Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has continued his perfect season with his seventh consecutive win, marking Honda’s 100th victory since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP era, and has become just the second rider after Valentino Rossi to win seven successive MotoGP races since the category was introduced at the start of 2002. Teammate Dani Pedrosa battled to the end with Marc, but lost out after a last lap attempt and finished in third.

It was an incredible race which started at a very high tempo in front of 92,845 spectators. Dani and Marc, first and third on the grid respectively, fell to third and fourth on the first lap before Marc passed Dani into third on lap two, setting a new record race lap of 1’42.182 (beating Dani’s time of 1’42.358 from 2008). Valentino took the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on lap four and on lap six Marc and Jorge had a nice battle passing each other a few times, before Marc made it stick. Coming into turn one on lap seven Dani passed Jorge for third place and began to chase down his teammate Marc and on lap nine the two Repsol Honda riders passed each other twice, but Marc was able to hold onto second place.

Marc caught up with race leader Valentino and ran wide attempting a pass, briefly dropping down to third but the regaining second place immediately. Five laps later, on lap nineteen, Marc passed Valentino but saw a yellow flag, so he wanted to give back the position immediately. Dani also passed but realised something was strange so he followed Marc’s actions and conceded the position back, he kept close to the two riders battling and on lap twenty two he passed Valentino and chased down Marc.

On the final lap, both Repsol Honda riders displayed a masterpiece of riding as they passed each other four times before Dani made a small mistake and slightly touched Marc. He was forced to sit the bike up and ran slightly wide, allowing Valentino to pass him and claim second place as Marc won the race setting a new fastest race time with 42’56.914.

With his victory here in Catalunya, Marc has also become the youngest ever rider (21 years and 118 days) to win seven successive races in the premier class, taking the record from Valentino Rossi (23 years and 155 days) also riding a Honda. This victory marks the first time two brothers have won on the same day in the World Championship after Alex Marquez rode his Honda to victory in the Moto3 race earlier this morning.

Marc continues to extend his lead in the Rider’s Championship with 175 points with Dani in third on 112. Honda lead the Constructor’s Championship by 48 points, with a total of 175, and the Repsol Honda Team lead the Team’s Championship by 92 points, on 287 points. The next race will take place in Assen on the 28th June.

Marc Marquez

“I am delighted with this win because this is a track which I have always found difficult. You could see how tough it is for me this weekend: I missed out on pole for the first time this season and had my first crash of the year. The race was very hard with a battle against Dani, Jorge and Valentino. I think that the last few corners were especially spectacular, with the moves by Valentino and Dani. I am very happy about taking another 25 points and also to win on the same day as my brother at home in front of all our fans! It’s something very special.”

Dani Pedrosa

"It was a very good, hard-fought race because we had four riders up at the front for most of the race. There was a lot of overtaking and it was very intense, because we were going so fast. Overall I am very satisfied, even though the end result was not the best; we fought hard and I felt much better physically. I'll take the positives from this race: I got my wish of being up at the front, both in practice and on the early laps of the race, and I ended the race fighting with Marc for the victory!”

MotoGP 2014
Race Round 7   Catalunya

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 42'56.914
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.512
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.834
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.540
5 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 11 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +11.148
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 10 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +14.213
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +16.127
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati +16.175
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 7 Pramac Racing Ducati +18.040
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +24.781
11 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 5 Pramac Racing Ducati +37.153
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR 3 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +43.407
14 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 2 Ducati Ducati +55.157
15 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 1 Aspar Team Honda +59.191
16 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'00.906
17 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'01.284
18 Edwards Colin 5 USA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'06.121
19 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Ducati Team Ducati +1'25.195
20 Fabrizio Michel 84 ITA 0 Octo IodaRacing Team ART +1'40.665
21 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Avintia DNF
22 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda DNF
24 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing Honda 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)