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Jun 29

Rampant Rossi records first win of the season at Assen

Round 7: Dutch MotoGP™ – Race

MotoGP - Valentino Rossi - Yamaha Factory Racing - 2013 Dutch MotoGP race winnerValentino Rossi rode superbly for his first victory since returning to the Yamaha Factory Racing team, the Italian rider taking full advantage of his best qualifying position of the season to take the top step of the podium at Assen.

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  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft & Soft. Rear: Soft, Medium-soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
  • Weather: Dry. Ambient 17-18°C; Track 29-32°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Starting the race on the second row in fourth position, Rossi worked his way through the front-runners and once seizing the lead on lap six was never headed, going on to take the chequered flag by 2.170 seconds. In second place on the Repsol Honda RC213V was Marc Marquez, the MotoGP rookie resisting a late charge from Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow who claimed his third podium of the year by finishing in third place. Aleix Espargaro finished in eighth place today on the Power Electronics Aspar ART to once more claim honours in the CRT class.

Track temperatures today were at the highest level recorded all weekend, with a peak measurement of 32°C recorded in the latter half of the twenty-six lap race. The warmer conditions resulted in some riders making a late decision to switch to the harder front slick option, with all but two of the riders selecting this tyre for the race. Rear tyre choice was uniform across the grid, with all riders selecting the softer rear slick available to them; the medium-soft compound rear slick for the works riders, and the soft compound rear slick for the CRT riders.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa still leads the MotoGP™ championship standings after placing fourth in today’s race, extending his points lead over Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo – who bravely rode with a broken collarbone to fifth place – to nine points. Marquez remains third overall and twenty-three points off the championship lead.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“It is very good to see Valentino back on the top step of the podium and I would like to extend my congratulations to him and Yamaha on their excellent performance today. I must also make a special mention for Jorge, as to ride like he did today with his injury was truly inspirational and the mark of a true champion. The weather finally made a change for the better today which helped give us good conditions for the race, and it is always great to see such a large and passionate crowd at this circuit. The weather for most of the weekend here was very cool and wet which made it very challenging for riders and resulted in some crashes, so I am pleased that today’s race was completed without any further incidents.”

Shinichi Yamashita – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Today was the first time this race weekend we had two dry sessions and this was important as it allowed the teams to fine-tune their setup, something that was made difficult due to the rain we experienced the previous two days. It was also warmer today and with the higher track temperatures, the need for warm-up performance was not so important which meant a strong trend towards the harder front slick, with all but two riders selecting this option. All riders selected the softer option rear slick as although the track was warmer, no riders had a chance to assess the performance of the harder rear slick in the practice sessions. It was a positive weekend for Bridgestone as our tyre allocation for this race worked well in the poor weather and I am encouraged by how our heat-resistant rear slicks performed in their first appearance at Assen. Our decision to develop this specification of slick for the Dutch Grand Prix is another example of our dedication to continually improve our tyres to ensure MotoGP riders get the highest level of safety and performance.”

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner

“I’m happy but I can’t believe it because it’s a great feeling to have won again. I never gave up and have always worked hard as it is my passion to race motorcycles and I have to thank Yamaha for giving me another chance with an M1 in the Factory team. It was a long race and I fought with Marc, Dani and Cal but I was faster today, so thank you to everyone who helped me with this victory and now we need to continue in this way.”

 

Dutch MotoGP™ Top 10 Race Classification
 
Pos
Rider
Team
Race Time
Gap
Front spec
Rear spec
Tyres
1
Valentino ROSSI
Yamaha Factory Racing
41’25.202
 
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
2
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
41’27.372
2.170
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
3
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
41’29.275
4.073
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
4
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
41’33.034
7.832
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
5
Jorge LORENZO
Yamaha Factory Racing
41’40.712
15.51
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
6
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
41’52.721
27.519
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
7
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
41’56.800
31.598
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
8
Aleix ESPARGARO
Power Electronics Aspar
41’57.607
32.405
Soft
Soft
Bridgestone
9
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
41’58.953
33.751
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
10
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
41’59.003
33.801
Soft
Medium-soft
Bridgestone
 
 

source: bridgestonemotorsport.com, bsmotorsport.com

 

Double Finish At Assen For PBM MotoGP

Whilst between them they couldn’t manage to squeeze into the points at round seven of the MotoGP World Championship at Assen this weekend, PBM MotoGP team riders Yonny Hernandez and Michael Laverty scored a pair of important finishes in 19th and 22nd place respectively for the Penrith-based team.

With mixed conditions prevailing during practice, it was in the wet conditions that Colombian Hernandez on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored Aprilia ART and Ulsterman Laverty on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored PBM machine were at their best as both riders were inside the top ten in the weather affected Free Practice 2.

Hernandez, from Medelln, repeated the performance in the next Free Practice session although Laverty, from Toome in County Antrim, could only post 17th fastest before the final drier session which saw Hernandez crash out and Laverty placed 23rd. Into qualifying and Hernandez set 11th fastest time in Q1 to line up 21st on row seven with Laverty one further place and lining up on row eight.

Saturday’s race was held in dry but cool conditions and both riders made good starts with Hernandez ending lap one in 19th place, two places ahead of Laverty and whereas Laverty held station for the first few laps, Hernandez battled his way up to 17th at one point in a five rider tussle for the lower leaderboard placings.

By half distance, Hernandez was in 18th with Laverty up to 20th and that’s where they remained until the latter stages before dropping to 19th and 22nd and less than a second apart at the end of the epic 26-lap race around the twisty Dutch track.

With only one retirement out of the 24 starters and none from any of the leading prototype or CRT riders, it meant that neither rider improved their position in the championship but it was vital progress for Britain’s only MotoGP team as they finished on the lead lap in the race won by Valentino Rossi.

Hernandez still occupies 19th overall in the MotoGP World Championship standings with Laverty maintaining his 21st in his debut season. In the Claiming Rules Teams (CRT) class, Hernandez holds sixth with Laverty in eighth whereas PBM occupy eighth in the Constructors Championship in their debut season with their brand new British-built machine.

Michael Laverty: “It was a difficult weekend for us at Assen due to the lack of dry set up time. We had a really strong pace in the wet but unfortunately that speed didn’t transfer across to the dry although it was nice to be up amongst the prototypes during the wet sessions. After making good progress with the chassis settings in Catalunya we hoped that the good feeling would continue, however Assen required something different. I was involved in a race long battle with Yonny, Barbera, Staring and Corti so it was disappointing not to be able to progress though the group. Thanks to all the guys in the team for the hard work again this weekend, and I look forward to Germany.”

Yonny Hernandez: “I am disappointed not to have scored some points but happy that my race times were much more consistent with the setting we now have and I could fight for my position at the end of the race. I am also very happy with the setting for the wet conditions we used in practice as I was able to push hard and be very competitive. I am now looking forward to the next races and want to thank the team for all their work at Assen.”

Phil Borley, Technical Director: “Although ultimately our pace in the race was not as good as we would have liked, we can still take some positives from the weekend. Both of our riders have been very competitive in the wet sessions we have experienced during the last few days and Yonny’s rear tyre grip was much more consistent during this race, as a result of the setting he is now using. Michael managed to improve on his qualifying time in the race but we ran out of time to find a setting that gave him the confidence to push as hard as he would have liked, so we will look at some different solutions for the next races.”

Round eight of the MotoGP World Championship takes place at Sachsenring on Sunday 14th July. For more information, please visit the team’s brand new website www.pbmuk.net and www.motogp.com

source: cartersport.com