2013/6/16

Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Jorge Lorenzo has won the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya for the third time in four years, beating Repsol Honda TeamĘs Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez on Sunday afternoon. Valentino Rossi rode a lonely race to fourth position while as many as eight riders retired, including Cal Crutchlow who crashed out on the sixth lap. 

Two weeks ago, Lorenzo had sealed his second victory of the campaign in Italy, and he now becomes the first rider to win three times in 2013, moving to within seven points of championship-leading Pedrosa. This afternoon, the Mallorcan made the most of the battling Hondas to pull out a lead of over one second with four laps to go. As he rode to victory, Pedrosa was forced to fight a rear-guard action even though Marquez had almost removed himself from the race on the penultimate lap. Heading into Turn 4 on the 24th of the 25 tours, Marquez suffered a significant scare and came perilously close to losing the front end of his bike. He would go on to reduce a six-tenth of a second margin to finish the race just six hundredths behind Pedrosa, although the key to his day had been a strong getaway from sixth on the grid. 

Taking advantage of the dramas in front of him – such as accidents for Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Cal Crutchlow and Ducati TeamĘs Nicky Hayden, going out in separate solo incidents on the tenth lap – Stefan Bradl enjoyed a second consecutive top five finish as Tech 3Ęs Bradley Smith celebrated a personal best result of sixth. The leading CRT rider for the sixth time in as many Grand Prix this season, Power Electronics AsparĘs Aleix Espargaro, finished eighth for the second race in a row, while GO&FUN Honda GresiniĘs Alvaro Bautista was upset to have crashed on the opening lap following a near-miss with Valentino RossiĘs Yamaha. 

The majority of the MotoGP grid will stay on for a one-day test tomorrow at the Montmelo circuit. 

Comments: Marquez on this risky move to Pedrosa made the heartbeats of the motoGP fans go faster. Fighting to the very end becomes a characteristic of his on every race. However the other riders obviously will not take the risks he is willing to nor they will let him pass. Maybe in the future the Spaniard will make a serious mistake like making a rider chasing the Championship crash like the instant today, with Pedrosa. It is reminded that in Mugello, Marquez crashed four times and he was lucky enough to continue mostly unhurt. 
Respect to Vale for everything he has achieved, although he doesnĘt look very committed anymore. Could the end of his career be close?

GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA MotoGP Race Classification 2013 Barcelona, 
Sunday, June 16, 2013 
Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap 
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 164.4 43'06.479 
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.3 +1.763 
3 16 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.3 +1.826 
4 13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 164.1 +5.874 
5 11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 162.7 +26.756 
6 10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 162.4 +32.228 
7 9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 162.4 +32.692 
8 8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 160.8 +58.615 
9 7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 160.5 +1'03.142 
10 6 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 160.1 +1'09.774




 Pos.   Rider  Bike  Nation  Points
 1  Dani PEDROSA  Honda  SPA  123
 2  Jorge LORENZO   Yamaha  SPA 116
 3  Marc MARQUEZ  Honda  SPA  93
 4  Cal CRUTCHLOW  Yamaha  GBR  71
 5  Valentino ROSSI  Yamaha  ITA  60
 6  Andrea DOVIZIOSO   Ducati  ITA  59
 7  Nicky HAYDEN  Ducati  USA  45
 8  Stefan BRADL  Honda  GER  41
 9  Alvaro BAUTISTA  Honda  SPA  38
 10  Aleix ESPARGARO  ART  SPA  36




2013/6/16

SundayĘs MotoGP™ race at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya will commence with Repsol HondaĘs Dani Pedrosa on pole following an exciting qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. Also on the front row, for what promises to be a superb race, are Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Jorge Lorenzo. 



Pedrosa is in impressive form on his 200th Grand Prix weekend and his pole time of 1'40.893 is the best ever lap of Catalunya. Slotting themselves in on the front row and also looking to get away from the chasing pack tomorrow are Crutchlow and Lorenzo, with the pair trailing pole-man Pedrosa by 0.608s and 0.673s respectively. 



Lorenzo overcame an early clutch problem, swapping bikes to make the front row. From the second row, GO&FUN Honda GresiniĘs Alvaro Bautista, who had his best qualifying of the year, DucatiĘs Nicky Hayden and Repsol HondaĘs Marc Marquez will also be hoping to mount podium challenges, having all qualified within a second of pole. From row three, the Italian trio of Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Valentino Rossi, Energy T.I. Pramac RacingĘs Andrea Iannone and DucatiĘs Andrea Dovizioso will all aim to make their final improvements in Warm Up on Sunday morning in order to be able to challenge the leading six on the grid. 



The scorching heat at the Circuit de Catalunya – track temperatures reached 57įC during qualifying – is forecast to continue on Sunday, meaning that tyre tactics will be as important as ever for the sixth race of the season. Many riders remain undecided, whilst Ducati pair Hayden and Dovizioso have already ruled out the harder option.

 
GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 2 Classification 2013 Barcelona, 
Saturday, June 15, 2013 
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev. 
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 339.3 1'40.893
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.3 1'41.501 0.608 / 0.608 
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 336.4 1'41.566 0.673 / 0.065 
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 339.5 1'41.714 0.821 / 0.148 
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 341.5 1'41.800 0.907 / 0.086 
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 342.4 1'41.842 0.949 / 0.042 
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 336.1 1'41.959 1.066 / 0.117 
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 338.7 1'41.963 1.070 / 0.004 
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 337.6 1'42.053 1.160 / 0.090 
10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 339.9 1'42.090 1.197 / 0.037





2013/6/14


 Pos.   Rider  Bike  Nation  Points
 1  Dani PEDROSA  Honda  SPA  103
 2  Jorge LORENZO   Yamaha  SPA  91
 3  Marc MARQUEZ  Honda  SPA  77
 4  Cal CRUTCHLOW  Yamaha  GBR  71
 5  Andrea  DOVIZIOSO  Ducati  ITA  50
 6  Valentino ROSSI   Yamaha  ITA  47
 7  Nicky HAYDEN  Ducati  USA  45
 8  Alvaro BAUTISTA  Honda  SPA  38
 9  Stefan BRADL  Honda  GER  30
 10  Aleix ESPARGARO  ART  SPA  28



Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi posted a late lap time to go quickest on the first day of free practice at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Dani Pedrosa for the Repsol Honda Team. 

Set in the afternoon session, which saw track temperatures of 53 degrees Celsius, Rossi completed 17 laps and achieved a best effort of 1Ę42.297, leading Lorenzo by just 49 thousandths of a second, with Pedrosa one and a half tenths off the pace with a time set in the cooler morning conditions. Alvaro Bautista recovered from a morning accident to go fifth for GO&FUN Honda Gresini, rounding out the top five behind Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Cal Crutchlow, who was only the second other rider in the top ten to set his quickest lap in the morning. 

RepsolĘs Marc Marquez ended Day 1 of his first premier-class home Grand Prix event in sixth position, having already pinpointed the Circuit de Catalunya weekend as one of the most difficult of the season. In seventh place, Ducati TeamĘs Nicky Hayden beat Alex BarrosĘ 2004 record for the highest top speed at the track, posting a 339.4km/h (210.8mph). The first ten was completed by HaydenĘs teammate Andrea Dovizioso, LCR Honda MotoGPĘs Stefan Bradl and Power Electronics AsparĘs Aleix Espargaro, who is one of six Spanish rides in the field this weekend. 

Despite finishing ninth, Bradl suffered another fall as the German lost control of his Honda at La Caixa curve after loosing the front under braking. The sixth Spaniard, Avintia BlusensĘ Hector Barbera, ended the day in 15th position as Tech 3Ęs Bradley Smith was taken to the Medical Centre for a check-up following an accident at the sweeping Turn 3. Much of the focus of the day was on tyre choice for the race, with the majority of riders already stating that the harder option front is a certain choice, whilst many will be using Saturday to decide between the softer or harder option rear.

GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2013 Barcelona, 
Friday, June 14, 2013 
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap. 
1 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 333.8 1'42.297 2
99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 336.3 1'42.346 0.049 / 0.049 
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 337.5 1'42.557 0.260 / 0.211 
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 338.4 1'42.752 0.455 / 0.195 
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 333.4 1'42.776 0.479 / 0.024 
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 338.1 1'42.857 0.560 / 0.081 
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 338.4 1'42.890 0.593 / 0.033 
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 338.7 1'42.988 0.691 / 0.098 
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 337.2 1'43.005 0.708 / 0.017 
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 322.4 1'43.204 0.907 / 0.199