Pedrosa Tops Pre-Race Warm Up at Circuit of the Americas MotoGP

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa

2013 Austin MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas

The man who led the third free practice – the practice session that pole-man Marc Marquez didn’t lead – was quickest during the warm up for the Red Bull of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The Spaniard posted a 2:04.341, which was over a second slower than Marquez’s pole time. The Repsol Honda RC213V rider led ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and the reigning MotoGP Champion, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

As for Marquez, the youngest pole sitter in MotoGP, was fourth quickest.

In the closing stages, 20-year-old Marquez avoided a collision with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bryan Staring. Yesterday, the Australian had been involved in a clash with Karel Abraham which has left the Cardion AB Motoracing rider with a fractured right collarbone; he had been declared unfit to start this afternoon’s 21-lap encounter.

Stefan Bradl completes the top five for LCR Honda MotoGP, while sixth-placed Valentino Rossi was three tenths of a second quicker than he had been for Yamaha yesterday. Ducati Team duo Andrea Dovizioso and leading American rider Nicky Hayden were next up, with the top ten being closed off by Andrea Iannone (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) and leasing CRT runner Aleix Espargaro) Power Electronics Aspar).

The Red Bull of Americas will begin at 2 p.m. CDT today.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2013 Austin MotoGP Warm-Up Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
126Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda340.12’04.341
235Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha337.22’04.3580.017 / 0.017
399Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha337.82’04.4860.145 / 0.128
493Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda340.52’04.6040.263 / 0.118
56Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda337.72’04.8140.473 / 0.210
646Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha335.12’05.0710.730 / 0.257
74Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati339.32’05.1910.850 / 0.120
869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati339.72’05.9531.612 / 0.762
929Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati340.32’06.0741.733 / 0.121
1041Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART319.92’06.2421.901 / 0.168
1119Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda336.52’06.3261.985 / 0.084
1211Ben SPIESUSAIgnite Pramac RacingDucati336.02’06.4872.146 / 0.161
1338Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha338.32’06.7732.432 / 0.286
1468Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPaul Bird MotorsportART316.32’07.2282.887 / 0.455
1514Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART316.22’07.2522.911 / 0.024
168Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR319.32’08.1663.825 / 0.914
1771Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki315.62’08.3484.007 / 0.182
187Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR317.22’08.4534.112 / 0.105
199Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter317.52’08.8904.549 / 0.437
2070Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM315.02’09.2054.864 / 0.315
215Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki313.72’09.8095.468 / 0.604
2267Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda314.62’09.8115.470 / 0.002
2352Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter316.32’10.8866.545 / 1.075
2479Blake YOUNGUSAAttack Performance RacingAPR309.52’13.3108.969 / 2.424