Marquez and Pedrosa looking forward to home GP in Catalunya

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

  Gran Premi de Catalunya

MotoGP 2018   Round 7

The Repsol Honda Team is heading to the newly resurfaced Circuit de Catalunya for Round 7 of the season. Championship leader Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa had the chance to test the new asphalt and the track’s updated layout before the Italian GP.

The run-off area for turn 13 has been worked on, track officials enlarging the run-off area by more than 20 meters while also removing the surrounding grandstands. The bank angle of turn 10 and 11 has also been altered.

As it is the case with other six rounds of the season, the Catalan Grand Prix will be shortened in length compared to previous years. This time the race will change from 25 laps to 24.

At the Gran Premi de Catalunya:

Marc Marquez has 2 wins, 1×125 (2010) and 1xMotoGP (2014), plus an additional 5 podiums and 3 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 3 wins, 1×125 (2003), 1×250 (2005) and 1xMotoGP (2008), plus an additional 10 podiums and 4 pole positions.


Marc and Dani have stood together on the podium on four occasions: in 2013 (Dani 2nd and Marc 3rd), 2014 (Marc 1st and Dani 3rd) in 2016 (Marc 2nd and Dani 3rd), and in 2017 (Marc 2nd and Dani 3rd).

Marc Marquez

“I’m very happy anytime we race at home, in front of our fans, and I hope to give them an exciting race on Sunday, as that special atmosphere always gives you extra energy. We had a good test in Catalunya a few weeks ago, when we also had the chance to check out the layout, in particular the final section, which has been revised. I think they also did a really good job with the resurfacing: the tarmac now has very good grip and is very nice to ride on, even if the F1 cars are already starting to affect it by creating bumps at some of the braking points. The kerbs are still one of the track’s most challenging aspects; the inside kerbs are very high, and it’s a bit difficult to adapt your riding style to that. That said, it’s a nice track and we’ll try to make the best of it and fight for the podium again.”

Dani Pedrosa

“The Catalan GP is always a special race because all our family, fans, and friends are there. It always has a great atmosphere and a great feeling. The track itself is very nice, though demanding, especially for the tyres. You need to work a lot on the suspension and chassis setup to make sure you have good grip because you’re leaned over most of the time. Having partly returned to the original layout, we got back the final two downhill corners, which are really beautiful.”

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 95 Repsol Honda Team
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 72 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 67 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 66 Ducati Team
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 64 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 63 Alma Pramac Racing
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 60 Team Suzuki Ecstar
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 56 LCR Honda
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS 49 Alma Pramac Racing
10 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 41 Ducati Team
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA 33 Team Suzuki Ecstar
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 29 Repsol Honda Team
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 27 Reale Avintia Racing
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 23 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 19 Angel Nieto Team
16 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 17 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 17 EG 0,0 Marc VDS
18 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 13 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
19 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda
20 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
21 Kallio Mika 36 FIN 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
22 Redding Scott 45 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 1 Angel Nieto Team

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 139
2 Repsol Honda Team 124
3 Alma Pramac Racing 112
4 Ducati Team 107
5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 93
6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 81
7 LCR Honda 66
8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 30
9 Reale Avintia Racing 27
10 Angel Nieto Team 20
11 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 18
12 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 17

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 130
2 Yamaha 108
3 Ducati 107
4 Suzuki 74
5 KTM 24
6 Aprilia 18



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