Marc Marquez returned to the podium in the 150th GP of his career, scoring an important second-place finish in the season-finale Grand Prix de la Comunitat Valenciana and helping Honda secure its 22nd Premier Class Constructor title during its 50th Anniversary racing in the division.

Marc didn’t have a great start from the front row and found himself in fifth by the end of the first lap. He overtook Maverick Viñales for fourth position on the sixth lap and stuck close to Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi’s battle for second, while eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo pulled a gap at the front.

Marc improved his speed as the race progressed, and between laps 19 and 20 he passed the two Italians. As he began putting in a series of impressive lap times in the mid-1:31 range, he cut his gap to Lorenzo from 5.437 with 10 laps remaining to 1.185 seconds at the finish line.

After making a strong comeback and displaying good speed during the Valencian GP, Dani Pedrosa escaped a turn 2 crash uninjured on the seventh lap of the race, when he was in seventh position.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Repsol Honda riders will return to action for a two-day post-race test.

Marc Marquez

2nd

“We’re happy because we’ve managed to get on the podium and we’ve finished the season strongly. This is the most important thing. In the race, the start penalized us a lot as I had an issue with the clutch and lost several positions. Afterward I wasted a lot of time behind Rossi and Iannone. As Valentino said yesterday, overtaking is difficult on this track, so even if I was able to get close, to pass them was another story because I was losing under acceleration and was a bit on the limit under braking. I waited behind as the tyres began to affect performance, and step-by-step I continued improving until I found the opportunity to pass them. From then on I was able to improve my speed, and maybe if the race had lasted a little longer I might have reached Lorenzo. Anyway, he had an incredible race and I was not able to catch him. Congrats to him for this result. It hasn’t been an easy season but we were able to win the title in Japan and secure the Constructors Championship this weekend, which is great. Now we’ll work hard starting from the next test to try and improve our bike even more.”

Dani Pedrosa

DNF

“It’s a shame about the crash. I started well and was taking things calmly since I didn’t feel perfectly good with the tyres. Unfortunately, after just a few laps, on the entrance to turn 2, without pushing, the rear stepped out, and at the same time I also lost the front and couldn’t avoid the crash. I don’t know what went wrong because I wasn’t riding at the limit. It was a pity not to finish the race, which was our intention. We’ve come to the end of a difficult year, but we’ll try our best to do better next season.”

MotoGP 2016
Race Round 18   Valencia

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 45'54.228
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.185
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati 6.603
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 7.668
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 10.610
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 18.378
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati 18.417
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 18.678
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 25.993
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Aspar Team Ducati 35.065
11 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 5 Avintia Racing Ducati 36.425
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 4 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 42.415
13 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 49.823
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR 2 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 52.035
15 Miller Jack 43 AUS 1 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 55.625
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar Team Ducati 58.254
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 58.555
18 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati 1'06.164
19 Kallio Mika 36 FIN 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
20 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
21 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
22 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Aspar Team Ducati DNF
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.171s (158.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2017 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)