In photos: The MotoGP season so far

We're exactly two-thirds of the way through the 2013 World Championship... Here's how it's looked!
By Joseph Caron Dawe
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Strong start for Lorenzo in Qatar
Strong start for Lorenzo in Qatar Defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo got off to the perfect start with victory at Losail, where Valentino Rossi finished second on his first race back on the Yamaha and rookie Marc Márquez placed third on his MotoGP debut. It was a cracking first round of 2013... © Photo courtesy of Yamaha Racing
Magnificent Márquez
Magnificent Márquez In only his second premier class race the newcomer shook up the established order with victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas. Márquez's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished second and Lorenzo came across the line third. © Photo courtesy of Repsol Honda team
Pedrosa picks up
Pedrosa picks up Three rounds in and three different race winners as Dani Pedrosa won at Jerez in front of a heaving Spanish crowd. Drama on the last lap saw Márquez and Lorenzo clash as the youngster pushed his way through and into second, as feathers were ruffled further. © GEPA/Gold & Goose
Rossi returns proper
Rossi returns proper After another win for Pedrosa and then back-to-back successes for Lorenzo at Mugello and Catalonia, Valentino Rossi took centre stage at Assen. Winning his first race in over two years the Italian was visibly relieved, on a weekend that also saw Lorenzo finish fifth despite breaking his collarbone. © Photo courtesy of
The Márquez Express kicks into second gear
The Márquez Express kicks into second gear In Germany Márquez took his second win of the season, after placing on the podium in all seven previous rounds except at Mugello. At the Sachsenring he took advantage of both Lorenzo and Pedrosa's absences through injury to start a four-race winning streak. © GEPA/Gold & Goose
Taking shape
Taking shape After assuming the Championship lead following his win in Germany and no points for either Pedrosa or Lorenzo, Márquez won again at the US Grand Prix where his two closest rivals could only finish fifth and sixth as they nursed injuries. Stefan Bradl scored his first MotoGP podium, with Rossi third. © Studio Milgaro / DPPI
Full steam ahead
Full steam ahead Pedrosa and Lorenzo remained in Márquez's slipstream in Indianapolis and then again in the Czech Republic, where his fifth win of the season gave the rookie a 26-point lead at the top. © GEPA/Gold & Goose
Lorenzo reacts
Lorenzo reacts With Márquez taking an even firmer grip on the title action was required, and Lorenzo won for the first time in five races at the British GP. Márquez's form saw him finish second however, with Pedrosa third. With 12 rounds of 18 completed the young talent leads the Championship by 30 points... © Photo courtesy of
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