Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office after Sunday's race at IMS:
Magnificent Marquez completes a perfect weekend with teammate Pedrosa in 2nd
Respol Honda's Marc Marquez has crowned a perfect weekend in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP with a sensational victory. Marc led every session over the weekend, broke the pole position record yesterday and also recorded a new fastest race lap of 1'39.044. Marc's teammate Dani Pedrosa, took an impressive second place after battling with title rival Jorge Lorenzo in the final laps.
Marc suffered from a poor start and dropped back from pole to 3rd position by the first corner, with Dani in front of him in 2nd and Lorenzo taking the lead. The three Spanish riders held these positions, racing within tenths of second from each other, for the first nine laps. Then Championship leader Marc made his move and passed Dani. A few laps later, Marc had closed the gap on Lorenzo and on lap thirteen he passed him and slowly began to open a gap as he began to set fastest race laps, taking a new record on lap 18.
In the final laps, Dani found a final burst of energy and launched an attack on Lorenzo. With just two laps remaining, Dani passed Lorenzo to seize second place and complete a perfect weekend for the Repsol Honda Team. It was an inspiring ride from Dani who is still recovering from the injury sustained in Sachsenring just over a month ago.
The last eight MotoGP races in the USA have now been won by Honda riders and Marc becomes the first rider to take three MotoGP wins in the USA in a single season, having already won at both Austin and Laguna Seca. He's the third rider of all-time to win three premier-class GP races in the same country in a single season (Jorge Lorenzo in 2010 - Jerez, Catalunya & Valencia, and Casey Stoner in 2011 - Catalunya, Aragon, Valencia, in both cases the three wins were from four races held in Spain). Marc is also the first rookie in the premier-class to win three back-to-back races since Kenny Roberts in 1978, who won in Austria, France and Mugello.
Marc Marquez 1st Championship Standing: 1st - 188 points
“I am very happy to have taken another 25 points! I knew before we came here that this would be a good opportunity and I was able to take advantage of it. I felt very good throughout the weekend, and I think this has been my best GP overall since coming into the premier class. I was first in every session, so I couldn't ask for more. In the race I decided to follow Lorenzo and Pedrosa, trying to save my tyres at the start. When I saw that I was feeling good and had less fuel in the tank, I tried to attack. In the end I was able to break away and have some fun sliding the bike around and enjoying how good the ride was! Now we head back to Europe, where we will try to continue working in the same way and see how many points we can pick up"
Dani Pedrosa 2nd Championship Standing: 2nd - 167 points
"Today I gave all I had. I struggled to keep my energy up and I was forced to ride in a different way because of the pain I was suffering. It was a difficult race, because I was fighting a lot against the bike but in the end I was able to keep up my pace and take a good second place! In other conditions I'm sure we would have done better, but we did all that we could under the circumstances today and should draw that positive from the day"
Lorenzo Takes Third in Indianapolis Thriller
Indianapolis (Indiana, USA), 18th August 2013
Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo marked his return to fitness today with third in the Indianapolis Grand Prix, his fifth premier class podium finish at the US track. He impressed with a stunning start from second on the grid, out dragging both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to take the hole-shot into turn one. Lorenzo immediately built a half second gap and managed to hold the lead on a track not best suited to the Yamaha until Marquez squeezed past with 15 laps to go. Marquez was not allowed to break away and Lorenzo kept with him until fatigue set in as the race wound down and he was forced to relinquish second to Pedrosa with three laps remaining.
This important podium whilst still recovering from surgery allows Lorenzo to now return to European tracks favoured by the YZR-M1 in full fitness and just 15 points behind Pedrosa in third on 153 points.
Teammate Valentino Rossi’s race proved to be the opposite of Lorenzo’s. The Italian nine-time world champion spent the early part of the race fighting with a less than perfect set up as he made up ground from his ninth position start on the grid. Nicky Hayden was dispatched on the second lap for eighth and fellow Yamaha rider Bradley Smith would follow. With just six laps remaining it was clear Rossi had saved the best for last, hunting down Alvaro Bautista and Cal Crutchlow who were fighting for fourth. Rossi joined the battle, swapping positions repeatedly until a stunning pass on the second to last corner of the last lap saw him steal fourth from Crutchlow and hold it to the line.
The result keeps Rossi in fourth in the overall standings with 130 points, three clear of Crutchlow in fourth. Rossi and the team will now head directly to Brno for the second of three consecutive back-to-back races.
3rd / +5.704 / 27 laps
“I made a very good start and I had half a second advantage in the beginning of the race. I had a lot of hope because I knew I had a good pace but suddenly in the middle of the race Marc started to go faster and faster so it was impossible to win. I’m disappointed to not finish second, because in normal conditions without the drop in rear tyre this would have been possible. I’m happy to be back on the podium at a track that’s not normally a good one for us. I don’t feel perfect, I feel more tired than normal because I haven’t trained so much in the last two months because of the injuries. I felt tired at the end of the race and had some pain in the braking areas but I feel much better and in Brno and Silverstone I will be ok. I think from this moment we can only be better and better.”
4th / +19.895 / 27 laps
“At the end the race was not so bad, especially compared with yesterday and especially the second half. I could ride the bike in a good way and I could enjoy it. I did a very good lap time in the second half and had great battles with Bradl and Bautista, but especially with Cal on the last lap, that was very funny. Fourth place here is good considering this track is one of the worst for me and considering I started from ninth I am quite happy. We still have to work and understand why in the first laps I can’t ride the bike and use the extra grip of the tyre. In the second part when the tyre slides I can enter the corner faster, I can go faster and I can make good lap times so we have to improve because the first three riders are very strong.”
“The Indianapolis race is finished and we have to be pleased with third. We hoped for second place because I think that was our pace but finally the tyre dropped a lot on the end so we have to investigate what happened exactly. Anyway, to be back after injuries and be fighting again with Marc and Dani for victory is great, the first 20 laps especially looked very good. Jorge was riding well and the bike behaved quite good. I think the guys all did a good job so we just have to investigate the tyre drop. We had the same last year when we lost ten seconds on Dani and this year five or six seconds in total on the race winner. We are improving at Indy, maybe next year we can win here.”
“Even if we knew since the beginning that Indianapolis was going to be a tough race for us I have to congratulate the team as they have done a fantastic job. We led for part of the race, Jorge had a really good rhythm and he was able to get an important podium for the Championship, that was the target and the main goal. Also Valentino, even if he couldn't find the right set up, got the right balance of the bike and when the tyre dropped he made an impressive come back. Third and fourth is a good result here and now we go back to some circuits in Europe where we can change the direction of the Championship in our favour.”
Crutchlow fifth after late drama in Indianapolis
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow ended an intriguing Indianapolis MotoGP race in fifth position this afternoon, the British rider playing a leading role in one of the most intense battles in the 27-lap clash.
Engaged in a frenetic fight for the majority of the race with Spaniard Alvaro Bautista, the tussle for fourth position became a three-way battle, with nine-times World Champion Valentino Rossi riding into contention with a brilliant late attack.
All three treated a crowd of just over 60,000 fans to some breathless action, with the trio constantly exchanging overtakes before the exciting battle came right down to the final corner.
Crutchlow had produced an outstanding final lap to keep Rossi and Bautista at bay and fourth position seemed to have been secured behind dominant Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.
After 44 minutes of nail-biting action though there was still time for one final dramatic twist, with Rossi executing a last ditch overtake at the final corner to push Crutchlow back into fifth.
Less than 0.2s split Rossi, Crutchlow and Bautista at the finish line and the crowd were on their feet to show their appreciation at witnessing such a fierce but fair fight.
Bradley Smith secured his seventh top 10 finish of the season, the British rider’s race starting and finishing in tremendously exciting fashion.
Smith got a stunning launch off the line and on the first lap he held fourth place before he slipped back into a fight with Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden for eighth.
The 22-year-old exerted constant pressure on his more experienced counterparts and his determination and hard work was rewarded when Hayden and Dovizioso ran off track at the final corner.
Smith pounced on the opportunity to win a drag race to the finish line and he claimed a hard fought eighth spot by the narrowest of margins over home crowd favourite Hayden. Smith’s excellent performance also elevated him into the top 10 in the World Championship standings for the first time in his rookie campaign.
Cal Crutchlow 5th – 127 points
“I’m really pleased to finish the race in the top five and it means I am still the leading satellite bike in the Championship, which is an achievement to be proud of. It was a really good battle out there and I enjoyed it a lot. All of us were pushing at our absolute maximum and Alvaro rode fantastic. Credit to Valentino as well because he recovered quite a lot of time and it is not easy to do that towards the end of the race. I knew it was going to come down to the last lap and probably the last corner and I did my best to keep fourth. But unfortunately Valentino made a good move up the inside of the right before the last corner and I couldn’t get him back. I had a lot of fun though I think the three of us gave the American fans something to cheer. I’ve only lost two points to Valentino in the Championship on a track I don’t like at all. I was strong all weekend, so that gives me a lot of confidence for the next races in Brno and Silverstone where I was very competitive at last season.”
Bradley Smith 8th – 59 points
“I think eighth position was more or less what we had predicted for the race, but we did not expect to be so far behind the winner. The race was very exciting and I got an amazing start but pretty much right from the first lap I felt we had an issue with the rear end of the bike. I tried to maintain my pace but unfortunately I ran off in at Turn 6 and a few guys passed me. I tried to recover again but the rear problem was getting worse and at the end of the race I could only try to pass the Ducatis. I was a bit lucky that they ran wide in the last corner, so I could pass both on the final straight. Eighth is not a bad result but I’m a little bit disappointed because we did a really good job during the whole weekend and I was very confident for the race. Now I just hope I can carry the good performances from practice and qualifying into Brno.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager
“That was a great race and I think every single fan that was here today certainly got exceptional value for money with that entertainment on track. The main show behind another fantastic ride from Marquez was the battle between Cal, Valentino and Bautista. Those last few laps once Valentino had caught them was compelling viewing and it is a pity that Cal lost fourth so close to the end. The gap at the line between Cal and Valentino was the blink of an eye and shows what an incredible 27 laps Cal produced. Yet again he is the top satellite rider and he did another brilliant job to be so close to Valentino on the factory Yamaha. Bradley had a very strong race as well. His start was unbelievable and it was great to see him right in the heart of the action so early. At the end he was never letting the Ducati pair relax for a second and a bit like in Assen he took full advantage of a mistake at the final corner. We can now head to Brno full of confidence that Cal will be challenging for the podium again and Bradley will be closer to the top six.”
ANOTHER STRONG TOP SIX FINISH FOR BAUTISTA
Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista produced another strong ride at Indianapolis, backing up his fourth place last time out at Laguna Seca with another challenge for the same position. Unfortunately he wa s unable to finish the job on the final lap as he struggled for front grip and he lost out to Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow in an exciting battle to the final corner, scoring an otherwise solid sixth place that confirms his recent progress and provides optimism for the future. Bryan Staring was unable to rediscover the feeling he had with his bike yesterday and struggled to 19th place.
Alvaro Bautista (6th) “I am really happy and I think we had a great race today. Obviously I would have preferred to finish fourth but sixth place and the way we got it is not a bad result. Unfortunately I had to push the front harder than I would have liked in the first part of the race and we paid the price at the end, when I was unable to defend my position from Crutchlow. It's a shame but I am happy anyway, we have a fantastic feeling with the bike right now and we are doing a good job so I want to say a special thanks to the team and the guys at Show, Nissin and of course at Honda. Now we can look to the future with even more confidence.”
Bryan Staring (19th) “I am not happy because unfortunately compared to yesterday we didn't have the same feeling with the bike. We tried every possible way to improve our confidence but didn't manage it and I am sorry to the team.”
Fausto Gresini “Alvaro has had a good weekend and he finished it off with a fantastic race. Obviously I would have preferred to see him cross the line in fourth place but it seems he was struggling with the front in the second half of the race so we have to be happy with the result that gives the whole team another nice lift. Their hard work is bearing fruit, we have a competitive bike and Alvaro is fighting at the front so I want to thank the team, Honda for giving us a great bike and also Alvaro. It is nice to see him having fun and I am sure we will have a lot more to shout about very soon.”
BRADL ENDS IN 7th PLACE THE INDIANAPOLIS GP
Indianapolis, 18 August: the tenth round of the season at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a mixed-feelings round for LCR Honda racer Stefan Bradl who managed to finish the 27-lap race in 7th position. Bradl, who was consistently fast in all free sessions, crashed twice yesterday and lacked some confidence during the race which was also particularly physically demanding for the German rider.
“Honestly I am a bit disappointed about this result and I had mixed feelings in this weekend. At the beginning we were very strong but after 3 crashes in the practices I lost a bit of confidence. We have tried to adjust the bike but, during the race, those changes made the bike too heavy to ride for me. I could not keep the same speed for the whole race because I was too tired so I lost the guys in front of me. Now I just want to move on to Brno and try to be back in the pack”.
Ninth place for Hayden, tenth for Dovizioso at Indianapolis GP
At the last of three MotoGP rounds to be held on American soil this season, Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso finished today’s race in ninth and tenth positions, respectively, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
As has been the case on many occasions this year, the evenly matched teammates found themselves dicing with one another for the entire race aboard their Desmosedici GP13 machines. Positions were traded on several occasions, and on the final lap, the American tried a last-corner pass on Dovizioso for eighth place. The two made contact and ran off the track, which allowed Bradley Smith to pass them both on the run to the finish line.
Tomorrow, the Ducati Team heads to the Czech Republic, where the second of three races on consecutive weekends will take place at the Brno circuit.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 9th
“We’d hoped for more. We found a direction in qualifying yesterday, but when the tyre got a few laps on it in the race, we lost rear grip. Early, I was trying to hang with Rossi, but as soon as the tyre went away, I made a little mistake and he was gone. From there, I was just racing with Dovi, and he really pushes and doesn’t make many mistakes. We went back and forth a lot, and then in the last corner on the last lap, we had contact, which was my fault. When the door started to close, I was already committed and didn’t want him to take out my front wheel. Unfortunately, Smith still beat us to the line. It’s a shame, but we still need to improve the bike over race distance. The race went better than last year, and the fans were great to me, but I would’ve liked to put up a better fight than that.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 10th
“The race went more or less as I expected. The goal was to finish with a 1’40” pace, but unfortunately, the rear tyre started to lose grip on both sides in the last ten laps, so the race became a strategic battle between Nicky and me. I’m fairly pleased with how I managed my race because I was able to pass him back on the final lap, but in the last corner, he wanted to get by me at any cost, using a really aggressive manoeuvre. I didn’t expect it because I hadn’t left the door open. Nicky came beside me and we touched, and it certainly wasn’t a safe move, but we can say it was a racing incident. We were called to Race Direction because of course it’s important to talk about these things and immediately clear them up. Honestly, I’m quite annoyed to have lost two positions, and I also wanted to keep Smith behind me. Still, there’s no sense in creating controversy in a situation like this, so for me it’s over.”
Paolo Ciabatti – Ducati MotoGP Project Director
“It was a difficult race for our team. In the early going, Nicky and Andrea stayed in contact with the rest of the group, but in the final ten laps, the drop in performance of the rear tyres slowed our riders' pace, and they found themselves trading positions a couple times and fighting with each other for eighth place. Unfortunately, Nicky tried to pass Dovizioso in the final corner, even though there was limited space. The two riders touched and went over the curb, and Smith was able to pass them both at the finish line. Nicky and Andrea talked afterward to clear things up, and there was no controversy. The fact remains that we can’t be satisfied with a result like today’s, so we must grit our teeth and try even harder to improve the performance of our bikes.”
Ben Spies back to Dallas for further tests
Ben Spies, who didn’t line up on the starting grid for this 10th round of the MotoGP World Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will fly back to Dallas tomorrow to undergo further examinations to evaluate the damages suffered as a result of yesterday’s fall during the third free practice session.
Only after a careful evaluation will it be possible to determine the recovery period required for the Texan to return to the track in optimal condition.
Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro will temporarily replace the Texan during the Czech Republic Grand Prix that will take place on 25 August.
Ben Spies – Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“I didn’t get too much sleep last night, as my shoulder’s a little painful since I didn’t take much pain medicine yesterday. Now I’ll rest up for the next couple days. I fly back to Dallas on Monday, and on Tuesday I’ll see with my doctor if I need surgery or not, and also make sure my wrist is okay. I’ll try to come back as soon as possible, but I also want to come back at 100%. There’s no reason for me to rush back just to fill the grid, but definitely this injury is nothing like the right shoulder; the pain is very bad right now, but the healing process won’t be anything near the other one—I know that for sure. We just need to do the right things, follow the doctors’ orders again, and rehab. This injury won’t even affect me in a few months, but I need to do the right things the right way.”
Andrea Iannone 11th in Indianapolis GP
Energy TI Pramac Racing Team rider Andrea Iannone ended the tenth round of the MotoGP World Championship, held under sunny skies in Indianapolis, and in front of 60,327 spectators, with an 11th place finish.
The lack of strength in the Italian’s right arm, a consequence of the shoulder dislocation suffered during the German Grand Prix, continues to him to compensate with his body, straining his physical endurance.
Given Iannone’s general physical condition, and the recently completed long break, this was nonetheless a positive weekend, as well as a good start in preparation for the challenging stretch that awaits the MotoGP riders.
In fact, the next appointment awaits in just four days, at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“All in all, I'm happy because I managed to do the whole race. The first few laps I was behind Dovizioso and Nicky, and I was quite fast. Then I started to suffer physically. My shoulder hurts a lot, and on braking, I couldn’t keep the brake on for too long, as I lacked the strength. I was squeezing the tank with my legs, and I stressed my back to the point that it started to hurt. It’s been one of the best races of the year, as we worked well during the whole weekend, so I’m happy. We should certainly improve the result; we must get closer to the fellow Ducati riders, and that’s our focus for the next grand prix.”
ARCO EIGHTH AT INDIANAPOLIS, DIFFICULT RACE FOR PETRUCCI AND PESEK IN MOTOGP
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 18, 2013 - The tenth race of the 2013 season on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has not been very profitable for the CAME Iodaracing MotoGP riders, while in Moto2, Johann Zarco was able to finish in eighth place its race, though eleventh starting grid position.
In spite of good practice and qualifying sessions, both Danilo Petrucci and Lukas Pesek in MotoGP, have failed to obtain what is sown over the weekend in Indianapolis. For Petrucci, the fundamental problem was the choice of the rear tire. With the chance of soft compound, did not arrive the desired results, even in the first part of the race, compromising the whole competition. Not only that, because of the seventeenth place finish, Danilo Petrucci lost positions in the world ranking finishing fifth with 18 points. Difficulties also for Lukas Pesek, who was unable to take advantage of the good things done in the practice days at the level of experience with the bike due to some electronics difficulties and a decline in physical condition at the end of the race, which forced him to retire.
Very positive, however, the race of Johann Zarco in Moto2. The French rider of the CAME Iodaracing Team was able to gain positions with respect to the eleventh box on the grid, taking in the final race in the top ten in eighth place.
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 17th "The soft rubber at the rear was not the right choice, coupled with the hot weather has led to a race colorless. No glory for us after the race, but I learned an important lesson. Certainly preferred those races where I left behind and arrived in front than I did in Indianapolis, where I started better than usual, but I got worse. We were undecided with the tires and I saw to be the only one with the soft only on the grid. I thought I had at least an advantage in the early part of the race and yet nothing. Pity, I was hoping to do better. In Brno I do not know what to expect, I hope to have a good feeling immediately and be competitive not only in a single lap, but over a race distance".
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - DNF "At the beginning of the race I got a bad start because the traction control did not work, so I found myself alone at the bottom of the group. Then I was able to go back out but at some point I started to see confused and I mistake all trajectories. Evidently I had a physical fall and to avoid risking I retired. Next will be my home race, I would like a result for my crowd. "
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - 8th "I have to be satisfied with my race because I was able to straighten at least the qualifications. Eleventh and I started from the beginning it was not easy, but then I picked up my pace and I was able to do overtaking. Pity only in the end to have lost one position. Kallio come out of the last corner stronger than me and passed me. Anyway I took of the important points for the championship. I'm sixth in the world championship and at this point I do not see the forward to Brno to get straight into the fight. "
Top15 at Indy for Edwards and Corti
The 9th round of the season comes to an end at Indianapolis motor Speedway with both NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti in the Top15. Both the American and Italian rider have meet the goal set for the weekend to finish in the points and have also been second and third best CRT this weekend.
After qualifying as best CRT, Edwards was hoping to be in the fight for best CRT and he was. The American battled with Aleix Espargaro and got really close to the Spaniard’s lap times during the race with his FTR – Kawasaki bike. Teammate Claudio Corti is still having some difficulty during the first half of the race, but has shown to be very performing during the second half of the race.
Both riders look forward to the 10th round of the championship that will take place next week at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic.
“It was a good day. I gave everything I had; I left everything out on the track. I really struggled a lot when the rear grip went down ten laps to go, making it hard to hang on and that was really what I was doing at that point, hanging on. Had a good start, felt good through the race, had a couple big moments Jerez type save, got it on the knee and had to bring it back. At the end of the day we got some points and we are getting a little bit closer step by step. Next weekend we need to look for that other tiny step. Thanks to my guys for all their hard work this weekend, we had a good weekend.”
“The race went well, I am happy because I managed to finish the race, which I have not been able to do much lately. At the beginning of the race with a full tank I was having some trouble with the front, had problems with the steering and almost lost the front twice, making me lose Colin. Had it not been for this I could have been in the battle for best CRT. We struggled at the very beginning of the weekend, and then yesterday during FP4 and today during warm up, we found a modification that allowed me to be faster. I could have done better but at the end of the day we both go in the points and were second and third best CRTs. We leave now for Brno in the hope that this second half of the season continues going in this direction.”
“We can be satisfied with today’s race results, both riders have taken points and we are the second and third best CRTs. For most part of the race Colin has remained very close to Espargaro but towards the end of the race had to let go and keep his 13th place. Claudio lost some time in the first few laps of the race. He keeps having trouble riding with a full tank, but towards the end of the race he narrowed the gap with Colin and Espargaro. We will continue our effort to help him with this particular problem. Colin has re-gained two positions in the general standing but what really matters is that we are getting close to the ART. We will continue to work in this direction to gain as much experience as possible for next year in terms if the electronics that we will use in 2014.”
ESPARGARÓ CONTINUES PEERLESS IN CRT COMPETITION
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar man rides alone for majority of MotoGP race, crossing the line twelfth. Randy De Puniet retires from race due to mechanical issue
The MotoGP race at Indianapolis seemed set to be a runaway victory for Marc Márquez, after he had dominated every session at the Brickyard. However, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa had other ideas, and it was the former who pushed hardest at the start of the contest. Temperatures were up enough for the fastest race lap to be one second slower than yesterday’s pole time, and the race on the whole was run at a slower pace than in practice. Márquez finally made his move for the lead thirteen laps in, taking a further four to break away from his rivals. The rookie took the win, ahead of Pedrosa and Lorenzo. Behind them, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Álvaro Bautista added excitement in a battle for fourth.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró would have to overcome pain from a crash yesterday and a motivated home rider in Colin Edwards, if he were to take top CRT honours at Indianapolis. The Spaniard had received an infiltration to his left hand to dull the pain, making it hard to pick up the pace early on, but was gradually able to feel more comfortable. He crossed the line in twelfth and was once again the best of the CRT riders.
Teammate Randy De Puniet had experienced mechanical issues throughout the weekend, and eventually retired from the race as a precautionary measure after Lap 5.
12th Aleix Espargaró: "This weekend has been tough for us, I suffered a crash yesterday afternoon and could not work as much as we had wanted. Also today I had a lot of pain in my left hand as a result of the fall, but luckily the Clinic Mobile doctors outdid themselves in treating it and I could ride without problems. I was infiltrated before the race to mitigate some of the pain. It was difficult to be aggressive and give one hundred percent with my hands so sore, as it was hard enough to change direction. Still, I think we should be satisfied as we worked hard, were once again the best in the CRT category and took a good result here at Indianapolis. Now it is time to recover and keep on top next weekend at Brno.”
Randy De Puniet (DNF): “During ths weekend we had an uphill struggle. We had various setbacks arise and tried to overcome them as best we could. Even this morning, in the warmup, we made various changes to try and improve traction control. Even so, I noticed that the power delivery felt strange. The wheels were sliding out a lot at various points and I found it hard to corner. I tried to keep focused at the start of the race but the setbacks continued. That meant that I decided to err on the side of caution and bring the bike back to the pits.”
Magic Marquez masters Indy to clinch third-straight MotoGP™ victory
Round 10: Indianapolis MotoGP™ - Race
Indianapolis, Sunday 18 August 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 29-30°C; Track 47-53°C (Bridgestone measurement)
There was no stopping Marc Marquez at Indianapolis MotorSpeedway this weekend, the Repsol Honda rounding out a relentless performance by taking the chequered flag today for his third consecutive MotoGP™ victory to sweep all races held in the United States of America this season.
Starting from pole position, Marquez lost out to teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo at the start of the race to trail his two rivals for the opening laps. Marquez overtook Pedrosa on lap nine and seized the race lead from Lorenzo on lap thirteen, before streaking away to win by 3.495 seconds. Pedrosa fended off the challenge of Lorenzo to finish in second place, with the reigning MotoGP™ champion Lorenzo placing third. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro rode valiantly with an injured hand to finish as the top CRT entry in twelfth place.
Track temperatures for the race peaked at 53°C, however the temperature at the start of the race was in the mid-forty degree mark and all works riders, and all except four CRT riders, selected their softer rear slick option for the race. Front tyre choice was identical across the field, with all riders using the harder front slick. Although track temperatures increased throughout the race, the softer rear tyre options exhibited consistent degradation with a new race lap record of 1’39.044 set by Marquez on the eighteenth lap of the race.
Marquez’s third straight victory extends his lead in the championship standings over teammate Pedrosa to twenty-one points, with Lorenzo third in the standings and a further fourteen points behind.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“That was certainly a very eventful end to what was a fantastic race! Congratulations to Marc for his dominant display this weekend and to Repsol Honda on securing their third 1-2 finish this season. With the good news that MotoGP will return to Indianapolis next year, I am sure the fans appreciated seeing such great action here this weekend, and I hope to see an even larger crowd here next year. We now return to Europe and I am very much looking forward to seeing the next chapter of this brilliant championship fight unfold at Brno.”
Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“With track temperatures today no higher than experienced in qualifying yesterday, all works riders and most of the CRT riders decided to use their softer rear slick option for the race. Front tyre choice was the same for all riders, with the hard compound front slick being selected and this combination resulted in very quick lap times in the race. The medium compound slick, which was the softer choice for the works riders performed very well in the conditions with a fast race pace and new Circuit Record Lap being set in the second half of the race. The performance of our tyres this weekend makes me very happy as new qualifying and race lap records were set and we enjoyed good tyre durability at this very demanding circuit.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“I didn’t get a good start but I knew before the race that the most important part was the end of the race. For the first few laps I just focused on following Dani and Jorge and conserving the tyres and once I got past them I felt so good with the bike and managed to build a gap. I really enjoyed the race and the twenty-five points are important for the championship.”
MARQUEZ COMPLETES PERFECT WEEKEND WITH VICTORY
Rookie sensation tops title rivals Pedrosa, Lorenzo in exciting Red Bull Indianapolis GP
INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 - Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team won the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 10th of 18 events in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.
Rookie Marquez, from Spain, earned his third consecutive victory and fourth victory of the season on his Repsol Honda - both tying records for a first-year rider in the premier class set in 1978 by American Kenny Roberts, who went on to win the 500cc World Championship that year.
Marquez led all seven MotoGP on-track sessions during the weekend - four practices, qualifying, the warm-up and the race.
"I think we did the best we can in MotoGP," Marquez said. "I feel so good this weekend."
Marquez started from the pole but slipped to third at the start of the 27-lap race. But after running in a tight lead pack with leader Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa, Marquez passed Pedrosa for second on Lap 9. He then began to stalk the Yamaha of reigning World Champion Lorenzo.
Marquez made his decisive move on Lap 13, diving under Lorenzo for the lead in Turn 2. Lorenzo stayed within one second of Marquez for the next five laps before Marquez pulled away.
Two-time Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Pedrosa rallied to pass Lorenzo for second on Lap 25 and ended up 3.495 seconds behind Marquez at the finish. Lorenzo completed the podium finishers in third.
Marquez completed a sweep of all three MotoGP races this season in America and also has won his last five starts in the United States. He won the Moto2 races in 2011 and 2012 at Indianapolis.
"Yeah, this will be my second country," Marquez said.
Marquez expanded his lead over Pedrosa in the MotoGP World Championship standings to 21 points with the victory. Marquez is trying to become the first rookie to win the premier-class world title since Roberts in 1978.
2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden led the American contingent, finishing ninth on his Ducati Team machine. Hayden and teammate Andrea Dovizioso collided and hopped the curb exiting the final turn on the final lap, opening the door for Bradley Smith's Yamaha to pass both of them for eighth.
American Colin Edwards finished 13th on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki, while American wild-card Blake Young crashed out on Lap 1 on his Attack Performance Racing APR.
Spanish riders also won the Moto2 and Moto3 races.
Esteve Rabat passed Takaaki Nakagami on Lap 23 of the 25-lap Moto2 race to win by .766 of a second on his Tuenti HP 40 Kalex. Alex Rins prevailed in a Moto3 race that featured numerous lead changes over 23 laps, holding off teammate Alex Marquez - the younger brother of MotoGP race winner Marc Marquez - by .177 of a second on his Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM.
Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin won the second AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race by .060 of a second over Steve Rapp. Shane Turpin won the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup race for electric motorcycles by 13.733 seconds over Icon Brammo teammate Eric Bostrom.
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will return in 2014, with a race date in August to be announced in the future.