Repsol Honda Team Grand Prix of Catalunya Preview

Marquez and Pedrosa looking forward to the GP of Catalunya

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Grand Prix of Catalunya PreviewCourtesy of Repsol Honda

With no rest after the Italian GP, the Repsol Honda Team have arrived in Spain in anticipation of this weekend's Gran Premi de Catalunya.

In the year following Luis Salom’s tragic crash in Moto2, some permanent changes have been applied to the circuit for the MotoGP event that both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had the chance to verify during a one-day test on 24 May.

By requirement of the FIM, the F1 layout will be used at Turn 10, and a new chicane has been introduced after Turn 13 (before the chicane used for F1). The new layout has a slightly shorter track length of 4,652 meters (previously 4,655 meters).

At the Gran Premi de Catalunya:

Marc Marquez has 2 wins, 1×125 (2010) and 1xMotoGP (2014), plus an additional 4 podiums and 3 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 3 wins, 1×125 (2003), 1×250 (2005) and 1xMotoGP (2008), plus an additional 9 podiums and 3 pole positions.

Marc and Dani have stood together on the podium on three occasions: in 2013 (Dani 2nd and Marc 3rd), 2014 (Marc 1st and Dani 3rd) and 2016 (Marc 2nd and Dani 3rd).

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Marc MarquezCourtesy of Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez

“I’m happy to get back in action soon and to do it at Catalunya, as racing at home in front of all your fans always gives you an extra boost! In Italy we managed the situation as well as possible, but we must do better. We have to be able to remain more consistently at a good level. The test we did at Catalunya some days ago actually went well enough. We did a lot of laps, improving the bike’s setup over the day, so we’ll try and build on that beginning on Friday. As for the changes made to the track, I think they’re interesting and quite challenging to interpret well. The speed and the corners on the rest of the circuit are all similar, while in that sector they’re now quite different. But honestly, the layout is so particular that I like it!”

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Dani PedrosaCourtesy of Repsol Honda

Dani Pedrosa

"I’m looking forward to going to Montmelò as I like the track a lot and of course the atmosphere with my fan club and all the fans is always amazing! We will work hard to get back to the level we were at before Mugello and try and make good use of the information we gathered during the test we had at Montmelò in May, which was quite positive. Besides working on the setup, during the test we had the chance to try the new chicane and the modifications carried out to the layout which is more tight than before in that sector, even if the lap times are similar to the past. The surface is really bumpy and that also will be a factor to take into account. We are ready to give our 100% to get a good result!”

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Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Points Team
1 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 105 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 79 Ducati Team
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 75 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 68 Repsol Honda Team
5 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 68 Repsol Honda Team
6 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 64 Monster Yamaha Tech3
7 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 46 Ducati Team
8 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 42 Octo Pramac Racing
9 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 41 Monster Yamaha Tech3
10 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 40 LCR Honda
11 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 30 Octo Pramac Racing
12 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 30 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
13 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 25 Pull&Bear Aspar Team
14 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 21 Team Suzuki Ecstar
15 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 19 Reale Avintia Racing
16 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 18 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
17 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 17 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
18 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 14 Reale Avintia Racing
19 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 9 Pull&Bear Aspar Team
20 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 7 Ducati Team