2013 COTA MotoGP Race Result

Race Results and summary for MotoGP:

Marc Marquez won his first MotoGP race at the COTA track in Texas and in doing so became the youngest top-class winner ever. What's more, he beat his teammate Dani Pedrosa in a straight fight, passing him on lap 13 for good. Jorge Lorenzo rode his M1 to a loney third place, followed by Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow and the Honda of Stephan Bradl in fifth.

But the story of the day was Marquez who sits tied with Lorenzo at the top of the championship after two rounds. At the age of 20 years 63 days, Marquez takes the youngest-premier-class-winner record from American "Fast" Freddie Spencer who was 20 years 196 days old when he won the Belgium 500cc GP at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982, also on a Honda. The following year, Spencer won the first of his two 500cc championships.

It was an all-Spanish podium in Texas with the next race in Jerez, Spain.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 43'42.123
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1.534
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 3.381
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 6.616
5 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 12.674
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 16.615
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 22.374
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 22.854
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 33.773
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 42.112
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 48.837
12 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 50.705
13 11 Ben SPIES Ducati +1'14.132
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART +1'15.651
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART +1'19.591
16 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'34.391
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR +1'39.823
18 8 Hector BARBERA FTR +1'39.952
19 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki +1'46.773
20 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda +1'48.084
21 79 Blake YOUNG APR 1 Lap


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Great race by Marquez, you could tell Pedrosa was really pushing to keep with him. The Super Slow motion shot of Pedrosa and Marquez through T10 was amazing, both sliding the whole way.

MM has come good so fast its scary. When the track suits the Honda, MM gets first. But if the track doesn't, MM still gets third. Its the exact same for JLO. Looks like a JLO and MM championship battle. The question is who has the stronger teammate who will take points of their rival. My guess is Pedrosa will take more points off of JLO than Rossi can take off MM. The season should be one for the ages.

Interesting perspective.
After two races, they are even.

Qatar: Rossi takes four points off Marquez by relegating him to third.
COTA: Pedrosa takes four points off Lorenzo by relegating him to third.

Glad we've got the season sorted out with the results after two races. I won't bother watching now, can get on with the decorating for the rest of the year.

Anybody have attendance figures yet? How did Cota compare to indy 2008?

Nick Harris said during the telecast that there were approx 60,000 in attendance during the MotoGP race. Don't know how that compares to Indy '08.

The number they flashed up on the screen for today was 61k I think, not sure if that's the official number - Indy 2008 was 30k more than that.

Both HRC riders looked to be on the edge all race long. But maybe thats how they have to be tamed. It was always impressive to see them go throuh turn ten.

Im not sure what to say about Marquez. First Honda track, gets pole, fastest lap and win. As if he had been on a big bike for years.

It is early to count Pedrosa out, I wont do it. Little guy has a lot of tricks and his favourite tracks to come.

Both HRC riders looked to be on the edge all race long. But maybe thats how they have to be tamed. It was always impressive to see them go throuh turn ten.

Im not sure what to say about Marquez. First Honda track, gets pole, fastest lap and win. As if he had been on a big bike for years.

It is early to count Pedrosa out, I wont do it. Little guy has a lot of tricks and his favourite tracks to come.

I was one of the people who found it very difficult to believe that Marc Marquez was as good as people were saying. I put it down to his weight advantage and being on the best bikes, overly aggressive and reckless, and perhaps some rule bending was going on too. The speed with which he went through the moto2 field in one lap at Motegi seemed to confirm his Moto2 Repsol Suter-honda must have an unfair power advantage. Surely when he moved up to the premier class, even on an HRC RCV Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Rossi and the unforgiving bridgestones would quickly expose him as only a good rider perhaps marginally better than Bradl and Bautista.

Impressive speed in pre-season and a great battle to secure the final podium slot on his debut at Qatar showed he did indeed have the talent but others had made more impressive debuts in the class, so in my mind the jury was still out.

Then came Austin.

Fastest in every session bar one, the bridgies did indeed take a big bite out of him but undaunted he produced an absolutely blistering qualifying speed to secure pole by a comfortable margin and followed it up with a decisive debut race victory. But thats not the reason my eyes have been opened, it's the style in which he rode that race, on the limit, fast and loose, yet clearly in control of the RCV. The corner that illustrated this best for me was the fast sweeping downhill left following the esses - the bike out of shape but looking as though it only made it round the turn because it was attached to Marquez. The only other rider who looked this in control of a misbehaving bike was Freddie Spencer. I watched him ride the NSR250 round Stowe in the pouring rain in 85, the bike was making all sorts of shapes yet Freddie remained smooth and unruffled, looking serene as he went around the turn leading that recalcitrant NSR round under him. That Marquez has eclipsed Freddies records in this phenomenal weekend seems kind of fitting.

If Lorenzo was impressive to get so close to the Hondas on a track where the Yamaha was clearly at a disadvantage then Crutchlow was outstanding, soundly beating two of the riders who had the advantage of the preseason test at COTA in qualifying and then thrashing them in the race with the only blot on his copybook running off track in his frustration at seeing Lorenzo creep away as he was stuck behind Bradls RCV. Just how close would he have been to Jorge without the run off? The post race congratulations from Lorenzo rightly acknowledged just how honest Cal had been keeping him once he managed to dispose of the two Hondas ahead of him.

If COTA was a brilliant race then Jerez should be an absolute corker. Lorenzo will be burning to win there, Pedrosa will want to, nay must, assert himself over Marquez, Rossi has the pace at a circuit he likes and has a big point to prove, and Cal Crutchlow who was fastest overall in the pre-season test must be brimming with confidence after this weekends performance. Surely someone in Yamaha Management must be noticing that it would be a good idea to have three Yamahas capable of beating the Repsols to the podium or at least to be a spoiler capable of getting between Lorenzo and Marquez. That's assuming the exponential learning curve of Marc Marquez doesn't leave him ahead of the entire field again. Two rounds in and it's already the best season in years. I can't wait for round 3!!!

Really? Because that was one BORING race.

There were more passes in two laps in the Formula1 race in Bahrain than at COTA today for the whole race. COTA wasn't even full.

MotoGP better change otherwise they are doomed. Mark my words.

It's turning into the SpanishGP and that's good for no one except Spanish viewership.

Well you're welcome to the artificial overtaking in Bernies borefest.

The best riders right now are Spanish. Your solution is to put slower riders on the bikes from other countries?

I'm not sure how you can call that race boring. Up to 3 laps to go, it was a fight. Dani made a mistake and that was that. Other than that, the race was great. If you're going to sit there and say that the "golden years" we're better. I'd say you're looking at it through rise colored glasses. This is racing, not a track day, the object is to win. The Hondas did what they needed. Got out front and pulled a gap. Then the battle commenced.

I also watched the F1 race, did you??? Because the battle in MotoGP was for the win. In F1 it wasn't. Seb ran away with it. Maybe you should go watch track days or armature racing. You might get your passing 10 times per lap that you're looking for. As for the show in MotoGP. I'd say its doing just fine.

I felt like it was pretty boring too (watched on Motogp btw - not very good comentary and the feed was horiable)

The second time I watched with Julian and the Toby wanna be (sounds just like him - but they don't have the chemistry that Toby and Julian do). I thought it was a very good race.

Any motogp race is better than F1 IMHO...

Winning in his second race is one hell of a feat in today's field. But I'm not totally on the Marquez hypetrain yet. If he can beat Pedrosa at Jerez then I'll be prepared to proclaim him as the second coming of Spencer. Though actually there was one other guy who was able to tame an unruly bike in the manner you describe, rode a Ducati for awhile.. But Marquez is the rider of the moment for sure. Rossi's ride makes me wonder if he's actually the contender people thought he might be after Qatar, that wasn't real alien form.

Rossi went a little too far with his weight balance in the race. He also had vibration in the front. He's there. This track was an unknown. We're about to see where everyone stands once we get to the European rounds.

Herve was critisized on the 'forums' for signing Cal Crutchlow, why sign a guy who's only won a supersport championship and came nowhere in WSBK? Stupid move?

I'd trust Herve's judgment, he hasn't given Smith the job as a favour. Its career development and he's the boss who makes the decisions with the team's money. We'll see at the END of the season whether this was a good call or not.

Good for the Spaniards Dorna changed the rules for MM. He should be on a satellite bike like the rookies before him, then we'd see how he goes!

that the Rookie Rule would have made any difference to the bike had MM been forced into a Satellite Team. Only the paint on the fairing would be different.

The rookie rule was stupid from day one and only got more so as the number of factory bikes diminished. Marquez is certainly not the rider for whom the rules have been changed most often...

Please explain what rule was broken. I'm sure all of us here would love a good laugh on Monday.

Wow, what a race, and what a talent is Marquez. He rode a measured race and didn't have a brain explosion when found himself behind Pedrosa, pure class!
Even if there is still no fairing bashing multi-bike battles for the lead, it's going to be an interesting season seeing how the dynamic between the top runners pans out, they're still all friendly right now but I don't see it lasting. :)

Quite frankly I had higher expectations in terms of show (maybe they should line-up in reversal order to see some overtaking ;)

But I remember Freddie maiden win and today I can see with my eyes Marquez. There's a huge difference between dominating test or practices and winning at race day. And he did it. Not because the gut in front of him went horizontal but because he was clearly in control all the laps. Chapeau.

People were asking if he could win races this year. He's probably a title contender this year (not the favourite, but still.....).

Seeing him and Cal going up a notch it's a good thing for the incoming races.