It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Repsol Honda Team, with Dani Pedrosa claiming his first podium of the season and reigning World Champion Marc Marquez crashing out of the Catalunya GP, from second place.
Marc had a great start from 4th and found himself in 2nd by the end of the first lap, with Dani losing out from 6th on the grid and dropping down to 10th. Marc was desperate not to let pole-man Jorge Lorenzo breakaway and set the fastest race lap on lap two whilst chasing him as Dani began to find his rhythm. However, on lap three Marc made an error in turn ten, running wide and found himself in the gravel trap unable to stop. He was brought down into the stones and the gear shifter was damaged, as a result ending his race.
Meanwhile Dani continued to progress through the pack and by lap five he was in 5th place. The following lap Dovizioso crashed out and promoted Dani to 4th and then on lap seven, Dani passed Aleix Espargargo into 3rd place, which is where he remained for the rest of the race. Dani has now finished on the podium in Catalunya seven times in the last eight years.
After seven rounds of the 2015 season, Marc remains 5th in the Championship on 69 points (69 points behind leader Rossi), with Dani in 10th on 39 points.
The team will be back on track tomorrow for a post-race test, before heading to Assen in two weeks time.
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||25||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||42'53.208|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||20||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+0.885|
|3||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||16||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+19.455|
|4||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||13||Ducati Team||Ducati||+24.925|
|5||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||11||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+27.782|
|6||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||10||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+29.559|
|7||Redding Scott||45||GBR||9||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+36.424|
|8||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||8||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+42.103|
|9||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||7||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+49.350|
|10||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||6||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+52.569|
|11||Miller Jack||43||AUS||5||LCR Honda||Honda||+53.666|
|12||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||4||Aspar Team||Honda||+55.765|
|13||Baz Loris||76||FRA||3||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+55.832|
|14||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||2||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+1'09.037|
|15||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||1||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||+1'25.263|
|16||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+1 lap|
|17||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||DNF|
|19||Melandri Marco||33||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||DNF|
|20||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||0||Ducati Team||Ducati||DNF|
|21||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||0||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||DNF|
|22||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||DNF|
|23||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||DNF|
|24||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
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||4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles|
|Longest straight||1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles|
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m38.680s (168.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m40.021s (165.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)|
|Race Time||40'13.566 (165.6km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati)|