MotoGP: 2013 season reviewed.
Ducati MotoGP - EICMA 2013
The 2013 FIM Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was an all Spanish affair. With Marc Márquez, the MotoGP champion this season, followed by Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, and with Pol Espargaró winning the title at Moto2 and Maverick Viñales the champion at Moto3, followed by other three spanish riders in the final table, it is safe to say that this was a good season for Spanish riders.
But this was at the end of the season, let's start with the, well, beginning. First let's take a look at the big boys, the MotoGP class.
Marc Marquez - Valentino Rossi - Silverstone 2013
The MotoGP class: Márquez's ascent from rookie to king.
Let's start with the most important driver changes. So, Valentino Rossi, the six-times MotoGP World Champion returned to Yamaha after spending two, shall we say, disappointing seasons at Ducati, and was replaced by Andrea Dovizioso at the Italian team.
That meant that Rossi will join Jorge Lorenzo at Yamaha Factory Racing team for a comeback of the partnership that has helped Yamaha win three straight Manufacturer World Championships from 2008 till 2010.
Two-times World Champion Casey Stoner announced his retirement at the end of the 2012 season so Marc Márquez stepped in to become Dani Pedrosa's teammate at Repsol Honda.
In terms of on-track action, this season was a continuous battle between Jorge Lorenzo, along with Repsol Honda team-mates Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa for the title of MotoGP Champion.
With Lorenzo starting with a win in the first race of the season at the Losail
International Circuit in Qatar followed by his teammate Rossi, Márquez on third place, and Pedrosa fourth, we already had a glimpse of what was about to happen in the upcoming races.
But Rossi slowed down after the inaugural race and the show was stolen by the three Spanish drivers, with Marc Márquez winning in Texas at the Grand Prix of the Americas to become the youngest winner at the premier class.
Dani Pedrosa stepped into the spotlight and won the next two races at Jerez, in Spain, and at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, France.
Jorge Lorenzo, not to be outdone by his compatriot, also won consecutive races at the Mugello Circuit in Italy, where Márquez retired, and at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
Rossi won at the Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands, this was the Italian's first victory since 2010 when he finished first at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Then, followed Márquez's period of dominance, that started at Sachsenring, in Germany, where he won and, helped by the fact that both Lorenzo and Pedrosa did not started in that race due to injuries, moved to the first place in the riders' standings.
He went on to win a total of four straight races, two of them from pole position, from that victory at Sachsenring ( including ), till the Czech GP at Brno.
Valentino Rossi - Cal Crutchlow - Le Mans 2013
Jorge Lorenzo replied by winning back-to-back victories at Silverstone and Misano to reduce the deficit between him and Marc Márquez.
At the San Marino GP, Dani Pedrosa had the same amount of points as Lorenzo, both behind Márquez, but Pedrosa's title chances took a big hit at the Aragon Grand Prix, where he retired in a race that was ultimately won by Marc Márquez, with Jorge Lorenzo finishing second. He went on to win at Sepang, in the Malaysian Grand Prix, but remained second in the Riders' Table.
Lorenzo's title chances were reignited though, as he won the Australian GP and, following Márquez's disqualification at the same race, he remaind with only eighteen points behind his rival. Another win at the Japanese Grand Prix reduced the deficit to thirteen points, so the final round of the season, in Valencia, will become the decider.
Jorge won at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, but with Márquez clinging on to third place, he lost the title by four points.
Marc Márquez with a total of 334 points, 4 in front of Jorge Lorenzo and 34 in front of Dani Pedrosa, became the youngest champion at the premier class, beating Freddie Spencer's previous record dating from 1983.
Also, Márquez became the first rookie since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to win the championship in their debut season, and only the fourth rider to win the World Championship at three different categories after Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.
Honda won the Manufacturers' Championship with eight points in front of Yamaha and 234 points in front of Ducati.
Blusens Avintia Suter - Moto2
Moto2: Espargaró and Kalex shine.
The most important rider changes were the ones of Sandro Cortese, Louis Rossi and Danny Kent, all of them having moved up from Moto3.
On the track, the Moto2 championship was not so dramatic as the premier class, and saw the Spanish rider Pol Espargaró win the title with 265 points, 40 more than the runner-up Scott Redding, from the UK and 50 more than fellow Spanish rider Esteve Rabat, who finished third.
Espargaró was the only rider to win more than three races this season, as he went on to six victories in his road to the title. He also added a second place in Sepang, and three third places to his name.
The riders Scott Redding, who finished second in the table, Esteve Rabat third, and Nicolás Terol who went on to finish seventh, registered three race victories each this season.
Other riders that have won in 2013 were Mika Kallio with one victory, who finished the season on the fourth position, and Jordi Torres, also with one win, who went on to finish on tenth place.
With the top four riders in the final standings using Kalex bikes, it is not surprising that the German manufacturer won the Constructors' Championship, winning thirteen of the seventeen races.
The other four races have been won by Suter, from Switzerland, who finished second, 95 points behind Kalex.
Third place went to Speed Up from Italy ( name that now seems a bit ironic ), who finished 243 points behind the leader and without any race victories.
Mahindra - Moto3 - Catalunya GP
Moto3: Viñales makes it three out of three for Spain.
The most important rider changes at Moto3 were Danny Webb's switch from Mahindra Racing to World Wide Communication ( known as Ambrogio Next Racing in 2012 ), and Miguel Oliveira moving from Estrella Galicia to Mahindra Racing.
The Moto3 was also a Spanish affair as the top four drivers in the final riders' standings were all Spaniards.
As in MotoGP, the title would be decided in the final race, and all of the top three riders had chances of winning it. Luis Salom, Álex Rins and Maverick Viñales were the ones battling it for the title at the Valencia Grand Prix and all of them had to win the race, as that would bring them the title, regardless of the other's results.
Salom crashed out early in the race, so his title chances were shattered, he went on to finish 14th. Álex Rins and Maverick Viñales battled it out for the victory, but the latter was going to win the race and, respectively the title with Rins ultimately being overtaken by Jonas Folger to finish third.
Maverick Viñales finished the season with 323 points and three victories, 12 points in front of Álex Rins who has registered 6 wins but has retired at Jerez and finished 24th in Japan, and Luis Salom finished the season 21 points behind the leader with seven race victories to his name, but an retirement in Japan and crash in Valencia, Spain proved to be his downfall.
Álex Márquez, who finished fourth also registered a win in 2013.
With the top four riders in the final table standings riding for KTM, the Austrian manufacturer was unsurprisingly crowned Moto3 Constructors Champion.
In 2013 KTM won all of the races and finished first in the Manufacturers' standings with 425 points, 234 in front of Kalex KTM from Germany, and 252 in front of Mahindra from India.
Which one of the three classes produced the most exiting races in 2013?
So this was a short review of the 2013 FIM MotoGP championship, in which we had a look at the most important things that took place this season, at all the three classes that form the FIM Road racing World Championship ( MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 ), and at the final standings in both the riders' and the manufacturers' standings.
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