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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.

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MARC MARQUEZ

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.

 

DANI PEDROSA

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.

 

THE MOTORCYCLE

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

Wheelbase(mm)

1,435
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

News

Grand Prix of Moto GP in Le Mans

The French Grand Prix took place on the Le Mans circuit last 17, 18 and 19. With cold and rainy conditions, the riders played the fifth round of the season.

 

Friday's free practice was normal. Marc Marquez made the second best time of the day and remained fast throughout the day. Jorge Lorenzo managed to make the fourth best time. A fall at the start of the first session did not prevent him from being in the top positions.

 

On Saturday the Moto GP riders encountered cold conditions where the rain made an intermittent appearance. Marc Marquez started the free practice session with a fall without consequences. Both Honda riders were competitive. The rain appeared in Q2, where Marquez went back to the ground. Even so, nothing prevented him from getting the pole position. Jorge Lorenzo was with new conditions to which he adapted quickly getting the eighth position.

 

On Sunday the conditions were cold from the Warm Up but were no obstacle for Marc Marquez to get the third victory of the season and the number 300 for Honda in the premier class. Marc Marquez came out first but Jack Miller occupied the first position for a few laps until Marquez beat him and opened a gap of 1.9 seconds with the second classified, Andrea Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo finished eleventh, obtaining the best result of the season. He attacked several times and reached the seventh position during the course of the race.

 

After finishing this Grand Prix, Marc Marquez continues to lead the championship with an 8-point lead while Honda maintains a comfortable lead in the Constructors' Championship.

 

The next appointment will take place on the first weekend of June at the iconic Mugello circuit.

Grand Prix of Moto GP in Jerez

On May 3, 4 and 5, the first European MotoGP event was held at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto.

During the first practice session, the Repsol Honda team riders focused on setting up their bikes for the new track, getting to be at the top of the combined timeslots. Jorge Lorenzo had the best Friday to date, getting the fourth fastest time while Marc Márquez took second place.

 

On Saturday both went straight to Q2 where there were very tight times. Márquez could secure the first row for the start of the race but Lorenzo did not suffer the same fate. The Mallorcan pilot suffered a fall without consequences that placed him in the 11th position.

 

On Sunday the fans occupied the circuit early in the morning waiting anxiously to enjoy the races. Marc Márquez did not leave them indifferent and in the first corner he already occupied the first place gaining distance from his rivals and taking the victory, number 46 in Moto GP. In this way Márquez regains the lead of the championship with 70 points, to one of the second classified, Alex Rins.

 

Jorge Lorenzo had a difficult career, still adapting to his new Honda and crossed the line in 12th place. It is not the desired position but they are still working to improve.

 

Next Monday, the Honda riders will take part in the official event that will be held in the same circuit of Jerez and later they will travel to France to play the next Grand Prix that will take place from May 17 to 19.

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. 

GRAND PRIX OF CATALONIA

GRAND PRIX OF CATALONIA
 

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
1st 

“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
3rd 

“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
3rd

"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
13th

"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
2nd 

“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
3rd 

“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
6TH 

“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
DNF 

“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
3rd 

“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
DNF 

“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.”

ACHIEVEMENT

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
    • MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL HONDA MOTOGP TEAM

      WSBK WORLD CHAMPION WITH JONATHAN REA - KAWASAKI PROVEC RACING TEAM

      BRITISH SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPION WITH LEON HASLAM

      SUPERSPORT 300 WORLD CHAMPION WITH ANA CARRASCO

    • MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL HONDA MOTOGP TEAM

      WSBK WORLD CHAMPION WITH JONATHAN REA - KAWASAKI PROVEC RACING TEAM

    • MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL HONDA MOTOGP TEAM
    • RUNNER-UP MOTO2 WITH ALEX RINS - PAGINAS AMARILLAS HP40 TEAM
    • MOTO3 WORLD CHAMPION WITH ALEX MARQUEZ - ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 TEAM
    • MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPION WITH POL ESPARGARÓ - PONS TUENTI HP40 TEAM

      RUNNER-UP MOTO3 WITH ALEX RINS - ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 TEAM

    • MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL CATALUNYA CAIXA TEAM
    • RUNNER-UP MOTO2 WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL CATALUNYA CAIXA TEAM