Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez stormed to their third successive double podium of 2013 in tough wet conditions at the GP of France.
Dani, starting from 6th, performed his trademark lightning fast start and was up to 3rd by the first corner. He managed to pass Lorenzo on lap three and then had an intense battle with Dovizioso, swapping the lead, for eleven laps but finally passed him on lap fourteen and began to open up a gap and control the race. Teammate Marc, starting from pole, had a bad start and found himself down in 8th after the first lap. However, he used the opportunity to learn about racing a MotoGP bike in the wet and gradually made his way through the pack. After passing Lorenzo, Bradl crashed out and Rossi made a mistake which promoted him to 5th on lap 18. He then chased down Hayden and Dovizioso to claim a remarkable podium in very difficult conditions.
Marc Marquez won the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas today and in doing so, has become the youngest ever rider to win a premier-class grand prix at the age of 20 years 63 days taking the record from Freddie Spencer (who was 20 years 196 days when he won the Belgium 500cc GP at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982). His teammate Dani Pedrosa, finished just 1.5 seconds behind him in second position, sealing a great weekend for the Repsol Honda Team and Honda, who with this victory celebrate their 6th consecutive win on American soil.
The Spanish riders, wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in Boston and in West in the last days, set the pace from the first laps. Marc slipped back to third at the first corner and Dani took the lead. Marc regained second position and tracked Dani for twelve laps before passing him with nine laps remaining. It was then Dani’s turn to chase Marc, who had chosen the harder rear tyre (Dani was on a soft), but finally the young MotoGP rookie, who completed a perfect weekend with pole position, fastest lap (2’04.242) and victory, held on for his maiden MotoGP win, in just his second race.
Repsol Honda‘s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were back on track today in Jerez for the second day of the final pre-season test.
The track dried slowly after yesterday’s downpour and allowed the riders to begin their intended test programme. Dani, worked with the rear shock and some electronics and confirmed other feelings from these previous winter tests. He finished the day 4th fastest with a 1’39.630 lap, recorded on his final lap of 39, just one tenth off the fastest time of the day. Marc, on the RC213V for the first time in the dry here in Jerez, spent the day working on rear grip. He finished 7th fastest with 1’40.714 on lap 21 of 36.
After last night’s heavy showers, the Sepang track was a lot better today with the lap times dropping by over a second from yesterday.
Both Repsol Honda riders spent time testing the Bridgestone hard front tyre and working with engine mapping, Dani then continued his work on front forks and shocks. He finished the day 2nd fastest completing 55 laps with his fastest of 2’00.651 on lap 24.
Marc, who spent the first Sepang test familiarising himself with his Honda RC213V, has been able to take a step forward as he is now able to start working more on specific settings. He ended the day 4th fastest with a total of 64 laps, taking his fastest time of 2′.00.992 on lap 9.
The three day test will conclude tomorrow at the Sepang International Circuit.
Wet conditions continued to trouble MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez on the first day of the three day test in Sepang.
Marc was delayed going out due to a wet track and then managed only a few exits before more rain arrived.
In total he completed 26 laps with a fastest time of 2’03.650.
“At the moment the weather is definitely not our friend! This morning the circuit was wet and we waited until 11:00 to go out on track. After only 4 exits it began to rain again and the day was over for us. The grip level was very low and at the beginning it was quite difficult to find any grip at all. However, I am happy because I have been able to improve my lap time each time I went out, even though I remained on the same tyres. Let’s hope that the weather will be kinder tomorrow and it won’t rain!”