The second day of MotoGP testing at Valencia was led by none other than the new World Champion, Marc Marquez.
After sitting out the first day, the Repsol Honda team was back in action bright and early this morning, and feeling no ill effects from all the celebrations, as Marquez took just 11 laps to post a 1’30″679 and better Jorge Lorenzo’s best time from yesterday.
During the afternoon session Marquez worked on the development of the Honda RC213V 2014 version and as usual took the machine a little over the limit as he almost crashed at the Angel Nieto corner, but fate was still smiling on him as he managed to save it with his elbow and knee. He then further lowered his lap time with a scorching flyer in 1′30.536, which was just three tenths of second slower than his qualifying lap that earned him his 9th pole position of the 2013 season.
20-year old Marc Marquez has been crowned the 2013 MotoGP World Champion in what he has called a ‘dream come true’.
At the age of 20 years and 266 days, Marquez is the youngest rider of all-time to win the world title in the premier class, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who was 21 years and 258 days of age when he won the 500 title in 1983, also riding a Honda and he is the fourth rider in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing to win world titles in three different categories, along with: Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.
His history breaking title sees him break numerous records in his rookie season: including 16 podiums - 6 of which were wins (COTA, Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis, Brno and Aragon) - nine pole positions as a rookie rider, he also become youngest rider to win a GP race and the youngest rider to start from pole and the youngest ever rider in the history of the premier class to claim both pole position and race victory and he also accumulated 334 points which is the greatest number of points ever achieved by a rookie in the premier class.
The final round of the 2013 MotoGP season at Valencia was won by Jorge Lorenzo, thanks to his never-give-up attitude, and he was more than a worthy rival to a fearless Marc Marquez, but the 2013 championship crown was assigned for the first time in 35 years to one of the most exceptional, exciting and often controversial rookies to have ever come to GP racing.
The 20-year Marquez has literally devoured numerous records in his debut season including becoming the youngest rider to have won a premier class title. and he needed just to finish fourth to take the title, instead he finished third letting his team mate Dani Pedrosa take second place in the race, that was a corker for the first 15 laps.
Jorge Lorenzo had showed an awesome pace during the weekend and could have runaway with the race from the first corner, but the Yamaha rider changed his usual tatics as he seemed to purposely slow the pace of the 30 lapper to go head-to-head not with title rival, but a highly combative and aggressive Dani Pedrosa. who tried to psych out mentally and physically Lorenzo with his close overtakes.
An extraordinary Jorge Lorenzo took his seventh victory of the 2013 season consecutive with a psychologically crushing win over both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in Honda’s home circuit at Motegi.
This new victory for the steely Yamaha factory rider who trails Marquez in the standings by 13 points will now take the fight for the championship title to the final round of the season (for the first time since 2006) at Valencia on November 10th, even if Lorenzo wins, Marquez has just to finish fourth to bring home the crown.
Polesitter Lorenzo who decided to risk mounting a soft rear tire for this long race, took off like a scalded cat when the lights went out and led the race from start-to-finish despite undergoing some considerable pressure from his title rival during the middle phases of the race and being held up Damian Cudlin, but he managed to bend the Repsol Honda riders with his martillo y mantequilla style.
All the clamour regarding last week’s Australian GP has yet to die down as the teams are now in Japan for the penultimate round of the championship, with Marc Marquez ready to forget the disasterous disqualification that he received at Phillip Island for that extra lap, and he’ll try tie up the championship title on Honda’s home turf at the Motegi Twin Ring circuit, if he can beat Jorge Lorenzo by eight points or more.
While Valentino Rossi joked about everyone dying at the hands typhoon Francisco or due to the still radiation leaking Fukushima power plant, Yamaha had seriously thought about lodging at complaint against Marc Marquez for how he entered the track following his pit stop and how he and Jorge Lorenzo made contact just before turn 1.
Apparently Massimo Meregalli and Wilco Zeelenberg reveiwed the clash and now the Yamaha rider has completely changed his mind regarding the incident. He previously said, “I braked too late and Marc was coming out of the pit lane so we touched and we were lucky to avoid crashing. We were both at fault. He did not look who was coming, but it was 50/50.” Now Lorenzo believes that Marquez should be admonished again and the near accident was all Marquez’ fault.
Who won’t be having a change of heart regarding the Phillip Island round, are those fans who love to check out our paddock girls galleries, and we got an array of photos of those breathtaking sheilas from Down Under that graced the Australian GP.
So enjoy the pics, as we wait to see what goes down during this MotoGP weekend at Motegi.
Dani Pedrosa bounced back from dramatic highside at Aragon - Marc Marquez’ disabled the traction control system of his team mate’s Honda with a contact - and his bothersome hip injury, to take his third victory of the season in an energy sapping Sepang GP.
The Repsol Honda rider managed to take the race lead from Jorge Lorenzo after the lap and cleared out, while Marquez (punished with a point penalty after Aragon) and the Yamaha rider became involved in a highly incendiary duel for second place.
Lorenzo tried to fluster Marquez overtaking attempts even going as far as bashing fairings - unusually aggressive for the reigning World champion - during the sixth lap, however it was the rookie who won the battle for the second spot on the podium after Lorenzo’s tires starting sliding under braking.
Despite Pedrosa’s victory, Marquez’s second place and another 20 points still gives him a highly comfortable lead in the standings over Lorenzo, and he can mathematically take the 2013 MotoGP crown in next weekend’s round at Phillip Island, while Pedrosa’s chances of the title more or less evaporated with his DNF at Aragon, but he still has a shot in becoming the season’s runner-up.
Marc Marquez has won the MotorLand Aragón GP at Alcañiz taking his sixth victory of the season flys to +39 points in the World standings over Jorge Lorenzo and +59 over team mate Dani Pedrosa, with just four rounds left in the championship.
The Aragon GP looked like it would be a repeat of Misano, with Jorge Lorenzo clearing out in the first meters of the race and pulling more than half a second gap in just seven turns of the first lap and closed out the initial lap with a one second margin.
The first lap was marred by an incident between Michael Laverty, Danilo Petrucci and debuting Luca Scassa, in the meantime Marc Marquez was trying to shorten the gap between himself and Lorenzo and pulling with him Dani Pedrosa, as the veteran Honda rider posted during the second lap. a record breaking lap 1’48″565 and shattering Casey Stoner’s 2011 record.
On the fourth lap the HRC duo caught the Yamaha rider as Pedrosa passed his team mate at turn 7, one lap later Marquez would try to take back the second spot and at turn 12 the rookie ran hot and wide touching his team mate’s traction control rear tire sensor, and just a few yards later Pedrosa would have a horrific highside as his rear wheel was no longer reading the TC.
MotoGPs adrenalinic qualifying session at the Aragon Motorland circuit was made up of blistering and record breaking laps with red lights appearing all over the timesheets.
The first rider to break Casey Stoner’s 2011 record was Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha rider first took over the provisional pole position with a stunning 1′48.241, but immediately after it was LCR’s Stefan Bradl’s turn to set the new record with a 1′48.159, and then Dani Pedrosa shot out a 1′47.957!
A new tire change and it was back on track for the riders only to have Marc Marquez grab his third consecutive pole position (Silverstone and Misano) - his seventh in his extraordinary rookie season - stopping the clock with a blistering 1’47″804 and pip Jorge Lorenzo (who ran out of fuel at the end of the session) for the pole position by a mere 0.010.
Dani Pedrosa closed out the front row, while Valentino Rossi probably had his best qualifying session ever this year (better than Misano and Sachsenring) on a track where he has never had much luck and missed out a front row start by just 0.005s.
There was no hesitation from the Italian as he finally matched the blistering laps of the other three riders only to finish fourth and 0.158s from the pole. Rossi like his team mate opted for the softer front tire while, the Honda riders use harder front compound and obviously all of them used the softer rear tire.
Even when Marc Marquez makes mistakes, and he made several during the Misano GP round, his incredible talent and never give up attitude and a growing maturity allowed him to recover and take second.
Marquez believes his errors were due to ‘a little inexperience’ and the fact that he is a rookie, which seems almost laughable as he is leading the championship by 34 points.
Here’s what Marquez said following the race: “We’ve taken another 20 World Championship points today and, considering how the race went, I think that is a good reward! At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes and lost a lot of time with the second of those.”
Jorge Lorenzo was simply majestic at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli , taking his fifth victory of the season and his second consecutive win after Silverstone, while Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa once again completed the podium.
The reigning World Champion literally won the Italian GP race on the first lap after giving Dani Pedrosa and the rest of the field a blistering and impossible 1.2 second gap by end of the first lap.
With his punishing and regular rhythm Lorenzo was never contested for the lead in the entire 28 lapper as he crossed over the finish line with a very comfortable margin.
The race was livened up by the very intense in house battle between the two Repsol Honda riders, that was once again won by the rookie over the veteran. Marquez seemed to be in serious difficulty in the first part of the race with a bad start despite sitting in pole position and having trouble finding his usual rhythm and then committing an error at the Quercia that let Valentino Rossi take third.