Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race on Sunday at Valencia:
Lorenzo Signs Off 2013 With Masterful Valencia Victory
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up the 2013 MotoGP season today with victory in the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, his third consecutive victory of the season. Trailing leader Marc Marquez by 13 points going into the race, Lorenzo had nothing to lose and everything to gain as the Spanish showdown unfolded in front of a record crowd of 104,000 race fans at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
Taking off past Marquez from second on the grid, the 2012 world champion took the holeshot and control of the race. Lorenzo kept the pace down on the opening laps, hoping to bring the chasing pack into play to challenge Marquez. The daring strategy allowed Dani Pedrosa to attack, the two rivals entering an intense battle over several laps as they swapped positions countless times in a stunning display of riding skill at the limit. Pedrosa was to end up the loser in the exchange as the two touched going into turn two with 21 laps to go. Pedrosa ran wide, losing position as he rejoined the race.
The incident allowed Marquez to briefly pass Lorenzo for the lead but he was only allowed to stay ahead for a lap before Lorenzo reclaimed the front on lap 11, putting the hammer down to reel off a number of 1’31 second laps as he flew to his eighth win of the season.
Teammate Valentino Rossi moved up to fourth off the line after a good start, chasing Marquez into the first corner with Alvaro Bautista in hot pursuit behind. As the race unwound Bautista was able to make a pass on Rossi but with 19 laps to go the nine-time world champion showed his mastery of late braking, taking third position back from the Spanish rider. The provisional podium position was not to last as a recovering Pedrosa re-passed on his way to second, leaving Rossi to claim fourth at the line.
Despite dominating not just the last quarter of the season but the final race, it was not enough to overcome the points difference to Marquez, leaving Lorenzo to claim a worthy second place in the standings after an incredible season of unrivalled performances. Rossi’s eighth fourth place finish of the season was enough to secure him fourth in the final standings.
1st - 46'10.302 - 30 Laps
“I slowed the start of the race a little but I think it didn't work out because the other riders, Bautista, Valentino, Crutchlow and the others needed some tenths more to stay there. I tried first and last to play a little bit with the race and I managed it quite well but I couldn't stay there for too long. When I looked behind I could see that Valentino was very far away so I thought that today it was better to concentrate on winning the race and waiting to see if Marc makes a mistake. Now we have to celebrate second in the standings which is a good place. We have to congratulate Marc because he really deserved the championship and we will make a party tonight!”
4th - +10.579 - 30 Laps
“The race was not so bad, especially after this morning where I had a lot of problems and wasn't fast enough. Unfortunately I didn't have the pace to fight for the podium. I was able to stay close at the beginning and try to fight but after I didn't have the speed, like more or less all the season where I am two or three tenths slower compared to the top guys. For this reason I couldn’t challenge for the pole position, the race and the championship. The season was not so bad for me but we have to try more to increase our speed and our performance to fight for the podium more constantly. This is the target for 2014."
Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
“It’s been a fantastic season and of course a great win today, it was an amazing show. The first ten lap tactics were to keep the pack together. Jorge did a great job, it was on the edge and that’s racing; all that counted today was the championship. Marc was clever and stayed calm, Jorge did his best at his maximum and he won the race but lost the championship. This loss is exceptional; he won eight races and broke his collarbone twice. It’s an incredible result to finish just four points from the title given the conditions. It is a great achievement and we are very proud about that.”
Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director
“It has been an incredible season. I think we deserved the championship, we really did the maximum that we could. I would like to say a big thank you to everybody, Jorge and the team. We never gave up and Jorge never gave up. He delivered some really impressive performances. Even today he made a fantastic race. He started the race having a plan and tried to manage the race until he understood that he couldn’t do any more. Then when he decided to win he pulled away. The season has been really long, hard and tough but we are satisfied with all we did. I would like to thank everybody and wish all the best to team members Jeremy, Walter and "Bibo" who are leaving us. Tomorrow the new season is already starting with a three-day test. We will aim to give the Japanese engineers as much information as possible to work with.”
Marquez takes Championship as Honda celebrate 2013 Triple Crown
Repsol Honda rookie, Marc Marquez, has won the 2013 MotoGP World Championship by taking 3rd place in the final race of the season in Valencia. Teammate Dani Pedrosa took second to complete the team’s eleventh double podium of the season and claim Honda’s 62nd Constructor’s Championship in the premier class.
The race began with Lorenzo taking the lead and trying to bunch up the field. Dani pursued him and attempted several passes, but was unable to make them stick. At the beginning of lap 10, Dani and Lorenzo touched briefly and this allowed Marc to come through and take the lead with Dani dropping to 5th. Lorenzo would not give up so easy and on lap 11 he re-passed Marc. By lap 14 Dani was back up to 3rd and closing in on Marc. Dani recorded a new lap record on lap 22 with 1'31.628 and passed the young rookie on lap 26.
With just 4 laps remaining Marc, showed maturity and patience, knowing that his position was enough to claim the Championship. He passed the line in 3rd place and took his first MotoGP crown on his maiden year, becoming the youngest rookie at 20 years 266 days to win the Championship.
Dani Pedrosa 2nd Championship Standing: 3rd - 300 points
"The race was difficult at the start because of the overtaking moves between myself and Jorge. However, we fought to the limit until I was taken a little off the track and lost ground as a result. Above all, I want to congratulate Marc today. He has done an excellent job this season and had a great campaign. We should take our hats off to him because he has achieved something historic; to win the MotoGP title as a rookie is incredible”
Marc Marquez 3rd Championship Standing: 1st - 334 points
“It was a really long race, maybe the longest of my career! At the start I was very nervous, I know I said I wasn’t but if I’m honest I really was. Jorge had a very good start, as usual, and I wasn’t sure which tactic to take. I followed Jorge and Dani and began to settle into the race. Then towards the end, I decided not to push as I knew my position was secure and safe to take the Championship. It has been a fantastic year, I am still in a dream! I really didn’t expect this at the beginning and I am really so very happy. So thank you to all my team, my family and of course Honda and all our sponsors. The support from everyone and all my fans around the World has been incredible and I dedicate this Championship to you all!”
GRANDSTAND FINISH FROM BAUTISTA
Alvaro Bautista saved his best start of the season for the final race at Valencia today, giving himself the opportunity to run with the front pack and even make a challenge for the podium positions. However, Alvaro was careful not to cause any problems for the two riders fighting for the championship and in the end as his tyre performance dropped off he rode an intelligent race to pick up another top five finish and end the championship on a positive note.
Alvaro Bautista (5th) “It hasn't been an easy weekend because we have had some problems with the set-up of the bike here. We have continued to work on making small changes to try and improve it for the race and after getting probably my best start of the year I was able to stick with the front guys for the first few laps. Lorenzo was slowing the pace down at the front and that gave me a chance to run with the guys at the front and I was in a position to make an attack but the last thing I wanted to do was get involved with the two guys who were fighting for the title. Once the soft tyre dropped off I lost a little ground but I am happy because we have finished the championship in sixth place overall as the second best non-factory bike. I want to thank everybody in the team, Showa, Nissin, Honda and GO & FUN. Tomorrow we start working on the future.”
Bryan Staring (19th) “I was hoping for my MotoGP experience to finish in more positive fashion than this but it wasn't possible today. I want to thank everybody that has helped me this year during this new adventure and to those who made it possible for me to get this opportunity.”
Fausto Gresini “We have finished the season in a positive way with another fifth place for Bautista, which was well deserved. He was one of the star performers of the day, chasing the front group hard throughout the race and proving that we are not far from their level. We have done a great job in the second half of this season and I am really happy about that. I want to say a huge thank you to Alvaro and the whole team, Honda for giving us a great bike, and Showa and Nissin for their great work – as well as GO & FUN and all our other partners that have supported us and believed in us.”
Smith seventh, Crutchlow falls in final round
The 2013 MotoGP World Championship campaign ended with mixed emotions for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in Valencia this afternoon, with Bradley Smith racing to a hard fought seventh place in an enthralling season finale.
There was to be no fairy tale final appearance in the French-based squad though for Cal Crutchlow, who crashed unhurt on the 10th lap while he was in hot pursuit of the leading group in front of a capacity crowd of almost 105,000 fans.
Smith made one of his trademark sensational starts and he led the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 challenge for the opening six laps by brilliantly fending off a hard charging Crutchlow.
Crutchlow moved into the top six with a pass on Smith on lap six and he immediately launched a fantastic charge towards the leading group of five. But his quest for a 13th top six finish of an outstanding third season with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad was ended prematurely by a crash a third of the way into the 30-lap title decider.
Smith’s 13th top 10 finish of a hugely impressive rookie campaign never looked in any serious doubt thanks to his stunning early pace and he finished in a comfortable seventh.
Smith’s result concludes a fantastic final part of the 2013 campaign for the 22-year-old, who has finished inside the top eight in each of the last five races.
Today’s excellent display secured Smith a thoroughly deserved top 10 placing in the overall standings and he has made an invaluable contribution to ensuring the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team finished third in the Team World Championship rankings behind the Yamaha and Honda official factory teams.
Cal Crutchlow - DNF - 188 points :
"The last race with my Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team didn't really go according to plan, I’m feeling probably more disappointed for the team than for myself. We had an engine failure this morning and could only manage to run two full laps, so we were going into the race a little blind with the setup we had wanted to try. But I had a good feeling with the bike and after passing Bradley, I tried to close the gap to the riders in front of me but unfortunately I touched the curb and lost the front. We still made sure of fifth in the World Championship which was my target for this season, so I can’t be too upset with how this year went. I want to say thank you again to the whole team, we had three great years and a lot of good memories together. I learned a lot during my time with the team, but now it's time for me to move on to a new adventure."
Bradley Smith - 6th - 116 points :
Another seventh place, 116 points in the World Championship Standing and third place in the team standings should actually make me happy at the end of my rookie season. The gap to the fastest guys is less than 30 seconds again, and that is a positive end to the weekend, and a really positive way to end the year. I think we definitely showed good progress throughout the season and I want to thank my team for the amazing job they have done in teaching and helping me over the last 12 months in this really tough category. It has been a lot of fun as well and I'm really grateful to have such an experienced squad behind me. The next seasons starts on Tuesday already, and I'm really excited about it.
Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :
“We definitely have to be proud to be third in the Team World Championship again, behind Honda and Yamaha. Both Cal as fifth and Bradley ending his rookie campaign in 10th position have done a great job, so overall I think the year has once again been a really positive one. Sure we would have liked to finish on a different note with Cal, but he was pushing for a podium finish and nobody can blame him for this, especially because he already ensured his fifth position in Japan. Bradley showed once again another strong performance and during the last third of the race his race pace was really close to what Bradl and Valentino did and that gives us also a lot of confidence for the next year. We are really happy about the progress Bradley has made after just one season and we are excited to see what he can show in 2014. We are also looking forward to welcome Pol in our team tomorrow, and even though he crashed today he showed again that he had the speed. For sure Pol will be another great rider for us to work with in 2014. But today has also been very emotional for everybody at Tech 3 as we bid farewell to Cal. It has been a wonderful experience working so closely with him since 2011 and he feels like part of our family now. He has given us some magic and unforgettable moments and it is sad to see him leave. He has been an outstanding rider for us, Yamaha and Monster and I wish him tremendous success for the future.”
2013 MotoGP season comes to an end for Ducati Team. Tomorrow first 2014 tests for Crutchlow and Dovizioso, headed by Luigi Dall’Igna, new Ducati Corse General Manager
The Ducati Team wrapped up a difficult season today at Spain’s Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana, with Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso finishing in eighth and ninth places, respectively, on a day that saw Marc Marquez crowned 2013 MotoGP World Champion.
Hayden, in his final race with the Ducati Team after a five-year stint, had a bad start from his fourth-row grid slot aboard his Desmosedici GP13, but he made several overtakes in the early going and passed the chequered flag in eighth position. Row-three starter Dovizioso was involved in a near-race-long battle with fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone and after getting the better of that contest, he finished the race one spot behind his American teammate. Dovizioso and Hayden finished eighth and ninth overall in the final championship standings.
After starting from the seventeenth spot on the grid, Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro was 18th at the end of lap 1, but he pushed hard for the rest of the 30-lap race and completed the day rounding out the top ten.
Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team, 8th
“The start wasn’t very good, as the same thing happened as in Japan, but I was able to make up some places and finish in eighth place. It’s not a great result, but it was nice to finish the race as first Ducati rider. For a while, I thought maybe I could get on the back of Bradley [Smith] as I cut the 3 second gap in half but then I had a moment coming off the last corner and hit the windscreen. He went faster after that anyway, so that was it. It’s pretty emotional. I spent five years with a great group of guys, and although it hasn’t always been easy, we were a good team together. I wish them all the best.”
Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team, 9th
“It was a pretty disappointing and slow race for me. I had no feeling; this track continues to be difficult for me, and I just didn’t do very well. Nicky was good though, and once he was gone, I tried to base my race strategy around Iannone. All things considered, eighth place overall isn’t too bad, but these obviously aren’t the positions that we want and we’ll approach the 2014 season with confidence and determination.”
Michele Pirro – Ducati Test Team, 10th
“It was a tough race because apart from the fact that I haven’t raced for two months, 30 laps here is very difficult. I just regret that my crash yesterday compromised my grid position, and instead of starting close to Andrea and Nicky, I was two rows behind them. In the early laps, I found myself in eighteenth place. I ruined the tyre when I started battling with the others. I made up a bit of ground, but the other riders were still far away. Thanks to Ducati for the opportunities they have given me this season; I’m sure we’ll do some great things in 2014.”
The 2014 season gets underway tomorrow with the start of the first winter tests and the Ducati Team will be on track for three days of testing activity with Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, Ducati’s new signing. The test will also mark the first official Ducati appearance of Luigi Dall’Igna, who was recently appointed Ducati Corse General Manager.
"Today’s race brings to an end a 2013 season that for Ducati has been particularly short on satisfaction,” declared Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, at the end of the race. “Tomorrow we’ll begin with the first tests of the 2014 season, with a new structure headed by Luigi Dall'Igna, to whom I would like to give a warm welcome and offer best wishes, both on a personal level and on behalf of the entire company. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and say goodbye to Bernhard Gobmeier, who has managed Ducati Corse in the last ten months, and who today hands over the baton, so to speak, to Gigi. Big thanks also go to the teams and the riders, in particular to Nicky, who will leave his team and his garage this evening to tackle a new professional challenge, but who in these last few years has always been a proud ambassador for our brand throughout the world. And finally I give a warm welcome to Cal who will join Andrea on our team next year. Both riders will do their utmost to help us forget the disappointments we have suffered in the last few seasons."
"We are delighted to welcome on board Luigi Dall’Igna, who will be at the circuit from Monday onwards for the first tests of 2014,” declared Maurizio Arrivabene, Vice-President of Philip Morris International. “Obviously we cannot consider ourselves satisfied with the results we have obtained recently, but we have been alongside Ducati for the definition of the new racing structure. We did it with continuing confidence in the project, in a spirit of total and constructive collaboration, with the aim of working together towards a future of mutual satisfaction.”
BRADL ENDS IN 6th HIS FINAL GP OF 2013 SEASON
Valencia, 10 November: in the final SOLD-OUT race of the 2013 calendar in Valencia (more than 104.000 spectators), the Spanish racer Marc Marquez has been crowned the premier class World Champion whilst the LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl finished the 30-lap race in 6th position overcoming the unfortunate history which saw the German never completing a race at the 4.005Km circuit. Stefan ends his second season in the premier class in 7th place with 156 points. ...read more and download the photos.
“First of all I want to thank my Team for their excellent job during the season and, for the first time in my career, I could finished the race in Valencia so I am happy to keep working with this crew in 2014. The race itself was quite tough as we expected because we have been struggling with front-end issues for the whole weekend. Actually it was not a bad race but we lost a bit of time in certain areas so we will focus on those points from tomorrow during the testing days. My best moment of the season was Laguna Seca podium because we did an incredible job the whole weekend whilst the worst moment was the injury in Malaysia but I can say that, even in that case, Lucio and the guys were incredibly professional making my recovery easy and fast. The 2013 season is over but we will start working on 2014 in less than 24 hours…”.
Corti and Edwards in the points at final 2013 race of the season
The 18th and final round of the MotoGP world championship comes to an end with both NGM Mobile Forward racing riders in the Top15 at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The season ends with the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team as 2nd CRT team and with Colin Edwards as the 2013 2nd best CRT rider with in the MotoGP Championship with his FTR – Kawasaki bike.
Claudio Corti ends the season with a fantastic performance in his final race with Forward Racing team. Corti was able to finish the race in 13th place but was aiming to finish as best CRT given the good race pace he had, the Italian rider believed he could have been in the fight for best CRT with Espagaro.
American teammate Colin Edwards admits the Valencia track is not one of his favorites but would have liked to finish the race with a better result. Edwards looks forward to getting started on the 2014 season that will officially begin with tomorrow’s testing of the FTR – Yamaha bike.
The 2014 season will begin tomorrow at Valencia with Colin Edwards and Aleix Espargaro testing the Yamaha - FTR bike.
“This is not the weekend we wanted to finish the year on. I think I have a stigmatism with this track I never seem to be good here but I don’t know why. We ended up second CRT for the year, everything started coming together on the second half of the season and we got some decent results. Espargaro and the ART package were just too much for us this year. Thanks to everybody in the team, it was awesome, thanks to all my guys. It is time to move on and start thinking about testing the new bike tomorrow.”
“I didn’t have a good start, I was stuck in traffic at the very beginning. When I saw that the others were using the soft tire I really thought I could be very performing on the second half of the race but the group in front of me started to open a gap and I was not able to stay with them. Little by little the bike was getting lighter and I was able to find my race pace, I had Petrucci ahead of me but I waited until the last few laps to overtake him. I am happy to finish last race of the season in the points, I would have preferred to finish closer to Espargaro but I lost too much time in the start.”
“We have achieved our goal for the weekend of getting both riders in the points and we are very satisfied. Claudio has done a great race today, he was close to Petrucci, who had qualified as best CRT and overtook him two laps before the end of the race. He crossed the finish line in 13th place, a good result for him for his last race with the team. Colin had more trouble during the race and was still able to take a point but he is not completely satisfied with his performance. We finish this year’s championship as 2nd CRT in both the rider standing and team standing. The 2013 season has come to an end, we struggled at the beginning but we have gradually improved throughout the year. We have to concentrate on the upcoming season that will begin tomorrow.”
ALEIX ESPARGARÓ ROUNDS OFF SEASON AS TOP CRT IN VALENCIA
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider stays ahead of CRT rivals to take eleventh place, concluding the best season of his career to date
The final race of the 2013 MotoGP season was one to watch, and spectators flocked to Valencia to see the World Champion crowned. The sellout crowd packed the grandstands, eager to take in the action on Sunday. Marc Marquez headed the grid, but it was Jorge Lorenzo who pushed hardest early on and battled with Dani Pedrosa at the front. Behind the Spanish duo, Márquez, Álvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi formed a quintet of strong riders. Lorenzo attempted to bunch things up, waiting on a possible error from Márquez, but in the end he found contact with Pedrosa and his title rival got ahead. Lorenzo eventually retook the lead and went on to win the race, with Pedrosa in second and Márquez sealing the title with third. He becomes the youngest MotoGP World Champion in history as a result.
Aleix Espargaró was fourteen times the top CRT rider in 2013, out of a possible eighteen. Today was the last such occasion. He had already made clear that, even though he had already been crowned top CRT rider for the season, he was out for a last hurrah at Valencia. He was able to dedicate such a feat to the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team, at the end of a tricky weekend. He battled for an eleventh place finish to thank his team for their great times together over the past two seasons.
Teammate Randy De Puniet was unable to do likewise, as engine braking issues caused him problems all weekend. Unable to find the best setup for his bike and lacking security in the race, he decided to return to the garage on lap fourteen to avoid taking risks.
11th Aleix Espargaró: “After crashing at the previous race, I feel happy to be back as the top CRT rider at home, in front of the fans. The stands were packed and the race was really exciting. I am happy to have been able to say goodbye to my team with another top CRT performance, in an excellent end to the season. Our paths are separating now, but I am sure that one day we will be back together again. I am delighted with how these past two years in the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar team have gone. For the first time since I’ve started riding in the World Championship, I’ve felt that I have a team alongside me who believe in me and support me in any situation. Thanks to those who have been my family over these past two years. I also want to congratulate Marc, because today he achieved something historic.”
Randy De Puniet (DNF): “This weekend has been difficult for us. It is strange, because normally I feel very comfortable at this track, but we found it much harder to find a good setup this time. The mechanical problems plagued us all weekend, despite our trying umpteen different solutions. I had difficulty stopping the bike in the race, and we didn’t have a good feeling with our engine braking. The more the tyres went off, the harder it was to brake, so I decided to stop. I didn’t feel safe, nor want to take any more risks.”
Luca Scassa finishes on eighteenth position in Valencia, Cardion AB Motoracing finishes season with five points
The substitute rider of team Cardion AB Motoracing, Luca Scassa finishes Grand Prix of Valencia in the Ricardo Tormo circuit on eighteenth position. The Italian rider that substitute Karel Abraham since the race in Aragon stays close points positions; his best result is sixteenth position in Phillip Island. Thus the team Cardion AB Motoracing closes the season with five points that have been achieved by Karel Abraham in races in Le Mans, Mugello, Assen and in Laguna Seca.
Luca Scassa, the substitute rider Cardion AB Motoracing
„We have not improved during the weekend as we wanted. On Friday we reached a good time but on Saturday we got stuck and we didn’t be able to improve it. I have done all I could, also team have made an excellent job, even that we did not be able to reach our goal. Last month and half was an incredible experience for me and I’m really happy that I got this opportunity. I have to thank you for it to Mr. Karel Abraham and also to all team that behaved very professionally and worked on one hundred percent. I’m glad to have a possibility to take part of MotoGP races and see everything from the inside. I just wanted to be faster. “
Marco Grana, chief mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
„It has been a very tough racing weekend for us, we have been struggling with some problems all the time and even Luca didn’t feel on hundred percent on the bike. At the end we made a good choice to make a race on soft tyres, thus we could do a maximum. All the weekend did not achieved our desires. On Friday we were with “our” group and with good riders. On Saturday we were 0, 2 seconds behind De Puniet that was a good result considering that was fifth racing weekend on ART bike for Luca. After the start from twenty-one position Luca got in front and he was trying to fight with Laverty even if would beat him it would not change the final result, we would not achieve even one point. Anyway I’m glad that we have finished the season with substitute rider and I would like to say thank you to Luca. Already tonight we start to work on Honda to be one hundred percent ready for season 2014. “
The 2013 season concludes at Valencia
The 2013 MotoGP season ended today at Valencia before a large, passionate crowd that took advantage of the perfect weather conditions, filling the grandstands of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
As Yonny Hernandez started the morning warm-up session, he was trying to take care of his painful hand ahead of the 30 race. In said race, he managed to stay close to the first ten riders for some laps, but despite trying hard to add a positive note to his difficult weekend in Spain, he instead ended the day early. As in the preceding days, the Ignite Pramac Racing Team rider was forced to give in to the pain caused by his fractured right pinky, returning to the garage on lap 9 of 30.
Although the last day of the 2013 World Championship ended with a some bitterness, the Colombian is ready to turn the page and start building toward the 2014 season, starting with the IRTA test set to take place here in Valencia over the next three days.
Yonny Hernandez – Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“Today I’m really sorry and sad. I didn’t want to end the season in this way, but despite my best efforts the finger didn’t allow me to do more. I started off well, then I had a contact with Espargaró. I tried to close the gap but the rear of the bike slipped. I managed to keep the bike up, but I certainly strained the hand, which started to hurt me too much and I returned to the pits. It wouldn’t have made much sense to continue in those conditions. I'm so sorry because the team worked very well to help me. I was learning a lot, but unfortunately, the fracture has changed things a little bit. Now let's see what we can do in the next few days. I hope to be able to take advantage of the tests and to be able to ride a bit, but much will depend on how I’ll feel.”
2013 season comes to an end at Valencia
For the last time this year, the field of riders powered away for the start of a round of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, this time in front of a packed, partisan crowd at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
After a good start, which allowed Andrea Iannone to immediately make up three positions and head the quartet of Ducati riders, the Italian had to defend his tenth place. He was involved in a battle with Dovizioso which was characterized by a series of passing moves that lasted until lap 20. A sudden crash at Turn 1 three laps from the end brought an end to Iannone’s good race, and he was forced to retire.
The Italian ended the 2013 season in 12th position in the overall standings, and is now ready to begin a new chapter with the Energy TI Pramac Racing Team, starting from tomorrow during the three-day IRTA tests held at the same circuit.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“I made a very good start today, I pushed hard from the first lap, but then I took some risks. The track was different compared to this morning, it was very windy and we did not have the same front-end grip as the previous days. Then Nicky passed me, he was very fast and he went away from me. I managed to stay with Dovi for almost the entire race, but maybe I made a wrong tyre choice. I used the soft one, but after 23 laps the bike started to slide too much, the electronics were intervening a lot, and I was struggling to pick up speed coming out of the curves. Then I crashed, I lost the front with which I didn’t have the right feeling all weekend. It has been a difficult year, I often got injured but I've always tried to do my best anyway. The team helped me to learn a lot, my first year has finished and I will use everything I learnt to tackle next year starting from tomorrow. We don’t have a lot to test, we should wait for Malaysia for the most important new things, but we can revise what we did during this year. The arrival of Gigi Dall'Igna will surely be the first big news. I'm happy, he is a reassuring person and I really trust him. I think, however, that all the people working at Ducati are good guys, who have won in the past, and I don’t think they have forgotten how to do it. A reorganization is definitely needed but I have full confidence in them, something that confirms the choice I made last year. I’d like to thank again all the people who have supported me throughout the year, allowing me to be able to get to the end of the season.”
Positive End Of Season For Laverty
The final round of the MotoGP World Championship took place at Valencia this weekend with the PBM MotoGP Team hoping to end the season in style after a run of bad luck but once again, they didn't enjoy the best of fortunes at the Spanish track.
Ulsterman Michael Laverty was once again aboard the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene sponsored Aprilia ART which he has campaigned in recent rounds and after a solid performance throughout Free Practice, qualified on row seven of the grid whereas Australian Damian Cudlin continued on the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene sponsored PBM machine and qualified one row further back.
For the opening couple of laps, Laverty circulated in 22nd place as he looked to move forward but on lap three, Cudlin's race ended when he crashed out. Laverty meanwhile continued his progression up the leaderboard, climbing inside the top 20 by lap nine and steadily making progress to cross the line in 17th place at the end of the 30-lap race.
It was Laverty's 14th top 20 placing of the season and although he couldn't add to his points tally, it cemented a positive rookie season for the Toome, County Antrim rider and his Penrith, Cumbria based team.
Laverty ended the season in 25th overall in the MotoGP World Championship standings in his debut season. In the Claiming Rules Teams (CRT) class, Laverty finished tenth whereas PBM claimed eighth in the Constructors Championship and 12th in the Teams Championship in their debut season with their brand new British-built machine.
Michael Laverty: "So that's my first season in MotoGP done, we've had both highs and lows but overall I've enjoyed the whole experience. The final weekend was a difficult one for me, I was struggling for grip and seemed to hit a wall pace wise on Friday afternoon. I ran consistent lap times throughout the race but I just seemed to be spinning and not moving forward off the turns. I held Scassa at bay to finish 17th but it was difficult to do so with so little grip. I'd like to thank Paul Bird for everything and the whole PBM team for all their hard work throughout the season."
Damian Cudlin: "It's a shame to end my MotoGP adventures with PBM in the gravel bed but sometimes that happens when you're pushing the limits. The bike didn't work as well with a full fuel load but I tried to push on anyway and I just over stepped it before the fuel load lightened up enough. Although I'd hoped for better results, I've really enjoyed my time here at PBM. I'd like to thank them for the opportunity and would love to work with them again in the future sometime."
Phil Borley, Technical Director: "Disappointing is a word we have used far too much this year but it could also be used to describe this weekend's results as well as our season overall. In today's race Michael suffered with a rear grip issue, which affected both his pace and possibility of challenging for a points scoring position and Damian had an unfortunate crash early on so we did not get to see his potential. Although we have enjoyed some positive moments this year and can be proud of a few achievements, we have also had to endure many negative times which have been detrimental to our progress. I would like to thank the people who have given their best to make PBM's MotoGP project successful and I hope we are able to show in the next few days our potential if all the necessary ingredients are correct, to both continue and improve our involvement."
A Step in the Direction of the Future
Martin Bauer of Remus Racing Teams from Austria finished 20th at the finals of the MotoGP season of 2013 in Valencia, Spain. With that, he overtook his former IDM Competitor, Damian Cudlin. Yet there was no comparison with additional CRT colleagues who had positioned themselves directly in front of him in the starting grid formation. They toppled while Bauer reached the finishing line on the S&B Suter with a tear in one eye and a smile in the other.
Following difficult practice and with starting position no. 26, there had been an initial careful optimism towards increasing speed in the course of the race. Yet until warm-up, engineering master Fritz Schwarz had found a more sophisticated solution in order to be able to make better use of the motorcycle’s tires. The mechanics altered the entire geometry of the S&B Suter’s chassis which immediately yielded positive effects during the morning warm-up. For Martin Bauer from Eggendorf who is the first Austrian to drive the MotoGP World Championship, the aim to be able to overtake the first opponents in the Royal League in Valencia now was clearly within reaching distance. Already at the beginning of the race, he indeed took Australia’s Damian Cudlin (PBM). When Bauer began to put pressure on Lukas Pesek (Ioda-Suter) who was now driving in front of him, the Czech competitor toppled just like Cudlin before him. Meanwhile, Bauer drove a squeaky clean line, ending the race while coming in 20th. With that, the athlete from Lower Austria learned valuable lessons which will help him along as early as tomorrow, during the official IRTA tests for 2014.
Martin Bauer: “The last place had not been my goal, but if my competitors to whom I currently can compare, will drop out, there is nothing I can do against it. Yet it is absolutely positive that we have stumbled upon entirely new ideas about how to make the motorcycle faster. During warm-up, the altered geometry of the chassis indeed had a perfect impact on the behavior of the Bridgestone tires. However, I was not driving with a full tank at the time. During the race, with a full 24-litre-tank, the situation developed in an entirely different manner. The chassis turned out to be too soft. I was unable to exploit the good condition of the tires during the first rounds. By contrast, as the tank’s contents became more and more depleted, the tires were finished. So much depends on the tires. If they don’t have a permanent 80 to 100 degrees at the flank, the curves become a problem. And yet, if they are not properly loaded there, their temperature continues to drop. It’s a vicious circle. But at this weekend, we have learned new things about how to handle the motorcycle. As newcomers to the MotoGP World Championship, we were simply lacking test kilometers and experience in the run-up.”
The Remus Racing Team will be staying in Valencia until Tuesday. Beginning tomorrow, the first tests will already take place on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the 2014 season for which the team from Austria is in the planning stage, for additional races in Europe.
Honda claim 62nd Constructor's Championship
Today Marc Marquez has claimed his first MotoGP World Championship of his career, in his maiden season, by taking victory in the Valencia Grand Prix.
Honda Motor Company have won a record-extending 62nd Constructors Championship with the second position of Dani Pedrosa and third position of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) at the Valencia GP.
The 2013 MotoGP Constructors Championship was Honda’s 20th in the premier class - seven in MotoGP and thirteen in 500cc - to add to the six 350cc titles, nineteen in the 250cc class, fifteen in the 125cc class, and two in the 50cc category. Honda riders have won 667 races, a number that’s sure to continue growing.
Honda’s 2013 Repsol Honda Team riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, both contributed to the Constructors Championship which is calculated by the result of the highest placed motorcycle of a Constructor, according to the position in the race. They scored a c ombined tally of 389 points with Marc taking Honda’s top result eleven times, and Dani Honda’s top points-earner seven times. Honda satellite rider, Alvaro Bautista also contributed to the tally with his 4th place finish in Aragón, after Marc’s result was cancelled due to his contact with Dani.
A Honda rider finished on the podium in every race this season and the Constructors Championship was won by the following placed finishes: Qatar – Marquez 16, Americas – Marquez 25, Spain – Pedrosa 25, France – Pedrosa 25, Italy – Pedrosa 20, Catalunya – Pedrosa 20, Netherlands – Marquez 20, Germany – Marquez 25, USA – Marquez 25, Indianapolis – Marquez 25, Czech Republic – Marquez 25, Great Britain – Marquez 20, San Marino – Marquez 20, Aragon – Bautista 13, Malaysia - Pedrosa 25, Australia – Pedrosa 20, Japan – Marquez 20, Valencia – Pedrosa 20.
Senior Managing Officer and Director of Honda R&D co.,ltd
“This has been a very exciting season for our HRC Factory outfit, the Repsol Honda Team, with both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa fighting for the title and challenging in every race possible. We, as Honda, celebrate our third successive Constructors Championship and 62nd in our history which I am very proud of, this is a wonderful accomplishment. My congratulations go to our rookie Marc on an outstanding performance and his achievement in winning the MotoGP World Championship in his maiden season, breaking many records along the way. Dani was unfortunate to sustain an injury in Sachsenring and thus making the remainder of his season very hard to close the gap I&r squo;m sure he will be ready to fight again in 2014! I would like to thank everyone at Honda and HRC and all our sponsors and technical partners for their valuable support and input this season, also to all our fans around the World, we appreciate all your support!”
Magic Marquez claims MotoGP™ World Championship as Lorenzo wins at Valencia
Round 18: Valencia MotoGP™ - Race
Circuito Ricardo Tormo, Sunday 10 November 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft & Soft. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 23-24°C; Track 27-30°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is the 2013 MotoGP World Champion after the rookie took third place behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo to become the youngest ever premier-class title holder.
Lorenzo, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marquez were engaged in an enthralling dogfight in the opening laps, before Lorenzo broke away in the second half of the race to win comfortably by 3.934 seconds. Pedrosa took second place, while Marquez rounded out the podium in third, the result ensuring he becomes only the second rider to win the premier-class world championship at the first attempt. First CRT rider across the finish line at Valencia was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro who took eleventh place.
Today’s weather conditions were similar to the previous two days of the race weekend, with fine, dry weather and a peak track temperature of 30°C recorded at the start of the race. Faced with the same track conditions, tyre choice was similar to that seen in practice. For the rear tyre, there was a clear preference for the hard compound rear slicks amongst the works riders and a preference for the softer rear for the CRT riders. Nine of the thirteen works riders – including all the riders on the podium - selected the new hard specification rear slick, while eleven of the thirteen CRT riders selected the soft compound rear slick. For the front tyre, only two of the twenty-six starters selected the softer front slick, the majority of the field selected the harder front option.
The pace in today’s Valencia Grand Prix was record-breaking with Pedrosa setting a new Circuit Record Lap of 1'31.628 and the overall race time beating the old record by thirty-three seconds.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Congratulations to Marc Marquez and Repsol Honda on winning the MotoGP World Championship. Marc’s amazing performances in his rookie year make him a deserving world champion, but it was also an excellent effort by Yamaha and Jorge Lorenzo who did everything they could to defend their world title, including winning at Valencia today. It was great to see a huge crowd at Valencia this weekend cheering on their local heroes and today was a fitting end to one of the most exciting seasons in recent years. I would like to extend my thanks to the teams and riders, Dorna, the FIM and IRTA for their cooperation and support throughout the year. Bridgestone is now looking forward to taking the first step towards next season through our support of the Valencia post-season test which starts tomorrow.”
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“The consistent weather over the three days meant the tyre combinations used on Friday and Saturday afternoon were well suited to today’s race conditions. Our new specification asymmetric hard rear slick was chosen by most of the works riders, while the CRT riders preferred their softer rear option. As expected, the harder front slick was by far the most popular choice for the riders. I’m very happy with the performance of our tyres this weekend, and it was great to see both the circuit record lap and overall race time records being smashed. It was a great weekend for Bridgestone and a great ending to the MotoGP season.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – 2013 MotoGP™ World Champion
“It’s a dream come true to be World Champion. I can’t explain how I feel to win the championship in front of all the Spanish fans, while fighting with Jorge and Dani who are both fantastic riders. Thanks to Honda, all my team, my family and friends, for always being there for me.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner
“Coming into this weekend my strategy was to try go fast from the start of the race, but this morning we had a meeting and decided to change the strategy and slow down the race in the opening laps. However, the other riders outside the top three couldn’t keep with the lead group, but with Dani and Marc so close it was a bit risky. We tried our best for the championship, we did all we could but today Marc is the deserving World Champion.”