The Repsol Honda Team aims to seal the Triple Crown in Valencia before Dani Pedrosa’s farewell

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

The Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana will be an emotional event for Dani Pedrosa, his numerous fans around the world, and paddock friends in the MotoGP community. The three-time World Champion announced his retirement from racing at the German GP earlier this year, after 18 seasons in Grand Prix racing as a Honda rider.

One of the most successful riders of all time, (eighth on the All Time Wins list), Dani will be inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame on Thursday in Valencia.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez paid a visit last Tuesday to the Honda stand at the EICMA Show in Milan, Italy, then headed home to Spain to celebrate his seventh World Title with a great party in his hometown of Cervera.

Next Sunday, the squad will try to seal the Team Championship and thereby clinch the MotoGP Triple Crown, having already achieved the Riders Title in Japan and the Constructors Title in Malaysia.

The Repsol Honda Team have earned four double-podium finishes at the track where Pedrosa (last year’s winner) is the most successful rider: 2013 (Pedrosa 2nd, Marquez 3rd), 2014 (Marquez 1st, Pedrosa 3rd), 2015 (Marquez 2nd, Pedrosa 3rd) and 2017 (Pedrosa 1st, Marquez 3rd to win that year’s World Title).



 

At the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana

Marc Marquez has 2 wins—1xMoto2 (2012) and 1xMotoGP (2014)—plus 4 podiums and 3 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 7 wins—1×125 (2002), 2×250 (2004, 2005), and 4xMotoGP (2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017), plus an additional 5 podiums and 5 pole positions.

Marc Marquez

“It was great to celebrate the title a few days ago in my hometown with my family, people and fan club, and now I’m looking forward to celebrating it with all the fans in Valencia. Of course we won’t have the pressure we had last year, when the title was still at stake, but our mentality will be exactly the same because we want to finish the year in a good way. Now we’re very, very close to achieving the Team Championship, and we’ll try our best to get it so as to complete the Triple Crown, which is important for us and for Honda, and which would be the perfect end to this season. I don’t want to lose the momentum or the way I’m riding at the moment, so I’ll try and focus like always for the entire weekend, and to fight for the win on Sunday.”

Dani Pedrosa

“Clearly, the next race in Valencia will be a bit special, as it will be my final race, so the feeling will be different than usual. It’s also going to be busy, because many of my people, friends and family will come there wishing to spend time together. Anyway, when I climb on my bike, my entire focus will be on riding. I like the track as it’s one of my favourites on the calendar, and of course I’ll try and get the best result possible on Sunday.”

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 321 Repsol Honda Team
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 220 Ducati Team
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 195 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 193 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5 Rins Alex 42 SPA 149 Team Suzuki Ecstar
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 149 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 148 LCR Honda
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 144 Alma Pramac Racing
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 133 Team Suzuki Ecstar
10 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 130 Ducati Team
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 106 Repsol Honda Team
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 105 Ducati Team
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS 91 Alma Pramac Racing
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 50 EG 0,0 Marc VDS
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 44 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
16 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 40 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 35 Reale Avintia Racing
18 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 35 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 30 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 23 LCR Honda
21 Redding Scott 45 GBR 15 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
22 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 10 Angel Nieto Team
23 Kallio Mika 36 FIN 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
24 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 3 LCR Honda
25 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 15 JPN 2 Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing
26 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 1 Reale Avintia Racing
27 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 1 Ducati Team

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Repsol Honda Team 427
2 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 388
3 Ducati Team 373
4 Team Suzuki Ecstar 282
5 Alma Pramac Racing 235
6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 189
7 LCR Honda 171
8 Angel Nieto Team 93
9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 65
10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 59
11 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 50
12 Reale Avintia Racing 36

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 364
2 Ducati 310
3 Yamaha 272
4 Suzuki 213
5 KTM 56
6 Aprilia 54

 

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