2013 Misano MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano:

Lorenzo Delivers with Masterful Misano Victory

Misano Adriatico (Italy), 15th September 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a masterful performance today to win the San Marino Grand Prix in stunning form. The victory, his sixth successive Italian Grand Prix win, was delivered after a 28 lap race of inch perfect riding from the reigning world champion.

Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo out dragged championship rival and pole sitter Marc Marquez to the first corner, taking the hole shot into turn one. He proved immediately impossible to follow, opening up a gap of just over a second on the first lap and keeping the pressure up as the race wound on. He was quick to build a comfortable gap to the chasing pack that was unbroken to the line, allowing him to claim his fifth Grand Prix win of the season.

Valentino Rossi initially dropped a couple of places to fifth off the start line but was quick to re-pass Aleix Espargaro on the first lap to slot into fourth chasing Marquez and Dani Pedrosa ahead. The Local hero was hot on the tail of Marquez and took advantage of an error by the young Spaniard to dive past up the inside and move into third place chasing Pedrosa. Unfortunately some issues with braking cost some valuable time and Marquez was able to re-pass, leaving Rossi in a lonely fourth position for the remainder of the race to the finish line.

Lorenzo’s stunning victory moves him up into second place in the championship, tied on points with Pedrosa at 219, 34 behind Marquez with five races remaining. Rossi’s fourth place finish keeps him in fourth place in the championship on 169 points, 23 ahead of Cal Crutchlow in fifth.

Jorge Lorenzo

1st / 44'05.522 / 28 laps

“Luckily we improved the bike a lot in warm up, especially in braking so we improved the lap time and the pace quite a bit. I was convinced to follow my strategy of the last couple of races which was to try to break away and finally I could do it. The first two laps I had a big advantage so I had to keep pushing to maintain a distance because they never gave up and wanted to catch me. I’m happy, we recovered five points and we are closer to Marc. I need to be constant and try to win races and stay focused.”

Valentino Rossi

4th / +15.062 / 28 laps

“All the weekend our performance was quite good, I stayed with the top three and I raised my level, especially in qualifying, I could push stronger with the new tyres and make the first row. The expectation for the race was very high, after the start the top guys were very fast but my fastest lap was close to theirs. Unfortunately after some laps I was in trouble in braking and entering corners. I was struggling in hard braking and made some mistakes going wide and step-by-step they pulled away. I made a small mistake on turn seven and lost two seconds and by then already I had too much disadvantage. It's a pity because we wanted to try for the podium here in Italy in front of all the fans in Misano. We hope the weather remains good for tomorrow as we have to try some new parts.”

Wilco Zeelenberg Team Manager

“Day number three here and an incredible race in Misano, our first seamless gearbox victory of the season. Yesterday we didn't really believe we could do this but after warm up we found a better package. Jorge felt it too and it gave him a lot of motivation. He pulled out the first four or five laps at an incredible pace and I think that made the difference towards the end of the race.”

Massimo Meregalli Team Director

“It was a great work from Jorge and the whole team this weekend. We started on Friday with problems and have improved step by step in each session. This morning we found in the warm up the best solution to get the feeling back and then Jorge made the difference. He delivered an amazing output with 1.5 seconds after two laps, he maintained a constant pace and dominated the other riders. We were unable to get the podium with Vale. After yesterday afternoon we thought to have both riders on the podium but it was not to be. Tomorrow will be important to test the material we could not test at Brno.”

Marquez and Pedrosa seal eighth double podium in epic battle at Misano

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have put on a wonderful show for the 50,949 strong crowd in San Marino today and clinched the team's eighth double podium of the season, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Pole man Marc dropped back at the start, losing two positions as Lorenzo took the lead and Dani moved into second, from fourth on the grid. Marc then made a small mistake on lap five which allowed Rossi to pass him and he slipped to 4th whilst Dani tried to stay with Lorenzo. On lap thirteen Marc passed Rossi and on lap eighteen he caught Dani and also passed him. Dani showed determination as he re-overtook Marc on lap 22 before Marc came back on the same lap and stole 2nd place.

Marc has stretched his lead over teammate Dani, but Lorenzo has closed the gap slightly. Marc now has 253 points with five races remaining, with Lorenzo in second, on the same points as Dani in third, with 219.

Marc Marquez 2nd Championship Standing: 1st - 253 points

“We've taken another 20 World Championship points today and, considering how the race went, I think that is a good reward! At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes and lost a lot of time with the second of those. Maybe I was lacking a little experience; it's my rookie season and it is normal to make a few errors. I also didn't feel completely comfortable with a full fuel tank; from the midway point onwards I felt a lot better. To finish second is a great result, even though Lorenzo has gained five points on us, we are an extra four ahead of Dani. We are happy and have a lot of motivation to keep fighting hard at Aragon!"

Dani Pedrosa 3rd Championship Standing: 3rd - 219 points

“I gave my all in the race today. I rode as well as I can ride, putting everything into every lap and trying to take every corner perfectly. Overall, this hasn't been our weekend, generally speaking, because I had a lot of grip problems with the rear tyre on every day of the GP. In the race today it was even more noticeable, so I couldn't have done things any better"

Crutchlow battles to super sixth in San Marino

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow stormed back into the top six today at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to remain firmly on course to be the leading non-factory rider in 2013.

And it was almost a double top 10 finish for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad, with rookie Bradley Smith missing out on claiming 10th spot by the narrowest margins at the end of a 28-lap race that was played out in front of a crowd of 50,949 fans.

Crutchlow bounced back from a tough home race at Silverstone earlier this month in typically determined fashion, the British rider brilliantly leading Stefan Bradl in fifth position for the majority of a race that took place in cloudy and windy conditions.

A faultless performance from Crutchlow seemed certain to be rewarded with a top five result, as he brilliantly defended from a hard charging Bradl right down to the final lap.

The German was not to be outdone though and a calculated move at Turn 8 dropped Crutchlow back to sixth. The British rider was unable to retaliate despite a determined late attack but Crutchlow’s battling performance keeps the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in control of third spot in the all-important Team World Championship standings.

Today’s result, which was a ninth top sixth finish of an impressive 2013, means Crutchlow remains comfortably the highest ranked non-factory rider in the World Championship standings on 146-points.

Smith was less than 0.2s away from continuing his outstanding run of top 10 finishes in his rookie premier class campaign. Locked in a fight for long periods with Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and Michele Pirro, Smith almost overhauled the latter with a tremendous last lap attack.

Smith set his best lap of the race on the final lap but just couldn’t find a way to make a clean pass on Pirro and he had to settle for 11th. The consolation though was the 22-year-old moved back into 10th place in the World Championship standings having joined Aleix Espargaro on 71-points.

Cal Crutchlow 6th – 146 points :

“It is a shame that I lost fifth place on the last lap but it has been a very difficult weekend and I am happy to come away with this result. The top six is not what I am aiming for right now but I had no confidence with the bike all weekend, and it was important to get a strong finish. It was a very hard race because Stefan just sat on my back wheel from the first lap to the end and unfortunately he managed to find a way to pass me in the lasts corners. I tried my best to take fifth back but it wasn’t meant to be, but I think the whole of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team showed a lot of fighting qualities this weekend. My crew have never given up and they have worked really hard trying to build up my confidence and I am grateful for their support.”

Bradley Smith 11th – 71 points:

“The race pretty much panned out as I’d anticipated and I thought I’d stay close and race the Ducatis. I got an amazing start and that gave me a great opportunity to be in a battle but I just didn’t have the pace throughout. I wasn’t as fast as I’d hoped and again it was difficult at the start of the race on a full fuel load. But we have learned a lot all weekend and particularly in the race and now I am looking forward to tomorrow’s test where we can try a few things to improve our package. Our setting right now is pretty good but I can improve my riding position. I don’t think we are far away but small details can make a big difference when it comes to the race.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :

“We knew this weekend would be tough after such a difficult experience for both Cal and Bradley in Silverstone. Sixth place is not what we are looking for or what is the real potential of Cal. But he showed the whole race that he is a true fighter and it was unfortunate that Stefan was able to pass him right at the end. In the end it was a strong race and I want to thank Cal because he never gave up and as always he gave all he had, even though he has not been confident on the bike all weekend. Bradley had a tough weekend too. We knew Ducati would be strong here like always because they test on this track frequently and Bradley did a very good job. He set his fastest lap on the last lap and that shows there is still room for improvement but the whole team has demonstrated a lot of fighting spirit this weekend and I am proud of everybody involved. Finally I must pass on my congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha. Jorge was exceptional and he showed that this World Championship is not over yet. And I am also delighted to see the new YZR-M1 seamless shift gearbox make a winning debut, which bodes well for the future.”


Alvaro Bautista's hopes for a better race result than his qualifying position were met but only in part today as he moved up one place to take seventh. Despite showing a good race pace throughout free practice here and even in the warm-up this morning Bautista was not able to make the progress he had expected from the third row of the grid and his pace during the race was a couple of tenths off his true potential. Bryan Staring was forced to retire with a mechanical problem that ended his hopes of a positive finish to the team's home Grand Prix.

Alvaro Bautista (7th) “We expected a different result than this because we were competitive during practice and in the warm-up this morning but during the race I was struggling to get the bike turning into the corners, which is strange because we didn't touch the setting. Our pace was slower than practice and that's not normal so it's important we understand why this happened to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's a shame because we had the potential today to fight for fifth or even fourth place. This is racing and now we have to put the result behind us and concentrate on the next race in Spain. I am disappointed for the team because it's their home race. We were on the podium here last year and I would have loved to give them another great result.”

Bryan Staring (DNF) “I had a good feeling with the bike today and I was happy with how the race was going but suddenly the bike gave up and we had to pull out. I am disappointed because I at least would have like to complete full distance in the team's home race but these things can happen and we have to keep looking forward. The engineers will have a look at the bike now and try to work out what went wrong.”

Fausto Gresini “I am disappointed that we haven't been able to turn our pace here at our home race into a good result. Unfortunately we had problems at the most important moment of the weekend and we didn't come out with the result we were expecting. We will try to work out the reason why this happened to make sure we don't have a similar situation in future. Bryan's retirement was also a shame and again we will have to have a look at the bike to work out what went wrong.”


Misano, 15 September: LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl took a solid 5th place in today’s San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix challenging the British rider Cal Crutchlow on a exciting last lap ahead 60.000 spectators. The German started from the head of row three after two difficult days but, once again, he demonstrated his determination conducting a strong 28-lap race. Stefan and his squad will be back on track tomorrow for one day of testing before moving to Aragon in 2 weeks.

“Definitely it was the best day of the weekend for us. We improved the bike from Friday to Saturday but today the Team made a great job. I suffered a big crash on Friday and they had to work even harder to give me a competitive bike for the race. In the beginning of the race I was not so confident because, in the warm up lap, I was not sure about the rear tyre performance. But after few laps I could set my pace easily and I followed Cal for the whole race. He was a good reference for me and I was able to see where I was stronger than him so in the last lap I made my maneuver in turn seven. I had fun and I am happy now because I made a strong race after such a tough week end”.

Dovizioso, Hayden eighth and ninth at Misano

The GP di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini was a demanding one for Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden who, after starting from the third and fourth rows, respectively, crossed the finish line in eighth and ninth places.

Considering their grid positions and the track layout at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, it was clear that the start would be very difficult for the Ducati Team riders, and that proved to be the case. The teammates made several early passes before beginning a battle with one another for eighth place. After twenty-eight laps, Dovizioso finished eighth, while Hayden had to settle for ninth.

Before heading home, the Ducati Team will return to action tomorrow for an official IRTA test at the same circuit.

Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 8th

“Obviously, we can’t be satisfied with the result. I made a mistake on the start. Espargaro was in front of me and, unfortunately, I was distracted when he jumped the start. I lost many positions and some seconds in the early going because there were many of us trying to pass each other in the slow corners, so the first few laps were pretty challenging. Then I started to find my rhythm; I passed Nicky and thought I could do a faster pace, but I didn’t have a great feeling with the front end of my Desmosedici. It’s a shame because I had hoped to be able to fight for positions a bit closer to the front.”

Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 9th

“It’s been a tough weekend and things certainly didn’t get any easier today. When Espargaro jumped the start, I saw him out of the corner of my eye and delayed a little bit. I lost a few places on the run to turn one but was able to make up a couple of positions pretty quickly. Then it was a really difficult race for me, as it was very hard to change directions and stop. I was racing with Dovi, and at the end of the back straightaway, I lost the rear and ran off the track. The last few laps were pretty lonely after that. I made two mistakes—one at the start, one in the race—and they both hurt me. The pace hasn’t been very good all week, and it’s a shame because the team is working so hard.”

Bernhard Gobmeier – Ducati Corse General Manager

“In the end, it was a disappointing weekend after it started quite well in the free practices, where we found a fairly good setup and race rhythm. Of course the starting positions on the grid after qualifying weren’t too good, and we lost several positions at the start, which we could never really recover. We settled into a pace that was at times similar to that of the second group, but at the end, it was too much of a gap. Tomorrow we’ll have a few more things to test, which should give us some more data for the development of next year’s bike.”


Misano , September 15, 2013 - The weekend of the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini closes with satisfaction for the CAME Iodaracing Team. Danilo Petrucci in the premier class race has ended a step away from the podium of the CRT , getting the fourth place in the category, the fifteenth overall. After the race in Misano, Petrucci is fourth in the CRT world rankings with 23 points, just 4 points from the third, which is Hector Barbera .

It's lasted only three laps, the race of Lukas Pesek. The Czech rider came into the pits with a sharp pain in his right wrist that did not allow him to drive. Pesek who slammed his wrist the first time on the ground in the fall of Silverstone , felt the pain increase during the weekend in Misano perhaps because of the shape of the track that has not allowed him to recover this weekend. Pesek will undergo, on his return to the Czech Republic, in all medical examinations of the case to try to be able to ride the CAME Iodaracing bike in the GP of Aragon .

In Moto2, the battle for fourth place that has seen Johann Zarco between the best riders. The French rider of the CAME Iodaracing Team, who started with the seventh fastest time on the third row was able to recover in a few corners waging a great battle with Thomas Luthi, Scott Redding and Dominique Aegerter. Unfortunately, in the final Zarco failed to defend his position from the attacks of his opponents finishing seventh, but still showed signs of continued competitive growth . The CAME Iodaracing Suter ridden by Zarco was the fastest on the track during the race, clocking the 247.9 km/h.

DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 15th - " I started well , managing to take immediately outside part of the track as I wanted to do and in fact I gained a lot of positions. The race was tough, then today the temperature has changed and this was not good because I would go much better with the heat and the hard tires . I kept a good pace, but at the end of the race I could not take that Edwards was in front of me. With the tires at the end his bike was better than mine and in fact, Aoyama also arrived to ruin everything, without him I could stay on the podium of the CRT. I want to thank the team for their great work this weekend. Yesterday after the crash in the free practice n.4 they made all needed to have the bike in on time, while this morning before of the race have replaced the engine of the bike because what we were using was about to break, a really good work! "

LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - DNF - "The wrist pain was unbearable today. The other days here in Misano I managed to forget on and I also tried not to think about it, but in the race I could not hold on to the handlebars. Three laps were enough to get me back, now I just want to go home and get to be visit by a specialist as soon as possible . "

JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - 7th - "The race was really tough , but I managed to get a good start and remain with Luthi first and then with Aegerter. Redding In the first laps was a little slowing down us, me and Luthi were faster and in fact we were able to pass both of them. The bike was really well setted up and I have to thank the team that has provided a means truly competitive . Despite the result I'm confident because I got a strong start , being able to ride fast since the beginning of the race, for this reason, I cannot wait to arrive at Aragon for the next race".

Abraham retired due to pain in shoulder

Karel Abraham retired from the Grand Prix of San Marino because of the strong pain in his shoulder. The rider will undergo another examination by a specialist Igor Cizmar at the beginning of the week, who will decide if Karel Abraham will undergo surgery of joint capsule of his left shoulder.

Karel Abraham

„We knew that constant load during the race will be the biggest test of my shoulder. During practices I could ride fully only for a few laps and unfortunately turned off that it was the maximum what the shoulder could hold. After seven laps I could not manage the pain any more and I went to the pits. We will see what the doctors will say to us but I’m afraid that it wont be positive news.“

CRT podium finish at Misano for Edwards and NGM Mobile Forward Racing

The NGM Mobile Forward racing concludes the 13th round of the season with a CRT podium finish with their FTR – Kawasaki bike at the Misano Grand Prix.

MotoGP rider Colin Edwards qualified yesterday as 2nd best CRT, starting today’s race from the 14th position on the starting grid. After a good start the American rider took the lead of the CRT race after ART rider Espargaro was penalized with a ride through the pits after he jump-start the race. Edwards was able to keep a very consistent race pace and keep the distance with the Spanish rider up to the very end and finished for the firs time this season as best CRT.

Claudio Corti finished the race in 16th place right out of the points after a very complicated weekend. The Italian rider encountered some difficulties to find the right setting for his bike. Not only did Corti struggle with the front grip of his bike, he also had some engine problems that the team is currently analyzing into in order to be better prepared for Aragón.

The team has been making very consistent improvements throughout the last races that seem to allow the team to hope for consistent results for the remainder of the season. The next round will take place in two weeks time at the Circuito de Motorland in Aragón.

Colin Edwards

“In the last few weeks our performance has been getting better and better and this weekend we’ve made another small change to the rear suspension side that made it even better. The race went good from the beginning; I had no idea Espargaro had jump the start and then I saw +8, +7.45 and I didn’t understand what was going on and then it kind of clicked that I was on the lead. He had been going good all weekend and I just assumed he was out there with the guys. Then I put my head down and did all I could to stay in front of him. He tried to track me down there at the end but we put some good laps together, the bike is working good. Thanks to Team Forward, NGM, all my guys and the sponsors, it’s been fun watching the improvement and I look forward to some more.”

Claudio Corti

“I am not satisfied at all with today’s race results. I wanted to be able to be in the fight with Petrucci and instead I found myself battling with Aoyama and Barbera. While we still had eight laps to go I lost the feeling with the front tire and Aoyama was able to get by me. I was forced to brake heavily because the engine was slower than the Avintia ones. I was far from the front and being as it was my home race I would have preferred for it to be otherwise. We need think ahead and work to be prepared for Aragón.”

Sergio Verbena

“We have finally been achieve our goal to be first CRT. In the last few weekends we have been the best CRT in qualifying and now we have been able to do the same on race day. It is true that Espargaro made a mistake at the very beginning of the race and incurred a penalty. Claudio finished the race right outside the points; he was very close to finishing in the Top15. He had problems in finding the right setting during the weekend and was able to solve them little by little but unfortunately that was not enough today. We have been able to consolidate our standing as the second best CRT. Our goal now is to maintain this level throughout the last five races of the season.”


POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider bounces back from jumpstart and takes 13th place. Randy De Puniet places 17th

The MotoGP San Marino GP began with riders waiting on the weather at Misano. The previous two races at the circuit today had been dry, but clouds overheads threatened rain. Eventually, the clouds held off, and a dry contest saw Jorge Lorenzo take off quickest. The Spaniard attacked vehemently from the start, setting fastest laps and extending his advantage to between 2 and 3 seconds. He took the victory –his second in a row- to keep up his fight for the title. Dani Pedrosa, Marc Márquez and Valentino Rossi were left in his wake, but had some entertaining passes between them to up the excitement. Márquez placed second, with Pedrosa third and Rossi off the podium at his home race.

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró managed to get up into fourth place in the MotoGP race on the opening corners at Misano. In a scene reminiscent of Valencia 2012, in which the Spaniard led in the wet, Espargaró was high up the order in the early going. He dropped down to seventh, but his race was to turn on its head when he was called in for a jump start by Race Direction. Espargaró completed his ride through penalty on lap five, rejoining the race in last place. From then on, the POWER ELECTRONICS rider moved up from twenty-second to thirteenth in the race, claiming three World Championship points.

Teammate Randy De Puniet experienced problems with the rear of his bike throughout the 28-lap contest, concluding in seventeenth.

13th Aleix Espargaró: “I feel bad about the jumpstart. I knew that I had made a mistake, as my finger had slipped a little. Knowing that, I wasn’t surprised when I saw the pit board telling me about the penalty. It is a shame, because I had the pace to have a good race and was aiming to finish in the top eight. After completing my penalty I pushed as hard as I could to move back up the order, and I had a lot of fun passing the other riders, but I wanted to catch Colin and finish as the top CRT. I want to apologise to my team for my mistake and look ahead to Aragón, which is a track that I love. We will try to put things right there.”

17th Randy De Puniet: “Even though this weekend wasn’t easy for us, we never stopped working hard. Yesterday we found a few improvements for the vibration issue that we had been experiencing. This morning we found another improvement for our feeling on the bike. It looked as if we had found a positive solution, but at the start of the race those same issues returned. In Aragón we will carry on working to turn the situation back around.”

Lorenzo leads from start to finish for third successive Misano victory

Round 13: San Marino MotoGP™ - Race

Misano, Sunday 15 September 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

Weather: Dry. Ambient 26-27°C; Track 31-31°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Jorge Lorenzo was untouchable in today’s San Marino Grand Prix, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider streaking away from the start of the race to take the chequered flag by 3.379 seconds to score his third successive MotoGP™ victory at Misano.

Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo got the holeshot to lead into the first corner and by the end of the first lap amassed a gap of 1.2 seconds to break the resolve of the following pack. Lorenzo continued his strong pace throughout the twenty-eight lap contest to take victory ahead of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez who came out on top in an entertaining battle with teammate Dani Pedrosa for second place. Colin Edwards’ strong season continues, the American rider crossing the finish line in twelfth place on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki to be the top CRT finisher at Misano.

Ambient temperatures were warmer today but cloud cover and a strong breeze kept track temperatures lower than the previous two days of action, with a peak figure of 31°C recorded during the race. The lower track temperatures and poor grip level of the circuit resulted in all riders selecting the softer rear slick options while for the front tyre, seventeen of the twenty-four riders selected the softer of the two front slick options, the medium compound. Tyre performance during the race was consistent, with the overall race time being the quickest ever recorded at this circuit, beating the old record by six seconds.

Marquez now sits on 253 championship points to lead the standings by thirty-four points over both Lorenzo and Pedrosa, who now sit equal on 219 championship points with five rounds remaining.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“It was cooler today for the race but this didn’t have a significant effect on tyre choice as most riders had already decided to use the softer slick options front and rear to compensate for the poor grip level of the Misano circuit. The only variation in race tyre choice was for the front tyre, with most riders selecting the softer front option for maximum grip, while the Yamaha and Repsol Honda riders opting for the harder front slick. After another satisfying race weekend our attention now turns to the Misano post-race test where our engineers will be on-hand to support the teams and where we will also be providing our new experimental rear slick for the riders to evaluate.”

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner

“It was important to win here to recover five more points to Marc, so it was a good result for the championship. I am very happy for this victory because we were struggling a bit this weekend but we made a change in warm up which helped my performance a lot. It was physically a hard race because Marc and Dani never gave up and had a quick pace, so thanks to the team for working to improve my bike and helping me to get the win.”

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