Dani wins, Marc steals second
PUSHY YOUNGSTER: Honda's Spanish rider Marc Marquez on the podium after bumping his way into a shock second place in the last few metres of the 2013 Spanish MotoGP from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Image: AFP
Author: Mark Elkington
JEREZ, Spain - Dani Pedrosa streaked away to win the 2013 Spanish MotoGP on Sunday but it was rookie Marc Marquez' aggressive manoeuvre to deny Jorge Lorenzo second place on the last bend which was the main talking point of the race.
In dry, sunny conditions, Honda rider Pedrosa cut inside pole holder Lorenzo with 22 laps to go and steadily pulled clear to win his first race of the season.
The 20-year-old Marquez fought an enthralling battle with Lorenzo for second place, finally braking inside the champion on the newly-named 'Lorenzo corner' and barging him out of the way to sneak through.
MARQUEZ LEADS CHAMPIONSHIP
Italy's Valentino Rossi was fourth, ahead of Britain's Cal Crutchlow and another Spaniard, Alvaro Bautista.
Spaniard Marquez pulled clear at the top of the World championship with 61 points from three races, ahead of compatriots Pedrosa and Lorenzo who are three and four points behind him respectively.
"I'm very tired. It's been a race right to the limits chasing Jorge and Dani," Honda's Marquez told Spanish broadcaster Telecinco, after becoming the youngest debutant to achieve three consecutive podium finishes. “I tried to give 100% and in the last lap I gave it all."
Marquez tried to speak to Lorenzo in the paddock after the race but the champion brushed him away. Later, on the podium, the Yamaha rider congratulated Pedrosa, patting him on the back, but ignored the youngster.
"I went to apologise to Jorge, but, well, I think it has been one of things that happens in a race," Marquez added. "The positive thing is neither of us fell. It has been a great end to the race for the fans."
'I'M STILL VERY ANGRY'
Lorenzo was still fuming when he was asked about the incident. “I prefer not to talk about what happened on the last curve because I am still very angry," Lorenzo said. "What I would say would be very negative.
"Our race has been very consistent with a lot of focus. With the bike and the tyres we had, it was a very good race. We have points and a podium finish."
A number of riders have fallen over the weekend in practice sessions and during the races, with tyres being an issue for many including race-winner Pedrosa.
"Jorge started very quickly in the first few laps. I tried to stay in touch with him. I was able to catch and pass him," Pedrosa said. “I didn't go at it 100% to preserve the tyres. I felt comfortable but despite that near the end the bike was slipping a lot. It is magnificent to win again here."
MOTO2 AND MOTO3
Spaniards completed a clean sweep in front of their own fans with Esteve Rabat and Maverick Vinales winning the Moto2 and Moto3 races to top the World championships in their respective categories.
Rabat rode to a career-first victory from pole position, moving one point ahead of second-placed finisher Scott Redding in the standings. Another Spaniard, Pol Espargaro, was third.
Vinales won a red-flagged Moto3 race to move ahead of compatriot Luis Salom, who came in second. Germany's Jonas Folger was third.
Result from the 2013 Spanish MotoGP
1 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 45min17.632
2 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 45min20.119
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 45min22.721
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 45min26.546
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 45min30.295
6 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 45min32.726
7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 45min43.264
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 45min59.513
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 46min01.444
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 46min02.093
11 Michele Pirro (Italy) BCL 46min03.606
12 Hector Barbera (Spain) FTR 46min17.491
13 Michael Laverty (Britain) Aprilia 46min27.375
14 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ioda 46min35.445
15 Colin Edwards (US) FTR 46:35.809
Standings after the 2013 Spanish MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 61
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 58
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 57
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 43
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 35
6 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 28
7 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 26
8 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 24
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 17
10 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 13
11 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 11
12 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 10
13 Ben Spies (US) Ducati 9
14 Hector Barbera (Spain) FTR 7
15 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia 6