Moto GP

Pedrosa wins as Honda dominates Jerez

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Dani Pedrosa aboard his Repsol Honda RC213V claimed his first win of the season in confident style in blazing sunshine and in front of a huge crowd at Jerez overnight, making it two out of three so far this year for Honda, and reasserting himself in a World Championship battle that is already rich with tension.

With Texas winner Marc Marquez claiming a very hard-fought second place, it was the second race in succession that Honda took the top two positions.

Pedrosa took the lead from fellow-Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo at the Dry Sack hairpin on the sixth of 27 laps, and was immediately able to secure a small but vital cushion, to win by 2.487 seconds. The last lap, he said, was particularly special, in front of 111,259 fervent Spanish fans.

‰ÛÏIt was a beautiful race." Pedrosa stated. "I was able to ride the bike well, even though it was difficult because the tyres were really on the limit. I couldn‰Ûªt push too hard because of that, so I had to ride carefully.

"I was able to maintain a good advantage throughout the race and collect this win at home as a result," he added.

"It was fantastic, especially seeing all the fans in the stands; this year we‰Ûªve had a lot of people come to watch this Grand Prix. I also want to say ‰Û÷Happy Mothers Day‰Ûª to my mum and thanks to all my team; it‰Ûªs been a great day!‰Û
Marquez took no prisoners on his way to his second place finish and championship points lead - Credit: Honda Racing
He made it look easy, compared with his team-mate‰Ûªs second place. Twenty-year-old Marquez had been fighting to find a way past Yamaha mounted Lorenzo mid-race and again in the closing laps. Every attack was repulsed, and when he did get in front the last time round Dry Sack, he directly ran wide, ceding the position once more.

The class rookie, who became the youngest-ever GP winner at Austin, Texas a fortnight before, wasn‰Ûªt done yet.

At the final corner he saw a chink of space inside his rival, and dived straight into it. The pair touched, but Marquez had the inside line and was able to finish his corner, while Lorenzo was sent out wide, and had to accept third.

‰ÛÏIt was a very good race. I gave 100 percent from the first lap through to the last." Marquez stated. "At some points in the race I felt better than at others, but I never gave up.

"I tried to stick as close as possible to Lorenzo, although it was very difficult. I couldn‰Ûªt quite close the gap, but I didn‰Ûªt let him get away either. It was a very hard race, because if you get one or two seconds difference between you, you relax a bit.

"I didn‰Ûªt relax though, and I am very happy. I think that, above all, the end of the race was really good for the fans.

"I want to apologise to Jorge, because it was a racing incident ‰ÛÒ a last lap move that happens when you are on the limit. The most important thing is that we both finished the race, and I hope that that‰Ûªs the end of it.," he concluded.

Marquez‰Ûªs third successive rostrum finish puts the youngster ahead at the top of the World Championship, with 61 points to Lorenzo‰Ûªs 57.
Lorenzo though upset at race end was happy to land on the box - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Despite being clearly upset with Marques's last corner manoeuvre when it happened, Lorenzo pushed the issue aside after the race and concentrated on the positives that came from the weekend.

"I have always been positive so today also I am going to be positive, to finish the race with sixteen points is always a great result." Lorenzo stated. "I was second for the whole race and then lost the place on the last corner so it wasn't the perfect race.

"The perfect race is a victory and if not possible second, the next is third. Today we got another podium and we are quite close to the leader. On the other hand we have to improve the bike.

"I think I made two mistakes in the race, in the start I started really badly and in the last corner, I thought Marquez was further behind than he was so I didn?t take a defensive line, this was my second mistake.?

Valentino Rossi and Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow finished fourth and fifth giving Yamaha a lot of positives to take away from the round. Sixth place went to Alvaro Bautista aboard his GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V.

Nicky Hayden was the leading Ducati rider finishing in 7th position, one place ahead of his team mate, Andrea Dovizioso in 8th, with Spanish rider Aleix Espargaro finishing 9th and British Tech 3 Yamaha racer Bradley Smith rounded out the top ten.
Bryan Staring raced to his best finish so far in his three race MotoGp career Credit: Honda Racing
Australia's Bryan Staring, racing for GO&FUN Honda Gresini recorded his best GP finish to date with a fine 16th place finish, missing out on securing his first ever MotoGp world championship point by one single position

‰ÛÏIt goes without saying that I am happy with my best result so far in MotoGP." Staring stated. "At the start of the race I was struggling a bit but then I got into my rhythm and found the confidence to push.

"I am still gaining experience in this class and I think we are on the right track to start making big improvements.

"It‰Ûªs a shame to miss out on the points but I am determined to get there soon and I am sure that with the help of the team, who continue to offer great support, we will do it soon," the West Aussie concluded.

After a day of testing at Jerez, the MotoGP World Championship moves on to Le Mans in France in two weeks, as the European season gathers momentum.
The Honda team celebrates on the podium after their 1-2 finish - Credit: Honda Racing
MotoGp Race Results Round 3: Jerez
1. Dani Pedrosa 45m17.632s SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2. Marc Marquez 2.487 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3. Jorge Lorenzo 5.089 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4. Valentino Rossi 8.914 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5. Cal Crutchlow 12.663 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6. Alvaro Bautista 15.094 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7. Nicky Hayden 25.632 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8. Andrea Dovizioso 41.881 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9. Aleix Espargaro 43.812 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
10. Bradley Smith 44.461 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11. Michele Pirro 45.974 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
12. Hector Barbera 59.859 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
13. Michael Laverty 1'09.743 WAL ART Paul Bird Motorsport
14. Danilo Petrucci 1'17.813 ITA IODA Came IodaRacing Project
15. Colin Edwards 1'18.177 USA FTR NGM Forward Racing
16. Bryan Staring 1'18.928 AUS HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
17. Claudio Corti 1'19.307 ITA FTR NGM Forward Racing
18. Hiroshi Aoyama 1'19.457 JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
19. Stefan Bradl DNF GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
20. Andrea Iannone DNF ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing Team
21. Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA Came IodaRacing Project
22. Randy De Puniet DNF FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
23. Yonny Hernandez DNF COL ART Paul Bird Motorsport

MotoGP Championship standings after round 3:
1. Marc Marquez 61 pts
2. Dani Pedrosa 58 pts
3. Jorge Lorenzo 57 pts
4. Valentino Rossi 43 pts
5. Cal Crutchlow 35 pts
6. Alvaro Bautista 28 pts
7. Andrea Dovizioso 26 pts
8. Nicky Hayden 24 pts
9. Aleix Espargaro 17 pts
10. Andrea Iannone 13 pts
11. Stefan Bradl 11 pts
12. Bradley Smith 10 pts
13. Ben Spies 9 pts
14. Hector Barbera 7 pts
15. Randy De Puniet 6 pts
16. Michele Pirro 5 pts
17. Yonny Hernandez 3 pts
18. Michael Laverty 3 pts
19. Danilo Petrucci 2 pts
20. Hiroshi Aoyama 1 pts
21. Colin Edwards 1 pts
25. Bryan Staring 0 pts

Top Image: Dani Pedrosa scored his first win of the 2013 season at Jerez
Credit: Honda Racing

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