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MotoGP: Marquez wins at Laguna Seca

LCR Honda driver Stefan Bradl was starting the race from the pole, ahead of Marquez and Bautista.

Bradl then had a good start and lead the race from now on. Marquez struggled a bit and lost one position to Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha.

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Marquez was faster than Rossi and already at the third lap he was doing a risky at the infamous Corkscrew corner and attempted his overtake on Rossi, first on the outside, in order that he gets to the inside in the right hander.

Marquez got passed and hunted Bradl down for 1st. Marquez was following Bradl for quite a long time and then finally made his overtake 14 laps before the end of the race.

Bradl knew he couldn’t go the pace of Marquez and settled for 2nd.

Meanwhile Bautista on his Gresini Honda was putting Rossi under pressure for 3rd until the end of the race.

Pedrosa had a battle with Lorenzo for 5th.

The two Ducati boys Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso were battling for 8th and even made contact on the start/finish straight.

Marquez just had a controlled race, getting pass CRT traffic and finally winning the race with an advantage of 2.2 seconds over Bradl.

Marquez is the youngest driver ever in MotoGP/500cc World Championship history to make back to back wins.

Rossi was 3rd, Bautista 4th. Crutchlow was on a disappointing 7th position.

CRT: Barbera wins in class

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It looked like one of the Aspar drivers, especially Espargaro would win in CRT again.

But Espargero was having a driver error on the 5th lap and overturned. Teammate Randy De Puniet had early engine problems with his bike and had to retire.

So the win was between the FTR Kawasaki from Hector Barbera, Colin Edwards and De Angelis.

All three were battling for 10th overall and 1st in class, Barbera finally got the win.

His teammate Aoyama was 16th and nearly got to the points, but his broken hand impeded a point scoring position.

 

The next race is at the Indianapolis GP circuit on the 18th of August.

 

Full Results:

1 93 M. Marquez Honda Honda 44:00.695 32
2 6 S. Bradl LCR Honda 44:02.993 2.298 32
3 46 V. Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 44:05.193 4.498 2.200 32
4 19 A. Bautista Gresini Honda 44:05.252 4.557 0.059 32
5 26 D. Pedrosa Honda Honda 44:09.952 9.257 4.700 32
6 99 J. Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 44:13.665 12.970 3.713 32
7 35 C. Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 44:15.999 15.304 2.334 32
8 69 N. Hayden Ducati Ducati 44:34.658 33.963 18.659 32
9 4 A. Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 44:34.824 34.129 0.166 32
10 8 H. Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 45:03.064 1:02.369 28.240 32 CRT
11 15 A. de Angelis Pramac Ducati 45:03.299 1:02.604 0.235 32
12 5 C. Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 45:04.288 1:03.593 0.989 32 CRT
13 9 D. Petrucci Ioda Suter-BMW 45:21.145 1:20.450 16.857 32 CRT
14 17 K. Abraham Cardion ART 44:05.885 1 Runde 31 CRT
15 68 Y. Hernandez Paul Bird ART 44:15.867 1 Runde 31 CRT
16 7 H. Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 44:16.857 1 Runde 31 CRT
17 67 B. Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 44:25.931 1 Runde 31 CRT
18 52 L. Pesek Ioda Suter-BMW 45:06.444 1 Runde 31 CRT
DNF 38 B. Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 9:51.183 7
DNF 41 A. Espargaro Aspar ART 7:03.642 5 CRT
DNF 14 R. de Puniet Aspar ART 5:46.737 4 CRT
DNF 71 C. Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 14:27.083 3 CRT
DNF 70 M. Laverty Paul Bird PBM 1:33.622 1 CRT

 

Driver’s standings:

1.M. Marquez        163

2.D. Pedrosa      147

3.J. Lorenzo      137

4.V. Rossi      117

5.C. Crutchlow        116

6.S. Brad l       84

7.A. Dovizioso      81

8.A. Bautista      71

9.N. Hayden     65

10.A. Espargaro         52

11.B. Smith         51

12.M. Pirro         36

13.A. Iannone     24

14.H. Barbera      24

15.R. de Puniet     19

16.D. Petrucci     18

17.C. Edwards     17

18.B. Spies         9

19.Y. Hernandez       7

20.A. de Angelis     5

21.C. Corti       5

22.K. Abraham     5

23.M. Laverty     3

24.B. Staring        2

25.H. Aoyama     1

26.J. Del Amor       1

 

 

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Caterham to stick with current car for 2013

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Caterham has revealed that it intends to stick with developing the current CT01 car into next season, rather than make any fundamental shifts ahead of new regulations in 2014.

Caterham’s technical director Mark Smith has told ESPNF1 that the team plans to stick with the current basic car for 2013 and not make any major shifts in the design ahead of a major overhaul of F1’s technical regulations for 2014.

“We are making the 2013 car very much a development of the current car,” Smith told the sports broadcaster. “There’s not a fundamental shift in what we’re doing.”

Smith explained that this would enable them to keep the focus on improving the car over the remainder of 2012, rather than have to freeze the current specification in favour of next year’s model. “We are going to develop this car a little bit further in to this season than we would have done,” he said. By doing this, Smith hopes to steal a march on Caterham’s closest competitors on the grid – Toro Rosso, Marussia and HRT – and push drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov up into the midfield pack for the final races of the year. Smith said that he was particularly concentrating on refining the car’s exhaust system, and stressed that the optimal design and settings were very much a balance between the engine power output requirements of different circuits.

“We need to be mindful of the fact that it’s not just a given for every circuit and we need to be very careful that we come up with the best solution at each circuit,” he said. “Spa and Monza are entirely different so we are working on developments to reduce any of the losses that the system might have going forward.

” Practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francochamps starts next Friday, August 31.

Source: Crash.net