MotoGP 2013: Motegi Results

Lorenzo takes charge on Honda’s home ground

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

12599Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.342'34.291
22093Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.1+3.188
31626Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.1+4.592
41319Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda161.1+19.755
5116Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda160.9+22.810
61046Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha160.8+24.637
7935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.6+27.496
8838Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.4+30.969
9769Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati160.0+37.010
1064Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati159.7+42.944
11521Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha159.0+53.345
1245Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki158.4+1'03.213
13314Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART158.2+1'06.840
14229Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati158.1+1'08.218
15168Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati157.5+1'18.240
168Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR157.5+1'19.108
177Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR157.3+1'21.174
189Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter156.8+1'30.546
1970Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART153.7+2'23.358
2071Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki154.41 Lap
2150Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM153.41 Lap
2267Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda153.21 Lap
Not Classified
41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART158.312 Laps
23Luca SCASSAITACardion AB MotoracingART144.323 Laps
52Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter139.323 Laps