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MotoGP 2013 – Round 14 – Aragon – Marquez wins from Lorenzo and Pedrosa goes down
Marc Marquez has increased his possibilities of becoming a rookie MotoGP™ World Champion by claiming his sixth victory of 2013 in the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon. Current title holder Jorge Lorenzo was overtaken by the newcomer en route to second place, as Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the race on the sixth lap.
Starting from his seventh pole position of the season, Marquez had beaten Lorenzo by one hundredth of a second on Saturday whereas last year’s Aragón winner Pedrosa was starting on the front row for the first time since Indianapolis. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo grabbed the lead at the start, as the Repsol Honda Team riders immediately went to battle at the second corner.
The critical moment of the afternoon, and perhaps of the 2013 World Championship, would come on Lap 6. As both Hondas closed in on Lorenzo for the lead, Marquez ran third but appeared to out-brake himself at Turn 12. Moments later, Pedrosa dramatically highsided out of the race and it was later confirmed that the two teammates had made contact. The moment allowed Lorenzo to extend his lead to 1.7 seconds, although he was caught by Marquez and overhauled at the same corner eight laps later. The championship lead now increases to 39 points with 100 left on offer.
Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi finished on the podium for the first time since Laguna Seca, fending off GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow in a highly entertaining four-rider contest. Tech3’s Bradley Smith, Ducati Team duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden and Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone completed the top ten, while Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was once again the leading CRT runner in 11th spot. In 17th place, Italian Luca Scassa ended his debut with Cardion AB Motoracing ahead of two other CRT machines, covering for Karel Abraham who has been ruled out of action for the rest of the campaign.
A total of five riders failed to finish. Pedrosa retired for the first time this year on his 28th birthday, while PBM’s Michael Laverty and Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci were put out of action on the opening lap in an incident also involving Scassa. On his return to MotoGP™, Australia’s Damian Cudlin suffered gearbox issues while Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera pulled into the pits, having already changed bikes after encountering pre-race problems with his original.
With four races remaining in the 2013 season, the drama will continue at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in two weekends’ time.
— Race Result – Round 14 Aragon
1 Marc Marquez 42’03.459 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +1.356 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Valentino Rossi +12.927 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Alvaro Bautista +13.787 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
5 Stefan Bradl +13.973 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Cal Crutchlow +14.662 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Bradley Smith +31.220 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Andrea Dovizioso +40.671 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden +53.413 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Andrea Iannone +55.067 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
11 Aleix Espargaro +58.001 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Yonny Hernandez +1’05.513 COL DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Randy De Puniet +1’06.589 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
14 Hiroshi Aoyama +1’08.674 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
15 Claudio Corti +1’09.130 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Colin Edwards +1’12.041 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Luca Scassa +1’45.152 ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
18 Bryan Staring +1’45.228 AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
19 Lukas Pesek +1’45.583 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
20 Hector Barbera DNF SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
21 Dani Pedrosa DNF SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
22 Damian Cudlin DNF AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
23 Danilo Petrucci DNF ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
24 Michael Laverty DNF GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
— Championship standings
1 Marc Marquez 278 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 239 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 219 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 185 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 156 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 135 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 125 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso 112 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 102 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 80 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 76 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Andrea Iannone 47 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 Randy De Puniet 23 pts FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
17 Danilo Petrucci 23 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Yonny Hernandez 11 pts COL DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
19 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
20 Hiroshi Aoyama 8 pts JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
21 Claudio Corti 8 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
22 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
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 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
29 Luca Scassa 0 pts ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
30 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
31 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance
Nico Terol has completed a dominant performance of the Moto2™ Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón, celebrating a lights-to-flag victory on Sunday afternoon. Tito Rabat finished second while Pol Espargaro came out on top after a superb battle with title rival Scott Redding, who finished fourth from 13th on the grid.
Having turned 25 on Friday, Terol (Aspar Team Moto2) would sail to his first ever intermediate class pole position and was joined on the front row by Tuenti HP 40 pairing Rabat and Espargaro. Delayed by traffic throughout qualifying, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Redding was left 13th – his joint worst grid position of 2013.
As Terol enjoyed a clean start, arguably the best getaway came from Redding who just minutes into the race was already inside the top five. Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami was also lightning quick off the line, rising to second at Turn 2 before dropping down the field due to a mistake on the fourth lap; the Japanese rider, who had finished second at the previous four races, would fight back up to 11th spot.
At the front, Terol was untouchable and would enjoy career victory number 15 after taking the chequered flag 1.7 seconds in front of Rabat. Espargaro finally came out on top in the duel for the final podium slot, but only after a mesmerising, fairing-to-fairing contest with Redding as the Spaniard and Englishman continued to swap positions over the second half of the race – at one point making contact as the championship leader overtook in a daring maneuverer at the final corner. The final exchanging of places came on the penultimate tour, with Espargaro defending the line into Turn 16 while Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio kept a watching brief from fifth place, having performed a climb of ten places since the start of the race.
As Redding’s championship lead over Espargaro reduces to 20 points with four rounds remaining, Terol’s teammate Jordi Torres ensured Aspar bikes bookended the top six while reigning Moto3™ World Champion Sandro Cortese finished tenth. However, the Dynavolt Intact GP rider was involved in a last-lap incident on the exit of Turn 14 which caused the demise from proceedings of NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis, with Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter also becoming involved but continuing to finish 13th. In 15th, Alex Mariñelarena (Blusens Avintia) scored his maiden World Championship point in only his fifth Moto2™ race, achieving the feat at the same track on which he made his debut last year.
Other incidents included a second corner retirement for Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi, who bounced across the gravel trap, while there was a similar scenario for Xavier Simeon whose race finished at the end of his first run down the back straight; thankfully, the Maptaq SAG Zelos Team rider was not collected by Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal, who crashed in the same place.
1 / Nicolas TEROL / SPA / Aspar Team Moto2 / SUTER / 40’15.232 / 158.9 /
2 / Esteve RABAT / SPA / Tuenti HP 40 / KALEX / 40’16.968 / 158.8 / 1.736
3 / Pol ESPARGARO / SPA / Tuenti HP 40 / KALEX / 40’18.762 / 158.7 / 3.53
4 / Scott REDDING / GBR / Marc VDS Racing Team / KALEX / 40’19.015 / 158.6 / 3.783
5 / Mika KALLIO / FIN / Marc VDS Racing Team / KALEX / 40’19.281 / 158.6 / 4.049
6 / Jordi TORRES / SPA / Aspar Team Moto2 / SUTER / 40’26.834 / 158.1 / 11.602
7 / Johann ZARCO / FRA / Came Iodaracing Project / SUTER / 40’31.530 / 157.8 / 16.298
8 / Julian SIMON / SPA / Italtrans Racing Team / KALEX / 40’33.997 / 157.7 / 18.765
9 / Mattia PASINI / ITA / NGM Mobile Racing / SPEED UP / 40’37.498 / 157.4 / 22.266
10 / Sandro CORTESE / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 40’38.989 / 157.3 / 23.757
11 / Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / Italtrans Racing Team / KALEX / 40’39.156 / 157.3 / 23.924
12 / Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / Maptaq SAG Zelos Team / KALEX / 40’39.719 / 157.3 / 24.487
13 / Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Technomag carXpert / SUTER / 40’43.243 / 157.1 / 28.011
14 / Alex MARIÑELARENA / SPA / Blusens Avintia / KALEX / 40’48.352 / 156.7 / 33.12
15 / Danny KENT / GBR / Tech 3 / TECH 3 / 40’59.141 / 156.1 / 43.909
Pole Position: Nicolas TEROL 1’53.812 160.6 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Esteve RABAT 1’54.288 159.9 Km/h Lap 13
Circuit Record Lap: Marc MARQUEZ 1’53.956 160.4 Km/h 2011
Circuit Best Lap: Marc MARQUEZ 1’53.296 161.3 Km/h 2011
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TILL DATE:
1 REDDING 215, 2 ESPARGARO 195, 3 RABAT 171, 4 KALLIO 143, 5 NAKAGAMI 130, 6 AEGERTER 122, 7 ZARCO 113, 8 TEROL 108, 9 LUTHI 94, 10 TORRES 83, 11 CORSI 74, 12 SIMEON 71, 13 SIMON 57, 14 DE ANGELIS 46, 15 PASINI 42.
Alex Rins has won the Moto3™ Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón, beating Maverick Viñales after a race-long battle. Alex Marquez made the podium, while championship leader Luis Salom fought up to fourth place but saw his points advantage decrease.
Having grown up just minutes from the MotorLand Aragón circuit which first became part of the World Championship in 2010, Rins claimed his sixth pole position of the season on Saturday afternoon. He would never drop out of the fight for the lead on Sunday, which was first between himself, Team Calvo’s Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Marquez before becoming a two-horse race. The leaders – who in the points table both close in on championship leader Salom – would take the battle down to the wire, but a well-judged piece of riding from Rins saw him head onto the kilometre-long back straight in front on the final lap, then extending the gap.
Marquez experienced a somewhat quiet race en route to the final podium slot, while Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Salom made the most of his damage limitation exercise to rise from eighth on the grid to fourth. An error from the otherwise impressive Philipp Oettl (Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing) left him sixth, having run as high as fourth while setting a new lap record in the process, while Salom successfully finished in front of Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira as they completed the top five. This leaves Salom with a nine-point advantage over Rins, who now jumps three points ahead of Viñales with four races remaining in the season.
Elsewhere in the race, Jonas Folger’s seventh place for Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 was to be noted as the German had undergone surgery for a fractured ankle after the last race at Misano. Belgian rookie Livio Loi (Marc VDS Racing Team) scored a point for 15th position, while Mahindra’s Efren Vazquez rounded out the top ten after escaping unscathed from an incident at Turn 1 on the 16th lap; the same could not be said for Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who flew off his bike but was able to walk away. The Malaysian was then taken to the Medical Centre for treatment, where it was confirmed that he had suffered a fracture to his right wrist; in his current state, Khairuddin would be unable to take part in his upcoming home Grand Prix at Sepang.
A total of six riders failed to finish, as the field was completed by wildcard Maria Herrera (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0); having raised eyebrows on Friday by unexpectedly finishing inside the top ten in opening practice, the CEV race winner fell on the first lap of today’s race and was forced to rejoin at the back of the pack.
Aragón marked the last event ahead of the upcoming triple-header in Malaysia, Australia and Japan. The action continues with the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
1 / Alex RINS / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / KTM / 40’04.214 / 152 /
2 / Maverick VIÑALES / SPA / Team Calvo / KTM / 40’04.640 / 152 / 0.426
3 / Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / KTM / 40’16.591 / 151.2 / 12.377
4 / Luis SALOM / SPA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 40’20.630 / 151 / 16.416
5 / Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / Mahindra Racing / MAHINDRA / 40’20.710 / 151 / 16.496
6 / Philipp OETTL / GER / Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing / KALEX KTM / 40’25.753 / 150.7 / 21.539
7 / Jonas FOLGER / GER / Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 / KALEX KTM / 40’29.469 / 150.4 / 25.255
8 / Romano FENATI / ITA / San Carlo Team Italia / FTR HONDA / 40’31.925 / 150.3 / 27.711
9 / Arthur SISSIS / AUS / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 40’32.102 / 150.3 / 27.888
10 / Efren VAZQUEZ / SPA / Mahindra Racing / MAHINDRA / 40’33.191 / 150.2 / 28.977
11 / Alexis MASBOU / FRA / Ongetta-Rivacold / FTR HONDA / 40’33.815 / 150.2 / 29.601
12 / Brad BINDER / RSA / Ambrogio Racing / MAHINDRA / 40’33.962 / 150.2 / 29.748
13 / Jack MILLER / AUS / Caretta Technology – RTG / FTR HONDA / 40’38.047 / 149.9 / 33.833
14 / Niccolò ANTONELLI / ITA / GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 / FTR HONDA / 40’38.064 / 149.9 / 33.85
15 / Livio LOI / BEL / Marc VDS Racing Team / KALEX KTM / 40’52.192 / 149 / 47.978
Pole Position: Alex RINS 1’58.571 154.1 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Philipp OETTL 1’59.681 152.7 Km/h Lap 3
Old Circuit Record Lap: Danny KENT 2’01.351 150.6 Km/h 2012
Circuit Best Lap: Alex RINS 1’58.571 154.1 Km/h 2013
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS TILL DATE:
1 SALOM 259, 2 RINS 250, 3 VIÑALES 247, 4 MARQUEZ 149, 5 FOLGER 129, 6 OLIVEIRA 115, 7 MILLER 79, 8 MASBOU 69, 9 VAZQUEZ 62, 10 KHAIRUDDIN 60, 11 SISSIS 59, 12 KORNFEIL 56, 13 BINDER 50, 14 FENATI 48, 15 AJO 43.