2013 Sachsenring MotoGP | Results

Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi leads Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow

2013 Grand Prix of Germany Results

Spoiler Alert: 2013 MotoGP results from Sachsenring, Germany, listed below

There was much drama ahead of the 2013 Germany Grand Prix at Sachsenring. The MotoGP Championships points leader, Dani Pedrosa, and the man who trailed him by seven points, Jorge Lorenzo, were forced to sit out of Sunday’s race.

Both riders suffered huge high-side crashes during practice for round eight of 2013 MotoGP. Lorenzo re-injured his left shoulder, which he broke at Assen, and traveled back to Barcelona for further surgery. Pedrosa also injured his left shoulder, which he had troubles with throughout the 2011 MotoGP Championship. Pedrosa attempted to ride in Sunday’s race, but had low blood pressure and was ruled out.

With the top riders sidelined, the podium was wide open for the series’ other top riders, including Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who took the Sachsenring pole, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, who won at Assen two weeks ago, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow.

And following a speculator performance at the 2.28-mile circuit featuring 13 turns (10 left, three right), the Spaniard Marquez took his second victory of 2013 MotoGP.

Marquez rode smartly, managing his tires with a style not typical of a rookie MotoGP rider. Due to this, the 20-year-old was able to hold off a charge by Crutchlow, who finished 1.559 seconds back. Taking third was Rossi, which was his third podium of 2013 MotoGP.

With his win, and Lorenzo and Pedrosa out, Marquez now holds the championship lead with 138 points, two ahead of Pedrosa, and 11 ahead of Lorenzo.

Starting from third on the grid, Rossi got to turn one first. The Italian – a five-time winner at Sachsenring – was followed by German’s Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Aleix Espargaro (Power Electronics Aspar CRT), Marquez, Crutchlow, Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Before a raving crowd, Bradl took over the lead on lap one as Bautista took fifth off Crutchlow. Once some heat was into the Bridgestones, Marquez began an all-out attack on the lead group. First he took third off Espargaro, who was later passed by Bautista and Crutchlow.

By the end of the fifth lap, Marquez made an aggressive pass on Rossi at turn 13, the final corner at Sachsenring. The RC213V MotoGP pilot then set his eyes on Bradl. Behind, Crutchlow was able to get through on Bautista, and began chasing down Rossi.

Bradl and Marquez pulled away from Rossi, and with 25 to go the two dragged down the front straightaway. The factory Honda was able to beat the satellite Honda, and Marquez took over the lead.

Marquez immediately began pulling away, as Bradl fell victim to Rossi, who made a clean inside pass with 22 laps remaining. Next to pass Bradl was Crutchlow, who took a tight line through turn 13 with 21 to go.

With 15 to go, Marquez had over two seconds on Rossi and Crutchlow, who were battling intensely for second. Crutchlow got the best of Rossi, though, the Brit’s satellite YZR-M1 passing Rossi’s factory machine on turn 13.

Crutchlow chased down Marquez, but couldn’t catch him. With a masterful display of patience and discipline, Marquez took the win, which was his second victory this season and seventh podium. Rossi took third, followed by Bradl, who equaled his premier-class best finish.

Bautista took fifth ahead of Smith; this was the first time two British riders (Crutchlow and Smith) finished in the top six in two decades. Andrea Dovizioso took the top spot for Ducati, edging out Espargaro, who continues  his streak of being the top CRT finisher this season. Rounding out the top 10 were Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Pramac Ducati’s Michele Pirro, who continues to substitute for the injured Ben Spies.

The riders now head directly to the states for next weekend’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, round nine of 18. Lorenzo has already tweeted that he would sit out Laguna Seca to further recover. As for Pedrosa, there’s no word yet. But if Pedrosa is forced to DNS at Laguna Seca, and Marquez has another flawless performance ahead of American fans as he did at Circuit of the Americas, the rookie may be on his way to making history as the youngest rider to win a championship.

2013 Sachsenring MotoGP Results:

12593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda160.241’14.653
22035Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.1+1.559
31646Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha159.5+9.620
4136Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda159.3+13.992
51119Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda158.8+21.775
61038Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha158.6+25.080
794Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati158.2+30.027
8841Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART158.2+30.324
9769Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati157.3+45.355
10651Michele PIRROITAIgnite Pramac RacingDucati157.2+47.142
1158Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR157.1+47.824
12414Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART157.1+48.523
1335Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki156.7+54.428
1429Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter156.3+1’00.323
15171Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki156.0+1’05.530
1670Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM155.8+1’09.153
177Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR155.4+1’15.601
1817Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingART155.2+1’19.683
1952Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter153.41 Lap
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67Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda154.13 Laps
68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPaul Bird MotorsportART149.529 Laps

2013 MotoGP Point Standings (after eight of 18 rounds):

1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA138
2Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA136
3Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA127
5Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA101
6Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA74
7Stefan BRADLHondaGER64
8Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA58
9Nicky HAYDENDucatiUSA57
11Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR51
12Michele PIRRODucatiITA36
13Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA24
16Danilo PETRUCCIIoda-SuterITA15
17Colin EDWARDSFTR KawasakiUSA13
18Ben SPIESDucatiUSA9
20Claudio CORTIFTR KawasakiITA5