Press Releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after today's race at Laguna Seca:
Marquez becomes first rookie to win at Laguna Seca and Pedrosa secures important points with 5th
The last seven MotoGP races in the USA have now been won by Honda riders, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez rewriting history again today, taking first place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Teammate Dani Pedrosa completed an important race, whist still injured, and scored valuable Championship points.
After a slightly hesitant start, Marc slipped down to 3rd but soon found his rhythm and made a dramatic pass on Valentino Rossi in the circuit's famous 'corkscrew' turn on lap 3. The pass was remarkably similar to Rossi's manoeuvre on Stoner in the same corner in 2008, but this time, Rossi was on the receiving end. Marc then chased down Honda rider Stefan Bradl, who led from pole position, passing the German on lap 19 and then proceeded to open up a comfortable lead and take the victory on his maiden visit to the Californian circuit.
Dani performed one of his trademark starts and advanced a few positions from his 7th spot on the grid. Taking caution not to crash and risk further injury, Dani rode with trepidation and caught Jorge Lorenzo on lap 12, passing him comfortably. This promoted him to 5th where he finished the race taking 11 important points before the Summer break.
No rider has ever won at Laguna Seca in their rookie season in the premier-class of grand prix racing and with this victory, Marc has become the youngest rider to win back-to-back races in the premier class at the age of 20 years 154 days (the previous record-holder was Freddie Spencer, who won the opening two races of the 1983 season in South Africa and then France at the age of 21 years 104 days).
Marc has now extended his lead in the Championship standings to 163 point and Dani is 2nd with 147, 10 points ahead of Lorenzo. The MotoGP paddock will now take a three week break and return for the GP in Indianapolis on the 18th August.
Marc Marquez 1st Championship Standing: 1st - 163 points
"I am very happy, because we weren't expecting this result from our first visit to Laguna Seca. I didn't think I would adapt so easily to such a tricky circuit, but from the first day of practice I felt very comfortable and quickly found the best lines. Today I was a little cautious at the start, because with a full tank it is easy to make a mistake, but when the tyres got up to temperature I was able to maintain the pace from practice. I overtook Valentino in a similar spot to where he passed Casey in 2008, although the passes were a little different because his was more spectacular! Later I was able to pass Stefan after studying him for a number of laps, and then I tried to build a gap in order to win the race by a comfortable margin"
Dani Pedrosa 5th Championship Standing: 2nd - 147 points
"First of all, I want to thank everyone who has supported me over these past few days. This was a race in which it was very important to take points. I was seriously considering sitting out this race, because the conditions were very difficult, so I am very happy to have taken fifth. We were close to the podium, but on the final laps I found things very hard. I think that I held up well in the race, although I was in a lot of pain the entire weekend. At least I was able to grip the handlebars and control the bike. A lot of times moving the bike makes it tough for you and it is difficult to ride a long race. In the end, the 11 points are very important for the championship"
BRADL CELEBRATES FIRST PREMIER CLASS PODIUM AT LAGUNA SECA
Monterey, 21 July: LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl celebrated his first premier class podium today at Laguna Seca after yesterday’s equally impressive pole position. The 2011 Moto2 World Champion led the 32-lap race for 19 laps and when his Honda rival Marquez overtook him, the German comfortably managed a two-second gap back to Rossi to clinch his maiden premier class podium aboard the RC213V, improving on his previous best of fourth – which he had achieved on three occasions.
“It’s a great result for us. We did a good job throughout the whole weekend. Of course, expectations were high after I took pole yesterday, but I knew I had good speed and that I could be fast from the beginning. I tried to push from the start and I think I did that very well. I did struggle a little bit though. I thought the race speed would be a little quicker, but with the full tank of fuel I had a few problems with the front. When Marc (Marquez) caught me I saw that he had some more edge-grip on the tyre and that he was able to open up a gap. I just tried to manage the gap back to Valentino (Rossi), which was not easy, but it was a long and tough race. Sure I want to thank Lucio, the whole Team and all the fans and I am happy to have my dad here with me to celebrate this important result together"
Third Consecutive Podium for Rossi in Laguna Battle
Laguna Seca (USA), 21st July 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi delivered his third consecutive podium of the 2013 MotoGP season today with third place in the US Grand Prix. The Italian made a strong start from fourth on the grid to take second into turn one, tucking in behind race leader Stefan Bradl. The nine-time world champion fought hard to maintain his pace but was forced to concede second to Marc Marquez on lap four following a dramatic overtake into the Corkscrew turn. With fourth place rider Alvaro Bautista closing Rossi then worked hard to hold off the Spaniard to retain his third place and podium finish.
Jorge Lorenzo successfully completed his weekend of damage limitation with an exhausting ride to sixth place. Still physically compromised following his two surgeries to his collarbone the Laguna race proved to be a big challenge for the world champion. Starting from sixth on the grid he initially made up two places to fourth, diving inside Dani Pedrosa on turn one for position. The race became a war of attrition for Lorenzo, battling to stay focused for the 32 lap stint, eventually bringing it home in sixth place after a testing ride.
The podium finish leaves Rossi on 117 points in the standings in fourth position, 20 points behind teammate Lorenzo. Lorenzo holds on to third place, now on 137 points, ten behind Pedrosa in second. The teams now take an extended break before returning to the USA for Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday 18th August.
46 Valentino Rossi
3rd / +4.498 / 32 laps
“At this track with the Yamahas we suffer a little more than the Hondas, but we worked very well in the practice, we tried everything and I could keep a good pace in the race until the end, not far from Bradl. I fought with Bautista but always stayed in front so I could take the third podium in a row. I am quite competitive and I am happy, it is a good result. Now we take some rest, we go on holiday and we try to take some rest for the second half of the season. Regarding the pass, I tried to resist but today wasn't the right day, Marc was too strong for me. Before the end of the season we will have another battle where I will be faster and I will give back the overtake for sure!”
99 Jorge Lorenzo
6th / +12.970 / 32 laps
“This was a difficult race because I am not in shape, one month or more without training and two general anaesthetics. I felt quite dizzy from the middle of the race to the end so my performance was getting worse. The bike was also not working the same as in warm up. Maybe with more temperature the tyres were working differently and I couldn't stop the same in the braking zones so I didn't have the same feeling and I was half a second slower. The important thing is that we saved a very dangerous situation because if I crashed again I might have finished my championship. We have one month to rest and train now to get back in shape which will be important for Indianapolis. I hope to be in almost perfect condition there and have the same performance as before the crash.”
“A very crazy race, to do this with so few days recovery after twice breaking your collarbone is very inhuman. This is one of the most physical race tracks in the world. Jorge clearly struggled in the race but he found a rhythm to not throw away too much energy in the beginning and try to keep a decent pace. It was a little bit up and a little bit down at times. Of course the result is great, we lose some points to Marc and Dani but this race was about damage control. We need to come back very strong for the last nine races.”
“Overall a good weekend. We put a lot of effort in to find the best set up. Laguna is not the most suitable circuit for Yamaha. To get a podium with Vale is an important step for us. We have improved the bike which is very good for the coming races. Jorge I think proved again that he is really tough and determined. He could manage to finish sixth even with a lot of pain after his surgeries. I think we can leave here satisfied that we have done the best job possible in the circumstances.”
BRAVISSIMO BAUTISTA! JUST 0.059 SECONDS FROM THE PODIUM
Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista launched himself back amongst the MotoGP elite today with a sensational performance at Laguna Seca that saw him miss out on a podium finish by just 0.059 s econds. The Spanish rider has enjoyed a solid weekend at the Californian circuit right from the first free practice session on Friday and it culminated with a breathtaking attack on Valentino Rossi for third place in the closing laps of today's race. Despite missing out on the podium this fourth place provides Alvaro and the team with a big confidence boost and a solid foundation to build from in the second half of the season. Bryan Staring saved his best for race day, missing out on the points by just two positions on his first visit to this notoriously difficult track, after struggling for fitness in the latter stages of the race.
Alvaro Bautista (4th) “I was so close to the podium! I would really liked to have been up there but we have to be happy with this result and especially for the way we achieved it. Obviously you can't get much closer than 0.059 seconds but the most important thing about today was that we showed we have taken a massive step forward and hopefully we can continue in the same way at the next race. This result gives us confidence after a less than positive period and it's a nice boost for the rest of the season. I am also happy for the team, who have been working so hard and really deserved to celebrate a result like this today.”
Bryan Staring (17th) “I am happy because today went better than recent races. I set a fast pace in the first half of the race and I was fighting for a podium position but after not being able to train recently because of my foot injury I started to really struggle from a physical perspective later in the race. We have taken steps forward here though and that will help us in the coming races.”
Crutchlow battles hard for precious points at Laguna Seca
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow rode to a hard fought seventh place finish in today’s US MotoGP round at a sun-kissed Laguna Seca.
The British rider displayed the fighting spirit he has become famous for throughout an energy-sapping 32-lap race, but he was unable to make any impression on the top six despite pushing to his absolute maximum from start to finish.
The 27-year-old, who was seeking to become the first British rider since the legendary Barry Sheene to score three successive podium finishes in the premier class, exerted tremendous early pressure on Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa to break into the top six.
The Spanish duo showed just why they are consistent World Championship contenders, with both refusing to buckle under Crutchlow’s intense pressure and rather than take unnecessary risks, Crutchlow opted to settle for a seventh position that keeps him close to the battle for the top three in the overall rankings.
Today’s race, which marked the halfway stage of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, ended in disappointing fashion for rookie Bradley Smith.
The 22-year-old had quickly settled into a fast rhythm in front of a crowd of over 46,000 fans and a top eight finish on his Laguna Seca debut looked comfortably within his grasp.
Smith was sizing up where he could overtake Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso later in the race when he was denied a seventh successive top 10 finish by a small technical issue with his Monster Yamaha YZR-M1 machine at the end of lap eight.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team now embarks on a well deserved summer break before the exciting 2013 World Championship campaign resumes with a third visit to America at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Cal Crutchlow 5th – 116 points :Cal Crutchlow
“That was a difficult end to a very difficult weekend and in all honesty I never got comfortable with the bike at any stage here. It is my worst result of the season so far and I can’t be happy because I gave up some valuable points in the Championship. Maybe last year in the same situation I would have pushed and not finished, so that is one positive we can take from what was a tough weekend and it certainly isn’t how I wanted to go into the summer break. Right from the start of the race I was on the limit and couldn’t go any faster. I got beat fair and square and the three on the podium definitely deserved it. I tried my best and didn’t give up but sometimes you have to accept you can’t do any better. It has been a pretty hectic month so now I am looking forward to getting some rest and I will be back even more motivated in Indianapolis.”
Bradley Smith DNF – 51 points :Bradley Smith
“It is a shame that my race was ended by a technical problem today because my bike has been faultless all year. This can happen at any stage but unfortunately it happened in the race and now we will carry out a thorough investigation to find out what happened. Sometimes these things can happen and it was a shame because I was looking at finishing inside the top eight and that would have been a positive result. The race was going well and I was confident after being very strong in the warm-up because we made a good step with the bike. But then I had the problem and I have to accept that this is part of racing. The first half of the season has been very enjoyable and I have learned so much. I am feeling I am making big progress and now the summer break gives me the opportunity to rest my recovering left wrist and I can focus on coming back much stronger physically in Indianapolis.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager
“Unfortunately we can’t have Cal and Bradley inside the top six like in Germany every week and we knew coming here it wasn’t going to be easy. Laguna Seca has never been a happy hunting ground for us but of course we expected to show more of our true potential. Cal might have lost come confidence when he crashed in FP4 but he has found it difficult all weekend. He never gave up and kept on pushing and he still got some important points for the Championship. And we can’t be too disappointed because Cal has been outstanding in the first half of the season and produced some of the best races we have seen in our MotoGP history. It is a big pity for Bradley as well because he had a very strong weekend, especially being here for the first time on a track that is not the easiest to get a grip of. Unfortunately he could not finish the race because a technical problem but the job he has done so far gives us a lot of confidence that he will be stronger in the second half of the season. He has been learning fast and becoming more of a MotoGP rider and we have high hopes for him in the last nine races."
Eighth and ninth for Hayden, Dovizioso at Laguna Seca
Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso spent almost the entire United States Grand Prix in a battle with one another, ultimately finishing the race in eighth and ninth places, respectively.
Starting from the third and fourth rows of the grid, the two teammates sat in eighth and ninth places at the completion of lap one. Hayden followed the Italian until the halfway point, when he began to close in. A pass was made as they started lap 24 of 32, but the two touched on the front straightaway, causing the American to run wide in turn two. Hayden was able to reel Dovizioso in again and pass him through the Corkscrew with just two and a half laps remaining, and the duo retained their positions to the finish.
As a sign of respect for Andrea Antonelli, the young Italian rider who tragically lost his life today in the World Supersport race at Moscow Raceway, Hayden’s and Dovizioso’s Ducati Desmosedici GP13 machines wore a black stripe on their front fairings.
With the 2013 MotoGP season having reached its midway point, it now enters a three-week summer break, although this Thursday will find Dovizioso taking part in a test at Misano.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 8th
“It hasn’t been an easy weekend for us. Of course we hoped for more, but we know our potential is limited at the moment. I’m not happy with my start, and then I lost the rear brakes after about the fourth lap, maybe because they were overheating. I had no brakes for about two laps, but then I was able to pump them back up and close back on Dovi. I raced with him until I passed him on the front straightaway. When we touched, I never saw him; I just felt something hook my handlebar. It was an extremely close moment, and when I went into turn two, my folding clutch lever had pivoted up and my handlebar was tweaked. I couldn’t use the lever to back-shift and went through the turn in fourth gear, and then it took me a little bit to get used to the new position. Thankfully, I was able to pull him back and pass him. We’re not going to celebrate eighth place, but our competitors are stronger than us at the moment, especially on a bumpy track like this. Hopefully we can do something better after the summer break. I’d also like to add that it was sad to wake up to the news of Andrea Antonelli. Even though I didn’t know him, the loss of a fellow rider is a terrible tragedy.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 9th
“As we expected, it was a tough race, as it was difficult to control the bike and to be precise. We had hoped to do the whole race under a 1:23 pace, but it wasn’t possible. Unfortunately, I lost my position to Nicky near the end, but I did my best. I tried to set the rhythm ahead of Nicky to wear him down, but in the end it was him who wore me down! The contact on the front straight absolutely wasn’t intentional. Our bike tends to wheelie on the straightaway, and as a result, it’s not easy to control, which is why we came together. It was a somewhat dangerous situation, but these things can happen, though obviously unintentionally. Unfortunately, this morning we all got the tragic news of Andrea Antonelli’s incident in the Moscow Supersport race, and I’m thinking of his family and team. I didn’t know him well, but we’re the same age and we did some motocross races for charity together. It’s truly tragic, and I’m very sorry.”
Paolo Ciabatti – Ducati MotoGP Project Director
“Unfortunately, the day started with the tragic news of Andrea Antonelli’s incident in the Supersport race in Moscow, and that brought a veil of sadness over the entire paddock. I knew Andrea, and in the name of the entire Ducati Team, I would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family, his team, and all his relatives and friends. The race wasn’t particularly satisfying for us. Nicky and Andrea had a lonely race for eighth and ninth places and were involved in a nice battle with one another that included some very close contact, but we obviously can’t be satisfied with the result. Unfortunately, we’re still far from the leaders, and we must continue to work hard to try and reduce our gap.”
Abraham takes his best result of the season in Laguna Seca
Karel Abraham collected two points at Californian’s circuit in Laguna Seca. The Czech rider finishes the race on fourteenth position, which is his best result of this season. The Spaniard Marc Marquez won the race in Laguna Seca. Stefan Bradl got for the first time on the podium and takes second position. After five next weeks of summer break MotoGP will move to Indianapolis. Then the championship will get back to Europe in Brno.
„Despite of the condition in which we were riding entire weekend, the fourteenth position is quit great result. Of course it helped that some riders did not finish the race, but that just racing. In fact I didn´t enjoy the race a lot, because in a few laps I got a ninth second gap in front of me and behind me. I managed to maintain the gap and I tried to reach Petrucci in front of me, but the gap was too big. On Monday I´ll undergo another blood test here in America to get know what is happening and to start the most effective medical treatment and to start training as soon as possible though it´s “holiday time”. I have to catch up throughout the spring, from Austin, I constantly have any injuries or I'm sick, so hopefully it will now be all right now and catch up. "
Marco Grana, chief mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
„The positive thing is that Karel managed the race in spite of all health problems. Now we have 5 weeks of the summer break, thus I hope that Karel will get in good condition and that we will be able to fight of the better result in Indianapolis. We decided to use the combination of hard tyres today, and it shows as the right choice. Karel finishes the race with good times per the lap and he did not have any problem with slippery rear wheel. The result is nothing we should be proud of, but we gained two important points and that is very positive. I believe that we will go to Indianapolis with clean head and that in the second part of the season we will finish with best CRT. “
GREAT RESULT OF PETRUCCI AT LAGUNA SECA
LAGUNA SECA, July 21, 2013 - The Grand Prix of the United States, the ninth race of the 2013 World Championship, was successfully completed for the CAME Iodaracing colors. Danilo Petrucci, got the third place among the CRT machines, the 13th overall, earning valuable points for the two rankings. Petrucci, after the race at Laguna Seca is fourth among the CRT with 18 points, behind Aleix Espargarò, Hector Barbera and Randy de Puniet, and is 16th in the overall standings. The race Petrucci began with some difficulty because of a nagging back pain that disturb him from the race at the Sachsenring. Got away well at the start, Petrucci has tried to stay with the best of his group, but the pain, halfway through the race caused him to lose ground.
The Grand Prix of the United States, was not satisfactory, however, for Lukas Pesek. The second CAME Iodaracing Team MotoGP rider, finished the race in eighteenth position, failed to remain together to the group due to the lack of speed of its Ioda Suter BMW.
The CAME Iodaracing Team dedicates the United States Grand Prix in memory of Andrea Antonelli, who tragically died in the Supersport race at the Circuit of Moscow.
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 13 ° - "I honestly did not expect to make a very good race. I made a not very good start, but I managed to do well in the early laps passing Laverty, Abraham and Corti. After the fall of Espargarò I was in the leading group of CRT, with Edwards and Barbera, then unfortunately halfway through the race I lost two seconds due an error with the gear and I lost the reference. Subsequently the rear tire went a bit down of performance and at the end I also went in crisis due to back pain, a problem that I have from Germany. At that point I just thought to finish the race. I gained three important points because on De Puniet that it is only a point from me. Nowadays, even if they are managed to get a good result, it is a bad day. My thoughts go out to Andrea Antonelli and his entire family. Umbria of racing was represented by two of us. It's always a bad run when things happen like that. "
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - 18 ° - "In the beginning I managed to stay in the group, but then the straights I realized that my bike is not picked up speed and I lost a lot. Later I made a mistake and I found myself alone. I finished the race, but I don't know yet because my bike wasn't going fast. I'm sure I could have fought, not for points of course, but with some other rider. "
POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR PAIR LEAVE LAGUNA SECA EMPTY-HANDED
Randy De Puniet breaks down on the fourth lap and Aleix Espargaró crashes one lap later
Laguna Seca has provided the stage for some famous battles over the years and today was no different as Marc Márquez overcame Valentino Rossi with a pass in the Corkscrew that was a carbon copy of the one famously made by the Italian on Casey Stoner back in 2008. This time the move was for second place but it wasn't long before Marquez had reeled in poleman and race leader Stefan Bradl, passing the German to take his second victory in as many weekends by a comfortable margin.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar riders Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet qualified as the top two CRT riders on the grid in eleventh and twelfth place respectively but unfortunately neither were able to turn their qualifying performances into points. De Puniet was forced to retire with a mechanical problem after just four laps and then, one lap later, his team-mate Aleix also headed back to the pits after losing the front and crashing. With a three-week summer break to rebuild their strength, both riders are confident of returning to their best form at Indianapolis in mid-August.
Aleix Espargaró (DNF): “It is a shame for the first half of the season to end this way but we have to focus on the positives because we have achieved some incredible things and I am sure at Indianapolis we will be back to our best. We have struggled a little bit to find a set-up this weekend and I didn't have the same feel for the bike that I have at other tracks but I felt ready for the race. With the higher temperatures we decided to run the harder tyres but I didn't have a good feeling for them and after a year and a half with the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team I have crashed out of a race for the first time. These things happen though and we have to turn the page and start thinking about coming back stronger at Indianapolis.”
Randy De Puniet (DNF): “I am upset that we didn't get to finish the race here at Laguna Seca. I had a little crash yesterday because of a cold tyre and for some reason today the engine didn't feel like it had the same power. It dropped off even more over the first few laps and then stopped altogether. It was a shame for the weekend to end like this because the team have done a great job and deserved more. With Aleix's crash it's the first time this season that neither of us has managed to score points so we need to take a breath and get ready to come back on form at Indianapolis. We have found a few interesting solutions this weekend and after the summer we will work hard to rediscover our best level of performance in the second half of the season.”
Bittersweet race at Laguna Seca for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team
22 July 2013 at 03:08
The Laguna Seca GP ends for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team with a bittersweet feeling right before the summer break. Colin Edwards finished in12th place at only 1 second from best CRT this weekend. On the other had his Italian teammate Claudio Corti was forced to retire due to an engine failure.
Edwards has delivered one of his best performances so far this season, leading as the fastest CRT for 18 laps. He was finally overtaken by Barbera six laps before the end of the race making him cross the finish line on12th place.
Corti was forced to enter pits due to a problem with his Kawasaki engine after completing the second lap and later re-joined the race to do a check on the bike but finally retiring after one more lap.
The team will do a final analysis before leaving for the summer break. The 10thround of the championship will take place in three weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Claudio Corti- Not Classified
“The start today was pretty decent but unfortunately the engine failed. This is the third engine that breaks under similar circumstances. We need to speak with our engine supplier to try to solve this situation; it’s hard to keep on going like this. Today it could have been a very good day for us, just this morning during warm up I went out with used tires and got indecent lap times. Being forced to retire at Laguna right before the summer break doesn’t feel great, we will start off the second half of the season at Indianapolis more motivated than ever to improve our results.”
Colin Edwards - 12th
“The goal was to get a good start, do two or three laps as fast as I could go and try to keep with the crowd and that worked. Got a good start,stayed with the guys and saw De Angelis, he was kind of carrying me a little bit and then Barbera got by, then cached up, then he made a mistake and I got back by and then I just simply tried to ride as hard as I could, catch up to him and see if I could get around him. Once I got up to him that’s kind of when all our grip went away. Lost a bit of edge grip and the corner speed was not what it was and at the end of the day when Barbera came by me I had no immediate retaliation. Barbera had been sitting behind me for the majority of the race and waited for the right time and conserved what he could, seemed like his bike was working pretty good in the last few laps and then when he got by me he tracked that out the last lap. It was a good race; I left everything I had on the track, every ounce of strength and rubber from tires. I couldn’t have done this without the team; we did so much work this weekend between chassis,playing with a couple different rear links and electronics as well so thanks to them. It was a good weekend, we are getting closer.”
Sergio Verbena – MotoGP TechnicalDirector
“We’ve had both sides of the spectrum today. On one hand Colin had done a great race, finishing twelfth with only a 1 second gap from Barbera and of being the best CRT. The work done this weekend has shown a constant improvement; Colin did really well today and that is great for us. We take home a few points but there was a moment today in which we thought we would be able to be best CRT. We are really sorry for Claudio because after a very good start of the race, on the second lap he seemed to have broken the engine. Throughout the weekend he had shown that he had a good race pace but was unable to finish the race today. Unfortunately this is the third time that we have this problem this year and we will have to try to understand why this is happening and solve it for before resuming the second half of the season. It has been a good weekend, both riders have proven to be very fast. We need to continue working to be battling for the points and take some positions in the general CRT standing.”
Alex De Angelis close to Top Ten finish
It was a hot day at Laguna Seca. After a minute's silence in honor of Andrea Antonelli, who tragically lost his life at Moscow Raceway while competing in the World Supersport race, the American national anthem was played.
A few laps into the race, a determined Alex De Angelis caught up with his fellow Ducati rider Nicky Hayden, but the gap between them was unfortunately too wide to allow him to remain in his slipstream.
The 32 laps of this Californian circuit were a tough endurance test for the San Marino rider, who ran a mainly lonely race, but towards the end he was forced to defend his tenth place and he eventually lost one position on the final lap.
The Ignite Pramac Racing Team sincerely thanks Alex for the professionalism and commitment he demonstrated during this extremely positive weekend.
Alex De Angelis - Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“I am very happy. Our initial goal was not to be last, but already on Friday we saw the opportunity to try to score some points and we did it. I come back home with 5 points in the standings. It was a great race, I really tried hard and I also made contact with another rider a few times towards the end. I am very satisfied with the way it went. I’d like to thank Ducati, the Ignite Pramac Racing Team and my team (NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team) for the opportunity they gave me. I hope to have demonstrated my potential, because, as everyone knows, I would really like to come back to race in MotoGP. "
Marquez makes history with remarkable MotoGP™ victory at Laguna Seca
Round 9: United States MotoGP™ - Race
Laguna Seca, Sunday 21 July 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Extra-soft (Symmetric), Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 20-19°C; Track 50-50°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continued his history-making rookie season by becoming the youngest ever rider to score back-to-back premier-class wins at today’s United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Starting second on the grid, Marquez had to fight his way past the two riders he ended up sharing the podium with - LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi – to take the race lead on lap nineteen and power away to win the race by 2.298 seconds. Bradl took second place for this first ever MotoGP™ podium, while Rossi’s third place was his third successive podium. Avintia Blusens rider Hector Barbera scored his best result of the season, his tenth place making him the highest-placed CRT rider this weekend.
The morning fog dissipated quicker than usual today at Laguna Seca and the long periods of sunshine resulted in the highest track temperatures seen this weekend with a peak of 50°C. Despite the high temperatures the softer rear slick was the popular choice, with all but three riders selecting the softest rear slick available to them. The high temperatures also placed less emphasis on the need for warm-up performance, so all riders selected the harder front slick option for the race.
At the halfway point of the season Marquez’s lead in the championship standings over teammate Dani Pedrosa is sixteen points, while Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo remains in third place and a further ten points back.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Once again today we witnessed history being made as Marc became the youngest ever rider to score back-to-back wins in MotoGP so congratulations to him and Repsol Honda on a job well done. I would also like to congratulate Stefan on his first ever MotoGP podium and seeing two young riders battling for victory is a great sign for the future of this championship. Dani and Jorge should also be commended for such strong performances today while riding with injury. The first half of the season has certainly had many memorable moments and although everyone in the paddock now gets to enjoy a well-deserved summer break, we are all looking forward to the next round at Indianapolis in a few weeks’ time with a great sense of anticipation.”
Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Track temperatures today were at their highest level of the whole race weekend today and this did have an effect on which front tyre the riders chose. Earlier in the day it seemed some riders might look at using the softer front slick, but once track temperatures climbed over fifty degrees centigrade, warm-up performance wasn’t such a big priority so all riders decided to use the harder front slick option. Rear tyre choice among the works riders was identical with all preferring the softer rear slick, while all but three CRT riders also preferred the softer option. Even with the high track temperatures tyre performance was consistent with grip levels degrading predictably over race distance, so I am happy with how our tyres worked today.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“This race was what I expected although coming here for the first time I thought I might struggle more but from FP1 I felt good, although it takes time to learn where the bumps are on the track. Today’s race was good, but at the beginning I was a bit scared as with all the bumps it was possible to lose the front. I managed to get past Valentino and then stayed behind Stefan for some laps before passing him too and I’m very happy because at a new circuit I got twenty five points and it’s good to go into the summer break with this performance.”