2013 Sepang MotoGP Race Result: Procession Follows Feisty Beginning

Full report and results below:

Dani Pedrosa has expelled the demons of Aragon and taken a commanding victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. The Spaniard took the hole shot into turn one but Jorge Lorenzo barged past his compatriot at turn two to lead the early stages of the race. Pedrosa stalked Lorenzo relentlessly and eventually made his move with fifteen laps remaining, he was never headed from there and was in typically metronomic form, taking the checkered flag by almost three seconds.

Having been passed by Pedrosa, Lorenzo was exposed to a titanic onslaught from Marc Marquez. Lorenzo gave as good as he got as the fiery countrymen swapped positions on numerous occasions, regularly clattering into each other in a fantastic display of intense controlled aggression. Marquez would eventually make his way past Lorenzo at the halfway stage of the race and wasn't challenged further, thus extending his overall lead in the championship standings to forty three points. Lorenzo was forced to settle for third place, a further four seconds behind Marquez as the field stretched over the second half of the race.

Fourth place was taken by Valentino Rossi, The Doctor was able to keep tabs on the front group while Lorenzo was in charge, but once the Repsol Honda riders made their way to the front, Rossi faded away badly, finishing a further four seconds behind Lorenzo. The only real excitement during the closing laps occurred in a spirited battle between Bautista and Crutchlow, the Spanish Gresini Honda rider came out ahead of the Brit in their battle for fifth. The top ten was completed by Bradley Smith, Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 40'45.191
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2.757
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 6.669
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 10.351
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 22.149
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 22.301
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 30.864
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 45.111
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 59.264
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati +1'01.417
11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR +1'03.665
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART +1'14.256
13 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki +1'21.603
14 8 Hector BARBERA FTR +1'27.976
15 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki +1'29.442
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter +1'29.551
17 23 Luca SCASSA ART +1'47.930
18 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda +1'52.927
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  70 Michael LAVERTY ART 8 Laps
  52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 9 Laps
  69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 12 Laps
  50 Damian CUDLIN PBM 13 Laps
  29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 14 Laps


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First half quite exciting second snoring but for Cal and Alvaro.
Easily Marc can win it next week now .... well done.
Two failures from Ducati that's not good at all and you could see Nicky frowning through the helmet...... :)

The race followed the familiar script - after an initial flurry, it became a procession, and the TV producers handed over race coverage to their experienced robot director. Over the final few laps they showed the required duration of CRT backmarkers circulating on their own, replays of the start and a couple of ultra slow-mo power slides. Much of the last lap entertainment was provided by shots of Pedrosa's butt, while the only competitive contest between Crutchlow and Bautista was waged off-screen.
Why has the premier class of the most thrilling of all motor sports become such a formulaic spectacle? The riders' skill and bravery are more visible than ever, but the tension and excitement of competition has been lost. Not so long ago I can remember several race-long duels at the front end per season. Why does this tired race routine occur in MotoGP with such frequency, and comparatively rarely in Superbike?
I suspect something is badly wrong with the rules - that the extreme technology has canceled out too much of the riders' input. A tiny technical advantage due to a particular track's character, a bike's software or its acceleration can inexorably be turned into a winning position.
Stoner seemed to be saying the same thing before his premature retirement - it's just not fun anymore.

It's time to re-examine the purpose of this sport I think. If it's simply to make money, they're losing that battle with "races" too much like parades. If it's simply to determine who can spend the most and make the fastest moto around a track, they can dispense with the riders and simply run 'em around TOTALLY by computer-control or have a "rider" control 'em via radio from the safety of the pit lane.
On the other hand, if it's to determine who the most skilled and brave RACER is, they need to get rid of all the electronic trickery. Traction-control should be ONLY in the rider's right wrist with the sensors in his rear end. Rules which evenly distribute competitive equipment to anyone with the skill and reasonable financial support (this means PRIVATE sponsorship, not solely factory/manufacturer support) to get their hands on it.
A situation where a sensor cable is torn off and instantly results in the machine spitting the rider off, despite his best efforts, illustrates the insanity of the current rules situation.
SPORTING interests, rather than manufacturer sales goals should determine the rules, otherwise it'll soon be F1 with two less wheels...a boring series with all kinds of gimmicks applied to try and create interesting races among hugely mismatched opponents, while only a few have a genuine chance of success.

If I remember correctly, Stoner said he'd only come back when MotoGP raced 750cc 2 strokes. He was joking of course - but perhaps we should keep it in mind the next time a commentator wets himself over JL's ability to deliver metronomic fast laps courtesy of TC.
Excuse me while I go dig through some rose-tinted 1980 Bol d'Or memories of the Gauloises OW31 Yamaha screaming into the sunset down the Mistral straight at Paul Ricard's mountain-top circuit near Marseilles.

For nostalgia freaks only - here's some guy on an OW31 at Paul Ricard. It's not sunset, and he's nursing it around the shortened Mistral circuit - but it sounds sweet when it gets close to 10K rpm. Apparently Kenny Roberts told Yamaha the OW31 TZ750 was too dangerous to race! Guess it needed some TC.
Would be cool to see Stoner getting serious on one of those.
And here's KR going geriatric on his YZR500 at Imola

The only thing that stays the same is the incessant complaining about current MotoGP from certain contributers on this website. We get it, 500cc two strokes with the computing power of a pocketwach were heaven while Honda is the devil and traction control the anti-christ.

There's plenty to talk about in current MotoGP without having to constantly keep flogging these poor dead horses.

Now, about the topic at hand, the race. I like how Lorenzo keeps battling on with Marquez, even though everybody knows it's pretty much all over. It's a shame the race was decided at the front halfway through, but you can't have everything.

First of all - The OW31 was not 500cc - it was a vicious 750cc beast that only a couple of riders could handle.
Secondly - Nobody is seriously proposing to bring back 2 strokes.
Thirdly - Your own comment: "It's a shame the race was decided at the front halfway through, . . " This has been the story throughout the season - it IS a shame, it's getting worse, and DORNA needs to find a remedy for this problem.

Awesome race for my favorite rider, some fun between Marc and Jorge, and Moto GP as always has their excellent video. I don't know what you all are complaining about, it was a good race to watch.

I watched every lap, waiting to see if Marc would start closing the gap - an on-form Marquez trailing an injured Pedrosa meant tension for me until the checkers.

Between the irony of Lorenzo bashing into Marquez and the sheer poetic justice of Pedrosa running away from the field, watching this was an excellent way to start my Sunday.

Marc rides aggressively around Jorge, and Jorge says '...will no one rid me of this unsafe rookie?...'.

Jorge rides aggressively around Marc, and Marc says '...that was fun...'.


the point leading MM demonstrates the indisputable fact that he has a firm grasp on how to skillfully race someone hard and clean,which he has demonstrated all season long and which has never been in doubt.Happily absent today were the non- strategic blunders into the space of others which has angered and befuddled so many,myself included. Clearly someone at Honda has at last jerked a knot in his ass ,reminding him that he can only lose the title by falling on his ass and hurting himself,never mind someone else....Congrats to Dani,who was the fastest rider on clearly the fastest motorcycle.....Nicky is hanging on by a thread,pushed to the limit by years of being the smiling positive force and team player that he is in the midst of the crumbling decay and chaos of once proud Ducati....

MM shows he can do aggression and control. Can't help thinking this is his
new era.
Yamaha in need of something for next year.
Crutchlow a fine sixth , Bradley Smith right behind him in seventh.About right for them suppose.

What is the point of MotoGP? To match the best riders in the world with the most advanced motorcycle technology developed by the best motorcycle manufacturers on the planet.

Dorna thinks the bikes are too fast and that Honda and Yamaha are too dominant. It wants to even the playing field, but it surely cannot do that unless it imposes major rule changes. All bikes must have the same fuel limit, the same ECU and no traction control. This must happen to stop Honda and Yamaha's domination, because it is the money spent on data programming that sets these motorcycles apart.

There are many companies in the world that can build powerful engines and make high-performance chassis, and the other components are standard. Yes, the Honda and Yamaha engines and gearboxes are more sophisticated, but all of the big manufacturers can pump out 240+ hp; Ducati, Kawi, Suzuki and Aprilia included. It is the engine mapping and traction control that sets them apart. The best manufacturers attract the best riders due to lack of competitiveness elsewhere and their ability to pay higher wages. This compounds the problem.

In a free market competitive environment, there will always emerge a company that develops superior competitive abilities and then dominates its rivals. This means high streets become lined with the same brands, and MotoGP races are dominated by the same manufacturers.

Sort it out, Dorna.

Dear Race Direction. Please award Jorge one extra championship point for contributing to making the show better through the use of his shoulder on Marquez...... twice. Better give him two then ....

Moto 2 clashes and crashes ..... no investigation? That red flag was the result of an aggressive move that took out quite a few riders and its definitely not the first time that has happened in that class. No points deducted from anyone?

What was the point of taking the point off Marquez again? To teach him and other young riders that safety is paramount and overly aggressive riding will be penalised consistently? OK, wake me up when that really happens.

Whatever stance you take on race directions treatment of MM there are some subtle differences in the contact that happened this race. If you look very closely, i'd even suggest viewing it frame by frame if you have the equipment, you can see that after the contact Marquez doesn't actually high side himself to the moon and ruin his championship hopes...

Maybe I missed something, or I just prefer not to speculate too much. But MM was charged 1 point for his continued dangerous riding. Not because someone's electronics failed and High Sided. Lorenzo stuffed Marquez multiple times and caused contact, similar to the type of riding that MM does all the time.

Get rid of fuel injection and make them all run carbs. Harder to use TC. Bring back the rookie rule. Then they can say, look. MM is winning on a Satellite bike (eventhough it wouldn't be).

Just a bad joke. Rossi is still faster than most of the current riders, but still seconds slower than JL. MM has raw talent and no fear. This will bite him in the long term but for now, he's the next champion.

All the other riders will just have to adapt. As JL did to be Rossi. As Rossi did to beat the old guard.

Jorge used an agressive passing move on Marquez and clearly hits Marc's body with his bike. Shortly after, Marquez passes Lorenzo cleanly, blocks his line and causes Jorge to back off the gas on the exit of the corner. IMO, VERY hypocritical for Jorge to complain about Marquez's pass and his comments and attitude in the post-race press conference made him look like a sore loser. I have much respect and admiration for Lorenzo's immense talent and skill but my opinion of his character has gone down quite a bit over the last couple of weeks.

well , i just watched that podium post conference thingy ma bob, jorge is having a bit of a hard time with the fact that he is losing title to marq, you sure can tell. i am sure with marq saying ,..yeah its fun, i dig it, is driving jorge crazing, seems that way anyhow.

...are in the M1. Yamaha needs to sort this out.

I am behind MM all the way, because he offers a fresh perspective on racing. No more hole shots = victory with a clear distance anymore.

Lorenzo is IMO the textbook definition on how to ride fast around a track. He is the most balanced and intelligent rider out there. With an improved M1 (new engine perhaps), he will definitely give MM some difficulties.

people were so dumb.! now people moan about contact? jorge touch mm? 1st touch is diff then bounch. 2nd dorna etc didnt realy do anything about it... yes gave honda deflict off 25 points so that was a free ticket for jorge to touch. and he was soft in touching mm. should have bounch mm of track and recieve nothing then again nothing and again nothing and then after 6 months give jorge 1 penalty point. like they did with mm. oh wait and another whole year of hard touching like in moto2. so jorge has to bouch mm 1 1/2 year and recieve 1 penalty point. jorge said it was fun!! jorge also said little touch.... but that was sarcasm.....mm never touched anybuddy right?! hahaha

Moto3 is still the best thing about the World Championship. By a mile. ALL through the year you see 3,4 bikes abreast through turns, trains of bikes slipstreaming to gain the smallest of advantages and more drive through the next corner, the lead *constantly* changing throughout the race, and multiple bikes sprinting together towards the line over the last few laps, with races often not decided till the last few corners.

There's your entertainment. If MotoGP isn't doing it for you, and Marquez's shenanigans, JLo's frustration, And Dani's inconsistancy is bringing out more yawns than cheers, then don't watch it, no one is forcing you to... cause the real racing is elsewhere, and has been for some time :)

The yam may well be as good as the honda but in a sport where every ounce and millisecond is analysed, Rossi(67kg) and Jorge(65kg) being considerably heavier than both Honda riders(Dani 51kg, MM 59 kg) that's over 30lbs to Dani and over 20lbs to Marquez for Rossi and not much less for Jorge, may well be all the difference Honda needs. A huge disparity in the rules and frankly ridiculous in this day and age with the level of technology involved. Once you have to be a certain size to race you have to question whether the very best are winning or whether it's just the best of the correct size rider. No question both Marquez and Dani would be slower carrying a couple of extra stone around.. Moto2 has a similar problem where all is supposed to be equal yet the speed advantage Pol's bike has over Redding's almost feels like cheating, in a 'standard' class..

Pedrosa ---> Rossi = 16 bags of UK standard sugar
Pedrosa ---> Lorenzo = 14 bags of UK standard sugar
Absolutely no doubt in my mind that Pedrosa would not be at the level he is with an extra 14 or 16 kgs for the whole of race distance....
Rossi would leave him in his wake if the combined weights were identacle.
Lorenzo is probably doing the best out of the top 4 considering the weight disadvantages.
And no, I'm not a fan of Pedrosa or Lorenzo. Never liked them, never will.

If Yamaha cannot come good to equal the Honda, I feel that Jorge and Pedrosa will be switching seats at the end of 2014. Once again the key part will be what will Rossi do? If Rossi wants to continue racing after his current contract is up Yamaha marketing will be keen to keep him on board, and with Pol being catered to be the next Lorenzo at Yamaha Pedrosa may find himself in negotiations with Suzuki if HRC is keen to sign Lorenzo. Ducati, as always would be career suicide, and Pedro is far too talented to go without a factory paying ride.

As far as the weights are concerned, I still do not believe they play as big of a part as people make it out to be. HRC has made an absolute killer of a machine no doubt, but it takes more than being light weight to race at this level.

...maybe Dani was just best on the day, Marc has the edge on Jorge, and Valentino is closing the gap to the front three. The 3 final times don't mean that much, they all backed off with a few laps to go but up to 3/4 distance Rossi was within 2 seconds of Jorge, much closer than he's been all season.

There are so many different topics covered by this thread, linking in to earlier debates, so apologies is this is a bit of a multi-purpose post;

The 500's era: Safer? Really? Barry Sheene was held together by screws and plates, Wayne Rainey has spent most of his adult life in a wheelchair, in fact just take a browse through Wikipedia and re-assess. I'm far from convinced.

The good old days: I've been watching MotoGP and it's fore-runners for nigh on 20 years and it has always had it's snooze-fest periods. Yesterday was reminiscent of Doohan and Criville, doing what they did most of the time. But every now and then you get a cracker of a race and it's all worthwhile. Personally I think we've been spoilt rotten this year, which just made yesterday seem a bit dull after the first half.

Jorge and the blood bath: I've never been that fond of Jorge but he went up in my estimation for speaking truth to power. Maybe the comments were a dig at Marquez, but he said it as it.

Broken bones: It really bothers me that these young guys are back out there racing so soon after bad injuries and breaks. There's payback when they are older and sooner than they think. From my late 40's onwards I've hobbled around with arthritis thanks to my own misguided heroics in my 20's and while I don't regret doing the things I did that led to broken bones, I sure wish I'd let things heal properly before leaping back into the fray. This issue needs intervention. It needs a rule of some sort that says that if you have a fracture you're out, like it or not, for the next 6 weeks. That might just make riders every so slightly more careful to boot.

All in all, that was a great weekend. All sessions for all 3 classes were very interesting. Particularly qualifying for Moto GP. The last 5 minute usual mad dash was there. I thought Dani was going to get pole, but just never turned up really. Jorge was teddy chucking, which is always good to see. Valentino was happy (happier than I've seen him on a Saturday for a long time).

I did think before the weekend that Marquez was a formality. After the testing there, I thought, "he's just gotta turn up". And that was true to a certain extent. However, even I (as a Dani fan) had sold him short on his grit and determination. A great ride on Sunday, it really was. I'm sure some will say that Marc was letting him go, and thinking of the title. To those people I say hogwash. Marc wants to obliterate the competition, every week. As all racers do. I think he just didn't have the little extra to go with Dani this weekend. Whether this will be the same this coming weekend in another matter.

Seriously looking forwards to bleary eyed mornings watching Philip Island this weekend.