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.

Dani Pedrosa

3rd Championship Standing: 10th - 39 points

"I'm happy and overwhelmed with emotion! It’s been a tough time and I’ve been fighting so hard, but finally I feel fit again and stronger with every race. Today I had a bad start and I tried not to be nervous, because I knew that the race was very long. There were many crashes at the start and I saw that the track was in a delicate condition, so I took it easy for the first three laps to find a reference for each corner. Then I started to progress quite quickly, I overtook several riders, and I finished third. It was impossible to follow Jorge and Valentino, because they were far ahead in terms of performance. We will try to pull back the gap a little for the coming races and see if in testing tomorrow we can find something positive - and understand the situation better. I want to thank all the people who have stood by me: my physiotherapist, my family and friends, Dr. Villamor, Jordi Salo and everyone else who has been supporting me. I also want to thank the fans who have sent me messages of encouragement. It has been a long time, but fortunately today at home I was able to recapture the excitement with this podium. I am very grateful to everyone, especially my team, after backing me during this difficult time, they deserve a little happiness!"

Marc Marquez

DNF Championship Standing: 5th - 69 points

"I tried to give 100% at my home race but I made a mistake trying to push too much, as I wanted to do well - at all costs - and these things can happen. I was going well, trying to conserve my tyres behind Jorge, but I made a mistake and as a result I ran wide. When I was in the gravel I saw the wall was very close, so I leaned over a little but I couldn't stop the bike. I was able to ride back to the garage, but I soon realised the gear lever was damaged and I was unable to shift gears. I want to thank the fans who came out today; the best thing about the day was hearing the cheers from them during the three laps I rode."

MotoGP 2015
Race Round 7   Catalunya

Results Session

Dry
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
49°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 MotoGP 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 LCR Honda Honda DNF
24 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
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)