Six consecutive podiums, including three wins, for
the defending Pirelli World Challenge GT champ,
Cadillac’s Johnny O’Connell, means the 2013 title
battle will come down to a duel with the early-season pacesetter, Audi R8 racer James Sofronas.
ROOKIE RULES U.S.
Marc Marquez’s clean sweep of the American
races sets up a run for the MotoGP title
TURNING UP THE WICKENS
First there was Bruno Spengler; now
there’s Robert Wickens. The connection?
Canadians who’ve won a DTM race. And
coincidentally, both scored their first wins
in their sophomore seasons, while driving
an AMG Mercedes for the HWA team.
Wickens, who won the Formula Renault
3. 5 Series in 2011 before switching to
the DTM, made all the right moves in a
wet-and-dry race at the Nurburgring,
pulling off some sensational moves
before reeling in the championship and X P
It’s not a done deal by any stretch of
the imagination, but when Marc Marquez
won the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix,
he not only completed a perfect run at
the three U.S. MotoGP rounds – Circuit
of The Americas, Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca and IMS – he laid down a clear
marker for his experienced rivals. Rookie
or no, he’ll be a serious title contender
to the end of the championship.
The 20-year-old Spaniard’s fourth win
in a stunning rookie campaign was his
at Indy, taking pole by
over half a second and
seemingly carrying a
into the race.
race leader, Mike Rockenfeller. The Phoenix
Audi driver had committed himself to a
three-stop strategy by pitting early to
change to wet tires, whereas Wickens
made do with just two stops and finished
20 seconds ahead of the German in fourth.
The result lifts Wickens to third in the
DTM championship, just one point behind
his HWA teammate Christian Vietoris,
although the pair of them trail
Rockenfeller by over 30 points, with only
three rounds remaining.
third in a row and put him 21 points
clear of his works Honda teammate
Dani Pedrosa and 35 ahead of Yamaha’s
reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo. Both
Pedrosa and Lorenzo are carrying the
after-effects of injuries in accidents at
the Sachsenring, which caused them to
miss that race. Six weeks on at Indy, both
admitted to still being less agile and unable
to keep to their regular fitness regimes.
With the fast Brno and Silverstone tracks
coming up on the schedule in consecutive
• Third year of 125cc
yielded 10 wins and the
• Despite seven
wins, missed out on
the 2011 Moto2
title following a
• Dominated Moto2
in 2012, taking nine
• MotoGP rookie
with works Honda
team, leading the
title race; four wins
and on the podium
at all races, bar one.
weekends after Indy, there was little
reason to suppose that Marquez wouldn’t
be favorite at those tracks, too. However,
with eight of the 18 races remaining as
this issue of RACER went to press, the
battle was still too close to call.
American favorite Ben Spies, whose
injuries from a crash last October kept
him from starting all but two of this year’s
races, made his comeback at IMS, only to
fall again in practice, dislocate his shoulder
and put his season on hold once more.