comfortable gap to the chasing pack that was unbroken to the line, allowing him to claim his fifth Grand Prix win of the season.
Valentino Rossi initially dropped a couple of places to fifth off the start line but was quick to re-pass Aleix Espargaro on the first lap to slot into fourth chasing Marquez and Dani Pedrosa ahead. The Local hero was hot on the tail of Marquez and took advantage of an error by the young Spaniard to dive past up the inside and move into third place chasing Pedrosa. Unfortunately some issues with braking cost some valuable time and Marquez was able to re-pass, leaving Rossi in a lonely fourth position for the remainder of the race to the finish line.
Lorenzo’s stunning victory moves him up into second place in the championship, tied on points with Pedrosa at 219, 34 behind Marquez with five races remaining. Rossi’s fourth place finish keeps him in fourth place in the championship on 169 points, 23 ahead of Cal Crutchlow in fifth.
Jorge Lorenzo - Position 1st- Time 42.39.802
“Luckily we improved the bike a lot in warm up, especially in braking so we improved the lap time and the pace quite a bit. I was convinced to follow my strategy of the last couple of races which was to try to break away and finally I could do it. The first two laps I had a big advantage so I had to keep pushing to maintain a distance because they never gave up and wanted to catch me. I’m happy, we recovered five points and we are closer to Marc. I need to be constant and try to win races and stay focused.”
Valentino Rossi Position 4th- Time +15.062
“All the weekend our performance was quite good, I stayed with the top three and I raised my level, especially in qualifying, I could push stronger with the new tyres and make the first row. The expectation for the race was very high, after the start the top guys were very fast but my fastest lap was close to theirs. Unfortunately after some laps I was in trouble in braking and entering corners. I was struggling in hard braking and made some mistakes going wide and step-by-step they pulled away. I made a small mistake on turn seven and lost two seconds and by then already I had too much disadvantage. It's a pity because we wanted to try for the podium here in Italy in front of all the fans in Misano. We hope the weather remains good for tomorrow as we have to try some new parts.”
Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing - Team Manager
“Day number three here and an incredible race in Misano, our first seamless gearbox victory of the season. Yesterday we didn't really believe we could do this but after warm up we found a better package. Jorge felt it too and it gave him a lot of motivation. He pulled out the first four or five laps at an incredible pace and I think that made the difference towards the end of the race.”
Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing - Team Director
“It was a great work from Jorge and the whole team this weekend. We started on Friday with problems and have improved step by step in each session. This morning we found in the warm up the best solution to get the feeling back and then Jorge made the difference. He delivered an amazing output with 1.5 seconds after two laps, he maintained a constant pace and dominated the other riders. We were unable to get the podium with Vale. After yesterday afternoon we thought to have both riders on the podium but it was not to be. Tomorrow will be important to test the material we could not test at Brno.”
Crutchlow battles to super sixth in San Marino
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow stormed back into the top six today at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to remain firmly on course to be the leading non-factory rider in 2013.
And it was almost a double top 10 finish for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad, with rookie Bradley Smith missing out on claiming 10th spot by the narrowest margins at the end of a 28-lap race that was played out in front of a crowd of 50,949 fans.
Crutchlow bounced back from a tough home race at Silverstone earlier this month in typically determined fashion, the British rider brilliantly leading Stefan Bradl in fifth position for the majority of a race that took place in cloudy and windy conditions.
A faultless performance from Crutchlow seemed certain to be rewarded with a top five result, as he brilliantly defended from a hard charging Bradl right down to the final lap.
The German was not to be outdone though and a calculated move at Turn 8 dropped Crutchlow back to sixth. The British rider was unable to retaliate despite a determined late attack but Crutchlow’s battling performance keeps the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in control of third spot in the all-important Team World Championship standings.
Today’s result, which was a ninth top sixth finish of an impressive 2013, means Crutchlow remains comfortably the highest ranked non-factory rider in the World Championship standings on 146-points.
Smith was less than 0.2s away from continuing his outstanding run of top 10 finishes in his rookie premier class campaign. Locked in a fight for long periods with Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and Michele Pirro, Smith almost overhauled the latter with a tremendous last lap attack.
Smith set his best lap of the race on the final lap but just couldn’t find a way to make a clean pass on Pirro and he had to settle for 11th. The consolation though was the 22-year-old moved back into 10th place in the World Championship standings having joined Aleix Espargaro on 71-points
Cal Crutchlow Position 6th - Time +22.599
“It is a shame that I lost fifth place on the last lap but it has been a very difficult weekend and I am happy to come away with this result. The top six is not what I am aiming for right now but I had no confidence with the bike all weekend, and it was important to get a strong finish. It was a very hard race because Stefan just sat on my back wheel from the first lap to the end and unfortunately he managed to find a way to pass me in the lasts corners. I tried my best to take fifth back but it wasn’t meant to be, but I think the whole of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team showed a lot of fighting qualities this weekend. My crew have never given up and they have worked really hard trying to build up my confidence and I am grateful for their support.”
Bradley Smith Position 11th - Time +48.011
“The race pretty much panned out as I’d anticipated and I thought I’d stay close and race the Ducatis. I got an amazing start and that gave me a great opportunity to be in a battle but I just didn’t have the pace throughout. I wasn’t as fast as I’d hoped and again it was difficult at the start of the race on a full fuel load. But we have learned a lot all weekend and particularly in the race and now I am looking forward to tomorrow’s test where we can try a few things to improve our package. Our setting right now is pretty good but I can improve my riding position. I don’t think we are far away but small details can make a big difference when it comes to the race.”
Hervé Poncharal - Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team Manager
“We knew this weekend would be tough after such a difficult experience for both Cal and Bradley in Silverstone. Sixth place is not what we are looking for or what is the real potential of Cal. But he showed the whole race that he is a true fighter and it was unfortunate that Stefan was able to pass him right at the end. In the end it was a strong race and I want to thank Cal because he never gave up and as always he gave all he had, even though he has not been confident on the bike all weekend. Bradley had a tough weekend too. We knew Ducati would be strong here like always because they test on this track frequently and Bradley did a very good job. He set his fastest lap on the last lap and that shows there is still room for improvement but the whole team has demonstrated a lot of fighting spirit this weekend and I am proud of everybody involved. Finally I must pass on my congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha. Jorge was exceptional and he showed that this World Championship is not over yet. And I am also delighted to see the new YZR-M1 seamless shift gearbox make a winning debut, which bodes well for the future.”
-- HRC Report
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) again increased his lead in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship with a thrilling ride to second place in today’s San Marino Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) finished third, just behind his team-mate, while the race was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). Pedrosa and Lorenzo are now tied on points, 34 behind Marquez, with five of 18 races remaining.
Although Marquez dominated qualifying yesterday, more than half a second ahead of Lorenzo, he went into the race after a fall in this morning’s warm-up, his second tumble of the weekend. The remarkable MotoGP rookie didn’t make the best of starts and had to work to pass Pedrosa – who had made a brilliant start from the second row – while struggling to find his best-possible rhythm with a full tank of fuel. That difficulty caused the 20-year-old to make a couple of mistakes at the Quercia left-hander, the second of which saw him run off the track while right behind his team-mate. That lost him a lot of time and put him behind Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).
By this stage of the race Lorenzo was already well gone – 2.9 seconds ahead of Pedrosa. Marquez spent the next 13 laps making up for his mistakes, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. It took him eight laps to pass Rossi and a further five to get the better of Pedrosa.
For the next few laps the Spanish pair livened up the race as they attacked and counter-attacked each other. Pedrosa found a way past with six laps remaining, but Marquez came back at his compatriot later the same lap. He then started chipping away at Lorenzo’s three-second advantage, but soon realised that trying to catch the reigning champion would demand too many risks, so he settled for second. It was his 12th podium from his first 13 MotoGP races.
Pedrosa stayed close to Marquez but the former 250 and 125 World Champion was struggling with grip issues, as he had during practice, so he couldn’t find a way through and crossed the line half a second down on the reigning Moto2 World Champion.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) spent the race shadowing Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha), then passed the Briton at Turn Seven on the final lap to take fifth place, seven seconds behind Rossi. It was a strong result from the young German who came back well from a big tumble on Friday.
Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) had a mostly lonely ride to seventh at his team’s home Grand Prix. Although he recorded the fifth fastest lap of the race he struggled throughout getting his bike to turn into corners, a problem he hadn’t come across in practice.
Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) had a luckless race, his machine struck by gremlins that causing him to pull out with only a few laps to go.
The duel for the Honda-powered Moto2 World Championship swung back in the favour of Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) today, the Spaniard scoring a brilliant, hard-charging win while main rival Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) struggled to sixth. Two weeks ago at Silverstone it was the other way around, with Redding taking the win and Espargaro coming home in eighth spot.
Although Espargaro started from pole position and led the first few laps it was Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) who dominated most of the race. At the halfway stage the Japanese was two seconds ahead of Espargaro and looked set for his first Grand Prix win. But once again his pace faltered in the last laps while Espargaro got into the groove, thanks to his crew successfully adapting his bike to a new rear slick, recently introduced by Dunlop. Espargaro carved big chunks out of the leader’s advantage to take the lead at the start of the penultimate lap. Nakagami had no reply, crossing the line 0.6 seconds down on the winner and 1.2 seconds ahead of Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex).
Redding started from the second row and was never in the hunt for the win. He spent most of the 26 laps in the second group and lost several positions as the race went on.
Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter) came on strong in the later stages to lead the group home in fourth, with Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) fifth and Redding sixth after pouncing on Johann Zarco (Came Ioda Racing Project Suter) at the last corner of the last lap. The Briton had gone into this race 38 points ahead of Espargaro. Now he goes to the next race at Aragon defending a 23 point advantage.
Xavier Simeon (Desguaces La Torre Maptaq Kalex) was five seconds further back in eighth spot, just ahead of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex). Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) completed the top ten.
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) had a superb ride in the Moto3 race, running with the five-man second group throughout and launching a stunning attack on the last lap that promoted him to fifth place, his best result of the year. The Australian teenager bore the marks of the closely fought battle, with his leathers scuffed black from contact with his rivals’ machines.
Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini FTR Honda) was in the thick of the same group and passed Miller several times, but the Italian didn’t fare so well in the crucial final laps and ended up at the back of the group in eighth position.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) fought his way into the top ten in the final stages, after having stormed through from 22nd at the end of the first lap. Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was the final Honda points scorer in 14th.
The race was won by Alex Rins, who narrowly beat fellow KTM rider Maverick Vinales after a race-long duel.
Most MotoGP teams will stay at Misano tomorrow for testing, before heading to Spain for the Aragon Grand Prix on September 29. That race is followed by three ‘flyaway’ event on consecutive weekends in Malaysia, Australia and Japan. The season has its grand finale at Valencia in Spain, on November 10.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: 2nd - “We’ve taken another 20 World Championship points today and, considering how the race went, I think that is a good reward! At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes and lost a lot of time with the second of those. Maybe I was lacking a little experience – it’s my rookie season and it is normal to make a few errors. I also didn’t feel completely comfortable with a full fuel tank. From the midway point onwards I felt a lot better. To finish second is a great result, even though Lorenzo has gained five points on us, we are an extra four ahead of Dani. We are happy and have a lot of motivation to keep fighting hard at Aragon!”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd - “I gave my all in the race today. I rode as well as I can ride, putting everything into every lap and trying to take every corner perfectly. Overall, this hasn’t been our weekend, generally speaking, because I had a lot of grip problems with the rear tyre on every day of the GP. In the race today it was even more noticeable, so I couldn’t have done things any better.”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 5th - “Definitely it was the best day of the weekend for us. We improved the bike from Friday to Saturday and today the team made a great job. I suffered a big crash on Friday and they had to work even harder to give me a competitive bike for the race. In the beginning of the race I was not so confident because, on the warm-up lap, I was not sure about rear tyre performance. But after a few laps I could set my pace easily and I followed Cal for the whole race. He was a good reference for me and I was able to see where I was stronger than him so in the last lap I made my manoeuvre in turn seven. I had fun and I am happy now because I made a strong race after such a tough weekend.”
Alvaro Bautista, Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 7th - “We expected a different result because we were competitive during practice and in the warm-up this morning but during the race I was struggling to get the bike turning into the corners, which is strange because we didn’t touch the setting. Our pace was slower than practice and that’s not normal so it’s important we understand why this happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s a shame because we had the potential today to fight for fifth or even fourth place. This is racing and now we have to put the result behind us and concentrate on the next race in Spain. I am disappointed for the team because it’s their home race. We were on the podium here last year and I would have loved to give them another great result.”
Bryan Staring, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: DNF - “I had a good feeling with the bike today and I was happy with how the race was going but suddenly the bike gave up and we had to pull out. I am disappointed because I at least would have liked to complete full distance in the team’s home race but these things can happen and we have to keep looking forward. The engineers will have a look at the bike now and try to work out what went wrong.”
Moto2 rider quotes
Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP40 Pons: race winner - “It was tough because Taka made an incredible start to the race. For the first five laps I was slow – maybe the tyres or the full fuel tank – while Taka was pushing so hard and took a two second gap. So I had to recover and close the gap. After ten or 12 laps I felt more comfortable with less fuel and the rear tyre a bit used. It wasn’t easy but it was enough to win.”
Takaaki Nakagami, Italtrans Racing Team: 2nd - “Especially at the end of the race I was a bit nervous because I saw the gap closing, so I knew Pol was catching me. Every lap he was two or three tenths faster than me. On the last lap I gave 100 per cent and if I pushed more I would have crashed because already many times I had lost the front and almost crashed. I’m disappointed because Pol overtook me with one lap to go and I finished second once again. This was an important race for me and the team and also because of Shoya Tomizawa [Nakagami’s compatriot who lost his life during the 2010 Misano Moto2 race].”
Esteve Rabat, Tuenti HP 40 Pons: 3rd - “I made a good start and at the beginning I could easily stay with Pol. Then after five or six laps he started to push and it was difficult to follow his rhythm. I don’t know why he was able to go away from me but later on I recovered my confidence in the bike and started pushing again. I did my best.”
Honda Moto3 Rider quotes
Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: 5th - “I’m happy with that – it was an all-round good, fun race. I tried different tactics from the last few races – I just waited and waited and waited. I didn’t want to do the usual – push all race and end up falling off. I just managed the gap and when it was five laps to go I started to make my moves. We were all chopping and changing, so that dropped the pace a bit. It was nice to have a nice fight in a good group. I’ve got a few tyre marks on my leathers but it was all fun and games – we’re all good mates. We made a big step with the suspension for the race and luckily it was in the right direction so the bike was really good. I could slipstream the other guys and make it all up on the brakes.”
Niccolo Antonelli, GO&FUN Gresini: 8th - “I really enjoyed the race and I lost count of the overtakes! I hope I made a good show and entertained the fans. I had a good confidence in the bike to confirm that we have grown up and that from now on we can look with greater enthusiasm to the last part of the season. I fought for fourth place from start to finish and despite finishing eighth I am happy. The team did a great job with important improvements which give me confidence for the future.”
Romano Fenati, San Carlo Team Italia: 10th - “I am very satisfied. Today the bike was good and I managed to make a good recovery from mid-race, when I was doing the same times as the guys up front. It was too bad because during the first few laps I was slowed by another group. The start is always a lottery, so I need to improve in qualifying.”
-- Ducati Report
The GP di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini was a demanding one for Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden who, after starting from the third and fourth rows, respectively, crossed the finish line in eighth and ninth places.
Considering their grid positions and the track layout at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, it was clear that the start would be very difficult for the Ducati Team riders, and that proved to be the case. The teammates made several early passes before beginning a battle with one another for eighth place. After twenty-eight laps, Dovizioso finished eighth, while Hayden had to settle for ninth.
Before heading home, the Ducati Team will return to action tomorrow for an official IRTA test at the same circuit.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 8th
“Obviously, we can’t be satisfied with the result. I made a mistake on the start. Espargaro was in front of me and, unfortunately, I was distracted when he jumped the start. I lost many positions and some seconds in the early going because there were many of us trying to pass each other in the slow corners, so the first few laps were pretty challenging. Then I started to find my rhythm; I passed Nicky and thought I could do a faster pace, but I didn’t have a great feeling with the front end of my Desmosedici. It’s a shame because I had hoped to be able to fight for positions a bit closer to the front.”
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 9th
“It’s been a tough weekend and things certainly didn’t get any easier today. When Espargaro jumped the start, I saw him out of the corner of my eye and delayed a little bit. I lost a few places on the run to turn one but was able to make up a couple of positions pretty quickly. Then it was a really difficult race for me, as it was very hard to change directions and stop. I was racing with Dovi, and at the end of the back straightaway, I lost the rear and ran off the track. The last few laps were pretty lonely after that. I made two mistakes—one at the start, one in the race—and they both hurt me. The pace hasn’t been very good all week, and it’s a shame because the team is working so hard.”
Bernhard Gobmeier – Ducati Corse General Manager
“In the end, it was a disappointing weekend after it started quite well in the free practices, where we found a fairly good setup and race rhythm. Of course the starting positions on the grid after qualifying weren’t too good, and we lost several positions at the start, which we could never really recover. We settled into a pace that was at times similar to that of the second group, but at the end, it was too much of a gap. Tomorrow we’ll have a few more things to test, which should give us some more data for the development of next year’s bike.”
-- Bridgestone Report
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 26-27°C; Track 31-31°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Jorge Lorenzo was untouchable in today’s San Marino Grand Prix, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider streaking away from the start of the race to take the chequered flag by 3.379 seconds to score his third successive MotoGP™ victory at Misano.
Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo got the holeshot to lead into the first corner and by the end of the first lap amassed a gap of 1.2 seconds to break the resolve of the following pack. Lorenzo continued his strong pace throughout the twenty-eight lap contest to take victory ahead of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez who came out on top in an entertaining battle with teammate Dani Pedrosa for second place. Colin Edwards’ strong season continues, the American rider crossing the finish line in twelfth place on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki to be the top CRT finisher at Misano.
Ambient temperatures were warmer today but cloud cover and a strong breeze kept track temperatures lower than the previous two days of action, with a peak figure of 31°C recorded during the race. The lower track temperatures and poor grip level of the circuit resulted in all riders selecting the softer rear slick options while for the front tyre, seventeen of the twenty-four riders selected the softer of the two front slick options, the medium compound. Tyre performance during the race was consistent, with the overall race time being the quickest ever recorded at this circuit, beating the old record by six seconds.
Marquez now sits on 253 championship points to lead the standings by thirty-four points over both Lorenzo and Pedrosa, who now sit equal on 219 championship points with five rounds remaining.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“It was cooler today for the race but this didn’t have a significant effect on tyre choice as most riders had already decided to use the softer slick options front and rear to compensate for the poor grip level of the Misano circuit. The only variation in race tyre choice was for the front tyre, with most riders selecting the softer front option for maximum grip, while the Yamaha and Repsol Honda riders opting for the harder front slick. After another satisfying race weekend our attention now turns to the Misano post-race test where our engineers will be on-hand to support the teams and where we will also be providing our new experimental rear slick for the riders to evaluate.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner
“It was important to win here to recover five more points to Marc, so it was a good result for the championship. I am very happy for this victory because we were struggling a bit this weekend but we made a change in warm up which helped my performance a lot. It was physically a hard race because Marc and Dani never gave up and had a quick pace, so thanks to the team for working to improve my bike and helping me to get the win.”
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