2013 MotoGP Championship Jerez Race Recap
Spoiler Alert: 2013 MotoGP Championship results from Jerez, Spain, listed below
Three races, three different winners. This is the way the 2013 MotoGP Championship unfolds following the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday at Jerez.
And so far, the three different winners were from Spain. The first was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who was the winner at Qatar. Two weeks ago at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, it was Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.
And following 27 laps at the 2.748-mile Jerez circuit containing 13 corners, the other Spaniard on the grid took became the third winner in as many races this season – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. Joining the RC213V pilot on the podium was Marquez and Lorenzo, respectively, making for an all-Spanish podium.
Pedrosa, who began second on the grid, got his usual fast start, getting to turn one ahead of pole-sitter Lorenzo. But two-time MotoGP Champion Lorenzo retaliated, taking back the lead. Behind these two were Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, Marquez and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, who suffered to big crashes Saturday.
On lap six, Pedrosa found his rhythm and made it past Lorenzo. Pedrosa continued to lead to the checkered flag.
Hungry for another podium, Marquez was on a charge, first passing Rossi by the end of lap one. Marquez then chased down Lorenzo, finally passing him on the final lap. The spot? The final corner of the circuit that was just named “Lorenzo Corner” this weekend.
Pedrosa finished 2.487 seconds ahead of Marquez, with Lorenzo a further 5.089 seconds back.
Rossi finished in a lonely fourth place, ahead of Crutchlow and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Baustista. Next up were the two Ducati Team GP13 prototypes piloted by Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, respectively. Taking the top CRT honors was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, sa feat the Spaniard completed every race, with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith rounding out the top 10.
Hector Barbera and Avintia Blusens impressed by qualifying tenth on the lead CRT machine, but on race day the Spaniard fell to 12th. As Avintia’s 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.
Due to his second-place finish, Marquez retains the points lead after three of 18 rounds. Marquez has 61 points, three ahead of Pedrosa and four ahead of Lorenzo.
The 2013 MotoGP Championship now breaks for two weeks before resuming at Le Mans for the Grand Prix of France May 17.
2013 Jerez MotoGP Podium Quotes:
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “It was a beautiful race. I was able to ride the bike well, even though it was difficult because the tires 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 RC213V MotoGP) says: “It was a very good race. I gave 100% 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 apologize 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”
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “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.”
2013 Jerez MotoGP Results:
|1||25||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||158.1||45’17.632|
|2||20||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||158.0||+2.487|
|3||16||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||157.8||+5.089|
|4||13||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||157.6||+8.914|
|5||11||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||157.4||+12.663|
|6||10||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||157.3||+15.094|
|7||9||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||156.7||+25.632|
|8||8||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||155.7||+41.881|
|9||7||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||155.6||+43.812|
|10||6||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||155.6||+44.461|
|11||5||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||Ducati Test Team||Ducati||155.5||+45.974|
|12||4||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Blusens||FTR||154.7||+59.859|
|13||3||70||Michael LAVERTY||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||154.2||+1’09.743|
|14||2||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||153.7||+1’17.813|
|15||1||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||153.7||+1’18.177|
|16||67||Bryan STARING||AUS||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||FTR Honda||153.7||+1’18.928|
|17||71||Claudio CORTI||ITA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||153.7||+1’19.307|
|18||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||Avintia Blusens||FTR||153.7||+1’19.457|
|6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||155.1||24 Laps|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||154.3||24 Laps|
|52||Lukas PESEK||CZE||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||150.8||24 Laps|
|14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||151.2||25 Laps|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||148.9||25 Laps|
2013 MotoGP Point Standings (after three of 17 rounds):
|15||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||FRA||6|
|20||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||USA||1|