Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez have once again returned to the podium together taking 2nd and 3rd respectively in the GP of Catalunya.

Dani, who this weekend became the youngest rider ever to reach the milestone of 200 GP starts (27 years 260 days), started from pole position for the first time at Montmelo in the MotoGP class. In a drag race to the first corner, title rival Lorenzo snatched first place and Dani dropped to second. Starting from sixth place, Marc had a fantastic start and was 3rd by the first corner, safely behind Lorenzo and Dani. The three Spanish riders maintained these positions and rode with incredible accuracy and consistency with just tenths of a second separating them for the entire 25 lap race. In the final laps Marc saw an opportunity to attempt a pass on Dani but was unable to achieve it and in the end settled for 3rd place.

Dani maintains his lead in the Championship standings with 123 points, 7 ahead of Lorenzo and Marc lies in third place with 93 points.

The team will now pack up in Catalunya and depart for Aragon for a two day test starting on Tuesday where they will test the 2014 RC213V prototype machine.

Dani Pedrosa

“Today was a bit of a strange race. We could not get maximum performance and physically it was very hard, because of the heat of the bike and the tyres. When I tried to open the throttle the bike wobbled in the front and I had to be very careful. We three frontrunners were battling the track conditions today. It was a bit disappointing not to be able to push more, since the differences between us all was minimal. We rode practically the entire race without any overtaking. It was very easy to make a mistake and, in fact, in the closing laps, Marc [Marquez] made one and I had a slide, but in the end we were able to take a very important second place. We expected to do better after yesterday, but we now have an extra twenty points and we continue to lead the standings.”

Marc Marquez

“It was a difficult race. We expected it to be tough, but we never imagined that we would be fighting for the podium with Jorge [Lorenzo] and Dani [Pedrosa] and I’m very happy with this result! It gives us confidence after a slightly tricky weekend, as in the end we found the ideal set-up. During the race I learned a lot from riding behind Dani, trying to figure out how to ride a MotoGP bike at this track, and in the end we did quite well. We knew it would be difficult to finish in the top five, but we managed to get on the podium. I can only say I’m thrilled with the result. Now we look to Assen and we’ll see if we can improve anything for that race during the test at Aragon.”

MotoGP 2013
Race Round 6   Catalunya

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 43'06.479
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.763
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.826
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +5.874
5 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 11 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +26.756
6 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +32.228
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +32.692
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Power Electronics Aspar ART +58.615
9 Edwards Colin 5 USA 7 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'03.142
10 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 6 Ducati Test Team Ducati +1'09.774
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER +1'24.377
12 Corti Claudio 71 ITA 4 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'33.679
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 3 Paul Bird Motorsport ART +1'45.355
14 Staring Bryan 67 AUS 2 Go & Fun Honda Gresini FTR-Honda +1'50.745
15 Del Amor Javier 77 SPA 1 Avintia Blusens FTR +1 lap
16 Pesek Lukas 52 CZE 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER +1 lap
17 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Blusens FTR DNF
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing ART DNF
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
21 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
22 De Puniet Randy 14 FRA 0 Power Electronics Aspar ART DNF
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda DNF
24 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 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)