2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP | Results

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2013 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Results

Spoiler Alert: 2013 MotoGP results listed below from the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

History was once again made in the 2013 MotoGP Championship following Repsol Honda Marc Marquez’s win at the 2013 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old Marquez became the youngest back-to-back race winner, ousting the record held by Freddie Spencer. He also became the first rookie to ever win at Laguna Seca.

The current MotoGP points leader of Spain was joined on the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by pole-sitter Stefan Bradl and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi.

This was Marquez’s third victory of the season, his other two arriving at Circuit of the Americas and last weekend’s German round at Sachsenring. Him and Lorenzo are now tied for wins after nine of 18 rounds. With his win, Marquez finished on the podium in eight of nine races.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “Before I came here, I was expecting to struggle more. From the TV, this circuit looked so tricky. Since FP1 I have felt so good. Next time I’ll be able to learn where all of the bumps are and everything – yesterday I found a new bump, when I crashed at Turn 6! Anyway, today in the race it was so good.

“At the beginning, with a full fuel tank, I was little bit scared because – with all of those bumps – it’s so easy to lose the front. I overtook Valentino (Rossi) then caught Bradl; I stayed behind him for about 12 laps, then tried to pass him to open up a gap. I’m very, very happy because it’s a new circuit and I’ve got 25 points. I’m very happy because it’s great to go into the summer break with this result.”

Marquez couldn’t catch Bradl during qualifying, but things were much different on race day. Bradl got out front first, followed by Rossi and GO&FUN Honda’s Alvaro Bautista, who began from third on the grid.

Marquez, who started from second, fell back to fourth, but made quick work of Bautista. He then passed Rossi on the infamous Corkscrew at the shortest circuit on the 2013 MotoGP Championship, and began chasing down Bradl. On lap 19 of 32, Marquez passed Bradl, and eventually took the checkered flag 2.2 seconds ahead of the German.

Bradl rode clean, and after Marquez passed him, the 2011 Moto2 Champion remained smooth and calm. He had a huge margin over Rossi, and was able to take his first-ever podium. Before the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Bradl had three four-place finishes, but could never reach the podium. But this all changed at Laguna.

Rossi finished 4.4 seconds back in third, which was the Italian’s third consecutive podium, including his win at Assen. The Netherlands victory was his first win since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2010. Bautista put much pressure on Rossi, who is known for his famed pass on Casey Stoner (Ducati) in 2008. But Bautista would have to settle for fourth.

Taking fifth was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who is recovering from a left collarbone injury sustained at Sachsenring. The Spaniard finished 9.2 seconds behind his teammate Marquez. The other man who rode with a left collarbone injury, the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo, finished sixth. The Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 pilot was passed by Pedrosa at Andretti Hairpin.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow finished seventh. The Brit suffered a heavy crash Saturday and was forced to use a back-up bike for the second qualifying session.

Crutchlow finished 15.3 seconds behind Marquez. The next group of riders finished over 33 seconds back, lead by Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden in eighth. The American was followed by teammate Andrea Dovizioso and Avintia Blusens FTR CRT’s Hector Barbera. With his finish, he became the first rider other than Aleix Espargaro to lead the CRT class this season.

Barbera finished ahead of Ben Spies replacement rider, Moto2’s Alex De Angelis aboard the Pramac Racing ucati, and NGM Mobile Forward Racing Kawasaki’s Colin Edwards.

Unfortunately, Espargaro crashed and was forced to DNF. Four other riders also not finished due to technical issues –  Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, PBM’s Michael Laverty and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Claudio Corti.

With his win, Marquez now holds a 16-point lead over teammate Pedrosa. Lorenzo is in third, 26 points behind Marquez. With his podium finish, Rossi bumped Crutchlow from fourth; Rossi trails Marquez by 46 points.

With the first half of the season over, the 2013 MotoGP takes a month-long summer break before the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix Aug. 16-18.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP Results:

1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.4 44’00.695
2 20 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 157.3 +2.298
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 157.2 +4.498
4 13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 157.2 +4.557
5 11 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 156.9 +9.257
6 10 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 156.7 +12.970
7 9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 156.5 +15.304
8 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 155.4 +33.963
9 7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 155.4 +34.129
10 6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 153.8 +1’02.369
11 5 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 153.8 +1’02.604
12 4 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 153.7 +1’03.593
13 3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 152.8 +1’20.450
14 2 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 152.2 1 Lap
15 1 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 151.6 1 Lap
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 151.6 1 Lap
17 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 151.1 1 Lap
18 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 148.8 1 Lap
Not Classified
38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 153.8 25 Laps
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 153.3 27 Laps
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 149.9 28 Laps
71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 44.9 29 Laps
70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 138.8 31 Laps

2013 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after nine of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 163
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 147
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 137
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 117
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 116
6 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 84
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 81
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 71
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 65
11 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 51
12 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 36
13 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 24
14 Hector BARBERA FTR SPA 24
16 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 18
17 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki USA 17
18 Ben SPIES Ducati USA 9
20 Alex DE ANGELIS Ducati RSM 5
21 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki ITA 5
23 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 3
24 Bryan STARING FTR Honda AUS 2
25 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR JPN 1
26 Javier DEL AMOR FTR SPA 1