Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's bizarre and action-packed race at Phillip Island:
Lorenzo Scores 50th Grand Prix Victory in Phillip Island Thriller
Phillip Island (Australia), 20th october 2013
Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo delivered a stunning ride today to win the Australian Grand Prix in a thrilling spectacle filled with drama. Teammate Valentino Rossi delivered another exciting performance, fighting to take third on the podium.
Following concerns over the safety of the Bridgestone tyres to last full race distance the race was changed to incorporate a bike change at the ten-lap mark, with the total laps reduced to 19.
The start saw Lorenzo take the hole-shot from his pole position with riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in hot pursuit. The reigning champion gave no quarter but was unable to pull away, the rivals staying within 0.5 of a second as they counted down to the pit stop. This itself turned into a bizarre event with potential consequences for the championship. Pedrosa pitted a lap early, Lorenzo pitted at the ten-lap mark and Marquez pitted a lap too late. As a result Marquez was given a black flag and disqualified and Pedrosa was forced to drop a position after crossing the white line on his pit lane exit.
Further disaster was also narrowly avoided when Marquez exited the pits just as Lorenzo passed down the straight at high speed, the two making contact into turn one. Luckily both were able to stay upright and continue. Lorenzo kept the pressure on and held the top spot for the remaining nine laps to claim the race win.
Rossi enjoyed yet another intense race long battle with rivals Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista. The three swapping positions in the fight for the last podium spot throughout the first ten laps and again in the following nine. Rossi completed a super fast pit stop, beating both out to gain two positions. As one of the most successful MotoGP riders of the modern era in Phillip Island it was never going to be easy for them to beat him, and they couldn’t. The Italian claimed third at the line to make it another double Yamaha podium.
The result leaves Lorenzo now on 280 points, 18 behind Marquez as they head to Motegi for the final of the triple-headers. Rossi stays secure in fourth position on 214 points, 35 ahead of Crutchlow in fifth.
1st / 29'07.155 / 19 laps
“I’m really happy with this win, we’ve also been lucky because Marc made this mistake. Without that he would have been second or first because he was really fast today. So we’ve been lucky but we were unlucky in the middle of the championship so today is a balance. When I was entering the first corner Marc was exiting the pit at exactly the same time, the situation was almost impossible to avoid. I was braking a little later to open the line and I don't think he was looking so much entering the corner so it was both our fault. Now we have options, if Marc keeps constant on the podium then it is impossible to win the championship but there are a lot of laps to go so anything could happen. It’s unbelievable to have 50 Grand Prix victories at 26years old. It seems like only yesterday when I won in Brazil in 2003 but it’s been ten years. I’m very proud of it and hope to win some more in the future!”
3rd / +12.344 / 19 laps
“At the end the result was good, I’m so happy to be on the podium here at Phillip Island because it’s always a great pleasure and a great atmosphere. I tried to give the maximum, the race was very thrilling and I enjoyed it very much, especially because with the team we were able to do a very good job in the pit and gain two positions. I had a great battle with Cal, when I understood it was for the podium I tried to give the maximum. In the last half of the lap it started to rain which was very scary but at the end it was ok and a good result. We still need to work and improve to be faster for the next race.”
“A perfect result, winning here is a dream for us after two tough races. With Marc making the mistake it opens the championship a little more as well. 18 points is a completely different story to nearly 40. We are very pleased with that.”
“It has been an incredible race, Jorge didn't make any mistakes and led from the first to the last lap, always pushing hard. It was also nice to have the flag to flag in dry conditions and we got a lot of points to close the gap. There is only 18 points between them now so the championship is more open. We are looking to Motegi now to keep going and close it more. Vale did another great race, another double podium which is a great result for Yamaha. We had some doubts before the start of the race on grip but we got a great result.”
Second place for Pedrosa as black flag terminates race for Marquez
It has been a remarkable day in Phillip Island for the MotoGP paddock, especially the Repsol Honda Team.
After Race Direction last night changed the format of today's twenty-seven lap race due to tyre issues, this morning, the rules changed once again after more troubles in warm up. The new format dictated a new race distance of nineteen laps with a mandatory change of bikes at least once during the race. Riders were also not permitted to complete more than ten laps on any one rear tyre, meaning they had to change machine at the end of lap nine or lap ten.
The race began well and Championship leader Marc Marquez held second position from the start, behind pole man Lorenzo. Teammate Dani Pedrosa had a fantastic start jumping from 5th to 3rd by the first turn. The three Spanish riders raced hard for the first nine laps and Dani was the first to pit at the end of lap nine. At the end of lap ten, race leader Lorenzo entered the pits - along with the majority of riders - but Marc did not follow, instead completing lap ten and then entering the pits before passing the line of lap eleven. Marc rejoined the circuit as Lorenzo came through turn one and slotted into second.
However, shortly after Marc rejoining the race, he was shown the black flag - meaning instant disqualification - as he had exceeded the lap limit as set out in Race Direction's earlier instructions. The team made a mistake, understanding he was able to complete ten laps and come back in before completing lap eleven, and the 'BOX' instruction on his pit board was therefore one lap late.
Dani also experienced some drama after he slightly crossed the white line before the end of the filter lane when rejoining the race after his pit stop. He was ordered to relinquish a position, letting Marc pass him before being shown the black flag. He held ont o second position comfortably but was unable to chase down Lorenzo in the final laps. Marc retains his Championship lead on 298, but it's been cut to just 18 points with two races remaining with Lorenzo on 280. Dani is now on 264, 34 points off his teammate.
Dani Pedrosa 2nd Championship Standing: 3rd - 264 points
“Today's race was very stressful -above all before the start, as the rules were being changed every five minutes. Everything was turned on its head and it was very difficult to adapt first time, without making any mistakes. Marc made mistakes and I did too. Everything was going so fast and it was confusing for both the riders and the mechanics. We had to be clear about which lap to enter the pits, as it wasn't obvious which was lap 9 and which was lap 10. The two bikes needed to be prepared and the tyres as well, the pit lane was much longer than normal... it was all so strange today. The exit line from the pits wasn't clear, and neither could you see the entry line very well, so it was all a bit improvised. In my case I was able to rectify my mistake on the track and, although the se cond bike wasn't the same for me as the first, I managed to take second in the race and be very competitive"
Marc Marquez DNF Championship Standing: 1st - 298 points
“Today was our first experience of a Flag-to-Flag race, and suffice to say it wasn't a good one. My team and I had set out a strategy and we thought that we could come in after lap 10, but in reality this counts as an extra lap. We hadn't had that in mind and this was a huge mistake. We had everything well planned and I followed the instructions on my pit board. You learn from these things though, so now we have to move on and focus on the race in Japan"
BAUTISTA JUST TWO TENTHS OFF THE PODIUM
Alvaro Bautista managed to produce another challenge for the podium today but with the decision forced on him to run a hard tyre that did not suit the setting of his bike the Spaniard was unable to break into the top three at the end. Alvaro missed out by just two tenths following a thrilling battle with Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow, although his race was further proof of his competitiveness in the second half of this season. Bryan Staring's home Grand Prix ended with disqualification for staying on track beyond the allotted ten laps before a compulsory pit stop to change tyres.
Alvaro Bautista (5th) “We have managed to salvage a race that we knew was going to be difficult for us because of the enforced tyre choice. We knew it didn't work with our bike but we fought hard and thanks to the exceptional work of the team we have come away with a result we didn't expect. I gave my best, did everything I could on the bike and I have to be happy because I was fighting for a podium finish until the very end. Unfortunately on the last lap I just felt that I couldn't push the tyre any harder and it's a shame because I know that on the soft option we would have been able to get on the podium and achieve the objective we have set ourselves for before the end of the season.”
Bryan Staring (DNF) “Today couldn't have gone worse. I was hoping for a good race in front of my home crowd and instead it has ended prematurely with a black flag.”
Fausto Gresini “That was a difficult race for us because we were forced to use a tyre that didn't suit the setting of our bike and Alvaro was losing a lot of drive out of the final turn. Alvaro still did an incredibly good job though and kept fighting against the odds, almost getting a podium as his reward. Overall it's a much better result than we expected and I am grateful to the whole team for doing an excellent job.”
Double top six for Crutchlow and Smith in Phillip Island thriller
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team celebrated a fantastic double top six finish for Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith in an action-packed and unique flag-to-flag MotoGP race at Phillip Island this afternoon.
Concerns about excessive tyre wear on a new track surface meant the race was reduced to 19-laps on safety grounds, which included a mandatory pit stop for fresh Bridgestone rubber at the end of lap nine or 10.
There was incredible drama and tension from start to finish and Crutchlow put up a tremendous fight to score his fifth rostrum of the campaign and second in succession at the super-fast Phillip Island track.
The 27-year-old pulled into the pits to switch bikes at the end of the 10th lap and in a tense tussle with Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista, the British rider fought for the podium right down to the final corner.
As rain spots started to fall on the Phillip Island track on the final lap, Crutchlow missed out on his first podium since his second place in Germany by just over 0.1s, with Rossi claiming the final podium spot in front of a crowd of 31,500 enthralled fans.
Teammate Bradley Smith stormed back into the top six for the first time since the German round after he made a sensational start to round 16. The 22-year-old got a stunning launch off the line and on the first lap he’d surged into fourth and was right on the back of leading Spanish trio Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
Smith gained precious experience after dicing it out with Rossi, Crutchlow and Bautista in the early stages and he employed a different strategy by opting to enter the pit lane at the end of lap nine.
He was able to comfortably clinch a richly deserved top six finish and today’s performance gave a significant boost to his hopes of securing a top 10 World Championship finish, with his lead over Aleix Espargaro now 11-points with two races remaining.
Crutchlow and Smith’s excellent display also moved the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team a step closer to clinching third in the Team World Championship standings.
Cal Crtuchlow 4th – 179 points:
“It was a bit of shame that I couldn’t finish on the podium today but to be honest I’d have only been there because of what happened to Marc. But I am happy because I rode really well. The problem once again was my start. I have got to work on that because once again today it wasn’t acceptable. The positive point is I had good consistency in the race and I was a lot faster than I expected to be given what had happened with the tyres over the weekend. It was good to race so close to Valentino on the factory Yamaha and I enjoyed it. It was a very hard but fair battle with him and Alvaro. I actually thought there was one more lap, but because I’d been so close to Valentino on the straight I’d not seen my pit board. I’d have liked to be on the podium but fourth is my best result for a few races and hopefully we can be strong in Japan next weekend."
Bradley Smith 6th – 99 points:
“Sixth position is a very good result and I got another really fast start. It was great to be right up there on the first lap and I could learn a lot in the early stages from the guys with much more experience. The setting we ran wasn’t ready to fight for the top six but I gave it my best shot. We damaged the rear tyre in the first run, so I tried to take it a bit steady in the second one. It has not been an easy weekend with a lot of drama and confusion surrounding the tyres, but my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew remained calm and concentrated throughout and it was good to pay them back with my first top six for a while.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“I think Race Direction took the right decision to run the race as a flag-to-flag, given some concern about the tyres. MotoGP showed it can react quickly and responsibly to a difficult situation and still provide good entertainment for the fans. I want to thank Cal and Bradley because they had an incredible race. Bradley’s start was amazing and he was strong throughout and it was great to see him right in the fight with the best in the world. Cal also had a great fight with Valentino and Alvaro and they put on a great show for the fans. It was a very hard battle and unfortunately Cal couldn’t quite come out on top, but I am very happy and proud of the efforts of everybody in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team for doing a great job on such a complex weekend. Now we go to Japan, which is such an important race for Yamaha, optimistic that we can see Cal and Bradley battling close to the front again.”
Hayden seventh at Phillip Island, Dovizioso ninth
In a dramatic Australian Grand Prix that featured a “flag-to-flag” format in the dry, with obligatory pit stops, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso maintained their cool in challenging circumstances, riding to seventh and ninth place finishes, respectively. The unusual format, which had riders switching bikes at the midway point of the shortened 19-lap race, was implemented by Race Direction in response to tyre wear being much higher than anticipated over the course of the weekend.
In the race’s first half, the two Ducati Team colleagues battled with one another and fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone. Hayden used good pit strategy to get away from the other two Ducati riders and make a run at sixth-place Bradley Smith that ultimately fell just short. Similarly, Dovizioso was unsuccessful in his late bid to overtake Iannone and ultimately had to accept ninth place.
With the first two legs of this overseas tripleheader now complete, the MotoGP teams now return to Asia for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 7th
“If I’m honest, I hoped to be more competitive, but it went better than some of our recent races. My first tyre didn’t feel as grippy as I expected. I was racing with Iannone and Dovi, but I knew I was faster than those guys and didn’t want to tow them. I waited to do the opposite of them, so when I saw them go in the pits, I put my head down and did a good in-lap, then did a good lap leaving the pits and was able to put a couple of seconds onto them. I got to the back of Smith at the end, but I was struggling in the last corner, and there were some spots of rain. As for the pit stop, it was easy. I’ve been with my team for five years, and we practice it sometimes. Yes, this pit is tight, but we’re used to doing 340 Km/h, so if you use your head, I don’t think coming in at 60 is so dangerous.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 9th
“The race was more enjoyable than usual because of the changes they made, as well as the strategies. I had a pretty tough battle with Nicky and Iannone but it was all a bit difficult for me, also because my two GP13s didn’t have the same feeling. The second bike wasn’t as good as the first. Anyway, I don’t have any excuses; I’m just not happy with the result. I had another battle with Iannone and came close to him at the very end, but I didn’t manage to beat him. Nicky did a good job and had a really fast in-lap; he caught Smith and managed to have a good pace from the start of the race.”
Paolo Ciabatti – Ducati MotoGP Project Director
“Today’s race was really strange, exciting with many twists. The ‘flag-to-flag’ format in the dry with a maximum of 10 laps per tyre and an obligatory pit stop put more pressure on our team. Still, I must say everything went smoothly, and I’d like to complement our boys, who didn’t make any mistakes. The final result of the race definitely isn’t very satisfying for us, but Nicky and Dovi tried their hardest, as always.”
Andrea Iannone takes eighth place at Phillip Island Circuit
Andrea Iannone once again got a great start, moving up immediately from tenth on the grid to seventh, which he then lost to Bautista. From that moment on he began his battle to defend eighth place against both factory Ducati riders, swapping places on a number of occasions.
After yesterday’s decision by Race Direction to maintain rider safety was today modified to a new reduced distance of 19 laps, with a mandatory pit stop to change bikes/tyre, Andrea returned to the track after a mid-race stop. He eventually took eighth place with a best time of 1'30.030 that allowed him to finish between the two Ducati riders.
The good result obtained today by the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider confirmed once again that the progress made is going in the right direction, and the reduced gap to his fellow Ducati riders is proof.
The next round of the 2013 season is scheduled for October 27 at Twin Ring Motegi, the last leg of the overseas tripleheader.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“The race was strange, the change of the bikes made it fun, and it was strange to get on track knowing that we had to return to the pits before the end. Like all the riders we tried it during the warm-up, of course if we are asked to do it again I have to improve and focus a little bit more. Still, it was a great weekend. Positive. I pushed hard in all sessions and I tried to give my best. My goal from the beginning of the season has always been to be as close as possible to Nicky and Dovi and now I have to say that I am satisfied with the results achieved. Without the help of my team it would not have been possible, we are working very hard, and they’re helping me to grow and I really have to thank them. We still have two races and I want to continue like this.”
Yonny Hernandez finishes Australian GP in thirteenth position
Thanks in part to a good start that enabled him to immediately advance two positions, Yonny Hernandez concluded the exciting sixteenth round of the MotoGP World Championship, hosted at Phillip Island Circuit, with a thirteenth place finish. Along the way, he recorded a 1'30.825 lap time that was his best of the Australian weekend.
For safety reasons, Race Direction reduced today's race to nineteen laps and implemented an obligatory pit stop to allow riders to change to bikes with fresh tyres. The race proved to be more challenging than usual for the Colombian because of the pain caused by a small fracture suffered yesterday in a fall during FP4.
Nevertheless, Yonny is already thinking about how to deal with the next race, which is scheduled for 27 October at Twin Ring Motegi. He hopes to continue on his path of improvement in order to get as close as possible to the Ducati Team riders.
Yonny Hernandez – Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“It was a strange race. We tried the bike switch this morning, but it was weird, especially then going back out on track with the new tyre and picking up the pace again. It wasn’t easy, but that’s how it was. We gained a few more points in the championship, and now we’re preparing for the last races. I suffered a bit this time, especially in the second half of the race, as I suffered a small fracture to my hand yesterday. I hope that it will be better in Japan, but for sure we have to work to find a little more grip in the rear tyre. I want to thank my team a lot, as they worked so hard to give me the chance to race today.”
Colin in the points at Phillip Island
The 16th round of the season comes to an end with NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti in 12th and 17th place respectively at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix. This tire performance at Phillip Island forced race direction to make the Australian GP have a flag-to-flag race, forcing the riders to have to change bikes mid race.
All through out the weekend Colin Edwards has proven to be the fastest CRT man at Phillip Island with his FTR – Kawasaki bike, registering incredible lap times of 1´29.827 during FP3. The fast race pace lead to believe he could fight for top CRT but unfortunately the race format used in the Australian island did not allow for it to happen. Nonetheless Edwards has now secured his second place on the CRT championship standing. Italian teammate Claudio Corti struggled through out the race with the tires with both bike one and bike two. Corti had been very fast this weekend and believes that he could have a much better result had it not been for the tire performance issued had all weekend.
The last of the three back-to-back races takes the championship to Motegi for the 17th round of the season next week. Both the American and Italian rider remain confident for the upcoming race and look forward to it.
“Strange kind of race, knowing that you are going into a race in which you are going to have to break concentration, change bikes and refocus, it’s just strange. Even the feeling on the grid, sitting on the starting line you think its just a normal race but you know its about to be interrupted in nine laps. I got a good start, made a mistake on the first lap and Dovizioso got by me. A second mistake allowed Randy to pass me too, all silly braking errors that I made on the first lap. When I got clear and got going I did the lap times I knew I could do and started to hunt the guys down before the pit stop. I don’t know what happened in the pits, I was doing the speed limit, came in, changed bikes, speed limit back out and for some reason they were three to four seconds in front of me. My second bike wasn’t near as good as my first bike, we had a little bit of chatter with the second bike and something with the butterfly linkage on the throttle seems a little weird on the second bike and it took me a few laps to get comfortable. I never had the lap times on the second bike as I did on the first one. Thanks to my guys, we had a good weekend and we look forward to having a good weekend in Japan next week.”
“The race did not go as I expected specially after how well the weekend had been going for us, we had no problems with the tires up to the race. After the first two laps it became really complicated to ride the bike, I increased the level of traction control but didn’t seem to make any difference and the tires worn-out. With the second bike things seemed to go a bit better, I had some problems with the brakes and only after four or five laps with the second bike I started having problems with the tires. I am really sorry because I know we could have done better, I know it because we had been doing really well all weekend and because it is a track that I particularly enjoy. Without the technical problems with the tires and the brakes I could have been with Colin during the race. We leave for Japan and I hope we will not have the same problems with the tires and that we will not have to do another flag-to-flag race.”
“It has been a rather unusual race, having to do a flag-to-flag race due to the problems with the tires. We are happy with Colin’s 12th place, he has taken four more points and we have secured our second place as best CRT in the championship standing. Had we race under normal conditions we had the pace to be first CRT as proven by our FP3, Q2 and warm up lap times. In all fairness Colin has not struggled with the tires but Claudio has. While being on his first bike Claudio started to feel the degradation of the tires only just a few laps into the race and the same happened once he changed to his second bike. He was unable to make the result that he disserved based on the weekend lap times. We head to Japan knowing that there are only two more races left. We hope to finish the season maintaining the same level and looking forward to the following season.”
POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR RIDER ALEIX ESPARGARÓ IS CRT WORLD CHAMPION
Top CRT rider at 13 of 16 races, Espargarò claims title for second consecutive season. Randy De Puniet rounds out top ten on his best weekend of 2013 so far
Following confirmation yesterday that the MotoGP tyres would not withstand the abrasive asphalt at Phillip Island for an entire 27 laps, Race Direction decided to run a flag-to-flag contest at the Australian GP. The shortened 19-lap race would involve a mandatory pit stop on either lap nine or ten. Jorge Lorenzo away from pole position, whilst Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa tried to follow him. Behind them, Valentino Rossi , Álvaro Bautista and Cal Crutchlow engaged in an interesting fight for fourth place. When the time came to change bikes, Marquez miscued and came in one lap too late. Five laps later, he was shown a black flag and was disqualified. Likewise –with less impactful consequences- was Bryan Staring. Lorenzo won the race, with Pedrosa and Rossi joining him on the podium.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargarò had his first chance to be crowned World Champion for the second consecutive year in the CRT class, and did not miss his opportunity at Phillip Island. The Spaniard simply needed to place ahead of Colin Edwards, and had a clear strategy from the start. He rode a solitary race for eleventh place, taking the title with two rounds remaining. He now has a 52-point advantage over Edwards –insurmountable for the American.
The highest placing CRT rider at Phillip Island was Espargarò’s teammate, Randy De Puniet. After a spectacular weekend, the Frenchman managed to successfully conclude the visit to Australia with a tenth place finish.
10th Randy De Puniet: "I am very happy with this result. This weekend we found a great setup that allowed me to be aggressive in the race. I had a nice battle with three Ducati riders and overtook them a few times, but they got me back on the straights. When I changed bikes I was slower than my rivals from the first half of the race, so I've dropped back a little. I focused on keeping my pace up and I managed to catch Dovizioso and Iannone again, with another fun fight to the end. It’s been a while since I enjoyed myself so much. Both the team and I deserved a result like this. Also, today I celebrated my 250th GP, and I think it's a good gift for that. Performing at this level leaves us confident for the final two races of the year."
11th Aleix Espargaró: "I feel very happy, today we got our reward for a year of excellent results. We have always been close to the factory bikes and with the few points we usually pick up, to win the CRT championship with two races to go means that we have done things very well. This title is a huge prize for the team and for me. Since I've joined the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team I have never stopped growing as a rider. I have had the best parts and bike around in the CRT class, and we have been the complete package. This weekend we had some issues on Friday, but on Saturday we recovered and established a good pace. Today, before going into the pits, I also had very good pace with my first bike. However, with the second bike did not have such a good feeling and there was some chatter. Today Randy also did a great job, so I congratulate him."
IODARACING CELBRATES THE 100th GP WITH PETRUCCI IN THE POINTS
COWES, October 19th 2013 – The Australian Gran Prix MotoGP race leaves an important mark in Iodaracing Project’s history: the GP number 100. The Iodaraciing staff and riders have put themselves out since the first race of 2011 Season untill today.
Danilo Petrucci has valued this important event finishing in the points the complicated race of Phillip Island, defined by the problems to Bridgestone’s tyres that had a very high consumption because of the high grip of the new asphalt of the track. Race Direction has decided at the beginning to reduce the race from 27 to 26 laps, but at the end the final decision was for 19 laps with a pit stop between 9th and 10th lap to change the bike with a new rear. Petrucci has taken advantage of the pit stop gaining some position and finishing the race in 15th position. After this result Danilo is 17th in the World Standing with 24 points.
Lukas Pesek is satisfied to have finished a very hard race showing to have the pace for fighting with the other CRTs riders.
Moto2 race was reduced from 25 to 13 laps for the same problem of cunsumption of the Dunlop tyres. Unfortuately Johann Zarco’s race finshed after just 3 laps beacuse of a sliding without any physical problem for the rider. Now the French rider retrogrades of one position in the World Standing where now is 8th with 123 points.
DANILO PETRUCCI – MOTOGP RIDER – 15th - "I’m not very satisfied of this result despite of the point gained. I have improved my lap times more than 2.5 seconds from last year, but the other riders has improved more than us. I think that we suffer too much that Suter is not developing our bike from the beginning of the season. It was an hard race but I haven’t any problem to change the bike during the pit stop, but it was a pity to be forced to do it because usually we don’t have too much grip and on this track it was an advange for us and we could do all the race with the same tyre without any problem. I’m happy for the one point gained to celebrate those first 100 Gran Prix of Iodaracing Project”.
LUKAS PESEK – MOTOGP RIDER – 19th - "I’m very happy because we have done everything, pit stop included, without any problem. I did a good start and I had a good pace and I could stay all the race in the group of CRTs. I think that this one is the best week-end of the season: I finished the race and I overtook also some riders”.
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - DNF - "The crash was really a pity. I did a quite good start and I could stay with Corsi, Terol and Kallio but at Turn 3 I’ve lost the bike and I finished the race in the gravel. This "zero” is not good for the ranking, but I had to push hard becase the race was of only 13 laps and I was on the 4th row on the grid”.
Cardion AB handled well crazy race in Australia,
Luca Scassa was fighting for points
Second race of „overseas tour“ brought change of existing course of the Championship. Due to problems with durability of tyres the race was shortened of one third and for the first time in the history of Motogp riders were forced to do a pit stop and swap the bike. The team Cardion AB Motoracing handled well that unusual situation and the substitute rider Luca Scassa finished on sixteenth position. Jorge Lorenzo won race after his rival Marc Marquez that was fighting for championship was disqualified due to one lap late swap bike that was mandated by the race direction.
Luca Scassa, substitute rider of Cardion AB Motoracing
„It was our best race and race weekend so far. We improved a lot we get faster and faster all the weekend. Everything went good even during the race except the last lap. I made a, mistake I didn’t look at the board with information and I didn’t noticed that I was in the last lap. I thought I had another lap to go where I could attack Petrucci. Even so we made a huge improvement and we caught up riders ahead. I have to highlight the work of the team during the mandatory swap of the bike. I looked at the times and it seems that we were the fastest team. That is an excellent job. Next stop will be Montegi where I have never been before as in Malaysia. I believe that it will mind less because I feel better on the bike now. I hope I can fight again with riders as Petrucci.“
Marco Grana, chief mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
„It was very crazy race but final result is positive. In our point of view it was good race weekend that we concluded with chance of reaching points. We handled very well the swap of the bike. We decided to swap the bike in right moment thus we did not lose nothing. On Friday we were struggling with slippery rear wheel and it took a long time to us to solve it however we made it and Luca was able to make same times on soft and hard tyres. Luca handled well the qualifying and we were losing minimum to the fifteenth and fourteenth position. Fifteenth place in the race we missed by just seven hundredths in direct fight with Petrucci. Unfortunately Luca noticed that in the last lap, otherwise he would fight more. For the rider who rides in MotoGP third race, but it is still a very good result, we defeated experienced riders like Aoyama or Corti and we go to Japan with optimism, despite the fact that Luca will again race on an unknown track.“
Lorenzo comes out on top in thrilling Australian Grand Prix
Round 16: Australian MotoGP™ - Race
Phillip Island, Sunday 20 October 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft & Soft. Rear: Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 26-27°C; Track 30-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo won a dramatic flag-to-flag Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to breathe life back into his championship challenge.
With the race reduced to nineteen laps with a mandatory stop where riders were required to change bikes, Lorenzo led the opening stint before making a flawless pit stop on lap nine to put himself in a strong position for the second half of the race. Once on his second bike Lorenzo pulled away from the chasing pack to take the chequered flag by 6.936 seconds ahead of second-place getter, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. Rounding out the rostrum was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi who claimed his sixth podium of the season in Australia. Having shown great pace throughout the race weekend, the top CRT rider in Australia was Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet who placed tenth in Australia. Amid the excitement of today’s race, a new Circuit Record Lap of 1’28.108 was set on the thirteenth lap of the race by Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.
Conditions today were dry but cooler than yesterday, with the peak track temperature of 32°C recorded at the start of the race. With the harder of the two rear slick options – the medium compound for CRT riders and the hard compound for works riders - being made mandatory for the race, the only variation in tyre choice came from the front slicks. Eleven of the twenty-three starters chose the softer front option, the extra-soft front slick, with the other twelve riders opting for the harder option, soft compound front.
With two rounds remaining, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez still leads the championship standings by eighteen points – despite being black flagged for not pitting in the mandatory stop window in today’s race – over Lorenzo. Pedrosa remains in third place in the championship, sixteen points adrift of Lorenzo.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Today was quite an exciting contest that passed without incident and I would like to congratulate all the teams and riders for working so hard to adapt what was a unique race situation. After warm-up, we analysed the tyres of the riders to see how they fared during the long runs they did this morning and it was evident that we had to reduce the maximum running time of the rear slicks to ten laps. Considering this new information, we had discussions with the FIM, Dorna and IRTA regarding the situation, after which race direction decided a flag-to-flag race with a nineteen lap duration was the best option. We have arranged for the used tyres from this weekend to be transported immediately to our technical centre in Japan for detailed analysis which will be the first step in developing new tyres for future MotoGP races at Phillip Island.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner
“Today was a crazy race with us having to the change of bikes in the middle of the contest. We practiced a lot before the race to find the best way to swap between bikes and this helped me a lot in the race. Twenty-five points is the best result possible and is good for the championship and I hope we can still be challenging for the title at the last race in Valencia.”