Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez stormed to their third successive double podium of 2013 in tough wet conditions at the GP of France.

Dani, starting from 6th, performed his trademark lightning fast start and was up to 3rd by the first corner. He managed to pass Lorenzo on lap three and then had an intense battle with Dovizioso, swapping the lead, for eleven laps but finally passed him on lap fourteen and began to open up a gap and control the race. Teammate Marc, starting from pole, had a bad start and found himself down in 8th after the first lap. However, he used the opportunity to learn about racing a MotoGP bike in the wet and gradually made his way through the pack. After passing Lorenzo, Bradl crashed out and Rossi made a mistake which promoted him to 5th on lap 18. He then chased down Hayden and Dovizioso to claim a remarkable podium in very difficult conditions.

With this victory, Dani has now won eight of the last twelve races and equals Wayne Rainey and Jorge Lorenzo in all time MotoGP class victories with 24. He has scored a total of 3011 points across all three classes during his grand prix career and becomes only the third rider ever to pass the milestone of 3000 grand prix points, after Rossi (with a current total of 4604 career points) and Capirossi (3215 career points).

Dani now leads the Rider’s World Championship standings with 83 points and Marc is second on 77 points. Honda increase the lead in the Constructor’s Championship with 91 points to Yamaha’s 77 and the Repsol Honda Team lead the Team Championship with 160 points, 47 ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing.

Dani Pedrosa

“I’m very happy because I have earned an important victory. I’ve been trying to win at this circuit for many years in MotoGP and it has always been a tough track for me. Today, the moment finally arrived, when I least expected it, and it is immensely satisfying. Conditions here are usually against me, because it is cold and I don’t like riding in these temperatures, but today I got the best out of myself. The bike was also good, above all on the opening laps when the track was very wet. I made a few mistakes but I was able to recover from them, maintain the advantage and win the race. I’d like to thank all my team and also my supporters!”

Marc Marquez

“This podium almost counts as a win as it was my first wet race in MotoGP and I wasn’t expecting to finish in the top three. Also, bearing in mind that I had dropped quite far back from the front, third place and 16 points is an important achievement for the World Championship. We can say that this was a very good weekend; we had a good setting for the dry, but when it rained it was up to me to learn from the mistakes that I made at the start of the race. I need to improve, because I was finding it hard to ride with water on the track. It will be difficult to maintain our performance at Mugello, but we will go there and try 100 per cent. I congratulate Dani on a great race and victory and I’d like to thank the whole team!”

MotoGP 2013
Race Round 4   France

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 49'17.707
2 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +4.863
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +6.949
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati +10.087
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +23.561
7 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 9 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +27.961
8 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 8 Ducati Test Team Ducati +40.775
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +41.407
10 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 6 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +1'00.995
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 5 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati +1'05.110
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 4 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'16.368
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 3 Power Electronics Aspar ART +1'24.200
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 2 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER +1'25.726
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 1 AB Motoracing ART +1'32.111
16 Edwards Colin 5 USA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'40.602
17 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1 lap
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Blusens FTR +1 lap
19 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1 lap
20 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Paul Bird Motorsport ART DNF
21 De Puniet Randy 14 FRA 0 Power Electronics Aspar ART DNF
22 Pesek Lukas 52 CZE 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER DNF
23 Corti Claudio 71 ITA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki DNF
24 Staring Bryan 67 AUS 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini FTR-Honda DNF
Location Information

Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in… read more.

Length 4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles
Constructed 1966
Modified 2008

Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps

www.lemans.org

Records

Pole Position 1m 31.975s (163.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 43m 29.793s (161.6km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
2017 Race Winner Maverick Viñales (Yamaha)