PUIG continues to be a technical sponsor of the Repsol Honda Team at MOTOGP, led by world champion Marc Márquez and experienced driver Dani Pedrosa.



Marquez is a five-time World Champion (1 each in the 125cc and Moto2 classes, plus 3 in MotoGP), and was the youngest rider ever to be crowned king of the premier class. During the 2014 season, he totaled 13 victories - the most premier-class wins in a single season, bettering the mark set by fellow Repsol Honda rider Mick Doohan in 1997. The 2015 season was Marquez’s most challenging year in MotoGP as he finished third, but he still managed five victories, nine podium finishes and eight pole positions. The 2016 MotoGP World Championship crowned Marc as the youngest rider to win 3 premier-class World Championships, bringing his tally to 5 titles over all classes in a GP career just 9 seasons long. At 23 years and 242 days old, Marquez took the record from Mike Hailwood, who had already turned 24 years when he won his third 500cc crown in 1964. Marc secured the title with 3 rounds remaining and, at the same time, he won more races than anyone else in the season, scoring a total of 5 MotoGP victories.



After dominating the 125cc and 250cc categories with three consecutive World Championship titles from 2003 to 2005, Dani Pedrosa has become one of the most successful riders in Honda’s history and has achieved more podiums for the Japanese manufacturer than any other rider, with a total of 144. Besides, Dani has won at least 1 race for year for the last 15 seasons on his way to become the 8th most successful rider in history. Early in the 2015 season, he underwent a successful operation to repair an arm-pump condition, he won the Japanese and Malaysian rounds and reached the milestone of 100 premier-class podiums at the season-closing race in Valencia. Dani had a difficult start to the 2016 season, despite scoring two third places, but came on strong in the second half taking his 29th MotoGP win in Misano and equalling Phil Read’s 52 victories across all categories. Misfortune struck him a hard blow two races later at Motegi, and Dani was side-lined by a crash that left him nursing a broken right collarbone, left fibula and toe. The brave Spaniard once again fought back to recover as soon as possible and was able to return to his team and his bike for the Valencia finale in November.



HONDA RC213V 2017

2017 RC213V basic concept remains as it has been applied since its introduction in 2012.

Technical specification

Overall length (mm) 2052
Overall width (mm) 645
Overal height (mm) 1,110


Road clearance 115
Weight (kg) As per FIM regulations
Engine type liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC 4 valve, V-4
Displacement 1000
Maximum power Over 180 KW
Frame type Aluminum twin-tube
Wheels Front (inch) 17
Wheels Rear (inch) 17
Suspension Front Telescopic fork
Suspension Rear Pro-link
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 22


Bradl finishes the season in style

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve hosted, for the first time, a MotoGP test last weekend. It was the last Grand Prix of this rare and confusing 2020 season, delayed and shortened by the global pandemic. The Portuguese Grand Prix has served Stefan Bradl to prove his worth, on a completely new circuit for much of the grid. With these conditions as a backdrop, the German rider crossed the finish line in sixth position, his best result since riding the RC213V. Álex Márquez progressively improved to ninth position, placing both Honda riders in the Top10 of a really strange race.


The Portuguese Grand Prix had not been part of the MotoGP calendar until now. The circuit, therefore, was unknown to the vast majority of riders in all categories, with the exception of the clear MotoGP winner: Miguel Oliveira. In this situation, the slogan was to improve lap by lap progressively and without risking the type in the last test of the year. However, for Stefan Bradl it was a key weekend. The season as a substitute for Marc Márquez has been, to say the least, tough. As a tester, commentator and retired driver, the grid lap was quite a challenge. Years of experience have been key to its rapid adaptation to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. He qualified sixth in Q2, a session that he had not accessed until last Saturday. Álex Márquez had to settle for sixteenth position on the grid, something that he would solve on Sunday.


It was race day, the last of the season. The feelings were on the surface. Some riders were saying goodbye to the paddock, others will change teams. They all wanted to play a fundamental role in the Portuguese Grand Prix. Bradl started from sixth position and fought with the coolness and serenity that characterizes him, without rsiking his completion. Márquez, on the other hand, was gaining confidence with each lap and the comeback was happening little by little. The fans were missing in the stands but not on the televisions. The Autodromo has turned out to be a very entertaining and striking track, with images that will remain in the memory of all fans.


The perseverance paid off and Stefan Bradl crossed his last finish line (of this 2020) in seventh position. It is the best result for the German and comes at a sweet moment, as the icing on his time at the Repsol Honda Team. Márquez endured the recovery and finished ninth in the Portuguese GP. He could not win the title as rookie of the year but his progression is flawless, with great moments for the team. Now begins the preparation for the next season, a project that the team will soon discover.


Forward Racing keeps learning

The Moto2 season has been one of ups and downs for the MV Agusta Forward Racing riders, who had their best time in the middle of the year. Manzi conquered a very difficult pole in the last Valencia GP and arrived at Portimao encouraged. The Italian had a very good start, but it was difficult for him to keep up on a completely new circuit for him, finishing in nineteenth position. Simone Corsi was not very lucky either and was forced to retire with three laps to go.


The MV Agusta Forward Racing project continues and the return of Lorenzo Baldassarri is expected at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, when he gets into F2 from Thursday. Not a week off for the Italian-Swiss team that intends to be stronger than ever next year, when it reaches its third consecutive calendar.

Márquez's cold mind at the Valencia GP

It has been a difficult weekend in Valencia. The rain and low temperatures have made it their own both in practice and in the qualifying round, a completely different environment from Sunday's race. In such conditions, Alex Márquez suffered a big crash as he struggled to get into Q2 on Saturday. Luckily, and after passing through the MotoGP Mobile Clinic, the Repsol Honda Team rookie was able to confirm his participation on the following day. As he explained at the end of qualifying: “I hit my hip and lower back, after a minute I was able to recover and I tried to go out with the second bike, but when the adrenaline disappeared, it was clear that he couldn't make another lap. Now we have to see what the pain will be like tomorrow. "


Despite the pain derived from this impact, the little one from Cervera came out for all from the twentieth position. His teammate, Stefan Bradl, started from the eighteenth position after falling less than a second from the pass to Q2. The race started in a climate and temperature very different from the rest of the week. The choice of tires was key and Alex Márquez faced a difficult race, both physically and mentally. Luckily, and thanks to the patience and finesse that characterizes him, the young driver managed to finish in Valencia and set his next challenge in Portugal.


Stefan Bradl adapted himself better to the changing conditions on the track and held his ground throughout the 27 laps of the Cheste track. He crossed the finish line fourteenth, getting two more points for his World Cup standings. The Circuit Ricardo Tormo has been in charge of hosting this Valencia GP. As a curious fact, this GP was not the last on the calendar, as usual, but it decided the 2020 MotoGP World Champion. From Puig we want to congratulate Joan Mir and the Suzuki team for winning a chaotic and significant significant World Championship for the firm.


Bad luck for the Forward

Valencia has made things very difficult for the MV Agusta Forward Racing Team. This second weekend at Circuit Ricardo Tormo has been a roller coaster of emotions and results. Stefano Manzi demonstrated the potential of the MV Agusta on Saturday, achieving the first historic pole for the firm after 45 years and a record lap of 1 minute 34 seconds 418 thousandths. However, and when he was fighting for the top positions, the Italian has gone to the ground 15 laps from the end. His teammate, Simone Corsi, was not comfortable on the Valencia track and crossed the finish line in seventeenth position.


This result shows the options of the MV Agusta in Moto2 and also highlights the innate abilities of Stefano Manzi. A rider who will arrive with more enthusiasm than ever at the Portimao track, where the last race of the World Championship will be held on the weekend of November 20-22.

Márquez without points in Valencia

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo hosted, this weekend, the European Grand Prix. Despite the enormous progression of Álex Márquez, the little one from Cervera suffered a fall on Sunday that prevented him from adding points to the overall standings. His teammate, Stefan Bradl, crossed the finish line twelfth on a day marked by the tires and the changing situation on the track.


Rain was the protagonist of the training and qualifying during the European Grand Prix, held in Cheste (Valencia). Both Repsol Honda team riders failed to advance to Q2, so they started from the last rows of the grid. Álex Márquez, who is in the middle of a duel to be the best rookie of the season, had to start from fourteenth position. Bradl, for his part, will continue to replace Cervera's older brother, Marc, until he recovers permanently. The German was also uncomfortable with the rain and took the thirteenth place, just behind the young Marquez.


The situation changed completely on Sunday, catching unprepared and unable to dry-train any team. Both in the lower and higher categories, this detail led to dozens of falls and many surprises in the result. Michelin tried to get their recommendations right and almost all the riders mounted the same tires and it seems that this was not Álex Márquez's problem. The Repsol Honda rookie found a good rhythm from the beginning, signing one of the comebacks that we have seen from him so much this season. Halfway through the day, he was in the midst of the fight for seventh position and, as he himself says: “We were having a good race; I came out well and found a good pace in the top ten. I was comfortable and could progress. Unfortunately, when Dovizioso passed me I was already on the line of Turn 1 and, although I was braking at the same point, I was a little faster, so I crashed”.


Another crash for the Repsol Honda rider, who ends the first day in Valencia with a lesson and more motivation for next weekend. His teammate, Stefan Bradl, maintained an accurate and comfortable pace to finish in twelfth position. The German retained for the general classification, obtaining crucial points for him, but also for the team.


With two Grand Prixes to go, the Valencia GP and the Portuguese GP, Álex Márquez is fourteenth and Stefan Bradl occupies the sixteenth position. The little one from Cervera can win the award for best rookie of the year, something that would demonstrate his excellent progression and the job well done by the young Catalan rider.


Forward Racing Team come back

The Ricardo Tormo's Circuit has been like a roller coaster for the MV Agusta Forward Racing Team. Both Stefano Manzi and Simone Corsi have not felt comfortable throughout qualifying and training. Both drivers started on Sunday from rows very far from the points. Manzi managed to adapt to the new dry track situation and set a suitable pace to finish fifteenth. His Roman partner, on the other hand, fell during the sixth lap after an excellent start. The team knows that these are not good results, but they have learned a lot ahead of the next GP of the Valencia Region, the weekend of November 13-15.

Marquez falls in Aragon

The Spanish team rookie started from the tenth position. It didn't seem like a good result, but Alex was fully motivated by the excellent result achieved in the previous weekend. He had fought to get a better grid position, but, as usual this year, the little one from Cervera had to fight from the beginning. He quickly got up to the podium-worthy positions but fell while trying to improve his fourth place. Bradl, who started sixteenth, gained four positions during the Teruel Grand Prix, held at MotorLand Aragón.


The Repsol Honda Team was where it should be this weekend. Álex Márquez achieved an excellent second position, in the dry, during the last GP in Aragon and he continued to feel comfortable on the RC213V. The second round at MotorLand, this time called the Teruel Grand Prix, started with the best qualification for the Repsol Honda rookie. Alex led the fourth row of the grid with a time of 1 minute, 47 seconds and 603 thousandths. His teammate, Stefan Bradl, took the sixteenth starting position.


The MotoGP category was ahead of the Moto2 category and the traffic light turned green at 1:00 p.m. The temperature remained stable and the choice of tires was the right one. The Repsol Honda Team riders started with everything they needed to achieve a good result or, at least, a comeback like the last one. Álex Márquez, confident on top of his motorbike, quickly showed his power and control. The elegance and solvency with which he rides a motorcycle like the RC213V already makes him a firm candidate for the top 3. The strength of the previous results pushed him to go further, placing himself behind the leading riders. Sadly, he crashed when going fourth, a few thousandths behind the lead, with nine laps to go. It is the first crash for the Cervera rider, but, far from sinking, Alex knows he should be proud and, as he says: “Two podiums and a strong weekend here fighting. We have made good progress, but let's face it, we have to stay calm and look at what our goal is. I want to thank the Repsol Honda team again for their work ”.


Stefan Bradl crossed the finish line twelfth, gaining four positions and taking four points for his overall score. The German rider maintained a constant pace throughout the Teruel Grand Prix, finishing in a good position. Bradl commented upon completion: “It can always be a little better, but I'm happy with this result; we have improved compared to last week, so this is positive. We want to continue in this direction and today it shows that we are moving forward ”.


The next European Grand Prix will take place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo de Cheste, officially the Circuit of Valencia, on November 8.


More points for the Forward Racing Team

The Teruel Grand Prix is ​​the seventh consecutive GP with points for the MV Agusta Forward Racing team, which is a great result for the team. The Italians finished the rounds in Aragon with a smile and after a difficult fight from the start to the checkered flag. Simone Corsi, who started from the eighth row, managed to get closer to the Top 15. He added a point in the general classification after a lot of effort and an almost perfect efficiency on board of the motorbike. Manzi, on the other hand, suffered a crash during the last lap. An incident that did not downplay the great work done throughout the weekend at the Teruel Grand Prix. Sensations that will help them to go with everything in Valencia.

Alex Marquez revalidates his place at Honda

Effort always pays off and Alex Marquez has done nothing else throughout the championship. Little by little, as he puts it, he has progressed “in a professional and correct way” until he achieved his first dry podium this weekend, in the first round of the Moto GP Aragon Grand Prix. His second position in France, last weekend, already gave us to understand the great moment that the rookie of the Repsol Honda Team was going through, but the one from Cervera was not satisfied. "It was a result on water," he said after getting on the podium. Well, he finally got his well-deserved trophy without rain and did so after a sensational comeback. His teammate, Stefan Bradl, crossed the line in 17th position.


The training sessions were a prelude to what was to come. The cold marked the weekend at the MotorLand Aragón circuit, with the constant swaying of tire changes. The tires have been the key for Alex Marquez who, due to his finesse on top of the RC213V, kept control at all times. The youngest of the dynasty felt comfortable from the first moment and from his team they asked him to continue like this, not to change anything about what he did during qualifying. Of course, he needed a confidence boost to recover, since he started from eleventh position. His partner, and substitute for his brother Marc during his recovery, started from the twenty-first position.


The one from Cervera was strong, he felt himself on the bike. Fortunately, the crazy race benefited him and he managed to keep things as he did during the first days of the weekend. Taking advantage of the duels in the first positions, Alex came back in the first laps. He himself explained that he felt especially strong in the first and last corners of the Aragonese track, so he let himself carried away until he placed in the top 5. With the cold mind that characterizes him, the two-time champion (of Moto3 and Moto2) was scratching seconds until put yourself in the fight for victory.


Battles have these things and, just as he was trying to snatch the first position from Joan Mir, he had a scare with the rear tire. “I saw myself winning, but I was pushing my limits, waiting for Mir to make a mistake,” he commented at the end. The temperature rose and it was coherent to handle the bike, which he achieved despite how difficult the RC213V is. Finally, he crossed the finish line in second position and as the young rider said: “A dry podium is worth more”. "Yes now. Now, yes. That does not mean that we are second every weekend, but it is an important point for us, to trust and be more regularly in the top 8”. As a curious fact, that of Cervera ended up with the boots completely torn on the outside and it is that he does not like to release material because he is very superstitious.


This position shows the good decision of the team, but Marquez never doubted his worth. "I know where I come from, but I had to show why and after trying, being professional and correct, I have done my job and little by little we have arrived," commented the little one from Cervera. It will be his turn to stay for the next test and Gran Prix at the Aragon circuit it will take place next weekend, October 24 to 25.


Corsi finishes in the top 10

The MV Agusta Forward Racing team has signed one of its best GPs in Aragon. The qualifying day, held in the afternoon and with a higher temperature, allowed Simone Corsi to slip into Q2. The Fiamme Oro standard-bearer started on the sixth row of the grid, but his great memories on the track gave him confidence and a lot of motivation during the race. A force that he has used to cross the finish line in tenth position, adding six points for the general classification. His teammate, Stefano Manzi, started in the eighth row and climbed up to fourteenth position. A result that is worth to add two more points to the locker in a most rugged race. The Forward Racing Team riders will also be racing again, this time after the Moto GP test, next weekend.

Álex Márquez stepped up to the MotoGP podium

France have been good for the Repsol Honda riders. This 2020 is a strange year, in every way, but the progression of Álex Márquez predicted a result like this one. The youngest of the Cervera brothers stepped up to, for the first time, the podium of the premier category at the last French Grand Prix. In addition, Stefan Bradl has also achieved his best result when crossing the finish line eighth. Water always leaves curious pictures and this Championship was not going to be different. The finesse and class with which Álex drives the RC213CV have been key to standing out on a day with little grip.


The cold has been the main protagonist of the French Grand Prix. Low temperatures have equaled the times at Le Mans and the Repsol Honda Team rookie has been firm since Friday. His progression at the controls of the RC213 CV has allowed him to sneak into the top 8 during FP3, but he ultimately qualified eighth in Q1. Stefan Bradl completed that same run in eleventh position, a few thousandths behind Alex. These results forced them to start in eighteenth and twenty-first place on the grid. Something that would not prevent them from showing their full potential the next day.


Sunday’s race was threatened by rain from early in the morning. The clouds respected the youngsters of Moto3 but it did not last long. The Moto GP motorbikes were already on the grid, they were racing before the Moto2 bikes in France, when it started to rain significantly on the legendary Le Mans track. Quickly the teams, who had already prepared the second bike with rain specifications, took the spare units out on the track. The chaos helped the Repsol Hondas and, at the first corner, both riders had recovered positions.


Soon the falls began, but both Álex and Bradl were firm on the bike and with hardly any scares derived from the lack of traction. With 11 laps to go, Márquez started his real comeback from fifth position. Fast lap after fast lap managed to hunt down the podium group, separated from the first by more than two seconds. In a display of control in the wet and patience, he was placed at the controls of said group to cross just over a second behind Petrucci, first classified. Stefan Bradl, who held the position almost from the start, crossed the finish line in eighth position. Two excellent results for the Repsol Honda team, which is back to the podium and to the top of the races after eight Grands Prix.


The celebration showed the joy of a team that has struggled a lot. As Álex Márquez explained at the end: “We lost some time fighting with Cal, Pol and Dovi but, apart from that, I think I had a good race and it was a great result for the Repsol Honda team. I want to thank you for always believing in me and working so hard. The team and I never give up. "


The motorbikes return home in the next round, a great moment to continue with a progression that we all saw and that, we knew, it would soon come out. The Motorland Aragón circuit will host a new round of races from October 16 to 18 and the following weekend, from October 23 to 25. Will we see Marc Márquez there?


Points for the Foward Racing Team

With the track still wet and hints of rain on the horizon, the Moto2 race began. The decision of the tires was key to the result and made the difference on the French track. The MV Agusta Foward Racing Team riders fought get into the points zone and to stay on the bike, a complicated mission due to the variable conditions of the Le Mans asphalt. Finally, Stefano Manzi crossed the checkered flag fourteenth, scoring two more points in the general standings. Simone Corsi was one thousandths away from taking the next position, but Hafizh Syahrin ended up being a tough rival.

Points for Márquez in Catalunya

Álex Márquez landed in Barcelona with his spirits through the roof and his best moment on the RC213V. The Repsol Honda team rider had achieved his best results of the season at the dell’Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, where he finished seventh. The one from Cervera has continued to show his progression, but this time, it has been at home: the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. In the first tests, the rider stayed less than half a second behind the leader, registering the ninth best time with 1 minute, 40 seconds and 478 thousandths. Stefan Bradl was back on the Honda after his arm injury and finished in 1 minute, 41 seconds, 260 thousandths.


The progression was maintained during the free practice, finishing less than 8 tenths of the best time in the FP2, FP3 and FP4 of the GP of Catalunya. The rookie of MotoGP finished Q1 in eighth position, setting his best mark in the Grand Prix and the eighteenth starting position. Bradl finished a second behind the Catalan and started from the twentieth position of the grid.


The weekend was marked by the presence of Marc Márquez, who returned to the MotoGP paddock with his characteristic smile. It was the first meeting between the champion and his team since Jerez. The one from Cervera stated: “There was a part of me that definitely wanted to ride again, especially after sitting in front of her, but now is the time to be patient. It's been good to come here to talk not only with the team, but also with the people at Honda as we begin to map out a plan for 2021. "


The hugs from his brother gave Álex Márquez strength, who gained five positions in the race. The rider crossed the checkered flag in thirteenth position and is one of the few who has finished all Grand Prixes of the season, without falls or injuries. This position gives him three more points for the general classification of the World Cup, where he occupies the sixteenth position. Stefan Bradl finished the twenty-four laps of the Catalan Grand Prix after his arm injury.


Now it is their turn to rest for a few days before returning to competition at the Le Mans circuit, where the French Grand Prix will be held from October 9 to 11. Before that, they will go to the Portimao circuit to learn the track, since it will be the first time that it is included in the World Cup championship.




Foward Racing Team

The first day of the MV Agusta Forward Racing Team was marked by the decision to fit soft tires. During the second day, both Manzi and Corsi managed to reduce their times by at least one second. Stefano Manzi was not satisfied and kept working to set his best time in Q1, closing his best lap in 1 minute 44 seconds 207 thousandths. Despite his efforts, the VR46 Riders Academy cadet rider started from the seventh row. Simone Corsi, was one hundredth of a second behind his boxing partner, with whom he shared the start.


The race, however, had better fortune for Corsi. The MV Agusta Forward Racing Team rider had a solid day and stayed consistent on his bike. Finally, he crossed the checkered flag in fifteenth position, which means adding a point in the general classification. Stefano Manzi went long on turn two due to the asphalt temperature, a problem that many other riders had as well.


We will also see them on October 9 at the Le Mans circuit to celebrate the French Grand Prix.

Álex Márquez achieves his best result at Misano

The Misano Marco Simoncelli circuit was the host of a new race of the 2020 MotoGP championship. The Dell'Emilia Romagna Grand Prix could not have gone better for the rookie of the premier class and Repsol Honda rider: Álex Márquez. After a weekend of constant progression, the man from Cervera crossed the finish line in seventh position, proving that reliability and perseverance are his best weapon.


The Italian track started to be familiar to the rookie of the category, but things were very tight during the qualifying. For this reason, and despite setting a time of 1 minute, 32 seconds and 198 thousandths, Márquez started on Sunday from seventeenth position on the grid. His progression was remarkable and the Cervera rider looked more comfortable than ever on the RC213V. Everything seemed to indicate that the results should come sooner than later.


Alex's departure was perfect and at the end of the first lap he had already climbed several positions. Confidence was key to this improvement and he was very strong in the morning warm-up, setting his best time on the track. The race has been, to say the least, rough. Many drivers went down, and the tires made the difference in the Dell'Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.


Alex’s intelligence came to light and his precision led him to reduce his race time by 17 seconds. Finally, he crossed the finish line ten places ahead of his starting mark, rising with the best result of the season. This seventh position will give him even more strength and courage to face the next race, which will be next weekend at the Catalan Grand Prix in Montmeló.


Upon arrival at the paddock Álex commented: “I am satisfied, as I think we certainly had the pace to be in the top ten. I want to thank the Repsol Honda team for their hard work, we are getting stronger and now I really want to get to Catalonia ”.


The comeback of MV Agusta Forward Racing

Stefano Manzi and Simone Corsi started from the seventh and eighth row of the grid on Sunday but that was no impediment for them to finish in the Top15.


The race was marked by the red flag due to intermittent rain that occurred in some areas of the track. After the restart of the race, Corsi made a final sprint that took him up to 12th position while his partner Manzi, finished in 15th position after a battle that lasted until the last lap.

Alex finished within tenths of the points

After two weeks off, the Repsol Honda team got back on the motorbikes at the Misano circuit. It was the first time, in the premier class, for Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl, who once again replaced Marc, who continues to recover at home. The Cervera rider finished his first Sunday on Italian territory in seventeenth position, followed by his partner. Despite falling out of the points, by just 321 thousandths, the MotoGP rookie has shown a positive evolution and feels more comfortable on the bike.


Marquez set a constant rhythm during the first training sessions, necessary to regain his sensations on the RC213V. His partner, Bradl, showed remarkable improvement from morning to afternoon and both finished the rounds within 1 minute and 33 seconds. The adaptation continued during the qualifying at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The Catalan rider set a best time of 1 minute, 33 seconds and 333 thousandths to place himself in the seventh row of the grid. The German lowered that score to 1 minute, 32 seconds and 915 thousandths, his fastest lap of the weekend.


The radars threatened Sunday’s race with rain, but nothing. A sunny Sunday woke up in Misano and both Repsol Honda riders were ready to move up. Alex Marquez edged out four of his rivals thanks to a constant improvement, lap after lap. It has been a challenging weekend for the man from Cervera but he has shown all his character and maturity. From starting from the twentieth position to crossing the checkered flag just over three tenths of the top 15. Marquez finished the race happy: “Our pace today was good, especially towards the end of the race, where I was able to run at a very good speed, similar to the leaders” he stated at the end. Furthermore, he is still one of the few riders on the grid who have not scored a zero so far this season. Bradl followed his example and finished just behind him, in 18th place.


Points for the Forward Racing Team

Stefano Manzi and Simone Corsi were racing at the home of MV Agusta, the chassis of the Foward Racing Team. That motivation has been the necessary spark for Corsi to cross the finish line in fourteenth position, getting two points for the final classification. The weekend looked better for Manzi, who fell just two tenths away from finishing on the top of the grid during his fight for pole position. The Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna rider had to settle for starting from the 7th row, but was unable to repeat the comeback from previous races. Corsi started from the 8th row, but his fight during the opening laps put him in the points zone. A good result for the Foward Racing Team, who continue to adapt to the Triumph engine.

GP Styria 2020

The Red Bull Ring circuit was once again the protagonist of a Grand Prix for the second consecutive weekend. This time, the Styrian GP had another notorious accident that forced the red flag to be raised. Viñales lost control of his brakes, with enough time to jump off his bike and let it hit the end of the track protections. Unfortunately, that flag hurt Álex Márquez's progression in the championship, as he was in the top 15 before the red flag and finished in sixteenth position. He broke his streak of points as a rookie this season.


Austria is characterized by its dizzying temperature changes and intermittent rain. Fortunately, qualifying took place with dry track, and the Repsol Honda riders were able to finish the Q1 with good feelings. Álex Márquez started from seventeenth position on the grid, and just behind, Stefan Bradl started in twentieth position.


Alex was progressing little by little, with a pace that quickly placed him in the top 15. He was in the points zone when the red flag appeared on the track, forcing all the riders to go through the pit lane. This situation was detrimental to the Catalan rider who, after resuming the race at 12 laps, lost the advantage and ended up crossing the finish line in sixteenth position.


Bradl kept the same pace throughout Sunday and finished eighteenth.


The team suffers from the absence of Marc Márquez, who will continue with his recovery to return fully recovered. It is estimated that he will need two to three months to get back on his RC213CV. The current riders have two weeks off before the next Grand Prix, which will be held in Misano from September 11-13.


Foward Racing Team scores points in Styria

The MV Agusta Foward Racing Team gets rid of the bad feelings from the previous weekend and got some points. Stefano Manzi's clever race allowed him to cross the finish line in fourteenth place, after overtaking Ramírez and Baldassari. The good feelings during the warmup allowed him to defend his pride and kept himself focused during a fast race. Simone Corsi started from the ninth row of the grid and managed to climb up to the twentieth position, a fair result but one that allows him to look towards the next round with more enthusiasm.


As MotoGP, Moto2 will return in two weeks at the Misano circuit. A known territory for the Italian team.

Alex continues to score points in Austria

Bastianini's bloodcurdling accident, with tremendous consequences for Syahrin, marked the Moto2 race at the Red Bull Ring circuit.


The Austrian Grand Prix promised to freeze us all, also in MotoGP. The red flag had to be raised after a nonsense clash between Zarco and Morbidelli on the straight, a impact that ended with both bikes crossing the track and passing within millimeters of Rossi and Viñales. Both drivers will remember, forever, the fortune that accompanied them at the Red Bull Ring. As will Alex Márquez, who debuted as a rookie in the great category with the Repsol Honda team. The one from Cervera finished the weekend in the points (14th) after starting from eighteenth on the grid. Just behind was Stefan Bradl, who continues to replace Marc Márquez during his recovery.


The training sessions were difficult for the Repsol Honda team. The rain made an appearance during FP1 and FP2, leaving very few minutes of dry track to prepare the motorcycle. Luckily, only a few showers fell on early Saturday, leaving the track dry for the qualifying. The adaptation of the Catalan rider to the Red Bull Ring was noticed and set his best time in Q1. Unfortunately, Márquez was unable to advance to Q2 and earned the eighteenth starting place.


A cool head and the calm went along him during Sunday's session. Syahrin's tremendous impact with Bastianini's bike in Moto2 had to be on everyone's mind. The progression has accompanied all the participations of Alex Márquez in his first year in MotoGP, Austria was not going to be the exception. His improvement allowed him to sneak into the points, for the fourth time in a row, after finishing in fourteenth position before the interruption of the red flag race. His teammate, Stefan Bradl, finished in seventeenth place and missed the points for a second.


Both riders have their sights set on the next round: the Styria Grand Prix. The Red Bull Ring circuit will once again witness the best duels on August 23rd. For now, Marc Márquez will also miss it.


Bad start for the Foward Racing Team

The first round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria was not satisfactory for the Moto2 Foward Racing Team. Bastianini's accident, a few laps after the start of the race, forced the red flag to be raised and the race stopped. Minutes later, the race resumed with Manzi and Corsi in the seventh and tenth row of the grid. The riders had to come back in just 13 laps and, despite Stefano Manzi's good results in the morning's Warm up, he was unable to finish in the points by just a few tenths.


Corsi's progression was obvious. Starting from the tenth row of the grid, he managed to finish the eventful race in 20th position. The next round will be the best time to score points again at the Styria GP, from 21 to 23 of August.


A different World Championship

This will be a World Cup to remember and to forget. The coronavirus crisis forced its start to be delayed and the fall of Marc Márquez marked the first race, held in Jerez. Despite the motivation of the Cervera rider, a problem during his recovery forced him to cancel his participation in the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic. Stefan Bradl was his replacement at the controls of the Honda, but luck was not on the side of the Repsol Honda during the qualifying days. Álex Márquez, the rookie of the year, could not show his best in Q1 and had to start from 21st on Sunday. Bradl also did not successfully overcome his first laps with the Honda, in this World Championship, and finished the twentieth position on the grid.


The poor results on Saturday did not undermine the morale of the riders, who went out with all they had towards the comeback. Álex Márquez set a very good pace to leave the last grid position behind, a fierceness that led him to cross the finish line in fifteenth position. In this way, the Repsol Honda rookie has scored points in all the races that have been held in this strange season. Stefan Bradl advanced two spots from his departure, crossing the checkered flag eighteenth.

Once the race was over, the Repsol Honda team released a statement confirming the absence of Marc Márquez in the next race: “Stefan Bradl will compete again with the Repsol Honda team in that race, while the current World Champion continues to recover”. Thus, the Cervera rider will miss his third race, which will be held at the Red Bull Ring - Spielberg (Austria) from August 14 to 16.


Forward Racing Team

Things were not any different for the Forward Racing Team. Everything seemed to point to a good weekend but the crash of Simone Corsi, during the warmup prior to the race, twisted the way for the riders in command of the MV Agusta. Corsi had to retire due to a fracture in the little finger of his right foot, giving all the attention to Stefano Manzi.


Manzi started from the last positions on the grid so he started his comeback at the very beginning. His motivation led him to fight for the points but, unfortunately, he ended up crashing at turn 11 of the Brno circuit. Bad luck went along with the Forward Racing Team, who returns from the Czech Republic with zero points for the general classification. A situation that they will try to reverse next weekend in the first race of the Austrian Grand Prix, scheduled for August 14-16.

The Repsol Honda team remains strong

The Red Bull Grand Prix of Andalusia had a main protagonist: Marc Márquez. After the brutal fall during his spectacular comeback in the last GP, the Repsol Honda rider had surgery that same Tuesday. Against all the odds, the Cervera rider appeared at the circuit of Jerez to compete. His presence in the practice session got all the attention, but in Q1 his body said enough, the 93 entered boxes and he never came back to the track to qualify for the Q2.  Everything seemed to be against the Repsol Honda team, but Àlex fall in the Q1 was still missing. Luckily, he returned walking to the box and he was able to start the next day from the 21st position.


A strange Sunday started for the team. Marc Márquez was definitely out, he had to recover from his humerus surgery despite his titanic attempt to fight for the points. His brother started from the last positions and the extremely high temperature on the track, which reached 63º Celsius. The cold mind of the little brother from Cervera allowed him to align himself as the only representative of the team and show the reason for his signing with a perfect start.


Álex avoided getting in contact with other drivers and stayed away from the delicate positions, recovering a total of 7 positions on his first lap. The Repsol Honda rookie found his rhythm and climbed to the eighth position, increasing his advantage as the best rookie of the year and achieving his first top ten race.


The Repsol Honda team must recover from an unexpected championship start. Two weeks remain for the next GP in Brno (Czech Republic), held on the weekend of 7 to 9 of August. The Cervera brothers will take advantage of these days of rest to heal themselves and prepare to return stronger than ever.


Forward Racing Team sneaks into the Top 10

The Forward Racing Team ends its time in Jerez with the first Top 10, led by Stefano Manzi and his MV Agusta. The Italian started from 19th position on the Moto2 grid but, his growth at the controls and the desire for good results, allowed him to cross the finish line in ninth position. An excellent result for the team, which slightly compensated the technical problems that forced Simone Corsi to quit on the 19th lap. We will see you again at the next GP in the Czech Republic from 7 to 9 of August.

The most unexpected beginning

245 days have passed since the end of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship and Marc Márquez proclaimed himself champion. The coronavirus crossed borders and with it, the postponements began, which would later become cancellations. Finally, the 2020 World Cup started this past weekend and it did in the worst way for the Repsol Honda Team and for Marc Márquez.


The Catalan rider suffered a tremendous fall that forced him to exit the circuit on a stretcher. Later, the humerus fracture was reported, which will be operated at the Dexeus Clinic in Barcelona this Monday, July 20. His brother, Álex Márquez, finished twelfth in his first race at the controls of the Honda.


As soon as the traffic light turned green, Marc Márquez went on fighter mode. In just a few meters he had passed the poleman, Quartararo, to start a fight for the first position with Viñales.


Both Catalan riders have played with the limit of their motorcycles until, in the second lap, Márquez went long in a curve. Luckily, the rider's quality and expertise allowed him to return to the track in last position. At that same moment one of the most spectacular comebacks of recent times started.


With five laps to go he had managed to pass Morbidelli and Dovizioso but if Marc is characterized by anything, it is his nonconformity. The Honda Racing Team rider continued to squeeze the bike with the intention of hunting Viñales, Quartararo was an impossible mission with a 5-second advantage. In that new fight he fell, in the same curve where he went long at the very beginning. A tremendous blow to the ground that has raised all the alarms.


Márquez left the circuit on a stretcher and, after going through the Jerez hospital, the doctors confirmed the fracture in the middle third of the humerus. The injury was scheduled for surgery on Monday, July 20, at the Barcelona clinic Dexeus, by Dr. Xavier Mir. The recovery time will depend on the state of the fracture and the team will be in charge of revealing it after the surgery.


Alex Márquez, who debuted in his first race in the premier class, finished twelfth sneaking into the points zone.


Forward Racing Team

The guys from the Forward Racing Team have returned to the track at the controls of the MV Agusta. Stefano Manzi has stood up to the Kalex sneaking into eleventh position. Simone Corsi finished fifteenth.

Moto GP in Valencia

Last weekend the last appointment of the 2019 season was celebrated with the Grand Prix of the Valencian Community in the Ricardo Tormo circuit.


Jorge Lorenzo starred in the weekend after announcing his retirement. The Valencia GP would be the last race of the five-time world champion in the Moto GP World Championship after announcing it in a press conference on Thursday, accompanied by his family, team and all the Moto GP grid riders.


After the emotional news of the Jorge Lorenzo retreat, the Repsol Honda team went to work at the Valencia GP.


During the first day of free practice, Marc Márquez established the third best time showing a remarkable consistency back to back. Jorge Lorenzo placed second between FP1 and FP2. He finished the day in 16th place, just 1.1 seconds from first place.


The next day, Moto GP riders struggled to get the best starting positions for Sunday's race. Marc Márquez was close, but he had to settle for second place after Fabio Quartararo was 0.032s faster.

Jorge Lorenzo ranked 16th in his last race, determined to help Team Repsol Honda get the Team Championship and complete the Triple Crown 2019.


After the traffic lights went out, Marc Márquez left determined to occupy the first position, occupied by Fabio Quartararo who failed to escape from the current world champion. Márquez bridged the gap with the young Quartararo and managed to overcome him to get the last victory of this season.


A twelfth victory concludes the 2019 Marquez season with unsurpassed results. Marc has achieved a total of 420 points and becomes the first driver in history to score more than 400 points in a single season.


On the other side of the box, after 297 Grand Prix, Jorge Lorenzo finished a legendary race in the Moto GP World Championship with his best result since returning from an injury. Lorenzo said goodbye with a 13th place in front of an audience that worshiped him. With 68 wins, 152 podiums and 69 poles, the five-time champion says goodbye.


A perfect weekend for the Repsol Honda Team, which won the ninth Triple Crown, becoming the most dominant team and builder in Moto GP.


In this way the 2019 season ends. The next one will begin on Tuesday, November 19 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit for the first test of 2020.

Moto GP in Malaysia

On November 1, 2 and 3, the penultimate event of the Moto GP World Championship was held at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.


The track activity started on Friday with free practice. Under extreme heat conditions, Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo placed sixth and 17th respectively.


On Saturday the HRC pilots continued to lower their times. Marc Márquez was preparing to make the final lap in Q2 to fight for pole, but a spectacular fall forced him to leave from the eleventh position. Fortunately, he suffered no serious injury other than bruises on his knees, elbows and pain in both shoulders from the impact.


Jorge Lorenzo improved the configuration of his motorcycle, but was dissatisfied with his ranking in the 18th position in Q1.


In the race, Marc Márquez once again demonstrated his full potential. Upon leaving, he won six positions in the first two corners and finished the first round in second place. After overtaking nine of his rivals, the current world champion tried to chase after Maverick Vinyales, but his pace was higher and finally finished the second race.


Marc Márquez keeps winning records. After finishing the race in Malaysia, he is placed with 395 points, the driver with the most points scored in a single season. Beat the record of 383 points that Jorge Lorenzo had obtained in 2010 in Moto GP. On the other hand, he becomes the first driver to score 17 podiums in Moto GP in a single season.


Jorge Lorenzo had a more difficult race than he expected, but the Repsol Honda Team rider was able to score finishing in 14th place.


With both drivers at the points, the Repsol Honda team is two points behind Ducati in the team championship. We will have to wait until November 14 that the last race of the season will take place in Valencia.

Moto GP in Australia

On the 25th, 26th and 27th of October, the second to last appointment of the season took place at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island.


On Friday, the action began on the track where Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo fought in changing conditions for sixth and 16th respectively.


Moto GP riders witnessed the famous changing climate of Phillip Island. In a few hours the best and worst conditions offered by the Australian circuit were shown. With 16º C on the track during the morning and after a rain at noon, a few hours later the track reached up to 36º C. Since the forecast was rainy all weekend, the riders took advantage of the wet asphalt to test their motorcycles


On Saturday, the weather conditions continued to be protagonists. The rain and the strong wind forced to postpone the qualifying training until Sunday morning and to suspend the FP4 with red flag.


Marc Márquez had a positive start on Sunday in Australia. He got the pole for the eighth consecutive year at Phillip Island. Started the race, he found himself in a battle of nine riders during the first laps. Marquez made his way to join Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Viñales who were in charge. Viñales tried to escape from his pursuers, but Márquez did not let him go very far and waited until the last lap to overcome him and cross the finish line in first position. With this achievement, the current world champion has 11 victories this season and a total of 55 in Moto GP, beating Mick Doohan (54). Marc Márquez has achieved five consecutive Moto GP victories for the first time since 2014.


As a result of the victory, the Repsol Honda Team is only one point away from Team Ducati in the Team Championship, aspiring to complete the coveted Triple Crown.


On the other side of the box, Jorge Lorenzo had a difficult start after securing 19th place on the grid. Lorenzo managed to complete a demanding 27-lap race, crossing the line in 16th place.


The Moto GP World Championship will continue its route through the Asian continent to play the last stop before returning to Europe. It will be at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Moto GP in Japan

On the 18th, 19th and 20th, the sixteenth GP of the season was played at the mythical Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.


On Friday, the first free practice sessions were held under fresh conditions. Marc Márquez was constant throughout the day and managed to be the third fastest driver. Jorge Lorenzo keeps moving forward and had a positive first day on the Japanese circuit ending on the 17th day.


The rain made an appearance during the early hours of Saturday and part of the morning. The HRC riders went on the track to assess the conditions and continued to improve their times.

During the second training of the day, the track began to dry and Marc Márquez demonstrated his skills in mixed conditions leaving a margin of 1,342 seconds ahead of his rivals. His confidence continued during the Q2 where he was the fastest and got the pole number 90 of his career in the Grand Prix.


Jorge Lorenzo could not improve his time due to mixed conditions and was ranked 19th in Q1.

After starting the race, Marc Márquez quickly has advantage. His closest pursuer, Fabio Quartararo, tried to respond to the rhythm of the eight-time champion who took three laps to open a gap of more than a second. During the race, Márquez managed to increase his lead to two seconds, but in the final laps he lowered his pace and crossed the line to 0.870 seconds, ahead of Quartararo.


Marc Márquez's victory earned Honda to win the Moto GP Builders Championship for the 25th time. In addition, with this 54th victory, Marc Márquez ties with the legendary Mick Doohan as Honda's most successful rider in Moto GP.


On the other side of the box, Jorge Lorenzo crossed the finish line in 17th position. Although Lorenzo is not satisfied with the result, he acknowledged having very good feelings. Since his return after the injury, it has been the smallest margin he has achieved between him and the winner of the race.


The Moto GP World Championship is now heading to the Australian Grand Prix on Phillip Island to be held from October 25 to 27.

The HONDA HRC team is proclaimed MOTO GP champion with Marc Márquez

The Catalan rider raised his sixth title, fourth in a row, as world champion of the highest category in the Thai circuit of CHANG.

Marc Márquez once again crowned himself as the best rider in the world by imposing himself on his rivals in Thai lands. The Catalan climbed to the top of the podium thanks to his spectacular progression, ultimately over the French rider Fabio Quartararo.

With this victory, the Cervera rider, who treasures 8 world titles in his showcases (6 in Moto GP and the remaining 2 in 125 and Moto 2), is one title away from Valentino Rossi and 2 titles away from the rider that currently holds the record, the Italian Giacomo Agostini.

Puig wants to congratulate the Japanese team HONDA HRC, ​​which we have the pleasure of being a technical sponsor, for this great world title and especially Marc Márquez for his eighth world title.

Moto GP in Thailand

On October 4, 5 and 6, the Thai Grand Prix took place at the Buriram circuit.


The track activity started on Friday with free practice. Marc Márquez started being the fastest and placing himself in first position with a slight advantage over his rivals. About to finish the FP1, Márquez suffered a spectacular fall that forced him to go to the hospital to rule out injuries. A while later, the Catalan rider returned to the track for FP2 finishing the day satisfied.


Jorge Lorenzo remained constant during FP1 by finishing the 18th session and although he could not improve what he expected during FP2, he cut almost a second.


On Saturday the rain forced to delay the first workouts of the day. After the storm, the pilots went on track and improved their lap times. In the last minutes of Q2 Márquez suffered a fall without consequences that placed him in the third grid position, behind Quartararo and Vinyales. Lorenzo would start the race in 19th place.


In Sunday's race, Márquez had before him the first opportunity to seal his eighth championship. After the traffic light went out, Márquez won a position and quickly started chasing Fabio Quartararo, who was in first place. Marc waited for the final laps to attack Quartararo with some overtaking between the two riders but it was not until the last corner where Márquez made the final attack achieving a glorious victory that assured him of his sixth Moto GP championship.


With 325 points, nine wins, 14 podiums, nine poles and 10 fastest laps – Marc Marquez becomes the MotoGP World Champion alongside the Repsol Honda Team for the sixth time and takes the eighth World Championship of his career. The victory is also Honda’s 150th in the MotoGP class – an achievement no other manufacturer has been able to match.

Jorge Lorenzo suffered a difficult race, unable to improve his feeling in the hotter conditions. Ultimately crossing the line in 18th, Lorenzo is looking ahead to the next race in Japan where he hopes to improve his current feeling and results.

Moto GP in Motorland

On September 20, 21 and 22, the Aragón Grand Prix was held at the Motorland Circuit.


Marc Márquez began Friday's free practice almost two seconds from his rivals. A fall without consequences in the middle of the second session forced him to return to the box to go out again and finish on the fourth place. Even so, the time achieved during FP1 was enough to have the first position in the combined times.


Jorge Lorenzo was able to take advantage of the first day to improve his times and be closer and closer to the fastest riders on the track.


The rain that fell before the start of the second day of training caused that any rider improve their times. A fast Marc Márquez got a 1’47.009 in Q2 that gave him the ninth pole position of the season. His teammate showed an evolution during the morning and improved the sensations on his motorcycle. A 1’49.282 placed Jorge Lorenzo in the twentieth place on the grid, promoted to 19th place by an unfortunate fall of Pol Espargaró that ruled him out for the race.


At 13:00 local time the race began where an unstoppable Marc Márquez came forward opening a half-second lead in the first corners. After passing the first laps he built an insurmountable advantage of 5.5 seconds in the middle of the race that gave him the victory without chances for his rivals. Márquez won his 78th victory in his 200 race in Moto GP, managing to finish with 300 clean points in the World Championship, 98 of the second classified, Andrea Dovizioso.


Jorge Lorenzo also had a good start and quickly found himself in the top ten after a few laps. His progress continued but the lack of grip on the rear tire made him fall out of the points.


Following these results, Honda is 65 points ahead of Ducati in the Constructors' Championship and the Repsol Honda Team moves 24 points from the Ducati Team in the Team Championship.


After completing the Aragon Grand Prix, Moto GP riders will travel to the Asian continent to play the most intense part of the season with four races in five weeks. The next appointment will be the Thailand GP, on October 6, where Márquez will have the first chance to proclaim himself champion.

Moto GP in Misano

On September 13, 14 and 15, the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini was played at the Circuit of Misano, Marco Simoncelli, in Italy.


In the first training sessions, Marc Márquez showed his confidence in his RC213V by occupying the first two positions during all the sessions. Jorge Lorenzo was able to assess his physical condition and improved his lap time to more than a second from FP1 to FP2, obtaining very positive results the first day on the track.


The high temperatures on the track conditioned the course of the qualifying session on Saturday, where the teams were forced to prepare a good tire strategy.


Márquez remained calm during FP3 and got the direct pass to Q2 after suffering a fall without consequences in the last minutes of FP4. He was one of the few drivers who opted for a two-stop strategy but could not get the most out of his tires in the final laps. Even so, he got a better lap of 1’32.742 that placed him in fifth place on the grid on Sunday. Jorge Lorenzo continued his progression during the second day getting 18th place on the grid.


On Sunday, the current world champion had a quick career start by placing fourth in the first corner and progressing to third place a few corners later. After moving to Viñales, Márquez placed second at Fabio Quartararo's wheel, which he pursued until attacking him in the final corners, achieving victory. This first place leaves him 93 points ahead of the rival to the title, Andrea Dovizioso and 6 races to finish the championship.

With this victory number 77 Marquez surpasses Mike Hailwood and is among the four most successful riders in the history of Moto GP.


Jorge Lorenzo had a constant career and managed to finish in the 14th position, again getting points in the championship. The five times champion could not achieve his goal of finishing within 30 seconds after the winner, but suffering less discomfort after the race was a good sign.


Honda increases its lead to 60 points in the Manufacturers Championship while the Repsol Honda Team approaches the Ducati Team to just 25 points.


In just a few days, the next Grand Prix Moto GP of Aragon will take place on September 22.

British Grand Prix

On the 23rd, 24th and 25th the Moto GP riders traveled to the Silverstone circuit to compete in the British Grand Prix.


Friday's free practice took place normally on the newly paved English circuit. Marc Márquez quickly took advantage by cutting the time per lap up to 2 seconds ending the day in second place overall, with a fall without consequences. Jorge Lorenzo faced his first day with caution, even so, he was able to improve his lap time by about a second and a half.


With a track in perfect condition, on Saturday the riders played the qualifying training. Lap times improved rapidly in each session, but no one could lose the 1’58.168 that Marc Márquez scored and gave him the 60th pole position in Moto GP after a total of 120 in his sports career. The current world champion demonstrated a strong and steady career pace. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo also followed a line of improvement session after session.


On Sunday and under a clear sky the British Grand Prix was disputed. After the start of the race Márquez took the lead thus avoiding the incident of the closest rival of the championship, Andrea Dovizioso who starred in a spectacular fall after jumping over Fabio Quartararo's motorcycle, the potential candidate for the podium. With the closest rivals out of the race, Marc Márquez led the entire race and set a new career lap record of 1,559,936. Alex Rins pursued without censoring the current champion and in the last corner Márquez was forced to close the accelerator losing the victory by 0.013s and complying with the second place on the podium. In this way, Márquez increases his advantage in the Moto GP World Championship with an advantage of 78 points with seven races to play.


Jorge Lorenzo began the British Grand Prix with the objective of finishing the race taking into account his physical condition. The Mallorcan finished in 14th place rewarded with a couple of points.


Honda gets 45 points from Ducati in the Constructors' Championship and takes the Repsol Honda Team to 36 points from the Ducati Team in the Team Championship.


The races will resume at the San Marino GP which will take place from September 13 to 15.

Motorrad von Österreich Grand Prix

On the 9th, 10th and 11th, the eleventh meeting of the season took place at the Austrian Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg.


On Friday the activity began on the track with free practice where the Repsol Honda team had a first productive day with Marc Márquez leading and Bradl less than a second away.


On Saturday Marc Márquez continued his assault in search of 1'22 on the track but an error in the last sector placed him with 1'23.027 achieving a new lap record in the Red Bull Ring. In this way, Márquez got his seventh pole of the season and sets a new record obtaining his 59th pole in Moto GP since joining in 2013, thus surpassing the Honda rider Mick Doohan.


Stefan Bradl had a productive FP3 and FP4, losing almost a place in the top ten. The pilot improved the configuration of his RC213V but a problem in Q1 prevented him from contesting a place in the top 15.


On Sunday the emotion was present at the head of the race with Marc Márquez and Andrea Dovizioso, who starred in an endless number of overtaking with an epic ending where Márquez was overcome in the last corner by the Italian with a heart attack end. Even so, Márquez has a comfortable 58-point lead ahead of Dovizioso in the World Cup standings.


Across the box, Stefan Bradl got four valuable points. The German quickly gained ground and currently occupies the 13th position after recovering eight positions.


The Repsol Honda Team now heads to the United Kingdom to play the Silverstone Grand Prix from August 23 to 25. Jorge Lorenzo is ready to return after recovering after his back injury in Assen.

Grand Prix České republiky


The leader becomes unstoppable

The Grand Prix of the Czech Republic took place on August 2, 3 and 4. After three weeks off, the Repsol Honda team riders have played the tenth meeting of the season at the legendary Brno circuit.

During the free practice session on Friday the riders had the first contact with the asphalt and took the opportunity to configure their bikes. Marc Márquez tested a variety of options on his Honda while Stefan Bradl improved his time from 22nd to 14th.

Saturday's training session was led by the rain where Marc Márquez got the pole position after being the first to change his motorcycle to get dry tires and make two unstoppable laps. With this 58th pole of his career, Márquez equals Mick Doohan. On the other side of the box, Stefan Bradel managed to enter Q1 getting 17th position.

Sunday's race was delayed due to the wet conditions presented by some parts of the circuit. After delaying the start and shortening two laps, the Moto GP riders started a race in which Marc Márquez was the absolute leader, finishing with an advantage of more than two seconds. The current world champion found a constant rhythm that led him directly to the first step of the podium, increasing his advantage in the championship with 210 points, to 63 of the second classified, Andrea Dovizioso. Stefan Bradl did not have an easy career start but managed to advance and finish in 14th place getting score. The German driver will run again at the next appointment at the Austrian GP with the return of Jorge Lorenzo scheduled to return to Silverstone.

After finishing the Czech Republic GP, Honda increases its advantage in the Constructors' Championship to 39 points with a total of 216 points.

The next appointment will take place at the Red Bull Ring on August 9, 10 and 11.

Grand Prix of Motorrad Deutschland

The Motorrad Deutschland Grand Prix took place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of July at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany.


On Friday the trainings went smoothly where Marc Márquez produced a consistent first day. Without leaving the first two positions and with a time of 1'20.705 Márquez ran a total of 50 laps in which he could gather enough information.


Stefan Bradl who ran this weekend replacing Jorge Lorenzo after his injury in Assen, spent the first day setting up the bike for the new circuit. He finished 17th in FP1 but quickly improved by more than a second and finished the 14th day.


On Saturday Marc Márquez got the first position once again, acquiring the tenth consecutive pole in this circuit and setting a new lap record of 1'20.195. Stefan Bradl who participated in Q1 was faster than in FP3 and ranked 14th, behind Dovizioso.


During the race on Sunday, Marc Márquez once again showed his consistency by occupying the first place throughout the race and increasing his advantage to finish at 4.5 seconds compared to the second classified. A masterful strategy of the seven times world champion who won the German circuit for the tenth time in a row.


Stefan Bradl made a consistent home race, getting the 11th place of Pol Espargaró at the end of the race and finally finishing in tenth place. In this way, the German driver completed a successful weekend at home.


After finishing this great prize, Marc Márquez goes on vacation with 185 points in the championship, 58 ahead of Dovizioso who takes second place. His victory also increases the advantage of Honda in the Constructors' Championship to 34 points of Ducati


The MotoGP Championship will enjoy a small summer break before the next appointment that will take place from 2 to 4 August in the Czech Republic.

TT Grand Prix Assen

On June 28, 29 and 30 the Moto GP riders traveled to the Netherlands to compete in the TT Assen Grand Prix.

The first day of training began with low temperatures until late afternoon. Marc Márquez was positioned among the top ten making the sixth and seventh fastest time, suffering a sharp fall in FP1 without consequences for him. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo did not have the same luck. A fall in turn 7 forced him to leave the GP after suffering a bill in the vertebrae T8 and T6. The HRC pilot traveled back home to start his recovery but will miss the next appointment at Sachsenring.

On Saturday the riders started the track activity with the FP3 and FP4, where the first 10 pilots fought for a direct pass to Q2. Márquez got it and later established a 1'32.731 that placed him in fourth place. It will be the first time that the current champion does not start from the front row of the grid.

On Sunday there was an exciting race where Marc Márquez started losing a position at the start. He recovered quickly and after advancing several laps he fought with Viñales and Quartararo for the first places. Finally he finished in a solid second position with 160 points occupying the first place of the championship and with an advantage of 44 points ahead of the second classified, Andrea Dovizioso. The result maintains the leadership of Honda in the Constructors' Championship, 22 points ahead of Ducati.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Honda Racing, Kunimitsu Takahashi and Mick Doohan enjoyed a demonstration lap on board the RC142 of 1959 and the NSR500 of 1989 before the start of the race.

The next Grand Prix will take place next weekend at the German Sachsenring circuit.

Grand Prix of Catalonia

On June 14, 15 and 16 took place once again the expected Grand Prix of Catalonia, the closest appointment to our headquarters.


The riders were able to go out on track on Friday to carry out the first free practice sessions with stable conditions. Marc Márquez scored the best time during FP1 and he could not improve in FP2 that finished ninth. His teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, started the weekend with good sensations, improving 0.8 seconds and finishing 14th. Despite the position, the Mallorcan pilot is getting closer to the top positions. Both pilots dedicated Friday to configure their bikes for the Catalan track.


On Saturday Jorge Lorenzo scored a 1.39.949 in FP4 that gave him direct access to dispute Q2 for the first 12 places on the grid. He managed to lead the 4th row. Marc Márquez was 0.015 seconds behind Quartararo, who took the pole, ahead of the Cervera driver.


On early Sunday the fans were already in the circuit waiting for the race. The HRC pilots made a clean start and during the first laps the group of five pilots leading the race were fighting for a better position. Jorge Lorenzo was released and reached the fourth position in the race but an unfortunate fall truncated any chance for him or for three other riders. Márquez occupied the first place and with the fall of the riders that came behind him he was left alone in front, leaving a considerable margin to get the victory.


With this race finished, Márquez increases his advantage in the championship by occupying the first place with 140 points, to 37 of the second classified.


The next meeting will take place at the Assen Circuit, in the Netherlands on June 28, 29 and 30.

Grand Prix Italia Oakley

On June 31, 1 and 2, the Grand Prix Italia Oakley was held at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.


During Friday's free practice session, less than half a second divided the top nine.


Márquez set the pace from FP1. He improved up to half a second in FP2 and finished the day as the sixth fastest driver. Lorenzo was less than a second behind his teammate in FP1. In the FP2 he stayed and improved his time on the Italian track even so, he concluded the 20th. The Mallorcan driver was concerned about keeping soft tires for Saturday.


On Saturday Marquez returned to mark the best time getting the fourth pole of the season while his partner Lorenzo finished 17th ready for his comeback.


Marc Márquez finished 3rd in FP3 and FP4. He worked to get the best time and secure the position by setting a new record at the Mugello Circuit.


The tire savings of Jorge Lorenzo benefited him in the FP3 and FP4, improved by one second and ranked 12th. Unfortunately, during the qualifying practice he could not improve his free time.


On Sunday the hot conditions were intense with a track at almost 50ºC. The reigning world champion faced Petrucci, Dovizioso and rins for much of the race. Even so, everything was decided on the last lap. Petrucci opened a small gap that Márquez could not reach and finished in second place at 0.043 of the first classified. His teammate Lorenzo went strong placing 15th in the first round and during the race he continued advancing positions and avoiding problems getting the 13th place.


In this way, Jorge Lorenzo adds more points to the championship while Marc Márquez increases his advantage to 12 points compared to the second classified, Andrea Dovizioso. Honda also increases its lead by 6 points over Ducati in the Constructors' Championship.


The riders of the championship will be able to rest a week until the next appointment that will take place from the 14th to the 16th of June at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Official Test of Sepang

During the 6th, 7th and 8th of February, the first Official Test of the year took place in Sepang where Marc Márquez was present. After the shoulder operation to which he had to submit the Catalan driver has returned to the asphalt on top of his RC213V.

It has been a productive test where the current world champion started the first day scoring the best time. Stefan Bradl, official test driver also rolled on board the RC213V. Both pilots were able to test the new parts of the Honda and the conditions of the track accompanied them during the three days. Even so, Márquez admits not feeling 100% and has been aware at every moment that he noticed discomfort in his shoulder to stop and be able to continue with his recovery, which he has continued during these days as well. As usual, after his operation he could not complete so many laps during these three days of testing but the HRC team left happy for the work done.

The next appointment will be in Qatar, where another test will take place from February 23 to 25 and where Jorge Lorenzo is scheduled to return from his injury.


Malaysian GP

Last weekend was the penultimate race of the season at the Malaysian circuit in Singapore.
In free practice on Friday, Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa focused on the configuration of their motorcycles, occupying the third and tenth place respectively in the combined classification.

Saturday's training sessions took place under difficult weather conditions as Q2 was delayed due to rain. Márquez got his pole number 80 although he was sanctioned with six positions and would start from the third row of the grid. His teammate Pedrosa obtained the 4th fastest time that allowed him to pass directly to the qualifying session, where he got the tenth position.

Due to the weather forecast for Sunday, Race Direction was forced to reschedule the race schedules to prevent rain prevent their dispute. In this way, the Moto GP race started at 1 pm local time.
The reigning world champion took first place, thus achieving his 70th victory of his career, the victory number 44 in Moto GP and sentencing in turn the title of constructors 2018 for Honda in the premier class. Márquez started from the seventh position but only in the first five laps was placed in second place, behind Valentino Rossi who occupied the first place. Everything pointed to that we would see a great battle between the two but a failure of the Italian made him fall to the ground four laps from the end leaving him out of combat and facilitating Marc Marquez the free road to the finish line. On the other hand, Dani Pedrosa matched his best result finishing in 5th position after having gone tenth.

After this race, the HRC team returns to Europe where Marc Márquez will visit the renowned EICMA fair that takes place this week in Milan.

GP of Australia

Last weekend was the second consecutive Moto GP World Championship, on this occasion, at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island, one of the favorite circuits for many of the riders.

The free practice session on Friday was interrupted in the FP1 by a red flag after the fall of a pilot and the subsequent oil spill of his motorcycle on the track. This added to a later storm delayed more than two hours the start of FP2. Marc Márquez made the 6th and 7th fastest time in each of the sessions respectively while his teammate Dani Pedrosa took the 13th position in both sessions.

On Saturday, Márquez took his fifth consecutive pole, thus equaling the record of Casey Stoner. Dani could not enter Q2 and would occupy the sixth row of the grid at the start of Sunday. The current world champion wanted to take advantage of the appointment in Australia to pay a tribute to Mick Doohan, wearing gloves and boots with the colors of the Australian driver.

On Sunday something unusual happened, neither of the two HRC drivers could finish the race. Márquez had to retire after Johan Zarco hit the back of his motorcycle before going down, thankfully, without serious consequences. However, it caused Marquez's bike to be damaged and had to retire. On the other hand, Pedrosa went to the ground on lap number 14 ending like this in an unusual way.

Next week will be the third consecutive event, this time in Malaysia.

Japan GP

Last weekend a very significant appointment for the HRC team took place, the great prize of Japan was disputed in the circuit Twin Ring Motegi. It presented the first opportunity for Márquez to sentence his championship and could do it at Honda's house.

In free practice on Friday, the weather conditions were changing, having a FP1 in the dry and a FP2 in the wet. Marc Márquez led the FP1 while he booked and did not race the FP2. His teammate Dani Pedrosa was 11th and he managed to make a quick lap in mixed conditions. On Saturday, Márquez finished 4th in FP3 and got the sixth fastest time, so he would start from the second row of the grid while Pedrosa would start from the fourth row.

Sunday arrived and all the predictions were fulfilled, Marc Márquez was proclaimed world champion of Moto GP. After leaving from the sixth position, in the first lap Márquez advanced four positions placing himself behind his closest rival in the championship, Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian occupied the first place until the penultimate round, where after overtaking his opponent to the throne, he made a mistake and was out of the race. In this way, Márquez took the victory and with it sentenced the title of world champion.
Dani Pedrosa who came out from the 11th position, advanced four positions finishing in eighth position. After finishing the race, Pedrosa said he was not happy with the performance they had had in the Japanese circuit, in turn, congratulated his teammate for getting his new title.

Marc Márquez achieves his third consecutive title in the premier class, thus achieving his fifth championship in Moto GP and seventh world of his sports career. With only 25 years old, Márquez continues to beat records that will, once again, become part of the history of motorcycling.

GP of Thailand

Last weekend the pilots of the Moto GP championship traveled to the Asian continent to play the GP of Thailand.

The free practice session on Friday was marked by the sun. The HRC pilots did a good job with Márquez finishing 4th in the overall 0.098 ", the current champion focused on working the race pace. Pedrosa, who finished 8th in the overall, improved by more than a second compared to the result that morning.

On Saturday, Marc Márquez surprised us all by getting a new record: to take the pole from Q1. After suffering a fall in the last lap of FP3 staying out of Q2, he managed to make the best time in Q1 that would serve to get the pole. In this way, he became the first driver to get it, added to his 50th pole in the premier class. Dani Pedrosa was sixth in FP3, remaining only 0.039 '' behind the second row.

In the race on Sunday, Márquez once again demonstrated his potential by winning masterly before the eyes of more than 100,000 spectators who occupied the stands of the Buriram circuit. The victory was decided in the last round with a battle with Andrea Dovizioso, who opts in second place to the championship. On the other hand, Pedrosa fell on lap 18 ending what had been his best race of the season, pitched from behind with podium options.

In this way, the next race that will take place in Japan, the home of Honda, will be the first opportunity that Márquez will have to win the championship. It will be next October 21.

GP of Aragón

The 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September took place the last European Championship Moto GP event, at the Motorland circuit, Aragón.

During the free practice session on Friday, Marc Márquez set the best time, focused on adjusting the configuration of his motorcycle and electronics. His teammate Dani Pedrosa started with the 18th fastest time but improved during the session to reach position number 7.

On Saturday Márquez got the third position in a fight for the very tight pole and betting that the battle on Sunday would be between the Ducatis and him. Pedrosa was only 0.343 seconds behind the poleman, Jorge Lorenzo, getting out from the second row of the grid.

The current world champion was not wrong to bet that the fight would have the Ducati and Márquez. With Jorge Lorenzo out of action due to an unfortunate fall in the first round, Márquez had to fight along with Andrea Dovisiozo and Andrea Ianone for the victory, offering an overtaking show to the fans. Finally, Márquez took the victory, after risking a soft rear tire that helped him to be at the top of the podium. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, got a solid 5th place.

In this way, Márquez thus increases his advantage by 72 points with his closest rival. This will remain the classification until the next appointment in Thailand on October 7.

GP San Marino e Riviera de Rimini

The grand prix of San Marino e Riviera de Rimini took place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September at the Italian circuit of Misano. After the cancellation of the last race at the Silverstone circuit, the drivers were more than ready to play this grand prize.

During the training morning on Friday, the HRC riders worked on the configuration of their bikes. In the afternoon, Márquez focused on looking for speed in the Italian asphalt getting the best provisional time of the day. Dani Pedrosa improved his FP1 effort to FP2 but it was not enough and he stayed 20 thousandths of a place in the top 10.

In the qualifying session on Saturday Marc Márquez starred in one of his exploits, falling with just a few minutes to finish the last practice session and running to the box to get on his second bike and improve the time. Finally, he was left with the fifth fastest time starting from the second row of the grid. Dani Pedrosa was the fastest in Q1 but could not improve in the last session and stayed in the fourth row.

On Sunday, Marquez made history once more by matching Mike Hailwood with the 7th podium in all categories. The current world champion finished the race in second place, behind Andrea Dovizioso who took the victory. In this way, Márquez increases his advantage to 67 points over his new chaser in the general classification, Dovizioso. In turn, Honda leads the Constructors' World Championship and HRC the World Team Championship.
On the other hand, Pedrosa began the race in the eleventh place getting sixth place, even so, he assures that they must work in the configuration to get closer to the rhythm of the front group.

In this way, the Moto GP riders will meet on September 23 at the Aragón Grand Prix.

Great Britain GP

On August 24, 25 and 26, the last MotoGP championship meeting took place at the English circuit of Silverstone. A great prize that will be remembered for a long time given that the General Race Direction was forced to cancel all races given the unsafe conditions with which the track was due to rain.
During the days of Friday and Saturday the water already made an appearance and forced to delay some of the programmed training sessions. In Saturday's qualifying practice session, a complicated situation was experienced when, in turn number seven, the pilots began to fall one after the other. Tito Rabat was the worst unemployed, with a serious injury that forced him to be rushed to the hospital.
It was decided to advance the Moto GP race on Sunday with the aim of avoiding the heavy rains that were prevented on the Silverstone circuit but it was not enough and finally none of the scheduled races were played.
In this way, the classification remains the same, with Marc Márquez in the lead at 59 points of Valentino Rossi who occupies the second position. The next appointment is next September 9 at the Italian circuit of San Marino.

Österreich GP

On August 8, 9 and 10, the Österreich Grand Prix took place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Under a free practice on Friday in the rain where riders could only test their bikes in FP1, Márquez and Pedrosa got the fourth and sixth fastest time respectively. During the qualifying session on Saturday, Márquez struggled to get the pole that was finally taken by 0.002 of advantage over Dovizioso and Lorenzo, second and third respectively. They would be the rivals to beat in the race on Sunday. Dani Pedrosa managed to occupy the third row of the grid in the absence of grip with his bike after the rain.

In the race that was played on Sunday, the reigning world champion got a tough second place that he had to battle. Márquez took the lead at the start of the race but Lorenzo and Dovizioso followed closely behind him and on lap 19 the battle for the first place started that finally went to Lorenzo. Marc finished with 0.130" of victory, ahead of Dovizioso, Dani was involved in an incident that caused him to lose several positions at the beginning of the race but could finally recover by finishing seventh.

In this way, Márquez continues to lead the qualification by increasing the distance with respect to Rossi, to 59 points and HRC is placed first in the constructors' classification.
Until the next appointment that would take place on August 26 at the Silverstone 

Czech Republic GP

On August 3, 4 and 5, the grand prix of Brno took place in the Czech Republic. A special GP for the current champion Marc Márquez since it was his 100th career in the premier class.

During the practice session on Friday Dani Pedrosa was the fastest with a soft rear tire. The best position of Márquez was a third place, the HRC pilot focused on maintaining a race pace with used tires. In the qualifying session on Saturday with high temperatures on the asphalt, Marc Márquez finished third with just 0.275 from Dovizioso, who got the pole position and only 0.05 from Valentino Rossi, the second classified. Pedrosa had a good pace in FP3 and FP4 but in the chrono he could only get the tenth place.

In the race on Sunday, Marc Márquez fought for the first positions all and finally was satisfied with the third position, behind Dovizioso and Lorenzo respectively. In this way, the current leader of the classification collected valuable points for the championship, increasing the distance to 49 points with Valentino Rossi.
Pedrosa who started from the tenth position was able to overtake two positions in the final laps, finishing eighth.

The HRC pilots stayed one more day in Brno for a private test and left directly to Austria to run the next grand prix that took place on August 12.

Sachsenring GP

Last weekend took place the ninth appointment of the season in the German circuit of Sachsenring, Marquez territory after having achieved the last 8 victories to which he has opted in this circuit, all accompanied by poles positions.

During the day of free practice on Friday the HRC pilots tried their bikes on the asphalt. Dani Pedrosa was faced with some problems of suspension adjustments that led him to get the 20th best position. Marc Márquez focused on the configuration of his motorcycle, maintained a good pace getting a 5th best position.

On Saturday Márquez got a new pole position making three attempts as the main strategy and that ensured that the second part of the race on Sunday would be decisive. Pedrosa improved his result getting out from the fourth row of the grid and with options to improve during the race.

During Sunday's start the defending champion lost some positions and went to wheel Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo during the first laps until he regained first place on lap 13 and opened space in the final laps thanks to tire management he did throughout the race. This made him take the victory masterfully, his second consecutive victory, the fifth of the season and number 40 of Moto GP. It was also the ninth consecutive victory in the German circuit after getting his ninth pole in his 99th Moto GP race. In this way, it is placed at 46 points from its closest rival, Valentino Rossi.

The other side of the coin was Dani Pedrosa, who after announcing his retirement got an 8th place, improving two positions from the start.

With two weeks of rest ahead, the riders will not see each other again until August 5 at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic.

TT Assen Grand Prix

This weekend the eighth race of the season was played at the Dutch circuit of TT Assen, where one of the most disputed races of the whole history took place.

During the free practice on Friday, the pilots went out onto the track under sunny conditions that we are not used to the Dutch circuit and that would accompany us throughout the weekend. For this reason, one of the objectives of Friday was to test tires. Marc Márquez had a good pace getting the best time in the morning. Dani Pedrosa improved his pace but anticipated a complicated weekend.

On Saturday the Moto GP riders left us a sample of what we would see in the race. With a difference of only 0.059" in the front row, Márquez got the pole, adding with this the 75th of his career. Pedrosa could not improve the time and left from the sixth row of the grid.

The race that was played on Sunday at the TT Assen circuit will surely go down in history. After 26 laps in which we lived continuous overtaking, Marc Márquez got a gap of 2'' that gave him the victory after fighting together with Rins, Viñales, Doviziosi, Rossi and Lorenzo. With this 65th victory of his career and his 39th in Moto GP, the current world champion increases his advantage to 41 points over his direct rival in the classification of the championship, Valentino Rossi.
Dani Pedrosa did not find the right rhythm during the first laps of the race and could not recover positions. Lap after lap improved and finally finished in 15th place.

The next appointment will take place next July 15 at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany. 



Last weekend the Moto GP riders met in the seventh race of the season, held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a very special event due to the thousands of fans who come every year to support the drivers of home.

During the day on Friday, some training sessions were held under a sunny day. Marc Márquez made the third best time during FP1 but an error during the last practice session made him fall to the ground and finish with the 12th fastest time. Dani Pedrosa was consistent and got a 9th fastest time.

In FP3 on Saturday, Marc Márquez was 11th remaining out of direct to Q2 and giving more excitement to the morning of qualifying practice. However, it was not until the FP4 when he surprised us with a double save entering the last corner that placed him in the 3rd place finally, thus ensuring his pass to Q2. After making the best time in the final qualifying session, Jorge Lorenzo beat him by 0.666 '' leaving Márquez second place. Dani Pedrosa, who went directly to the final qualifying session, got the 9th fastest time, less than 3 thousandths of the first, this way he would start from the third row of the grid.

Under extreme heat conditions, the race was held at 2:00 pm on Sunday. During the first round Márquez overtook Lorenzo but the Mallorcan recovered his starting position quickly and set a strong pace throughout the race that made him the winner. The current champion recognizes that it was risky to keep up with the pace of the Ducati and he reserved the second place ahead of Valentino Rossi. Dani Pedrosa finished in the 5th place all and having grip problems and after leaving from the third row he took 11 points.

In this way, Márquez gets a lead of 27 points ahead of his pursuer Valentino Rossi, with 88, only 10 points from Maverick Viñales who occupies the third place. The next appointment will be on the Dutch circuit of Assen next July 1.

Grand Prix of Mugello

Last weekend, the third European Grand Prix took place at the Italian Mugello circuit. Under extreme temperatures, the Moto GP riders played the sixth race of the season.

During the free practice session on Friday accompanied by favorable conditions, our HRC riders took the first laps on the Italian track. Marc Márquez got the third fastest time despite not feeling comfortable with the front tire. On the other hand, Dani Pedrosa had grip problems that made him stay with 14th place on the list.
However, the protagonist of the session on Friday was Michele Pirro, who suffered a strong fall at high speed that had us in suspense until we knew that the pilot was fine, all and that was declared unfit to run on Sunday.

On Saturday we experienced one of the tightest qualifying training sessions, with the first seven classified less than 0.3" from each other. The reigning champion was very close to first place during FP3 and FP4. During the first lap of qualifying he broke the track record but an error in his last lap looking to improve the time made him start from the 6th position, just 0.246' from the first classified, Valentino Rossi. Pedrosa stayed at 0.141' of the Q1, a fact that made him leave from the 7th row on the grid.

For the HRC pilots it was a complicated Sunday. Dani Pedrosa seemed to find a configuration he felt comfortable during Sunday's warm up but after the start he went down on the first lap together with the Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami, whom he did not want to make but unfortunately, both were out of the race before the first step by goal. Marc Márquez started from the second row and advanced three positions during the start. He was running second behind the leader Jorge Lorenzo in the fifth lap when he made a mistake in the corner number 10. He almost saved the fall but finally fell on the gravel and finished in the 16th position. However, he was rolling at the same pace as the front ones.

After Ducati doubled with Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso followed by Valentino Rossi in the third step of the podium, the reigning world champion, all and not having scored points, continues to have an advantage leading the general classification as it is 23 points behind in front of his new pursuer, Valentino Rossi.

We will have to wait and see what happens in the next match that will take place at home on June 17 at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

Le Mans Gran Prix

The last weekend was the fifth Moto GP race of the season at the Le Mans circuit in France.


During the day on Friday, our HRC team pilots tested their bikes on French asphalt working in various configurations. Marc made a second best time while Dani Pedrosa, everything and not being 100% started in 15th place ending the day with the eighth fastest time.


Johan Zarco took the pole position in Saturday's practice, to 0.790 thousandths of Marc Márquez who started from second position. However, Zarco, who was the favorite of the weekend, was involved in a fall along with Dovizioso that left both out of the race. In this way, Marc strengthened his fight to the first position thus achieving the third consecutive victory of the championship. Dani Pedrosa came out from the tenth position getting a fifth place finish.


After this race, the reigning champion takes even more advantage in the general standings and is positioned 36 points behind the second classified Maverick Vinyales. The next match will be at the Italian circuit of Mugello next June 3.

Spain Gran Prix Red Bull

This weekend, Moto GP riders met at the recently renamed Jerez Ángel Nieto circuit, where they played the fourth race of the season.


During the whole weekend Dani Pedrosa was imposed forcefully. In the training sessions on Friday he made the second best time, getting the second position on the grid starting on Saturday. Marc Márquez got the fifth best time during free practice on Friday and like his teammate, finished in the same position during qualifying training for Sunday's race start. Both pilots were especially aware of the temperature on the track that would be increasing during the race and that would condition the choice of tires.


The current world champion, Marc Márquez took his second consecutive victory of this season in a rush manner while the possibilities of Dani Pedrosa's podium were truncated to be involved in a multiple crash along with Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. The three pilots struggling to get on the podium went to the ground starring the weekend's fall. Márquez finally shared a podium with Zarco and Ianone, who finished second and third respectively.


In this way, Márquez takes more advantage in the overall classification with 70 points, to 12 from Zarco, the second classified. Pedrosa ranks 11th with 18 points. The next meeting of the season will be in the French circuit of Le Mans on May 20.

Grand Prix Red Bull of The Americas

Last weekend the fourth grand prize of the season was played, this time at the Austin circuit in Texas.


During Friday's free practice session, Marc Márquez scored the best time during FP1 and the second fastest time in FP2. Dani Pedrosa got the 21st position during the first session and the tenth fastest time during the second. Despite his recent operation in his hand, the Honda rider stood his ground and achieved a good pace.


On Saturday the qualifying session took place, where Márquez had the best time and six minutes after finishing the session he went down. However, he had time to get out with the second bike but during his second outing he ran into Maverick Viñales who did not see in the corner and was penalized with three positions of delay on the starting grid on Sunday. Pedrosa fought during the FP3 to stay in the top 10 and get the pass to QP2, where he got a ninth place despite his discomfort.


Sunday's race started with Maverick at the helm, but Márquez managed to catch up with him and lead the entire race to get his sixth consecutive win at the Austin circuit. Pedrosa, being in the recovery phase, got an incredible seventh place.


With the first victory of the championship in his pocket, the reigning champion shortens the distance with the first classified, Andrea Dovizioso, and is only one point behind the Italian. Dani ranks 11th with 18 points.


With the races of the American continent finished, the Moto GP riders will travel back to Europe to start the continental phase at the circuit of Jerez, in Spain, on May 6.

Grand Prix of The Republica Argentina

This past weekend the second race of the season took place at the Termas de Río Hondo circuit, in Argentina. A track led by the adverse conditions to which the pilots had to adapt and where our Honda riders were among those who took the worst part.


On Friday the track was dirty and slippery, even so, Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa had a good pace during Friday's practice, doing first and third respectively. On Saturday, the mixed weather conditions with cold temperatures and intermittent rains were protagonists in the qualifying session where Pedrosa got the second place on the grid while his teammate would start from the second row, in the sixth position.


Sunday came and once again the rain made an appearance just before starting the race, which forced to postpone the start. Once started, Dani Pedrosa could not finish the first lap when he suffered a fall after a move by Johann Zarco. Dani suffered a severe blow to her right wrist and will undergo medical tests this week in Barcelona to verify that everything is fine.


Marc was penalized for returning to his grid position on board his motorcycle after restarting it in stopped after a wrong interpretation the indications of a commissar that his action was valid. He completed the penalty at the end of the sixth lap when he was 1.5 seconds behind Jack Miller and rejoined in twentieth position. The actual champion was going for all to recover the positions he had lost but in his comeback he played in an unfortunate way with Aleix Espargaró, action that regrets and Marquez acknowledging that he made an error there. He gave two places to compensate for his action and when he fought for the sixth position collided with Valentino Rossi involuntarily. This meant a penalty of 30 seconds after finishing the race that led Marc from fifth to eighteenth place.


Cal Crutchlow was proclaimed winner of the race, winning Honda in his 750th Grand Prix.

The next GP will take place on April 22 at the Americas circuit.

Grand Prix of Qatar

Last weekend the first grand prix of this season 2018 took place at the Losail circuit. Under the Qatar night, the first race of the world championship was played.


The track activity started on Friday for the Moto GP riders who were able to make the first tests on the asphalt. Our HRC riders claimed to find the track different than in the tests, which forced them to adapt again with a new configuration on the bike. On Saturday the qualifying session took place, where Marc Márquez overcame the difficulties presented on the track getting the second fastest time. Dani Pedrosa got the seventh position on the grid.


The race held on Sunday was not decided until the last straight where the current champion fought against Andrea Dovizioso for the first position. Finally Márquez finished second to 0.027 thousandths of the Italian and ahead of Valentino Rossi who climbed to the third step of the podium. Dani Pedrosa fought for the first positions but a problem in the rim of his rear tire prevented him from keeping pace and finished in seventh position, contesting his 200th Moto GP race.


With the first grand prize finished, the riders will not see each other again until next April 2, when the Grand Prix Motul of the Argentine Republic will take place.

Marc Marquez wins 2017 MotoGP World Championship at Valencia

Repsol Honda’s  Marc Marquez is the 2017 MotoGP World Champion after taking the third place in today’s Grand Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

At 24-years old, Marquez is now the youngest ever rider to win four premier-class World Championship titles and six World Championships over all classes, during a period of only ten years of World Championship racing.

Marquez has now equalled Jim Redman and Geoff Duke’s tally of 6 World Titles in his career.

Marc Marquez 2017 World Championship facts so far:

– Marquez is the youngest-ever rider to win four premier-class World Championships, at the age of 24 years and 268 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood, who was 25 years and 107 days old when he won his fourth premier-class title in 1965.

– Marquez is also the youngest rider of all-time to reach the milestone of six World Championships, taking the record from Valentino Rossi, who was 25 years and 244 days old when he won his sixth title, the 2004 MotoGP crown.

– Marquez has won all his MotoGP titles riding Honda motorcycles. The only Honda rider to have won more premier-class world title is Mick Doohan, who won five premier-class titles in the 1990s.

– Only one Spanish rider has won more world titles than Marquez: Angel Nieto, who won 13 World Championships (seven in the 125cc class and six in the 50cc class) between 1969 and 1984.

– Marquez has won at least five GPs per season over the past eight years, across three categories: 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP. He is the first rider to achieve this distinction in the 69-year history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing. Previously, Mike Hailwood was the only man to have achieved at least five victories per season over seven years, across at least three classes, between 1961 and 1967.

– Marquez’s current tally of eight 2017 pole positions extends his modern-era pole record to an incredible 73 poles across all three classes.

Dani Pedrosa scores great win in Valencia, Marc Marquez 2017 WORLD CHAMPION

The Repsol Honda Team enjoyed a dream day in Valencia today, with Dani Pedrosa winning the Grand Prix (his seventh at Valencia across all classes, his 54th in career, and his 31st in the MotoGP class); Marc Marquez taking the third step of the podium to earn the 2017 World Championship Title (his sixth in career, and his fourth in the MotoGP class in five years); and Honda securing the “Triple Crown,” comprising the Constructor, Rider,  and Team Championships.

Marc and Dani were also the two riders to score the most podium finishes this year, twelve and nine respectively, making the Repsol Honda Team the most successful team of 2017, with eight double-podium finishes.

Marc and Dani got away brilliantly at the start, entering the first corner in first and second positions, but Johann Zarco assumed the lead on lap four. Marc stuck to him for 20 laps and then made the pass, but he immediately ran wide in turn 1 and almost crashed. He made one of is signature incredible saves but dropped to fifth behind Zarco, Dani, Jorge Lorenzo and title contender Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani, who had been closely chasing them, engaged the Frenchman in a battle for the win and finally passed him on the last lap. In the meanwhile, crashes by both Ducati riders allowed Marc to celebrate his incredible sixth Title, from the third step of the podium.

Honda secures 2017 Constructor Title in Malaysia, Rider Title to be decided in Valencia

Honda secures 2017 Constructor Title in Malaysia, Rider Title to be decided in Valencia

In typical Malaysian fashion, the sun that had shone until half an hour before the start of the MotoGP race was replaced by a sudden heavy thunderstorm that did not last long but left the track completely soaked.

Marc Marquez, on a rain front Michelin tyre and a medium rear, got away brilliantly from the third row and completed the first lap in third place. He was passed by Andrea Dovizioso on the fifth lap, and when he realized that he could not match the pace of the three frontrunners, he settled for fourth place which, combined with the achievements of Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow this season, earned Honda the 2017 MotoGP Constructor title. It was the manufacturer’s 23rd such crown in history, and the sixth out of the last seven seasons.

With Dovizioso winning the race in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Johan Zarco, Marc will arrive at the season finale in Valencia leading the standings by 21 points over the Italian.

Pedrosa, who had been the fastest rider in Saturday’s dry conditions, wasn’t the happiest man when the rain started to fall, but a completely different setup prepared by his team, and the decision to use a soft rear tyre, allowed him to keep a decent pace and take fifth place, just behind his teammate.

Marc Marquez takes a momentous victory at dry Phillip Island

Today Marc Marquez put on a stellar performance to secure a crucial victory at the Australian Grand Prix, the 61st win of his career, his 35th in MotoGP, and his sixth this year. The performance extended his Championship lead to 269 points, 33 ahead Andrea Dovizioso, who remains his only rival for the Title.

Marc was aware that today he had a chance that was too good to miss, on a circuit he loves. However, he had to face an incredibly close, race-long battle in an eight-rider leading group formed by Marquez, Rossi, Viñales, Zarco, Iannone, Miller, Crutchlow, and Rins, fighting hard and constantly swapping positions from the start to two thirds of race distance.

Marc waited for his moment before taking the lead on lap 21, then pushed hard to pull a gap on his pursuers and crossed the line 1.799” ahead of Rossi and 1.826” in front of Viñales in third.

Despite continuing to struggle at making the best of his bike’s setup, Dani Pedrosa determinedly fought with Dovizioso until the end of the race, passing the Italian on the last lap to take 12th place.

Brilliant Marc Marquez takes fourth consecutive Phillip Island pole position

Brilliant Marc Marquez takes fourth consecutive Phillip Island pole position

In varying weather conditions, Marc Marquez displayed a great pace on the second day of the Australian Grand Prix, topping the wet FP3 and the dry FP4 before taking a superb pole position to extend his record of poles to 72 in career, 44 in MotoGP, with seven this season and four in a row at Phillip Island.

His amazing qualifying achievement also earned him the fifth BMW M Award in succession, as the best qualifier of 2017.

Dani Pedrosa was fast enough in the wet this morning, when he set the sixth quickest lap time, but he was unable to match that speed in the dry-but-cold afternoon sessions and had to settle for the 12th best qualifying lap time.

Weather forecasts indicate continuing changeable conditions for tomorrow’s MotoGP race, which will get underway at 4 p.m. local time.


Marc Marquez scores 100th career podium after epic Motegi battle

With the Japanese Grand Prix facing wet weather all weekend, the race was no exception and the tricky conditions made the epic duel between Title contenders Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso even more dramatic.

The Italian prevailed over the Repsol Honda rider fighting to the last corner of the last lap after the pair closely chased and passed each other time and again after passing provisional race leader Danilo Petrucci on lap 13.

Marc began the final lap out front but a small mistake at turn 8 – where he almost crashed out – allowed Dovizioso to close in and then take the lead. Marc tried one final attack braking late into the last corner but he exited a little wide and Dovizioso won the drag race to the finish line by 0.249s.

Marc’s second place signals his 100th career podium from 165 starts (the younger rider ever to achieve this milestone), and his 61st in the premier-class. He retains an 11-point lead in the Championship before round 16 at Phillip Island next Sunday.

Dani Pedrosa had a very difficult race as he had some issues with his rear tyre that forced him to retire on lap 21.

Master-class race for Marquez and Pedrosa, first and second at Motorland Aragon

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa scored a fantastic one-two result in today’s Aragon Grand Prix, starting from the second row of the grid, the former on a hard-hard Michelin tyre combination, the latter on medium-medium. Both Repsol Honda Team riders fought their way forward to take the squad’s seventh double podium of the season.

Marc’s 60th career win is also his fifth this year and his ninth podium of the season (the seventh out of the last eight races), helping him to pull a small gap of 16 points over Andrea Dovizioso and 28 points over Maverick Viñales, his two closest pursuers in the title chase.

After setting the race fastest lap in 1’49.140, Dani took his 111th podium finish out of 195 races in the Premier class, in which he now has the most starts of any Spanish rider (Carlos Checa being second with 194). Dani’s eighth podium of the season moved him up to fourth in the Championship classification with 170 points, 54 down on his teammate with four rounds to go.

Powerful win for Marquez at wet Misano to take back the Championship lead

Marc Marquez perfectly mastered today’s very tricky wet conditions at Misano, taking his fourth win of the season and the 59th in his career, putting him back at the top of the Championship standings, equal on points with Andrea Dovizioso (with Marquez ahead by virtue of more second-place finishes).

Marc started well from the front row, taking second place behind Jorge Lorenzo at the end of the first lap. After his fellow countryman crashed out of the race on lap seven and Danilo Petrucci took the provisional lead, Marc began a close chase of the Italian, controlling his advantage over Dovizioso just behind him.

Marc waited until the final lap to make his move and overtook Petrucci in turn one, then set the fastest lap of the race at 1’47.069” and earned the win, his fifth across all classes at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Dani Pedrosa had a very tough race, as he struggled to put temperature in the tyres and could not push as he wanted. Dani had to finally settle for the fourteenth place.

Today’s result gave Honda the lead of the Constructor Championship while the Repsol Honda Team tops the Team Classification before heading to Aragon in two weeks.

HRC wish to congratulate Toni Bou for sealing the 2017 TrialGP World Championship Outdoor Title today with one round still to run before the end of the season.

Difficult race for Repsol Honda Team at Silverstone

Today’s Silverstone GP was a tough race for the Repsol Honda Team, with Marc Marquez forced to retire on lap 14 while fighting for the victory.

Marc was in the lead group from the beginning having started well from pole position and he set a new race-lap record of 2’01.560” on lap 10. Then, while closely chasing eventual winner Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, he suffered a problem with his bike’s engine. It was Marc’s first DNF caused by a technical failure since he entered the MotoGP class with the Repsol Honda Team in 2013. The engine will be returned to HRC in Japan for evaluation.

Dani Pedrosa managed to lap almost one second faster than his practice pace, despite struggling on the bumpy surface, but he wasn’t able to stick with front riders and ultimately matched his qualifying position with a seventh-place finish.

Marc is now a close second in the championship standings, 9 points behind Dovizioso. The 9 points Dani scored allow him to remain 35 points off the top in fifth place.

Sixth double podium finish of the season for Repsol Honda Team at Red Bull Ring

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa scored the third consecutive double podium finish and the sixth of the season out of 11 races, in one of the most exciting races this year and in front of more than 90,000 thrilled spectators at the Red Bull Ring Circuit.

After an epic battle with Andrea Dovizioso that lasted until the last corner, Marc was edged by the Italian at the finish line by just 0.176”. Teammate Pedrosa completed the podium, recovering from eighth on the grid to gain 16 valuable points in the standings.

The next appointment for the Repsol Honda team will be a one-day test in Misano on August 20. After that, the team will head to the Silverstone race with Marc leading the Championship by 16 points over Dovizioso, while Dani remains in fifth place having reduced his deficit to Rossi in fourth to just two points.

Master-class win for Marquez at Brno with Pedrosa second to complete a Repsol Honda Team 1-2

Marc Marquez took a back-to-back victory at Brno today in challenging conditions, his third this year and the 58th in his career, extending his championship lead to 14 points over his closest follower.

It was the fifth flag-to-flag race that Marc has perfectly mastered thanks to a mix of tactics, determination, and teamwork (Assen 2014, Misano 2015, Argentina and Sachsenring 2016, Brno 2017). On this occasion the Spaniard found himself struggling soon after the lights went off, having fit a soft rear tyre that he wasn’t at ease with on a drying track. He therefore decided to change bikes quite soon and entered the pit on lap two, where his team was ready with his second bike fitted with slick tyres. That allowed him to pull a great gap on his opponents, which he managed until the chequered flag.

To complete the excellent day of the Repsol Honda Team, Dani Pedrosa achieved a strong second place, bringing his career podium tally to 150 (and his MotoGP podium tally to 109, one more than Jorge Lorenzo). Dani switched to his second bike on lap four and re-entered the race in eighth position. He immediately started riding at a very fast pace, fighting his way forward to second and setting the fastest lap of the race along the way.

Marc and Dani were happy to have been able to honour the “Maestro” Angel Nieto, 12+1 World Champion, with their great performance. Nieto passed away on Thursday.

Tomorrow the Repsol Honda Team will remain at Brno for a one-day test before heading to the Red Bull Ring for the next Sunday’s Austrian GP.

Eighth Sachsenring win for Marquez, Pedrosa third for fourth Repsol Honda Team double-podium this season

Marc Marquez took his second win of 2017 and his eighth in a row at the Sachsenring after starting from pole position, with teammate Dani Pedrosa joining him on the podium to complete the fourth double-podium finish (Austin, Jerez, Catalunya, Sachsenring) for Repsol Honda in nine races.

Marc and Dani got away from the front row brilliantly at the start, entering the first corner in first and second places, respectively. On lap five, Jonas Folger moved past Dani, and he overtook Marc on the following lap.  Marc moved back on top on lap 11 and went on to take a momentous victory that earned him the lead in the Championship before the four-week summer break. Marc dedicated his 31st  MotoGP win (the same tally as Eddie Lawson) to Nicky Hayden, who passed away in May.

Following his fifth podium finish this year, Dani lies in fifth place in the Championship standings, having cut his gap to the top to only 26 points.

The Repsol Honda Team will be back on the track for a two-day test in Brno on July 17 and 18.

Marc Marquez  93

“I’m very, very happy. I knew before the weekend that this was an important moment in the Championship and that the Sachsenring was an important circuit for us. It was the place to take a risk if necessary and to try to win. So I’m happy we took these 25 points and the lead in the Championship before the summer break. I wish to dedicate this win to Nicky (Hayden) and his family. I had promised this to myself after his incident because we had some very good moments together and he was a friend. The race was very tight. Honestly, before the start I thought I would have to battle with Dani, but actually there was also another very fast opponent. I was very surprised at the beginning to see Jonas there, and I thought he might stay in between with the other riders, but he actually remained there! He was quite a tough opponent! The Championship is very close with four riders within 10 points and with Dani also not far away. Everything is open, so we’ll keep the same mentality, the same positivity and hard work. Now we have a few days of holidays, but not too much to be ready for Brno test!”

Dani Pedrosa  26

“I’m happy enough with this podium. We worked very well this weekend, trying to manage every situation. In the race I felt really strong in the first laps and was able to stay close to Marc. Then I started to lose grip in the rear tyre, but I thought ‘Okay, no problem; it’s going to be a long race and it’s normal to lose some grip.’ But when Jonas passed me, I tried to follow and I couldn’t keep contact. I tried to manage but when I felt the tyre was spinning too much I settled for a podium. I expected to be a little bit stronger but all in all it was a positive result, as we gathered some good points for the Championship. I feel positive, we have two days to test during the summer, and we’ll work on the areas we know we must improve, especially to make the tyres work well no matter the conditions in order to be more consistent in the second part of the Championship.”

Marquez scores momentous podium in Assen, tough race for Pedrosa

Marquez scores momentous podium in Assen, tough race for Pedrosa

Marc Marquez took a crucial third place at TT Assen that, along with Viñales’s DNF today, reduced his gap from the top of an incredibly close Championship classification to just 11 points, despite currently being in fourth place behind Dovizioso, Viñales and Rossi.

Changing weather played a tricky role again today, when a light rain started to fall seven laps from the end of the race. Marc managed the situation prudently and, having fought within the top three from the start of the race, in the final two laps held off all the attacks from fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, who was charging from the back.

The 94th podium of Marc’s career is also the 400th for the Repsol Honda Team.

After starting from row four on the grid, Dani Pedrosa was able to advance to eighth place, lapping on almost the same rhythm as the front riders, but he struggled to keep temperature in the tyres when the rain started and ultimately dropped to 13th position. Nonetheless, his championship position did not suffer greatly, as he now lies in fifth, just 28 points off the top.

The Repsol Honda Team now move to the Sachsenring for round 9 of the Championship next Sunday.


Marc Marquez  93

"I’m very happy with the podium and with our race, as we were competitive enough in the dry at this track, which isn’t one of the best for us. Of course conditions were quite tricky and in this kind of situation you can lose or gain many points. I opted for the ‘safe’ option, more or less. Maybe I would have been able to try and fight for the victory, but honestly I had some warnings and thought it too dangerous for the Championship, so I decided to be consistent in the race and to push hard at the end. I paid close attention as it was hard to understand where the limit was, but in the end I was able to manage well. We’re just 11 points down on the lead and that’s important, no matter the fourth position. Now we go to some circuits that could be better for us, so let’s keep working hard and see what happens."


Dani Pedrosa  26

"Today the race was very difficult as I didn't have a great start and I didn’t recover the positions I hoped to. I found myself quite a distance behind, despite the fact that I was able to lap well enough compared with the guys at the front. Later, when the rain arrived, I slowed down a little bit and immediately started losing temperature in the tyres. I know that I’m very sensible in these kinds of situations and that next time I need to manage that better. I have to find a way to maintain the temperature in the slicks because when they get cold it becomes very difficult to get back on the rhythm and regain confidence. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to manage it better this weekend. The positive points are that I could make some good lap times early in the race and that I lost just one point on the leader in the Championship standings."


Double podium for Repsol Honda Team in Catalunya


Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa scored the Repsol Honda Team’s third double-podium finish this season by finishing in second and third position, respectively, in scorching-hot conditions in Catalunya. It was a very positive result that allowed Marc and Dani to move up in the Championship standings to third and fourth, just 23 and 27 points off the top.

With air temperature at 33° C and a track temperature of 54° C, conditions were very tough on tyres. Both Marc and Dani got off well at the start and rode at the front for the entire race. Marc took the lead on lap six before being passed by his teammate and Dovizioso on lap eight. Dani led for a further nine laps before being passed by the Italian, who ultimately went on to win the race.

Marc moved to second on lap 18 and pushed hard to try and stay close to the leader, but like his teammate, finally settled to keep his hard-earned podium finish, which brought his career tally to the symbolic total of 93.

The Repsol Honda Team will remain in Catalunya tomorrow for a one-day test

Marc Marquez  93

“I’m really happy with how this weekend ended because with five crashes, four yesterday and one this morning, the situation was quite tough mentally. Anyway, my team helped me a lot to regain confidence in myself and in the bike. Before the race I said to myself that I was the same Marc as last year and that my style is to always keep pushing and never give up, something I think makes the difference sometimes. So I started the race with victory as a target. At the start I was really lucky when Petrucci hit me, as the contact was completely lateral; otherwise it would have been a disaster. From then on I tried to remain focused and calm and when I finally passed Dani for second place, I tried to push to close on Dovi. In a couple of laps I realized that I couldn’t, that today was Dovi’s day, so I settled for second. The Championship is kind of a rollercoaster so we don’t really know what to expect from race to race. We must only think about ourselves, keep the concentration high, and try and give 100%.”

Dani Pedrosa  26

“I’m happy with today, as a podium finish is always nice considering how tough is to get one in MotoGP these days. Last week we had a terrible race, whereas here we took pole and made the podium in front of my home crowd, which was just amazing. To be honest, we expected to be a bit better but conditions were very difficult for the tyres the whole weekend, and also today the grip wasn’t very good. I tried to lead the race, to stay on front, but I could see Dovi coming on the straight, cutting the gas to not get too close, saving the tyres a little bit better than me. I tried to save them all the way, but I just couldn’t do it enough. In the end I realized it was more worth it to stay on the bike and get some good points. We had chosen the medium rear for the race and at the end it was on the limit, but I still think it was a better choice than a hard-hard combination. A rider’s choice is more a matter of feeling than being strictly related to performance or durability. It was difficult, but we managed to get on the podium and this is great. We look forward to the test tomorrow, to take some additional steps, improve the feeling on the front, and work to be more consistent. The Championship is open, and we must be more consistent every weekend.”

Difficult race for Marquez and Pedrosa in Mugello

The Repsol Honda riders had quite a challenging time at the Italian Grand Prix today. Marc Marquez struggled to manage front-tyre life for the entire race and settled for bringing home 10 solid points, finishing in sixth place.

Dani Pedrosa also struggled a lot with the front tyre and was trying to obtain the best result possible when he crashed out of 11th position on the last lap, unintentionally taking down fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow.

Heading to the next race in Catalunya in just one week’s time, Marc and Dani are fourth and fifth in the Championship, both on 68 points (37 points behind leader Viñales).



Marc Marquez  93

“I started the race strong because I knew the first laps were important, so I tried to fight. At first I was able to do it, but after a while I started struggling with the front tyre in the corners, and I was also getting caught on the straight by the others. We chose the medium front spec because we knew that with the hard option, which I felt better with, we wouldn’t have finished the race. In fact, with the hard front option being asymmetric, in this case the medium spec was harder on the right side than the hard spec, and the Mugello track stresses the right side more. But at a certain point, I started feeling I was struggling too much in the corners, so I decided to stay there and not risk crashing. The situation allowed us to finish sixth. This is an up-and-down championship, so we must keep working hard and look to improve.”


Dani Pedrosa  26

“We’ve been struggling with lack of grip since the beginning of the weekend, and today in the race it was even worse. I felt no grip since the start, either at the front or the rear, and I got passed by many riders with no possibility to fight back. The bike was shaking a lot even on the straight, and basically I wasn't able to manage it. It was a long race. Ultimately I crashed on the last lap trying to overtake Cal, and I took him out. I’m sorry for that because it’s not good when you make a mistake and someone else pays for it. Luckily, we’re both okay after the crash, so we’ll take this and look forward to the next race. Hopefully we’ll have a better feeling in Catalunya.”

Mixed fortunes for Repsol Honda Team in Le Mans.

Today Dani Pedrosa scored his third consecutive podium finish after starting the French GP from the 13th spot on the grid and making a great comeback to finish third  in front of over 104,000 spectators, a new record for the Le Mans event. The last time Dani was in the top three for three consecutive races was in 2014 (Catalunya, Assen, Sachsenring). He is now third on the list of most career podium finishes with 147, behind Agostini (159) and Rossi (224).

Dani got away well and completed the first lap in seventh place. He pushed his way past Dovizioso on lap 10 and passed Crutchlow on the next lap. He soon began closing in on his teammate before Marc Marquez slid out from fourth place. Rossi’s last-lap crash allowed Dani to gain 16 important points and move up to second in the World Championship standings, 17 points off the lead.

Marc had a good start and was keeping a fast pace in fourth position when he lost the front and crashed out of the race in the first corner on lap 18. Despite today’s DNF, Marc is fourth in the Championship, 27 points down on Viñales.

The Repsol Honda Team will take part in a test in Catalunya this week.


Dani Pedrosa  26

“I’m super happy about this podium because I knew it would be quite tough to manage the race well starting from the fifth row on the grid. The thought of getting through that first chicane at the back of the pack meant a lot of pressure. It was a demanding mental exercise to try and be fast but not crash, being aggressive but calm! But in the end I got a good start, entered the first corner quite well, and quickly settled into a good rhythm. I recovered some positions and also touched with Cal along the way. I’m sorry for that but really it wasn’t intentional. I had just moved past Dovi and wasn’t going to pass Cal in that corner, but he made a little mistake that opened the line slightly, so I got trough on the inside and we touched. I’m happy nothing really happened there. After Marc crashed, I kept pushing but I was two seconds behind the Yamahas. I was starting to feel some chattering, and I decided to stay calm as I didn’t want to make a mistake. I think we had a good race and a very good result for the Championship. It’s just a shame that this weekend we couldn’t do well in qualifying, but we’re working with the team very well and the feeling with the bike is improving little by little. We just have to continue on this path for the next races.”

Marc Marquez  93

“Of course today wasn’t the best for us. It’s a shame as I was really focused on trying to finish the race. Since yesterday, I haven’t felt totally comfortable with the front and and it seems like the first sector of the track wasn’t ‘my’ sector this weekend! I knew what my pace was and that the Yamaha riders were stronger today, but my target was to fight for four or fifth place and just be competitive until the end. I tried to be careful but then for some reason I lost the front very quickly. I didn’t expect this mistake but the good thing is that we’re not very far back, only 27 off the lead. I hope that I’ll have more confidence in the front with the new tyre Michelin is bringing. We have to work hard and try to recover but I look forward to doing better in the next races.”


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