Motorsport Wrap for Monday 6th May 2013

Pedrosa Reigns in Spain

Spain's Dani Pedrosa has jumped to second in the MotoGP Championship standings after recording his first win of the 2013 season at his home grand prix at Jerez.

The Honda rider - who won seven races last season - overtook compatriot Jorge Lorenzo on the sixth lap of the race before pulling away to victory.

"To win feels amazing and obviously for the championship this victory is also good," Pedrosa said.

"It was a smart race from me, I had to push every lap while also taking care of the tyres, but the bike was working well and towards the end I could manage the gap. It's an amazing feeling to be here and thanks to my team."

A peak track temperature of 53°C was recorded during the race so front tyre choice for the race was uniform across the whole grid with all riders selecting the harder of the two front Bridgestone slick tyre options for the race.

"This weekend presented a big challenge to the riders with the hottest track conditions seen in Jerez in recent times, so our technical team worked diligently to ensure the teams could get the most out of the tyres on the scorching asphalt," said Shinichi Yamashita - General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department.

"I am pleased that even though track temperatures were substantially higher than we had in the pre-season test six weeks ago, a new race lap record was set and riders could lap at a consistent pace throughout the twenty-seven lap race. The extreme temperatures also provided lots of useful data on tyre performance at this circuit, which we will take into consideration for our ongoing tyre development programme."

The battle for second place between Lorenzo and Marc Marquez came to a thrilling conclusion on the last lap of the race, with Marquez passing Lorenzo on the inside at the last corner to take second place and the championship lead.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Marc Marquez 61 points
2. Dani Pedrosa 58
3. Jorge Lorenzo 57
4. Valentino Rossi 43


Kelly Brothers Remain Confident

Todd and Rick Kelly remain confident that they will continue to move forward as the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship progresses despite a tough weekend for the Bridgestone-backed Nissan Motorsport team in Perth.

The Kelly brothers struggled in qualifying for Races 10, 11 and 12 of the championship, forcing them to fight through the field in the events.

In the first of the Sunday's two races, it was the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan of Rick Kelly that made the most of the difficult conditions, carving his way from 26th on the grid to finish in 16th. Brother Todd followed him home in 17th.

It was a similar story in Race 12, with Rick again making his way forward to 18th despite being forced off the road mid-way through the race. Todd finished 21st following a puncture due to contact early in the race, which dropped him to the back of the field.

"We continued to move forward, but everything was stacked against us," Rick said.

"The safety car didn't go our way, we got ran off the track a couple of times and unfortunately the way the pits played out put us a fair way back.

"We can take a lot from that, but we need to get on top of getting a little bit more out of the car and myself in qualifying and then we'll start to see some really good results."

Todd is 26th in the championship, while Rick slipped to 15th as the teams head to the United States for the Austin 400.

2013 V8 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

1. Jamie Whincup (Holden) 858
2. Will Davison (Ford) 813
3. Craig Lowndes (Holden) 751
4. Jason Bright (Holden) 711
15. Rick Kelly (Jack Daniels Racing) 378
26. Todd Kelly (Jack Daniels Racing) 151

 


 

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