Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa scored the Repsol Honda Team’s third double-podium finish this season by finishing in second and third position, respectively, in scorching-hot conditions in Catalunya. It was a very positive result that allowed Marc and Dani to move up in the Championship standings to third and fourth, just 23 and 27 points off the top.

With air temperature at 33° C and a track temperature of 54° C, conditions were very tough on tyres. Both Marc and Dani got off well at the start and rode at the front for the entire race. Marc took the lead on lap six before being passed by his teammate and Dovizioso on lap eight. Dani led for a further nine laps before being passed by the Italian, who ultimately went on to win the race.

Marc moved to second on lap 18 and pushed hard to try and stay close to the leader, but like his teammate, finally settled to keep his hard-earned podium finish, which brought his career tally to the symbolic total of 93.

The Repsol Honda Team will remain in Catalunya tomorrow for a one-day test.

Marc Marquez

2nd

“I’m really happy with how this weekend ended because with five crashes, four yesterday and one this morning, the situation was quite tough mentally. Anyway, my team helped me a lot to regain confidence in myself and in the bike. Before the race I said to myself that I was the same Marc as last year and that my style is to always keep pushing and never give up, something I think makes the difference sometimes. So I started the race with victory as a target. At the start I was really lucky when Petrucci hit me, as the contact was completely lateral; otherwise it would have been a disaster. From then on I tried to remain focused and calm and when I finally passed Dani for second place, I tried to push to close on Dovi. In a couple of laps I realized that I couldn’t, that today was Dovi’s day, so I settled for second. The Championship is kind of a rollercoaster so we don’t really know what to expect from race to race. We must only think about ourselves, keep the concentration high, and try and give 100%.”

Dani Pedrosa

3rd

“I’m happy with today, as a podium finish is always nice considering how tough is to get one in MotoGP these days. Last week we had a terrible race, whereas here we took pole and made the podium in front of my home crowd, which was just amazing. To be honest, we expected to be a bit better but conditions were very difficult for the tyres the whole weekend, and also today the grip wasn’t very good. I tried to lead the race, to stay on front, but I could see Dovi coming on the straight, cutting the gas to not get too close, saving the tyres a little bit better than me. I tried to save them all the way, but I just couldn’t do it enough. In the end I realized it was more worth it to stay on the bike and get some good points. We had chosen the medium rear for the race and at the end it was on the limit, but I still think it was a better choice than a hard-hard combination. A rider’s choice is more a matter of feeling than being strictly related to performance or durability. It was difficult, but we managed to get on the podium and this is great. We look forward to the test tomorrow, to take some additional steps, improve the feeling on the front, and work to be more consistent. The Championship is open, and we must be more consistent every weekend.”

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 7   Catalunya

Race Results

Sunny
Humidity
20%
Track Temp
54°C
Air Temp
33°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 44'41.518
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 3.544
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 6.774
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 13 Ducati Team Ducati 9.608
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 13.838
6 Folger Jonas 94 GER 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 13.921
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 16.763
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 8 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 20.821
9 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 7 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 23.952
10 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 6 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 24.189
11 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 5 LCR Honda Honda 28.329
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA 4 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 33.281
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 35.200
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 2 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 39.436
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 40.872
16 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 43.221
17 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 44.655
18 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 48.993
19 Lowes Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 55.492
20 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 2 laps
21 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 12 laps
22 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 18 laps
Location Information

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
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 1995

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitcat.com

Records

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)