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Date : 10/06/2014

Marquez and Pedrosa head home to Catalunya

Marquez and Pedrosa head home to Catalunya

This weekend the Repsol Honda Team heads to Spain for the GP of Catalunya, known for the incredible atmosphere and support the home fans give their Spanish riders.

One of the most modern and well-appointed circuits in Europe, Catalunya is located in the hills just 12km north of Barcelona. Its 4.7km long track features a blend of eight right-hand turns and five lefts. Championship leader Marc Marquez – who has won every race this season from pole – has enjoyed podium finishes here in the past four years and will be looking to continue his incredible run so far this season, although he admits the track layout isn’t one of his favourites. He currently lies 1st in the standings with 150 points.

The Montmelò track is a favourite for teammate Dani Pedrosa who has a fantastic record here having won in all classes with a total of nine podiums, and holds the circuit record (1’42.358, the fastest race lap in 2008 on his way to victory). Dani, who is hoping his arm will have healed further after the recent surgery, is 3rd in the Championship standings with 96 points, just one point behind 2nd place Rossi.

After Sunday’s GP, the team will remain at the Montmelò circuit for a one day test on Monday.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 150 points

"I really enjoyed the battle in Mugello with Jorge, it was so nice! Now we head home to Montmelò which is a track that I haven’t enjoyed myself at so much in the past but the layout is good and with a year’s experience I hope the situation will be different this year! The fans and of course my fan club all make the journey to come and support us and this gives me extra motivation, so I hope we can put on a good show for them all!"

Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 3rd - 96 points

"Mugello was more difficult thank I expected and my arm still wasn’t 100%. I had a check-up with Dr. Mir after the race who confirmed everything is healing correctly, so I hope this weekend it will have improved and I can be in the battle at the front. As always, I’m looking forward to going to Montmelò, the track is nice but the atmosphere is amazing! We will have to work hard but I hope that the bike works well there as you spend a lot of time on the edge of the tyre here so a great setup is a huge advantage! Let’s hope the weather is nice and it’s a good weekend!"

Testing Results

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Team Constructor
1Marc Marquez93ESP150 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
2Valentino Rossi46ITA97 Yamaha Factory YAMAHA
3Dani Pedrosa26ESP96 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
4Jorge Lorenzo99ESP65 Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA
5Andrea Dovizioso4ITA63 Ducati Team DUCATI
6Pol Espargaro44ESP49 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
7Aleix Espargaro41ESP44 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
8Stefan Bradl6GER39 LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA
9Alvaro Bautista19ESP34 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
10Andrea Iannone29ITA34 Pramac Racing DUCATI
11Bradley Smith38GBR34 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
12Nicky Hayden69USA23 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
13Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN23 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
14Yonny Hernandez68COL22 Pramac Racing DUCATI
15Scott Redding45GBR21 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
16Cal Crutchlow35GBR15 Ducati Team DUCATI
17Karel Abraham17CZE13 Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA
18Colin Edwards5USA8 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
19Michele Pirro51ITA5 Ducati Team DUCATI
20Hector Barbera8ESP2 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
21Danilo Petrucci9ITA2 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER
22Broc Parkes23AUS1 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
23Michael Laverty70GBR0 Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM
24Mike Di Meglio63FRA0 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
25Michel Fabrizio84ITA0 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER

Circuit Information

Length 4.727 m / 2.937 miles
Width 12m
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 m / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 1995
Circuits de Catalunya S.L.
Pole Position 1m 41.186s (168.177km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race lap 1m 42.358s (166.251km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
Race time 43m 02.175s (164.756km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
2012 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2013 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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