2013 Indianapolis MotoGP Race Result: You hear that Mr. Anderson?... That is the sound of inevitability
Press releases from the MotoGP team after qualifying at Indianapolis:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Indianapolis:
2013 Indianpolis MotoGP Saturday Round Up: An Unstoppable Marquez, A Breakable Spies, And A Desirable Hayden
Somebody appears to have neglected to inform Marc Marquez of the laws of physics. Though the track is less slippery than it was last year, and so a little faster, where Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo upped their pace by three tenths of a second, dipping under last year's pole record, Marc Marquez positively obliterated it. The Spanish rookie put in one of the best laps every seen on a MotoGP bike, and stripped nearly nine tenths of a second off the pole record, held by his teammate Dani Pedrosa. He sits half a second ahead of reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo, and a fraction more ahead of Pedrosa.
That gap bears repeating. Half a second in a single lap is a world apart in MotoGP: If they both started at the same time, Marc Marquez would have crossed the line 22 meters ahead of Jorge Lorenzo after that first lap, or roughly 11 bike lengths. By comparison, third place man Dani Pedrosa would have followed 60 centimeters later, or just over a wheel length, while Cal Crutchlow would have crossed the line 1.3 meters later, his front wheel in line with Pedrosa's boot and Lorenzo's rear wheel.
Of course, posting a fast lap in qualifying is one thing, hammering them in lap after lap is another. Jorge Lorenzo is the master of the metronomic lap times, but at Indy, Marquez is just blowing him and everyone else away. Marquez' race pace is around the low 1'39, a lap time he is capable of comfortably repeating, while the rest struggle to post the occasional 1'39.4. If you're the betting type, it's not even worth putting your money on Marquez for the win, the bookmakers have already priced the rest of the field out of the market.
Below the press release from Dorna confirming that all three Grand Prix classes will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 2014:
Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix To Return To IMS in 2014
FIM MotoGP™ World Championship event expected in August
The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a seventh consecutive year in 2014, with an expected race date in mid-August to be announced in the future.
Next year is the final year of the agreement between IMS and sanctioning organization and commercial rights holder Dorna to bring all three classes of the MotoGP World Championship – MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ – to the Brickyard. But IMS and Dorna have started discussions about a long-term relationship past the terms of the current contract. MotoGP first came to IMS in 2008.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office released the following transcript of the post-qualifying press conference from the circuit:
2013 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE
Marc Marquez, Scott Redding, Alex Rins, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013
MODERATOR: So it's a warm welcome. It's Round 10 in the MotoGP World Championship and, of course, Round 9 for Moto2 and Moto3. We're at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. What a fabulous day of qualifying we've watched in all three classes.
In pole position in MotoGP, riding the Repsol Honda, his 32nd pole position, his fourth of the season. He's decimated the lap record here at Indianapolis. Of course, it's the World Championship leader, Marc Marquez. Joining him on the front row of the grid for the 28-lap race tomorrow afternoon, it's the World Champion Jorge Lorenzo riding the Yamaha. And completing that front row of the grid right at the end of the session, it's a double winner here, also riding the Repsol Honda. It's Dani Pedrosa.
In the Moto2 class, Scott Redding leads that championship by 23 points riding that Marc VDS machine, and in a right old battle in qualifying today with Pol Espargaro, he leads in the championship. He's taken pole position. You've got a feeling that battle may continue in the race tomorrow. We look forward to that.
Another excellent performance by Alex Rins in the Moto3 class. Of course, he won the race at Austin, Texas, that second round of the championship. He won the last round of the championship in Germany at the Sachsenring, and he's in pole position once again.