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MotoGP CoTA Results 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Perfect conditions greeted riders for the much-anticipated inaugural MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, where Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez made history by becoming the youngest race winner ever in the premier class. The rookie outpaced his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, by 1.5 seconds at the checkers, but the battle for lead position was heated between the two riders throughout. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo rounds out the podium in third, marking his 100th rostrum appearance in the premier class.

Marquez and Pedrosa were fast off the start, with Pedrosa claiming the early lead ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl. Marquez settled into third, but was able to find a line past Bradl within the first lap. Once in second, Marquez clung to Pedrosa’s rear tire and remained there for 12 laps as the two stretched a gap on the field, leaving Lorenzo well over three seconds behind at points during the race. Marquez made a seamless pass with nine laps remaining, taking an inside line on Pedrosa through the chicane and held the lead to the finish. Pedrosa stayed well within reach of retaliation for a number of laps, but was unable to make the move.

“After taking my first podium in Qatar I was very happy, but I am even more so today after my first win," said Marquez. "It went better than I expected and I am very grateful to the team for their efforts over the preseason; we have worked very hard and, without this, the victory would not have been possible. The race was very intense and physical, as I followed Dani for many laps and then decided to launch an attack and try to open a gap with ten laps to go. I could not pull the gap I wanted as some problems with the front emerged that we’d experienced throughout the weekend. Despite all this, we were able to take the victory."

Jorge Lorenzo  99  ran a lonely race to finish third at CoTA.
Jorge Lorenzo (99) ran a lonely race to finish third at CoTA.
Lorenzo rode a lonely race in third, settling in early and unchallenged by either his factory Yamaha teammate or the satellite riders.

"Yesterday we were so far from Marc and Dani but this morning in the warm up we found something," said Lorenzo. "The hairpin corners we normally take in first gear we made in second so it improved a lot the feeling and the acceleration, but it was not enough. Just a little bit more, maybe two tenths quicker and I could have fought with Dani and Marc. Today third position was the best we could do. I want to congratulate Cal who didn't give up until the end and also Marc, he’s the youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix; he is a phenomenon."

Cal Crutchlow of Monster Yamaha Tech 3, on the other hand, fought hard for his fourth-place finish, trading spots a number of times with Bradl and Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi. Crutchlow was fifth off the start and was strong there for a number of laps. He ran wide off track at one point and fell between Rossi and Go & Fun Honda’s Alvaro Bautista, who were trading punches in the battle for sixth. The British rider pushed past in the following laps and got back to Bradl, finally making the move into fourth with 13 laps remaining in competition.

Bradl ended the day in fifth, followed by Rossi in sixth. The Doctor struggled with braking issues during practice and qualifying earlier in the weekend, but came out ahead in the drawn-out fight for sixth with Bautista. The Go & Fun rider ended in eighth, finally losing ground to Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in the latter half of the race. Dovi’s teammate, Nicky Hayden, grabbed ninth and Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone rounded out the top-10.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro led the CRT category once again, taking 11th ahead of prototype riders Bradley Smith of Tech 3 Yamaha and Ben Spies of Ignite Pramac Racing in 12th and 13th respectively.

NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards had terrible luck early in the race, with a mechanical issue forcing the Texan to retire. Wild card entry, Blake Young of Attack Performance Racing kept in competition to the finish, finishing 21st.

Marquez is now tied with Lorenzo for the overall points lead at 41. Pedrosa sits third, with 33 points and Rossi holds to fourth.

Marc Marquez is now the youngest rider to ever win a premier class race.
Marc Marquez is now the youngest rider to ever win a premier class race.
MotoGP Circuit of the Americas Results 2013:
1. Marc Marquez (Honda)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
4. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
5. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
6. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
8. Alvaro Bautista (Honda)
9. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
10. Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
11. Aleix Espargaro (ART)
12. Bradley Smith (Yamaha)
13. Ben Spies (Ducati)
14. Randy de Puniet (ART)
15. Yonny Hernandez (ART)
16. Michael Laverty (PBM)
17. Hiroshi Aoyama (FTR)
18. Hector Barbera (FTR)
19. Claudio Corti (FTR-Kawasaki)
20. Bryan Staring (FTR-Honda)
21. Blake Young (APR)

MotoGP Championship Points 2013:
1. Marc Marquez, 41
2. Jorge Lorenzo, 41
3. Dani Pedrosa, 33
4. Valentino Rossi, 30
5. Cal Crutchlow, 24
6. Alvaro Bautista, 18
7. Andrea Dovizioso, 18
8. Nicky Hayden, 15
9. Andrea Iannone, 13
10. Stefan Bradl, 11
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Valentino Rossi
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Jorge Lorenzo
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Marc Marquez
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Wulf   April 26, 2013 05:27 AM
Congratulations to Marquez on a fine performance. I sure hope that's the last race of the season that is so bike dependent. The COTA race was virtually devoid of any emotion or interesting battles.
leward18   April 22, 2013 07:35 AM
Looks like young Marquez is living up to the hype, good to go. Hope he stays injury free throughout his career. He's a special talent.
strumpy   April 22, 2013 01:44 AM
Well done to the phenomenal Marquez! I was worried about missing Stoner own the corners but it looks like we've got someone just as special to admire.
luv2spd   April 21, 2013 06:40 PM
@Gary 22, there is an article on asphaltandrubber.com where Ben Spies talks about the procedures that riders have to go through as part of the drug tests, it's called "Ben Spies Talks About Doping in MotoGP". It is an interesting read. Ant West in Moto2 was the only rider that I remember that received a ban for 30 days for using an illegal substance, this was last year.
zrau99   April 21, 2013 05:50 PM
I wanted Marc Marquez to win and he did yea.
Gray22   April 21, 2013 05:03 PM
Thank you for answering my question luv2spd. I agree with you Marquez wouldn't need a boost anyway, that kid is sensational. I was not trying to insinuate him of "juicing", I was just curious as to what Moto GPs policy is on drug use.
luv2spd   April 21, 2013 04:17 PM
GP riders are constantly tested for enhancing drugs, but I don't think Marquez needs an extra boost, this guy is just as good as Casey was. Did anybody else notice that the possible 9 podiums, 8 were Spanish and 1 Finish?
o   April 21, 2013 03:22 PM
Hey! This is a enormously talented kid who has a family and deserves to be congratulated for an amazing achievement at his so early age. This is a shame...
Gray22   April 21, 2013 02:34 PM
Great race weekend for Marquez. During the post race interview my girlfriend noticed Marquez touching his nose a lot and jokingly said "what is he on cocaine?" It got me to wondering though, are GP riders tested for performance enhancing drugs?