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MotoGP 2013: Lorenzo edges Marquez in Silverstone thriller


Sun, 1 September 2013


Jorge Lorenzo has returned to winning ways in a highly dramatic Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone, beating championship leader Marc Marquez by less than one tenth of a second. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium as home favourite Cal Crutchlow struggled to seventh place.

On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in Sunday morning Warm-Up. After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Centre, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider headed up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.


Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno last weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders. Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just over two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale. On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield, which featured slight contract between the two bikes.


The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far. Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him. In fourth spot was Valentino Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, while LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finished in sixth place.


Having missed his home race in 2011 before starting at the back in 2012, Cal Crutchlow had hoped for a much stronger Silverstone weekend in 2013. He crashed twice on Saturday and again in Sunday’s Warm-Up, then paid the price for a poor getaway as the Tech3 rider plummeted from third to sixth at the start. He would fall back to his eventual finishing position of seventh when the charging Bautista – who had lined up eighth on the grid – overtook at the end of Lap 1.

Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith again found himself dicing with the pair of Ducati Team riders, but was ultimately taken advantage of by Nicky Hayden for eighth place. Smith would end the day ninth, while Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate tour. The Italian joined second-lap faller Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project) on the sidelines, promoting Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into the top ten despite a broken finger and injured neck after a Saturday crash; he therefore led home the CRT riders as PBM’s Michael Laverty ended his maiden home race in 19th position, ahead of Colombian teammate Yonny Hernandez.


Following the race, it was announced that Marquez has been given two Penalty Points under the new system due to not slowing down under the yellow flags in the morning Warm-Up. This also happened to be the moment that saw him crash at the same turn as Cal Crutchlow. Not to be confused with Championship Points, the penalty system was introduced in 2013, under which Up to 10 penalty points can be imposed, with sanctions applied at certain thresholds. Any rider reaching four penalty points starts the next race from the back of the grid, while seven points lead to a pit lane start and 10 points a race ban.

With the triple-header of Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone now over, MotoGP™ returns in two weekends’ time with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. With six events remaining in 2013, debutant Marquez carries an advantage of 30 points over Pedrosa, with Sunday’s winner Lorenzo now trailing the championship leader by 39 points.

MotoGP™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha 40:52.515
2- Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda +0.081
3- Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda +1.551

1st CRT

10- Aleix Espargaro (SPA) ART +53.196


Moto2™ championship leader Scott Redding has won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider, who took the lead off the start line, was assisted in the closing stages as a tight battled raged for second place. Pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi completed the podium.

On Saturday, Japan’s Nakagami had claimed his second pole position within the space of a week, but it was Redding who seized the lead as the red lights went out. Critically for the English rider, much fighting over the remaining rostrum places would prove a decisive element in his first home victory since 2008, when he had claimed a career-first win in the 125 class at Donington Park.


A race-long duel between Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) and Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) featured various changes of position, not least on the last lap when the duo swapped places at Vale and Club corners before battling deep into the Brooklands complex. The Japanese would finish ahead of the Swiss, with Tuenti HP 40’s Tito Rabat and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter in close attendance. Redding’s teammate and Brno winner Mika Kallio was sixth.

Sunday was a difficult affair for title contender Pol Espargaro. Following a crash at the start of the Warm-Up session, the Tuenti HP 40 rider started sixth on the grid but lost ground in the early stages of the race – falling to as low as 11th. He fought back up to eighth behind Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco, but crucially loses a further 17 points in his championship fight with Redding. Six races remain in 2013.

Three riders failed to finish. Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Alberto Moncayo was an early faller, while British wildcard Gino Rea (Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing, fracturing the fourth metacarpus of his right hand) and Xavier Simeon (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team) crashed across the final pair of laps.

At JiR Moto2, Australian Jason O’Halloran finished 25th as he replaced France’s Mike di Meglio, injured at Brno last weekend, while both Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas and Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal missed the race following a multiple collision at the end of the morning Warm-Up.

Moto2 continues in two weekends’ time, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Scott Redding – who has become the first Briton to win an intermediate class race in his home country since Tom Herron triumphed at the Isle of Man TT in 1976 – will head to Italy with a 38-point championship advantage over Pol Espargaro.

Moto2™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Scott Redding (GBR) Kalex 38:22.897
2- Takaaki Nakagami (JPN) Kalex +1.066
3- Thomas Luthi (SWI) Suter +1.170


Luis Salom has extended his Moto3™ championship lead with a second consecutive victory, beating Alex Rins by just 49 thousandths of a second in the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Alex Marquez rounded out the rostrum while pole-sitter Maverick Viñales just failed to establish a new podium finishes record.

Silverstone marked the end of the triple-header, which had first taken the championship to Indianapolis and Brno; with this in mind, many were keen to sign off with victory ahead of a two-week break until the next race.


Salom started as he meant to continue by shooting into the lead from third on the grid. Before the 17 laps were completed, however, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider would exchange positions on various occasions with Team Calvo’s Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins, with Rins’ teammate Marquez also very much in the battle. Salom would confirm his sixth win of the season by less than half a tenth of a second, with second-placed Rins having had to defend as well as attack on the final tour.

Marquez’s top three result was his second in three races, while in fourth Viñales finished off the podium for the first time this year; in the process, he just misses out on becoming the first rider in history to claim 11 successive podium finishes from the start of a season in the lower class of the World Championship. The top six was completed by Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, while Britain’s John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG) scored two points in his home Grand Prix, finishing 14th.

Four riders failed to see the chequered flag, including La Fonte Tascaracing’s Alessandro Tonucci who was involved in a high-speed Woodcote collision with Aspar’s Eric Granado in the closing stages of the races. The first pair of retirements were CIP Moto3’s Juanfran Guevara and teammate Alan Techer, both out of the race in a first-lap collision at Vale with Racing Steps Foundation KRP’s Wayne Ryan. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, teammate to Salom, recovered to 20th place after being forced to start from the pit lane following technical problems on the grid.

Salom’s championship lead over Viñales is now 26 points, with Rins a further seven behind. Moto3™ continues at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini taking place in two weeks’ time.

Moto3™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Luis Salom (SPA) KTM 38:17.291
2- Alex Rins (SPA) KTM +0.049
3- Alex Marquez (SPA) KTM +0.698

MotoGP 2013: Official Media Gallery


MotoGP2013: FIM Announcement Decision of the Race Direction Notification of Sanction



On 1st September, 2013 during MotoGP™ Warm Up session of the Hertz British Grand Prix, rider Marc Marquez (93) was riding in a section of the circuit where waved yellow flags were displayed due to an earlier accident. He continued at racing speed and did not slow down and be prepared to stop as required by the regulations. His subsequent crash at the same point as the previous accident seriously endangered the rider being attended and the marshals in the accident zone.

This is an infringement of Article 1.22.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

A Race Direction hearing was held at Silverstone on 1st September 2013 and the decision of the Race Direction is to impose two penalty points on the 2013 season total of the MotoGP rider number 93 Marc Marquez.


No appeal has been lodged. The decision of the Race Direction is final.




Castle Donington, 1 settembre 2013

Grande prova di Luigi Ferrara nella prima gara SUPERSTARS del fine settimana di Donington. Il portacolori del team R.R.T. dopo aver messo a segno la pole, nonostante i problemi riscontrati nelle prove libere dove la squadra romana aveva dovuto addirittura sostituire il motore della Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé, è stato protagonista assoluto del primo start della giornata in cui ha tenuto il comando dal primo all’ultimo giro.


Non poteva andare meglio di così a Giovanni Berton (BMW M3 Team BMW Dinamic), abile nello sfruttare una perdita d’olio della Lexus (MRT By Nocentini) di Diego Romanini, che ha permesso al pilota vento di sopravanzare i piloti che lo precedevano e di portarsi dritto verso la conquista della medaglia d’argento. Costante anche il leader della classifica internazionale Thomas Biagi, che con il terzo posto di oggi può festeggiare l’ottavo podio stagionale con la Mercedes C63 AMG ufficiale. Ottima la corsa di Gianni Morbidelli su Audi RS5 (Audi Sport Italia), che nonostante i 60 kg di zavorra e l’intervento del Bop è riuscito a chiudere sulla quarta piazza davanti all’ex F1 Tonio Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG).

Da evidenziare sia la buona gara della Lexus di Diego Romanini, che aveva orbitato nella top-ten prima della rottura del motore nelle fasi finali della gara, sia la performance del debuttante Colin Turkington (BMW M3 Scuderia Giudici), sesto per quasi tutta la corsa prima di essere coinvolto in un contatto che ha visto chiudere anzitempo la sua gara.

CRONACA. Allo scattare del semaforo verde Ferrara tiene saldamente la prima posizione seguito dall’alfiere della Mercedes-AMG Romeo Ferraris Liuzzi e dalla BMW di Berton. Protagonista subito Biagi che scavalca la RS5 di Morbidelli che sfila così in quinta posizione proprio davanti al britannico Turkington. A farsi vedere è ancora Biagi, che all’ultima curva prima del rettifilo della partenza infila Berton e va a conquistare la terza posizione, durante la stessa manovra di sorpasso è scaltro anche Morbidelli che approfitta del largo della M3 del pilota del Team BMW Dinamic per sopravanzarlo. Poco dopo ad “infiammare” la tribuna davanti ai box è il contatto tra Andrea Bacci e Francesco Sini, con quest’ultimo costretto al ritiro dopo aver urtato la parte posteriore della Camaro. La muscle car ferma sull’erba chiama l’intervento in pista della safety-car, il tutto durante il quinto giro. Prima de llo sventolare della bandiera verde anche Domenico Schiattarella rientra in pit-lane per alcuni problemi al cambio della sua Lumina. Al restart Turkington passa la vettura gemella di Berton e si porta in sesta posizione, nel gruppo di testa invece Morbidelli restituisce il favore a Biagi e riconquista la terza piazza. Colpo di scena nelle battute finali con la Lexus che a seguito della rottura del motore perdeva olio in prossimità del tornantino stravolgendo le prime posizioni. Ferrara è bravo a tenere in pista la macchina e a mantenere la prima posizione, Berton riesce a passare sulla traiettoria giusta ed approfittando della confusione di alcune vetture costrette a manovre di contenimento per non insabbiarsi, si porta alle spalle della Mercedes Coupé. Biagi riprende la terza posizione seguito dal compagno di squadra Liuzzi. Ancora emozioni all’ultimo giro con Morbidelli su Liuzzi, con quest’ultimo costretto a cedere il passo al pesarese che chiude la gara così in quarta posizione.

Gara 1 (top 5):
1. Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé) 16 giri in 27’18.861;
2. Berton (BMW M3 E92) 1.874;
3. Biagi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 2.678;
4. Morbidelli (Audi RS5) 2.926;
5. Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 5.202.




Castle Donington, 31 agosto 2013

Luigi Ferrara ripete l’ottimo exploit di Portimao siglando sul circuito di Donington la sua seconda pole della stagione al volante della Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé della RRT. Il miglior crono di Ferrara, 1’33.899, è arrivato proprio transitando sotto la bandiera a scacchi che sanciva il termine delle qualifiche, scavalcando in extremis Vitantonio Liuzzi, portacolori del team Mercedes-AMG Romeo Ferraris che, sulla C63 AMG berlina, è staccato di appena sedici millesimi (1’33.915). Quotazioni in rialzo per Giovanni Berton, a suo agio sul tracciato inglese, che ha portato la BMW M3 del Team BMW Dinamic in terza posizione (1’34.183) precedendo l’Audi RS5 di Gianni Morbidelli (Audi Sport Italia), reduce dalle quattro vittorie consecutive conquistate negli ultimi due appuntamenti di Zolder e Portimao. Quinto l’attuale leader del campionato Thomas Biagi, sulla secon da Mercedes C63 AMG ufficiale. Sul tracciato di Donington ha fatto il suo debutto in SUPERSTARS il britannico Colin Turkington al volante della BMW M3 del Team Giudici. Il pilota nord-irlandese protagonista del BTCC ha ottenuto il sesto tempo nelle qualifiche davanti a Max Mugelli (BMW M3) e Domenico Schiattarella (Chevrolet Lumina). Domani le due gare della SUPERSTARS sono in programma alle 11.00 e alle 15.10.


Parterre d’eccezione per la GTSPRINT, che in questo appuntamento inglese vede il debutto di Richard Westbrook, ex-campione del Fia GT nonché attualmente impegnato nella Grand-Am con i colori ufficiali Chevrolet, che dividerà l’abitacolo della Ferrari 458 Italia del Team Ukraine con Ruslan Tsyplakov. Il duo ha ottenuto il miglior tempo delle Q2 (1’28.834) mentre nella Q1 è stata l’Audi R8 LMS di Audi MTM a svettare, con il tempo di 1’28.638, affidata a Thomas Schöffler e Oliver Jarvis (pilota che ha conquistato per due volte il terzo gradino del podio della 24 Ore di Le Mans). In entrambe le sessioni il secondo rilevamento è andato alla Ferrari 458 Italia del duo Giammaria-Kruglyk (Team Ukraine), che hanno preceduto Croce-Beretta (Ferrari 58 Italia dell’Ombra Racing Team) nelle prime qualifiche e Schöffler-Jarvis nella seconda sessione. I due start di domani saranno alle 12.20 per Gara 1 e alle 17.25 per Gara 2.


Rai Sport 2 proporrà come di consueto tutte le gare della giornata, con le due sfide della SUPERSTARS trasmesse alle 19.00 e alle 20.00, mentre quelle della GTSPRINT alle 21.05 e alle 22.20.

1. Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé) 1’33.899;
2. Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’33.915;
3. Berton (BMW M3) 1’34.183;
4. Morbidelli (Audi RS5) 1’34.219;
5. Biagi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’34.345.

1. Schöffler-Jarvis (Audi R8 LMS) 1’28.834;
2. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’29.152;
3. Croce-Beretta (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’30.744;
4. Solieri (Porsche 997) 1’30.881;
5. Tsyplakov-Westbrook (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’31.058.

1. Tsyplakov-Westbrook (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’28.638;
2. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’29.395;
3. Schöffler-Jarvis (Audi R8 LMS) 1’29.645;
4. Solieri (Porsche 997) 1’30.737;
5. Del Castello-Necchi (Corvette Z06R) 1’30.790.





Donington Castle, 31 agosto 2013

In Inghilterra l’equipaggio Tsyplakow-Westbrook fa sul serio e dopo aver ben impressionato nel primo turno cronometrato della mattina, ha migliorato ulteriormente fermando le lancette sul miglior tempo di 1’28”565. Letteralmente “incollata” alla Ferrari 458 GT3 del Team Ukraine la Audi R8 LMS di Thomas Schöffler e Oliver Jarvis, staccata per soli nove millesimi.


A conferma dell’ottimo stato di forma dei piloti della compagine ucraina, si aggiunge il terzo tempo conquistato da Andrii Kruglyk e Raffaele Giammaria, che insieme quest’anno hanno messo a segno un’importante vittoria sul tracciato di Brno. Quarto responso per la coppia Croce-Beretta sempre su Ferrari 458 GT3 (Ombra Racing Team), mentre sfila di una posizione rispetto al primo turno la Corvette Z06 R di Roberto Del Castello e Piero Necchi, quinti allo scadere del tempo.

Alcuni problemi allo splitter anteriore delle Porsche 997 di Gluaco Solieri hanno rallentato il portacolori del team Autorlando Sport che ha effettuato solo sei tornate.

Prove Libere 2 (top 5):
1. Tsyplakov-Westbrook (Ferrari 458 GTS3) 1’28”565;
2. Schöffler-Jarvis (Audi R8 LMS GTS3) 1’28”574;
3. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 GTS3) 1’29”156;
4. Croce-Beretta (Ferrari 458 GTS3) 1’30”147.
5. Del Castello-Necchi (Corvette Z06 R GTS3) 1’31”046.


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