Lorenzo reigns supreme as Marquez and Rossi fall at Mugello
Mugello 2013 - MotoGP - RACE - Highlights
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Jorge Lorenzo won a dramatic Gran Premio dĘItalia TIM for the third successive year, leading home MotoGP™ championship leader Dani Pedrosa and BritainĘs Cal Crutchlow, whilst local hero Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Alvaro Bautista all crashed out of the race.
Whilst Lorenzo made the perfect start by passing Repsol Honda TeamĘs Pedrosa in the first turn, YamahaĘs Rossi and GO&FUN Honda GresiniĘs Alvaro Bautista came together in the fourth corner of lap 1, putting an end to both their races, and shocking the yellow-clad home crowd. They fortunately walked away unscathed, and whilst both were disappointed and clearly annoyed, Race Direction deemed it was no oneĘs fault and declared it a racing incident.
Back in the race, Pedrosa remained with Lorenzo until just past half distance, when small errors for two laps in a row allowed his teammate Marquez to attack, while Lorenzo put the hammer down, lapping at the highest pace of the race to pull out a healthy buffer. Pedrosa kept Marquez at bay until the 20-year-old went past on the inside of Savelli curve on the 19th lap.
MarquezĘs hard work was quickly undone in exactly the same place just two laps later, as an unforced error resulted in a fourth crash in three days. It was also the end of his bid to become the first rookie in MotoGP history to claim five rostrum finishes at the start of his premier class career.
MarquezĘs crash allowed Pedrosa to retake second place as Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Crutchlow made the podium for the second time in two weeks, becoming the first British rider since 1987 to take back-to-back podium finishes.
Stefan Bradl delivered a mature ride to fourth place to equal his career-best result for LCR Honda MotoGP, which had coincidently been achieved at the same race last year. Ducati Team filled positions five to seven, with Dovizioso eventually winning a battle with teammate Nicky Hayden while Michele Pirro raced the GP13 Lab bike to just behind the factory pair.
Aleix Espargaro carried his Power Electronics Aspar CRT bike to its best result yet in eighth spot, with Tech 3Ęs Bradley Smith achieving ninth despite being in immense pain with an injured wrist and finger. Hector Barbera completed the top ten for Avintia Blusens.
Mugello MotoGP Race Classification after 23 laps = 120.635 km
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 41'39.733 173.7
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 41'45.133 173.3 5.400
3 16 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 41'46.145 173.2 6.412
4 13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 41'59.054 172.4 19.321
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 41'59.273 172.3 19.540
6 10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI 42'06.054 171.9 26.321
7 9 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team DUCATI 42'17.877 171.1 38.144
8 8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 42'19.535 171.0 39.802
9 7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 42'19.976 170.9 40.243
10 6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 42'28.125 170.4 48.392
2013/6/2 25G force applied on his two shoulders!
‘he above telemetry data was published by Alpinestars, the manufacturer of MarquezĘs racing suit. Marquez crashed at a speed of 337.9 km/h (210 mi) getting severe impacts on his shoulders and back. At the figure above it is shown that 25G forces were applied to the shoulders of the 20 y.o. rider..
From this recording it is also derived that the Alpinestars suit “sensed” within 0.025 secs that the Spanish rider was going to crash. The airbag was inflated in 0.050 secs and it was fully deployed 0.03 secs before Marquez got the first impact on the ground.
Comment: Marquez will race today after this severe crash which occurred on Friday and it is shown below. The safety in motorcycle racing is still progressing!
2013/6/1, Mugello Qualifying practice
Championship leader Dani Pedrosa stole a last-minute pole position to cap off a dramatic qualifying session for the Gran Premio dĘItalia TIM in Mugello today. The Repsol Honda Team rider will share the front row with Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati TeamĘs Andrea Dovizioso, who overcame a neck injury for a front row slot.
Until Free Practice 4, Pedrosa had not been quickest in any practice session so far this weekend but, shortly after Lorenzo had beaten his pole position record of 2012, overcame his compatriot with a best effort of 1Ę47.157. This left less than a tenth of a second between the top two, with Dovizioso cementing a front row position for the second consecutive race; this was notwithstanding the fact that the leading Italian was on painkillers after crashing on Friday. The top eight riders all enjoyed a short time on the provisional front row, but a flurry of changes made for an action-packed Q2. Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Cal Crutchlow will start fourth, still riding with a broken leg, as LCR Honda MotoGPĘs Stefan Bradl pipped Repsol HondaĘs Marc Marquez for the middle slot on the second row; incidentally, the rookie had crashed in each of the first three practices - not least on Friday afternoon when he was fortunate to escape a high-speed accident - and had progressed to the shootout from Q1 for the first time. Crutchlow on the other hand had crashed in the Q2 session, yet cited that it had a positive side, as he found out he preferred the set-up on his second bike.
LorenzoĘs teammate Valentino Rossi – riding with a turtle-inspired helmet design – was disappointed to have plummeted to seventh at the last moment, heading up Row 3 from DucatiĘs Nicky Hayden and GO&FUN Honda GresiniĘs Alvaro Bautista. Michele Pirro achieved the first top ten qualifying result for the Ducati GP13 Lab bike, leading the fourth row from Tech 3Ęs Bradley Smith and Power Electronics AsparĘs Aleix Espargaro, who unlike on previous occasions had headed directly to Q2.
GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM
MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 2 Classification 2013 Mugello, Saturday, June 01, 2013
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 340.5 1'47.157
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 338.7 1'47.226 0.069 / 0.069
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 341.0 1'47.628 0.471 / 0.402
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 340.0 1'47.632 0.475 / 0.004
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 340.8 1'47.737 0.580 / 0.105
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 338.4 1'47.763 0.606 / 0.026
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 340.6 1'47.872 0.715 / 0.109
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 339.8 1'48.006 0.849 / 0.134
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 342.9 1'48.355 1.198 / 0.349
10 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 341.8 1'48.564 1.407 / 0.209
2013/5/31, Mugello, F.P. 2
Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Jorge Lorenzo went fastest in a dramatic day of free practices at the Gran Premio dĘItalia TIM in Mugello ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi and Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Cal Crutchlow, as Repsol Honda TeamĘs Marc Marquez escaped serious injury in a high-speed accident at the end of the fast start/finish straight.
Marquez had led a topsy-turvy opening practice in the morning, but lost control of his bike in the afternoon session on one of the fastest parts of any racetrack in the world. Having slid down the grass verge on the left-hand side of the track towards Turn 1, the 20-year-old was treated in the circuit Medical Centre, where he was confirmed to have escaped serious injury. He did however end up with a very swollen chin.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Bradley Smith also crashed, landing on his left arm at Turn 7, suffering a left wrist scaphoid fracture and a wound to the 5th finger on his left hand. He has however been declared fit for tomorrow. Back on track Lorenzo set the pace with a lap time of 1Ę48.375, beating teammate and multiple Mugello winner Rossi by just 34 thousandths of a second. Both Yamaha men were relieved to be back on the pace following difficult weekends for both last time out in Le Mans. Tech 3Ęs Cal Crutchlow was third, continuing his good run of form, whilst Ducati TeamĘs Nicky Hayden finished a credible fourth, despite not being completely happy with the bike. Repsol HondaĘs championship-leading Dani Pedrosa, who is aiming for a hat-trick of 2013 victories this weekend, came fifth, citing a lack of grip.
Energy T.I. Pramac RacingĘs Andrea Iannone did well to finish in sixth position, whilst DucatiĘs Andrea Dovizioso was suffering with a neck issue following a crash in the morning. He stated that he cannot bend his head backwards, making it very tough on the straights, and even in the bends. He will assess his condition in the morning and will then decide if he is fit to ride. LCR Honda MotoGPĘs Stefan Bradl will be looking for an improvement from eighth on his satellite Honda, whilst Power Electronics AsparĘs Randy de Puniet was the leading CRT runner in ninth, beating Ducati Test TeamĘs wildcard entry Michele Pirro riding the GP13 °lab bikeĘ.
2013 Mugello, Friday, May 31, 2013
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 341.6 1'48.375
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 339.4 1'48.409 0.034 / 0.034
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 337.8 1'48.672 0.297 / 0.263
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 338.4 1'49.377 1.002 / 0.705
5 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 340.0 1'49.383 1.008 / 0.006
6 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 340.6 1'49.467 1.092 / 0.084
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 338.8 1'49.543 1.168 / 0.076
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.9 1'49.595 1.220 / 0.052
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 322.4 1'49.599 1.224 / 0.004
10 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 340.1 1'49.649 1.274 / 0.050