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.
|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 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||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||Avintia Blusens||FTR||+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|
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|
|Longest straight||0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles|
|Resurfacing||Resurfaced before 2017 round|
Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 31.185s (165.2km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)|
|Race Time||41m49.773s (162 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|