Today in the Grand Prix of Spain in front of 111,259 spectators, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completed a perfect race to take his first victory of the 2013 season. Teammate Marc Marquez enjoyed a fantastic battle with Jorge Lorenzo, passing him in the final corner to take a thrilling second place.

After tracing Lorenzo, who led from pole, in the early laps, Dani made his move on lap six and never looked back, opening up a 2.4 second lead by the end of the race. With this victory, Dani continues his incredible run here in Jerez, finishing on the podium in all eight starts in the MotoGP class. Jerez continues to be the most successful circuit for Spanish riders for premier-class victories, with a total of nine; Alberto Puig in 1995, Alex Criville in 1997, ‘98, ‘99, Sete Gibernau in 2004, Jorge Lorenzo in 2010 & 2011 and Dani in 2008 and 2013.

It was an eventful race for Marc who had an early battle with Valentino Rossi but passed him and then stuck with Lorenzo for the majority of the race, trying to find a way to pass his countryman. In the final lap, on the final turn, Lorenzo didn’t fully close the door and it was all Marc needed. The bikes touched but Marc was able to keep his line and finished ahead of Lorenzo. Marc is now the youngest rider to finish on the podium at three successive premier-class races, after his 3rd place in Qatar and victory in Austin.

Marc now leads the 2013 World Championship standings on 61 points, with Dani second on 58 points. Collecting the trophy for Honda was Mr. Manabu Nishimae, COO for Regional Operations (Europe, Middle and Near East and Africa), President and Director of Honda Motor Europe Ltd.

Dani Pedrosa

“It was a beautiful race. I was able to ride the bike well, even though it was difficult because the tyres were really on the limit. I couldn’t push too hard because of that, so I had to ride carefully. I was able to maintain a good advantage throughout the race and collect this win at home as a result. It was fantastic, especially seeing all the fans in the stands; this year we’ve had a lot of people come to watch this Grand Prix. I also want to say ‘Happy Mothers Day’ to my mum and thanks to all my team; it’s been a great day!”

Marc Marquez

“It was a very good race. I gave 100 percent from the first lap through to the last. At some points in the race I felt better than at others, but I never gave up. I tried to stick as close as possible to Lorenzo, although it was very difficult. I couldn’t quite close the gap, but I didn’t let him get away either. It was a very hard race, because if you get one or two seconds difference between you, you relax a bit. I didn’t relax though, and I am very happy. I think that, above all, the end of the race was really good for the fans. I want to apologise to Jorge, because it was a racing incident – a last lap move that happens when you are on the limit. The most important thing is that we both finished the race, and I hope that that’s the end of it.”

MotoGP 2013
Race Round 3   Spain

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 45'17.632
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +2.487
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +5.089
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +8.914
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +12.663
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +15.094
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati +41.881
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 7 Power Electronics Aspar ART +43.812
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +44.461
11 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Test Team Ducati +45.974
12 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 4 Avintia Blusens FTR +59.859
13 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 3 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'09.743
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 2 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER +1'17.813
15 Edwards Colin 5 USA 1 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'18.177
16 Staring Bryan 67 AUS 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini FTR-Honda +1'18.928
17 Corti Claudio 71 ITA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'19.307
18 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'19.457
19 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda DNF
20 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
21 Pesek Lukas 52 CZE 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER DNF
22 De Puniet Randy 14 FRA 0 Power Electronics Aspar ART DNF
23 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Paul Bird Motorsport ART DNF
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002

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Records

Pole Position 1m 37.910s (162.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 38.735s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 44m 57.246s (159.300km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)