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MotoGP 2013: Motegi Results

Lorenzo takes charge on Honda’s home ground

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Submitted by Tom Wood on Sun, 27/10/2013 - 15:16

MotoGP 2013: Motegi Results

A third consecutive win for Jorge Lorenzo has kept the MotoGP championship alive until the final round of the season, as he led home the Repsol Honda pair of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

Another weekend of extraordinary circumstances, this time caused by the weather rather than the tyre manufacturer, meant that Sunday’s race was once again impossible to predict, with the grid upset due to a wet qualifying session and the riders having had just one dry practice all weekend.

As the lights went out it was Lorenzo who made the best start from pole, while both Hondas were stumped by a superb getaway from Valentino Rossi from fifth on the grid making it a Factory Yamaha one-two in the early laps. Rossi soon slipped down the order, however, out-braking himself twice at the end of the back straight, firstly letting through the two Hondas before the second time running into the gravel and dropping back to 11th. A spirited ride from then on would see the #46 machine rise back through the field to finish sixth, but it was nonetheless another difficult weekend for the nine-time world champion.

Back at the front and it was another exhibition ride from the three seemingly untouchable Spaniards, who ran in close proximity for much of the contest. Marquez looked to have the edge over Lorenzo at the halfway stage, but a misjudged manoeuvre saw him run wide at the 90° corner. From that point on the championship leader was unable to mount another attack, settling for second ahead of the fading Pedrosa.

Alvaro Bautista impressed for Gresini Honda in fourth ahead of Stefan Bradl who returned with great pace following his ankle injury at Sepang last time out. With Rossi rounding out the top six, it was a tough weekend for the Tech3 squad, whose riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith finished seventh and eighth respectively ahead of the factory Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.

The championship will now be decided at the final round in Valencia in two weeks’ time, with Lorenzo just 13 points behind Marquez.

MotoGP Motegi: Race result

1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 162.3 42'34.291
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 162.1 +3.188
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 162.1 +4.592
4 13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 161.1 +19.755
5 11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 160.9 +22.810
6 10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 160.8 +24.637
7 9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 160.6 +27.496
8 8 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 160.4 +30.969
9 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 160.0 +37.010
10 6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 159.7 +42.944
11 5 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha YSP Racing Team Yamaha 159.0 +53.345
12 4 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 158.4 +1'03.213
13 3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 158.2 +1'06.840
14 2 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 158.1 +1'08.218
15 1 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 157.5 +1'18.240
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 157.5 +1'19.108
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 157.3 +1'21.174
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 156.8 +1'30.546
19 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 153.7 +2'23.358
20 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 154.4 1 Lap
21 50 Damian CUDLIN AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 153.4 1 Lap
22 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 153.2 1 Lap
Not Classified
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 158.3 12 Laps
23 Luca SCASSA ITA Cardion AB Motoracing ART 144.3 23 Laps
52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 139.3 23 Laps

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