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Repsol Honda Team achieves first 1-2

Repsol Honda Team achieves first 1-2

Following the Yamaha Factory Racing one-two finish of the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, Repsol Honda Team has now managed the feat in Texas.

As Dani Pedrosa notched up his first podium of 2013, 20-year-old teammate Marc Marquez became the youngest ever race winner in MotoGP™ history.

“If I’m honest…no,” Marquez admitted when asked whether he expected the victory so early in his MotoGP career. “To be third in my first race in Qatar was a dream and now, to take the victory in the second race…that’s even better! The race was quite hard, especially in terms of physical condition towards the end – with corners like Turn 1. I had some problems with the front that I hadn’t had in practice, but even with that I was able to push and keep up a constant rhythm – not so fast, but enough.

“So I’m very happy with that and I want to say thanks to all of my team. Without them this would not have been possible.”

As Marquez leads the MotoGP World Championship as the reigning Moto2™ title holder, 2012 runner-up Pedrosa is pleased with his first rostrum of the season.

“No tactics, really: just to go out there and do the fastest possible laps all the time!” Pedrosa said after the race. “I know I wasn’t going super quick in the first section, so towards the end I was struggling there with some pain in my (left) arm; I couldn’t really flick the bike in the way I had been. I lost some ground there, but was making up in the second part of the track. Then I made a mistake and lost one and a half seconds, so that was it, but I’m really happy with the bike this time and I’m glad for the team.

“Congratulations to Marc – it’s just a super start to the season – but I’m really happy with my second place and now I’m just trying to get better and better for the next round.”

With 16 rounds remaining, the fraternity now returns to more familiar territory for the Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez at the beginning of May.

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