The Repsol Honda Team enjoyed a dream day in Valencia today, with Dani Pedrosa winning the Grand Prix (his seventh at Valencia across all classes, his 54th in career, and his 31st in the MotoGP class); Marc Marquez taking the third step of the podium to earn the 2017 World Championship Title (his sixth in career, and his fourth in the MotoGP class in five years); and Honda securing the “Triple Crown,” comprising the Constructor, Rider, and Team Championships.
Marc and Dani were also the two riders to score the most podium finishes this year, twelve and nine respectively, making the Repsol Honda Team the most successful team of 2017, with eight double-podium finishes.
Marc and Dani got away brilliantly at the start, entering the first corner in first and second positions, but Johann Zarco assumed the lead on lap four. Marc stuck to him for 20 laps and then made the pass, but he immediately ran wide in turn 1 and almost crashed. He made one of is signature incredible saves but dropped to fifth behind Zarco, Dani, Jorge Lorenzo and title contender Andrea Dovizioso.
Dani, who had been closely chasing them, engaged the Frenchman in a battle for the win and finally passed him on the last lap. In the meanwhile, crashes by both Ducati riders allowed Marc to celebrate his incredible sixth Title, from the third step of the podium.
|1||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||46'08.125|
|2||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||20||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.337|
|3||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||16||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||10.861|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||13.567|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||11||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||13.817|
|6||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||10||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||14.516|
|7||Miller Jack||43||AUS||9||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||17.087|
|8||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||8||LCR Honda||Honda||17.230|
|9||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||7||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||25.942|
|10||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||6||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||27.020|
|11||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||5||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||30.835|
|12||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||4||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||35.012|
|13||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||3||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||38.076|
|14||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||2||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||41.988|
|15||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||1||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||47.703|
|16||Baz Loris||76||FRA||0||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||47.709|
|17||Van Der Mark Michael||60||NDL||0||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||52.134|
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|
|Longest straight||0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles|
Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps
|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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)|