2013 Indianpolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Is Marquez The New Captain America?

Early on in FP2, it seemed as if former Indy race winners Jorge Lorenzo (2010) and Dani Pedrosa (2009, 2012) would establish their spots at the top of the order. After all, the long break gave the veteran riders time to heal from injuries and reclaim lost speed.  And both looked fast early in FP2.

Someone again forgot to inform Marc Marquez about the natural order of things. Marquez, already a winner at the prior two American races in 2013 (Austin and Laguna Seca), announced his similar intention at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a top time of 1’39.502, eight-hundredths faster than teammate Dani Pedrosa. And Marquez, too, is a prior winner here, just not in the top class.

Stefan Bradl grabbed third to give Honda a clean sweep of the top-three slots. Jorge Lorenzo managed fourth, the best of a cluster of three Yamahas. He was followed by Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi who ended up slightly more than half-a-second slower than rookie Marquez.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.502  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.582 0.080 / 0.080
3 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'39.681 0.179 / 0.099
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'39.765 0.263 / 0.084
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'39.813 0.311 / 0.048
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.084 0.582 / 0.271
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'40.087 0.585 / 0.003
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'40.240 0.738 / 0.153
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'40.433 0.931 / 0.193
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.552 1.050 / 0.119
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'40.750 1.248 / 0.198
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'41.099 1.597 / 0.349
13 11 Ben SPIES Ducati 1'41.145 1.643 / 0.046
14 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'41.444 1.942 / 0.299
15 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'41.552 2.050 / 0.108
16 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'41.588 2.086 / 0.036
17 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'41.814 2.312 / 0.226
18 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'41.956 2.454 / 0.142
19 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'42.088 2.586 / 0.132
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'42.808 3.306 / 0.720
21 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'42.828 3.326 / 0.020
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'42.927 3.425 / 0.099
23 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'43.253 3.751 / 0.326
24 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'43.741 4.239 / 0.488
25 79 Blake YOUNG APR 1'45.590 6.088 / 1.849


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... all see this coming, but it looks to be another uphill battle for Yamaha. It's perhaps ironic that the seamless-gearbox topic was again brought to the forefront, right before a racetrack that would reward a bike so-equipped immensely.

It's seems like an impressive piece of technology to be sure, but it kind of rubs me the wrong way that the biggest manufacturer has the single biggest technical advantage as well. Ducati notwithstanding ;)

Not saying its unfair, just saying the show is clearly suffering because of it.

It IS unfair.

They set an arbitrarily high weight limit to restrict introducing parts of unobtanium, ie. cost saving reasons. But, a $1+M transmission that only factory teams can afford is OK.

The hypocracy is overwhelming. Ducati's pig can't get down to 150kg. so raise the min. weight, but since they CAN build a seamless gearbox, they're legal.

When Honda introduces a thought controlled throttle, no doubt that will be fine too.

How ridiculous. When Honda riders lead it is because the Honda has an advantage but when Yamaha riders lead it is all because of the riders.

Perhaps if Yamaha tried to employ or retain the best riders (obviously Lorenzo qualifies) rather than popular riders maybe they will consistently hold the top couple of spots.

The yams edge is corner speed which relies a lot on grip, where the Hondas arent hurt as much by the dodgy track surfaces at Indy because their strength is acceleration. Despite that Jorge is only 0.2 off Marc despite his collarbone issues. Rossi's pace might be a concern for Yamaha though. Crutchlow is regularly as fast or faster than him on a satellite bike now. If one of the factory Honda guys gets injured they still have a title contender, where if Jorge gets injured Yamaha are screwed. Rossi is usually not close enough to the front to aid Lorenzo if the title comes down to the last few rounds either. Maybe they should have fought harder to keep Crutchlow.

... is the state of this series' technical management. Am I saying the Honda gearbox has something to do with the 3 RCV's stacked up at the top of the order? Hell yes I am, all of the top riders are so close in skill that you better believe a hyper fast-shifting transmission will make difference out there.

+1 Traction control, wheelie control and all that other stuff should be in the rider's backside and controlled via the twist-grip on the right handlebar. Otherwise stuff some leather suits with crumbled newspaper, stick a helmet on the top and let the "riders" run 'em around via radio control from the safety of the pit lane.

You're doing the riders in MOTOGP a huge disservice if you believe they could only ride a 125 cc machine devoid of all the electronic trickery. I would suggest the fellow that says vintage racing would be the result, might go back to his video game. I come from a background of racing AMA Superbike back in the days of Rainey, Cooley and others...most of us managed to survive by using that backside (and a little bit of brain power) combined with the right wrist. If the current machines are too powerful or too unruly, the characteristics can be dialed down so make them rideable without the video game component, no?

+1. If you want to see that, hang out for the Harley XR1200 race. One of the guys who races it told me that it's like being on a time machine.

And yeah, they're fun to race and a chuckle to watch, but a really, really good example of where the "let's restrict technology" mindset leads.

There's excellent racing among vehicles that manufacturers have absolutely zero interest in producing or promoting.

A ZX-10R or S1000RR has far more in common with an M1 than it has with an XR1200. And if you're reading this, you are far, FAR more likely to have a Ninja than an Electra-Glide.

Totally agree but if I remember correctly, these technologies were brought to increase safety at the race and now it seems that it weakens competitiveness. Ironic.

Big bad honda. It seems some think that they make the rules. They don't. Yamaha and Ducati agreed to the rules. Same as Honda. If they can't keep up. That's in them.

... they should leave. and I realy do hope they can't keep up an leave. Any sport is better without manufacturers. after all, it is SPORT, not an R&D effort !

and I don't thinck Bradl has the seamless box.

as Rossi said that it makes very little difference to an individual lap time so why would IT be the reason the Honda riders are quicker?

The impressive thing about Marc's lap times was he did 6 sub 40 times. The best anyone else did was 2. 5 of his laps were better than Jorge's best lap. Vale never got under 1:40.

" ... as Rossi said that it makes very little difference to an individual lap time so why would IT be the reason the Honda riders are quicker?"

Because Honda is the root of all evil in MotoGP. Didn't you get the memo?