Sunday, April 27, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez & Pedrosa Finish 1-2 at MotoGP Round 3 in Argentina

Press Release

Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina

Round 3 - Sunday, April 27th 2014

  Argentina - Race Report

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Marquez continues flawless start to 2014 leading home second successive Repsol Honda 1-2

Marquez continues flawless start to 2014 leading home second successive Repsol Honda 1-2

2013 World Champion Marc Marquez has enjoyed another fantastic race weekend taking victory from pole position. He has become the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2001 to win the opening three premier class races of the season, and all from pole – a feat not matched since Giacomo Agostini back in 1971
Teammate Dani Pedrosa capped the amazing weekend for the Repsol Honda team with his second place finish at the Red Bull Argentina GP, and has now finished on the podium at the last seven MotoGP races – his longest sequence of successive podium finishes since 2012. He now moves ahead of Alex Barros, into third place, on the top ten list of all-time point scorers in the premier class. (1st Rossi – 3884, 2nd Doohan – 2298, 3rd Pedrosa – 2092, 4th Barros – 2079).
It was a difficult start for Marc and Dani, who were 1st and 2nd on the grid respectively, slipping to 2nd and 5th by turn one. The early stages of the 25 lap race were filled with drama as riders passed and ran wide and Marc dropped back to 6th with Dani 7th by lap three. As the race began to find its rhythm, so did Marc and Dani, and they started to move through the traffic. By lap five Marc was up to 2nd behind Lorenzo but Dani was still amongst the pack. However, he overtook four riders and by lap nine was up to 3rd behind Lorenzo and Marc.
Marc was content to sit behind Lorenzo for thirteen laps but finally made a move on lap seventeen passing him comfortably and opening up a two second gap in just three laps. Dani then began to close the gap on Lorenzo. He set the fastest lap of the race (1’39.233) on lap twenty two and then on the penultimate lap he passed Lorenzo to claim second place for the Repsol Honda Team.
Marc has extended his lead in the Rider Championship to 75 points, with Dani on 56. Honda lead the Constructors Championship by 28 points and also the Team Championship by 68. The team must now pack up and fly directly to Andalucia, Spain for the GP of Jerez next week.
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
1st - Championship Standing: 1st - 75 points
“I am happy with how the weekend went in general and I’d like to thank all my team! I think it was a nice race for the fans, with plenty of passes and I wasn't expecting it to be like that. As the race went on and I saw what the gap was to Jorge Lorenzo and I tried to catch up with him quickly and spend a few laps on his tail. When I saw that Dani was getting closer, I tried to overtake in order to maintain more of a gap. I took 25 more points today which are very important and I've put together three wins in a row, but we are aware that the season is very long and we are now heading to Jerez where Dani and Jorge are very fast. We will need to be up there with them, fighting for the win!”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
2nd - Championship Standing: 2nd - 56 points
"I enjoyed the race but after losing some time at the start it affected me and I found myself alone again. In the final part of the race I had a good pace and was able to recover places, but it didn't count for much. I took second place, but with the pace that we had we could have pushed for the win. You always have to learn and maybe I saved my tyres too much when I was riding as part of the group. Fortunately we found a good setup that allowed us to be more competitive, and this is positive”

race results

  Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina - Round 3
1Marc Marquez93ESP25Repsol Honda TeamHONDA41'39.821
2Dani Pedrosa26ESP20Repsol Honda TeamHONDA+1.837
3Jorge Lorenzo99ESP16Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA+3.201
4Valentino Rossi46ITA13Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA+4.898
5Stefan Bradl6GER11LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA+15.029
6Andrea Iannone29ITA10Pramac RacingDUCATI+19.447
7Bradley Smith38GBR9Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+24.192
8Pol Espargaro44ESP8Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+29.118
9Andrea Dovizioso4ITA7Ducati TeamDUCATI+33.673
10Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN6Drive M7 AsparHONDA+43.279
11Nicky Hayden69USA5Drive M7 AsparHONDA+43.352
12Yonny Hernandez68COL4Pramac RacingDUCATI+44.819
13Karel Abraham17CZE3Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA+45.178
14Scott Redding45GBR2Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+48.656
15Aleix Espargaro41ESP1NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+52.250
16Hector Barbera8ESP Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+53.505
17Michele Pirro51ITA Ducati TeamDUCATI+53.669
18Michael Laverty70GBR Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM+56.570
19Mike Di Meglio63FRA Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'03.140
20Colin Edwards5USA NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'05.760
21Broc Parkes23AUS Paul Bird MotorsportPBM1'16.722
22Alvaro Bautista19ESP Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDADNF
23Danilo Petrucci9ITA IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTERDNF

Rider standings

Sunday, April 27th 2014
1Marc Marquez93ESP75Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
2Dani Pedrosa26ESP56Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
3Valentino Rossi46ITA41Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA
4Andrea Dovizioso4ITA34Ducati TeamDUCATI
5Andrea Iannone29ITA25Pramac RacingDUCATI
6Stefan Bradl6GER24LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA
7Jorge Lorenzo99ESP22Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA
8Aleix Espargaro41ESP21NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
9Bradley Smith38GBR20Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
10Nicky Hayden69USA18Drive M7 AsparHONDA
11Pol Espargaro44ESP18Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
12Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN15Drive M7 AsparHONDA
13Yonny Hernandez68COL11Pramac RacingDUCATI
14Scott Redding45GBR11Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
15Cal Crutchlow35GBR10Ducati TeamDUCATI
16Karel Abraham17CZE8Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA
17Colin Edwards5USA7NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
18Danilo Petrucci9ITA2IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER
19Hector Barbera8ESP1Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
20Broc Parkes23AUS1Paul Bird MotorsportPBM
21Michael Laverty70GBR0Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM
22Alvaro Bautista19ESP0Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
23Michele Pirro51ITA0Ducati TeamDUCATI
24Mike Di Meglio63FRA0Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI

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Circuit Information

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Length4.806 m / 2.986 miles
Left corners5
Right corners9
Longest straight1.076 m / 0.669 miles
Termas de Río Hondo,
Santiago del Estero,
Pole Position1m 37.683s (177.1km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap1m 39.233s (174.3 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2014)
Race Time41m 39.821s (173 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2014 Race WinnerMarc Marquez (Honda)
  Honda Racing Corporation
3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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