With no rest after the Italian GP, the Repsol Honda Team have arrived in Spain in anticipation of this weekend’s Gran Premi de Catalunya.
In the year following Luis Salom’s tragic crash in Moto2, some permanent changes have been applied to the circuit for the MotoGP event that both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had the chance to verify during a one-day test on 24 May.
By requirement of the FIM, the F1 layout will be used at Turn 10, and a new chicane has been introduced after Turn 13 (before the chicane used for F1). The new layout has a slightly shorter track length of 4,652 meters (previously 4,655 meters).
At the Gran Premi de Catalunya:
Marc Marquez has 2 wins, 1×125 (2010) and 1xMotoGP (2014), plus an additional 4 podiums and 3 pole positions.
Dani Pedrosa has 3 wins, 1×125 (2003), 1×250 (2005) and 1xMotoGP (2008), plus an additional 9 podiums and 3 pole positions.
Marc and Dani have stood together on the podium on three occasions: in 2013 (Dani 2nd and Marc 3rd), 2014 (Marc 1st and Dani 3rd) and 2016 (Marc 2nd and Dani 3rd).
In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.
|Length||4.655 kilometres / 2.890 miles|
|Longest straight||1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles|
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m43.589s (Marc Marquez - Honda 2016)|
|Race Lap||1m45.969s (Jonas Folger - Yamaha 2017)|
|Race Time||44m37.589s (Valentino Rossi - Yamaha 2016)|
|2017 Race Winner||Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)|