2013 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result: Absences Make the Climb Go Faster

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Rookie Marc Marquez continued his remarkable first season taking the win at the Sachsenring circuit and, along with it, the lead in the world championship. The 20-year old Honda rider grabbed first place with 24 laps to go. And he never looked back for his second win of the season.

An inspired – and injured -- Cal Crutchlow finished second and Valentino Rossi took third.

Absent were the two top riders in the world: Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo was the first to drop out after a highside crash in Friday’s practice damaged the titanium plate holding his already broken collarbone together. And Pedrosa missed a chance to extend his (now former) championship lead when his highside crash injured his collarbone and left him with blurred vision.

Pedrosa might return for next week’s race at Laguna Seca in California.  Lorenzo has tweeted he won’t return until Indianapolis in August.

Marquez performance might hurry those plans, however. The California race marks the midpoint of the season. And Marquez form appears to be getting better each race.

On Sunday at the German track, it was Rossi who got the holeshot. But soon after, both Stefan Bradl and Marquez passed the Italian.  Rossi quickly fought back to second place but with 14 laps to go, Crutchlow made an aggressive pass at turn 11 and immediately opened a gap. The British rider began picking at Marquez’s lead but only closed to within 1.6 seconds by the end.

Local favorite Bradl rode to a solo fourth place in his home county's race and Alvaro Bautista made a bid to keep his MotoGP ride with a solid fifth-place finish.

Marquez, with 138 points now leading the championship by two points over Dani Pedrosa and 11 points over Jorge Lorenzo with 10 races to go.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 41'14.653
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1.559
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 9.62
4 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 13.992
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 21.775
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 25.08
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 30.027
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 30.324
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 45.355
10 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 47.142
11 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 47.824
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 48.523
13 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 54.428
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter +1'00.323
15 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki +1'05.530
16 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'09.153
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR +1'15.601
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART +1'19.683
19 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1 Lap
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  67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 3 Laps
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 29 Laps


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Damn, I was really rooting for Cal to bridge that gap. He did make it harder for himself by yet again having a bad start though. Also it´s a shame Bradl just doesn't seem to be able to find that last bit of speed to keep up with the top.

Otherwise decent race, a bit like last time. If only Lorenzo and Pedrosa would have been there...

Downfield. Dovi...where did that come from? Workmanlike performance as ever.Marc Marquez...what a ride. He certainly has filled Stoner's big boots to perfection. Calvin ! Dammit. A bridge too far against factory prototpe as ever.
I expected Rossi to cream 'em given the holeshot he got.Great day for the Marquez's and the Espargaro's.

The race wasn't all that intense, I wont say it was a soozefest but once Marquez checked out, race was over. This time however, what was clear is that the kiddo is here to stay, there was nothing that Rossi could do to keep him in sight.

As for Jorge and Dani, "to finish first , first you have to finish."

(and to finish, you need to start)

Would'a, could'a should'a bleh...!

Recent Valentino's interviews are focused on new strategy after he found himself back on M1 and also championship is wide open now while bruised Cal said yesterday that he will race without any strategy....as usual. Even it was just a joke after today's race he left others a little flat and in funny fashion;)

What he can do now? Watching Ducati he (joining them) could probably get satistaction from the salary level but that's it. Post Preziosi Desmosedici looks like a finished project and maybe it's better to start a new one from scratch. As I've read somewhere Crutchlow firstly wants to win riding bikes so maybe the best possible way to put it all together is to stay in Tech 3 squad and then move to Suzuki (or Yamaha'll make up their minds)? Mr Poncharal can't give him more factory effort but to find extra salary isn't impossible while Suzuki has a chance to beat the Reds with their fresh bike. Feeling stuck onboard Duck he may find himself in difficult business position if he'll try fo move elsewhere after...

Anyway Crutchlow is the first real satellite prototype rider since the end of 990's era who can chase for constant podiums with possibility of win (with or without Lorenzo or Pedrosa)

It was also entertaining to watch Espargaro in the opening laps as much as Rossi and if Rossi will pass Spaniards in general '13 rider's classification he again will do the "impossible but he did it!" thing...

all this talk of suzuki being a bike to contend for wins on is a bit premature, considering they won't even be on the grid next season;and while their test times were good, they were not running under the fuel limits during their test, which will be a mountain to climb on it's own. in addition, those last 8 tenths of a second might as well be 100, those will be the most difficult to find.I predict they will be racing around mid-pack with the ducatis,making up the numbers,and will remain so until the LAME rule package is revised(i.e. removal of the fuel limits,removal of the spec tire rule,etc.)

I am pretty sure he is the first Rookie to lead the championship since Biaggi in 1998 - impressive.

I note Valentino Rossi's race time was about half a second quicker (41m 21.273s) than his 2009 Race Winning time (41m 21.769s) with the track surface temperature 15 degrees Celcius hotter this year (42 degrees C).

It is also interesting to note that last year the track had been the hottest for several years (37 degrees) and Dani Pedrosa's race winning time was 41m 28.396s. So, on a track 5 degrees hotter again, Marquez managed to complete the 30 laps 13.743 seconds faster than last year's hot track time.

That indicates Bridgestone has done a pretty decent job getting more grip on a hotter track.

For the record, the race record for 30 laps of Sachsenring stands to Dani Pedrosa at 41m 12.482s set in 2011 with a track temperature of 29 degrees, 13 degrees cooler than this year.

Given the changes in engine displacement and the quick-shift transmissions, I'm not sure how trust can be placed in simple race time comparisons.