2013 Brno MotoGP Race Result: Another Step Forward

Results Below

 

Marc Marquez, a rookie in name only, took a closely fought victory over Dani Pedrosa (second) Jorge Lorenzo (third) at the Brno circuit Sunday. Marquez, who sets a new MotoGP rookie record every time out, became the first rookie to win four races in a row and five overall. And he's done it with seven races remaining.

Valentino Rossi won a battle at the end with Alvaro Bautista to take fourth. Stefan Bradl finished a lonely nine seconds behind Bautista to take sixth. The Ducati pair of Andrea Dovizioso (seventh) and Nicky Hayden (eighth) raced close but avoided any incidents to finish three-tenths apart. Andrea Iannone, who has been battling injuries, managed eight with the top CRT prize going to Aleix Espargaro again.

Marquez spent much of the race following Jorge Lorenzo before making made his move to the front late in the contest. Lorenzo briefly fought back for the lead but could not keep Marquez in check. With two laps to go, Pedrosa also passed Lorenzo and began closing the gap to Marquez. But it was too little too late. With the win, Marquez now sits 26 points ahead of Repsol teammate Pedrosa -- or a full race -- as the championship heads to Silverstone. Pole sitter Cal Crutchlow crashed and remounted but finished out of the points.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 42'50.729
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 0.313
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2.277
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 10.101
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 10.178
6 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 19.807
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 35.015
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 35.354
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 51.149
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 56.392
11 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 57.42
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati +1'05.430
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter +1'12.364
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR +1'13.500
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART +1'14.128
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART +1'14.991
17 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha +1'20.640
18 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'34.462
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART +1'49.713
20 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda +1'50.024
21 45 Martin BAUER S&B Suter 1 Lap
Not Classified
  38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 20 Laps
  52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 20 Laps
  71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 21 Laps
  8 Hector BARBERA FTR 21 Laps

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
11
2013

Comments

Pedrosa

The season is not over yet but I wonder who Pedrosa's favorite Repsol teammate has been, Hayden, Stoner or Marquez? Probably Dovizioso.

Total votes: 43

Dani was fast enough

Just too slow to get by Lorenzo. Marquez looks super hard to get past on the brakes, he's taken trail braking to a new level. The way he drifts the bike into the corner but hits the apex every time is breathtaking. How are you supposed to out brake a guy who's a hairs breadth away from out braking himself anyway? I reckon the new generation of Moto2 riders are perfecting this art on the 600 4 strokes cos the bikes are so even that its really important to be super late on the brakes but without the fancy GP electronics you still have deal with engine braking and the back coming around. Pol Espargaro does it beautifully as well. Sometimes I think it causes Marc to park it mid corner a bit but if it keeps the others behind him so what!

Total votes: 29

I never wished this more than now...

....but, please, bring back Stoner to the series on a top factory HRC again!

It was a great race, but I think this was another round where the troubles of the Yamaha (David already aproached that in a recent article here) become more and more evident, regardless of the fantastic performance of the riders, which was again worthy of the best superlatives.
I really think that it will be difficult for Lorenzo (or any other Yamaha) to win again this year, unless the HRC/Repsol duo has any problems.

I find all this funny and intriguing because, over 20 years ago, the battle of "Honda vs Yamaha" had similar attributes and weakness shown for each bike, back then with GP 500cc.
NSR vs YZR (Doohan vs Rainey, Gardner vs Lawson, later with Rossi vs Biaggi), the Yamaha would always have higher and smoother corner speed, versus the Honda with a more abrupt point-and-shoot style and better/faster acceleration out of the corners, of course, more or less visible depending on rider.

Which again leads me to the beggining of my post....
Before we get into another era of crushing domination of Honda and top rider (which I believe may happen again in next seasons), like it was with Doohan and Rossi with top HRC factory bikes in respective domination eras, I think it would be so much better if there was at least one other equally(?) super-natural rider that proved already to be phenomenal on what is, arguably, the best racebike in the MotoGP grid. :-)

Total votes: 32

Yams

You'd don't need to bring back Stoner (though it would be nice) but it might help the show if Yamaha brings the M1 up to the RCV level sooner, rather than later. It wont help Rossi win (sorry, but it wont) but it will help JLo to be more competitive against the force of Nature that is MM93.

At least, that is what Lorenzo is hoping. Cause if he gets the bike he wants and still we see the previous top level stars of MotoGP flat-out chasing down this young pup who just looks better, more settled, happier and more confident with every race (his high speed pass on Lorenzo was surgically beautiful) then these previous stars of MotoGP have some long-ass years in front of them.

Total votes: 27

Might as well be last

Another pointless, processional display by Ducati- it's just sad for the riders at this point in the season to have seemingly zero new advancements in this machine. Go Yamaha!!!!

Total votes: 16

Stoner, not necessarily...

Although it would be nice to see Stoner back on the grid it's not all we need. As mentioned above by pooch, Yamaha just needs to bring up the technology for their riders to exploit. Jorge still commands respect on the track. Just by the way he takes the lead from the second row and leads the battle and sets the pace, shows us he still is a true champion but as the race dwindles down to the nitty gritty where the riders take it to the next level and bring the machine to the limit of its capabilities, the Yamaha shows that it is the hardest bike to defend the win from the front.
Also, Yamaha should definately want to start using their new gearbox rather sooner than later simply due to the fact that they do not want to play catch up to the Hondas but be on par since they are still relatively close to the winner.
Don't worry Jorge is still a fighter and a true athlete and so is Dani.
What I mean is for a rookie to just come in and orchestrate and man handle the field is upsetting and I'm sure frustrating for the veterans, so I am sure they will fight tooth and nail to prevent Marc from becoming a truly well deserved champion ESPECIALLY in his rookie season. This is the reason I love motorcycle racing as I do secretly want Marc to point his fingers and shove his way to the front and grab that championship trophy come seasons end :-)

Total votes: 21

Who was the last rider to win

Who was the last rider to win four GPs in a row? Rossi in 2005 I believe. And between that has come the domination of Stoner on the Ducati and the Honda, and Jorge on the Yamaha. And this is Marquez's debut season in MotoGP.

When Jorge was out in front I genuinely felt the Hondas were struggling to stay with him because he rides so smoothly and so perfectly. They are all three superb to watch individually, but as a threesome it is truly motorcycle porn.

New hope for a competitive championship was revealed in this race however, despite the result drawing out the standings of the top three riders. First, Dani seems as though he is getting back up to speed, and I believe that if he can score a pole and execute a lightning start then he can stay ahead of Marquez in a race, if he rides as perfectly as he has in the past. Second, Lorenzo's team appeared ready to admit that it was time to bring in new parts, whether they are fully tested or not. This should at least help JLo fight the Repsol boys.

If only Repsol were running three bikes with Stoner there too. Then we would be able to call this the most talented grid of all time.

Total votes: 14

Almost correct on Rossi...

It was Rossi but in 2008: Shanghai, Le Mans, Mugello, Catalunya. In Estoril, the race just before Rossi's streak began, some rookie named Lorenzo won.

Total votes: 24

Dani...

Just as well I never bet any money on him. He was my pick for the title this season but I'm beginning to think young Mr. Marquez has him beat, between his ears and on track. There were a few instances in that where, it looked to me, that Dani could have made a pass stick, had he attempted it. I can certainly think of a few other riders who wouldn't have thought twice about taking the position from Lorenzo, even if they only had half a chance. Maybe he had some kind of plan to do it nearer the end so Marquez couldn't retake him? Whatever the reason, the guy came up short. Again.

With seven races left, there are enough points left to play for that Dani can still be champ this year. But, he's going to have to seriously man up and show this young guy who's the boss out on track.

Total votes: 18

May this be the effect of the

May this be the effect of the Yamaha engine crisis? Certainly both factory bikes looked incapable of bringing the fight to the Hondas, Lorenzo did the right thing by rocketing out of the line and getting some clean air in front of him or else the beating would have been worse. Is it because the engines are slightly tuned for reliability while Honda has engines to spare? The Yamaha handling myth also have been busted, MM was throwing the RCV wicked into the corners, front end sliding in every corner, rear end moto-2 style, he was fearless and he won albeit his ragged style, "mantequilla" doesn't work no more in this era.

I guess that's what we'll get for the next few years.

Total votes: 14

May this be the effect of the

May this be the effect of the Yamaha engine crisis? Certainly both factory bikes looked incapable of bringing the fight to the Hondas, Lorenzo did the right thing by rocketing out of the line and getting some clean air in front of him or else the beating would have been worse. Is it because the engines are slightly tuned for reliability while Honda has engines to spare? The Yamaha handling myth also have been busted, MM was throwing the RCV wicked into the corners, front end sliding in every corner, rear end moto-2 style, he was fearless and he won albeit his ragged style, "mantequilla" doesn't work no more in this era.

I guess that's what we'll get for the next few years.

Total votes: 9

maybe that will rattle

maybe that will rattle Stoner's cage and make him come back just to check who is the FOAT?

Stoner won't come back cuz he's pissed at the politics but a true challenge may jump start his appetite and make him either wild card or come back?

Total votes: 19

Stoner

I'm a big Stoner fan. Ever since his 125 days. The guy is just pure talent and can ride anything. That said, he left. He won be back. He doesn't like the politics of the sport and he's happy just taking a test ride whenever he wants. Time to let the whole "stoner should......" Go.

I'm also looking forward to seeing Marquez go around Stoner curve in PI this year. The way he was sliding the whole bike through turn 5 at Indy was awesome to watch.

Total votes: 25

Dream on fans of lil' Casey

The clock can not be turned back, I doubt Stoner would have much better luck against Marquez than the rest of them, no matter what he did in the past. The past is just that...the past. The present is Honda has the best rider on the best bike. Isn't that what all the advocates of technology running wild want to see? Seamless gearbox, cutting edge electronic trickery, unless some real rules are dreamed up and enforced it'll be the last, richest factory standing taking all the wins.

Total votes: 18

CTR race

Nice to see Colin Edwards pushing Aleix Espargaro for the CRT honors. Has all the interest in the NGM seats for next year lit a fire under Colin?

Total votes: 14

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