Today, Marc Marquez took an important second-place finish in Catalunya, which enabled him to extend his Championship lead to 27 points over runner-up Valentino Rossi.

With a great start, Marc got into and through the first turn ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who passed him on the following lap. Marc who, outside of two non-point-scoring finishes, has so far never finished worse than second this season, stuck to the countryman for the first 9 laps of the race, looking for a chance to fight for the win. After realizing that it was too risky maintaining Lorenzo’s pace, he settled for the 20 points and a second-place position.

After a good start from the fourth row, Dani Pedrosa was able to maintain a decent pace despite struggling with a lack of grip, defending fifth position over Maverick Vinales on the final lap.

Tomorrow the Repsol Honda Team will remain in Catalunya for a one-day testing session.

Marc Marquez

2nd

“Today was a race where we had to manage as best as possible and I tried to be smart. Of course in the first laps I pushed hard because it was important to follow Jorge and to open a gap on the chasers. When we built a comfortable advantage I just managed the pace. I even slowed down a bit in the final part of the race as it was impossible to catch Lorenzo. I saw many crashes, which made me think more than I did in other races. Sometimes the tyre choice you make doesn’t result in the exact feeling you were hoping for, but I think that second is very good for the Championship because we arrived here with a 23-point lead and go to Assen with 27. It’s time to understand how the situation is and try and manage it as best as possible. We made a mistake in Mugello and that had me thinking a lot. Of course, when you don’t win the feeling that you were missing something remains, but a podium is a good result! Maybe other challenging races will arrive but the good thing for us is that so far in every race we have been in good shape.”

Dani Pedrosa

5th

“I think we did a good result enough considering the weekend, because starting eleventh and finishing fifth is a good recovery. Of course, we cannot be satisfied with that. The feeling was not there, and I struggled a lot with a lack of grip during the race. The riders I was fighting with could gain on me, especially mid-corner and out of the corners. I could be a bit stronger in braking but ultimately my lap times were a bit slower. Cal passed me in the end as a result, and Vinales could catch me as well, though I was able to hold him off on the last lap. Tomorrow we have a one-day test and hopefully we’ll be able to solve this issue and be fast in the coming races.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 7   Catalunya

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 40'13.566
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 4.479
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 6.098
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 13 LCR Honda Honda 9.805
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda 10.640
6 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 10 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 10.798
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 13.432
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 8 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 15.055
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 7 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 22.057
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 6 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 24.141
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36.560
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 38.229
13 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 3 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'21.526
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 2 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 3 laps
15 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 4 laps
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 6 laps
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 7 laps
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 11 laps
19 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 11 laps
20 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 13 laps
21 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 16 laps
22 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 17 laps
23 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 20 laps
24 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 21 laps
25 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 22 laps
26 Kallio Mika 36 FIN 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF 1st lap
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 4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 2018

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

www.circuitcat.com

Records

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)