Sepang MotoGP 2013 | Results

Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo leads The Respol Honda Duo of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez

2013 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix Results

Spoiler Alert: 2013 MotoGP results from Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit listed below.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa kept his MotoGP title hunt alive following a dominating performance Sepang International Circuit, the first of three back-to-back races as the series heads towards its conclusion.

The Spaniard, who chases his first-ever premier-class MotoGP title, took the lead on lap four, and wasn’t challenged for the remainder of the race. This was the second consecutive win at Sepang for Pedrosa, who led three of four free practices.

The real battle was behind, though, as Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez – the current MotoGP Championship leader – and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo battled for second.

But even this battle was short lived. Following some exchanges for second, the pole-man Marquez got into the position on lap nine and went on to run a clean race and finish in a lonely second, 2.757 seconds behind Pedrosa.

As for Lorenzo, he also finished alone, the two-time MotoGP Championship taking third 6.669 seconds behind the current points leader.

Marquez gained another 20 points, and now has 298 points, 43 more than Lorenzo, and 54 more than Pedrosa. With three rounds remaining, these three riders are the only ones with a mathematical chance of taking the 2013 MotoGP title. If Marquez earns that title, he will be the first in 35 years (since Freddie Spencer) to take the a title in his rookie year.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “These twenty points are very important and I’m really happy with how the race went today. I had a nice, fun battle with Lorenzo, but at the same time I could see that Dani was opening up a gap.

“When I finally managed to overtake Jorge and make the pass stick, I tried to reduce the distance that Dani had put between us. However, I saw that it was too risky to do so. From that moment on, I decided to focus on keeping Lorenzo at bay, because the goal here was to finish the race ahead of him. We did what we came here to do, so we are very happy!”

As for race winner Pedrosa, he was looking to redeem points following his DNF at Aragon due to his controversial crash with teammate Marquez.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “I am very happy with this win, as it is very special. My level of riding today was very good and the victory comes after a difficult week –in which I was laid up in bed and could hardly move.

“To come here and win is fantastic, so thanks to all my team! It is a pity about what happened in Aragon, because we had the pace and the same chance of the win as we did here. However, we can’t keep looking back; we need to continue on and try to carry our form into the final races.”

Lorenzo opened the race with his usual holeshot, but like free practices, he struggled to keep the pace with the others. The Spaniard rode smartly and consistently, though, keeping his title hopes more than alive.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “We were much slower than the others today, especially after three or four laps. I tried to open a gap at the beginning like always but there was +0 on the board after a couple of laps.

“When Dani passed I tried to stay with him and also then again when Marc passed me. I tried to pass him some more times to make him nervous but it was impossible, he was much stronger today so we couldn’t do much more. To win the championship is almost impossible but I would like to finish second in the championship and win as many races as possible.”

Taking a lonely fourth was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, the nine-time World Champion finishing 10.351 seconds behind Marquez. After a long battle with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista took fifth.

The Spaniard only needed fifth or better to move into sixth in the rider’s standings ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who was forced out due to breaking his ankle during the fourth free practice.

Rounding out the top 10 were Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradl Smith, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, top CRT runner, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, and Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez.

A total of five riders failed to finish, including 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden who parked his Ducati Team machine on the start/finish straight after suffering technical problems.

The series now heads directly to Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix, which takes place Oct. 18-20.

2013 Sepang MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.3 40’45.191
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.1 +2.757
3 16 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 162.9 +6.669
4 13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 162.6 +10.351
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 161.8 +22.149
6 10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.8 +22.301
7 9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.3 +30.864
8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 160.4 +45.111
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 159.4 +59.264
10 6 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 159.3 +1’01.417
11 5 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 159.2 +1’03.665
12 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 158.5 +1’14.256
13 3 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 158.0 +1’21.603
14 2 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 157.6 +1’27.976
15 1 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 157.5 +1’29.442
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 157.5 +1’29.551
17 23 Luca SCASSA ITA Cardion AB Motoracing ART 156.4 +1’47.930
18 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 156.1 +1’52.927
Not Classified
70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 155.0 8 Laps
52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 154.2 9 Laps
69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 159.1 12 Laps
50 Damian CUDLIN AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 153.4 13 Laps
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 160.5 14 Laps

2013 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after 15 of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 298
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 255
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 244
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 198
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 166
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 136
7 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 135
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 120
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 102
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 89
12 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 50
13 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 47
14 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki USA 32
15 Hector BARBERA FTR SPA 29
17 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 23
18 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 17
19 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR JPN 13
20 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki ITA 11
21 Ben SPIES Ducati USA 9
22 Alex DE ANGELIS Ducati RSM 5
24 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 3
25 Bryan STARING FTR Honda AUS 2
26 Javier DEL AMOR FTR SPA 1