The Repsol Honda Team obtained a solid result at the Red Bull GP of Spain today, with Marc Marquez standing on the final podium spot and Dani Pedrosa finishing in fourth.

Dani made one of the best starts from row three and was able to put his RC213V into third within just a few corners, before his teammate moved past him at the end of the first lap.

From then on, with air and ground temperatures much higher than over the previous days, the race hinged largely on tyre-wear management, with the leading trio of Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez all on the same hard front and medium rear tyres, basically keeping the same respective positions through the entire race. On the podium, Marc showed the Japanese flag in support of the Kumamoto earthquake victims.

The precious points gained today by the Repsol Honda men mean that Marc retains the lead of the Championship standings while Dani moves up to fourth.

A post-race test is scheduled for tomorrow, 25 April.

Marc Marquez

3rd

“Honestly, today Valentino [Rossi] was on another level, like I was in Austin, and the most important thing is that today we accepted finishing third in the race. I learned a lot from last year and I didn’t want to make a mistake. I was very focused from the start and I tried to ride strongly and stay with Jorge [Lorenzo], but I could tell that with the higher track temperatures - 11º C higher than yesterday - it was very difficult for me to manage the front tyre well. I almost crashed several times, so in the end I made a difficult decision in front of our fans, as we preferred to secure 16 points that will be very positive at the end of the season, which is very long. We must have patience until we take a step further with the bike’s acceleration and find something else that allows us to fight for the win.”

Dani Pedrosa

4th

“We knew it would be a difficult race and we got the position we knew was possible, because the whole weekend the front three were faster than us. I started well, riding hard in the early laps. Then I saw I had difficulties with both the front and rear tyres. I concentrated on keeping my position and I rode at a safe pace so as not to make the rear tyre go off too much as well. I saw that Aleix [Espargaro] was recovering ground on me, but I had him under control and was only focusing on preserving the tyre. Near the end, when I didn’t have him on me, I decided to pick up the pace again. I was able to escape and get closer to Marc [Marquez], so perhaps pushing so hard at the start cost him in the end. Tomorrow we have a test in which we will try to work and improve my feeling on the bike.”

MotoGP 2016
Race Round 4   Spain

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
37%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 45'28.834
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2.386
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 7.087
4 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda 10.351
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 14.143
6 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 16.772
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati 26.277
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 30.750
9 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 7 Aspar Team Ducati 32.325
10 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 6 Avintia Racing Ducati 32.624
11 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 5 LCR Honda Honda 38.497
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 4 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 39.669
13 Baz Loris 76 FRA 3 Avintia Racing Ducati 45.227
14 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 47.886
15 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 1 Aspar Team Ducati 47.988
16 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 49.414
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 49.513
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 53.334
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'05.555
20 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 18 laps
21 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Aspar Team Ducati 22 laps
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002

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Records

Pole Position 1m 37.910s (162.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 38.735s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 44m 57.246s (159.300km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)