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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2014

Round 07: Catalunya

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Catalunya
Catalunya
June 15, 2014

Marquez Wins Epic Race and Honda's 100th MotoGP Victory

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) won a stupendous seventh victory from seven races, at the end of an unforgettable battle with team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) that was only settled in the final few corners. It was Marquez’s 13th premier-class victory (from just 25 starts!) which also made Honda the first manufacturer to achieve 100 wins in MotoGP, the four-stroke category introduced in 2002.

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team), Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team),
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Once again the 21-year-old Spaniard proved he is the master of every situation, willing to fight to the bitter end of a race, however great his World Championship points advantage might be. After seven of the year’s 18 races he now leads the title chase with a perfect 175 points, 58 points ahead of today’s runner-up finisher Rossi. Pedrosa holds third place overall after finishing a close third today.

The race was greeted by the paddock as one of the greatest in recent memory, with four riders in with a chance of victory for much of the 25 laps. In the closing stages the fight came down to three men: Marquez, Rossi and pole-starter Pedrosa, while Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) slipped back to finish a lonely fourth.

Rossi did most of the leading but it was always obvious that Marquez was simply biding his time, waiting for the right moment to thrust his RC213V into the lead. He looked like he might do it at Turn One at the start of lap 14 but he ran so close to Rossi that he had to take avoiding action and run wide, dropping himself to third place behind his team-mate.

In typical Marquez style, he counter-attacked Pedrosa immediately, diving past a few corners later and then grabbing the lead from Rossi a few laps later at Turn One. Then followed a confusing moment: Marquez saw a yellow warning flag at Turn Three and slowed, as did Pedrosa right behind him. By the time they’d got to the next corner Rossi had charged back into the lead but he only stayed there for a lap before Marquez was back in front.

Rossi was still not done, however, and snuck inside Marquez with four laps to go, only to be immediately relegated to second by the World Champion, who never waits a moment longer than necessary to counter attack. Then Pedrosa found a way past Rossi and the scene was set for a Repsol Honda showdown.

On the last lap Pedrosa took the lead at Turn One, Marquez was back in front two corners later, then Pedrosa retook first place at the very next corner, only to run fractionally wide, allowing Marquez to squeeze back ahead.

As they rode through the final section of the last lap Pedrosa was looking for a way past, his front tire snagging the rear of Marquez’s machine which sent him wobbling off the racing line, allowing Rossi to reclaim second place. And that’s how one of the greatest races of the last decade or two finished: Marquez first, Rossi second, 0.5 seconds down and Pedrosa third, a further 1.3 seconds back.

Marquez’s latest success completed a Spanish monopoly of today’s racing and also made some more history, along with his younger brother Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) who won the earlier Moto3 race, making them the first fraternal winners at a Grand Prix in history. And all this on the weekend that motorcycling’s World Championships celebrated their 65th birthday. The first World Championship event was staged on the Isle of Man on 13 June 1949.

In among all the drama and history, Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) had a sterling ride to fifth. The German, badly battered by two huge crashes on race day at Mugello, ran with the lead group for the first quarter of the race, until he had a major moment at Turn Ten. From there he raced alone for his best result since April’s Argentine GP.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) was an early retirement from the race, withdrawing with a suspected electrical glitch.

Rookie Scott Redding (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RCV1000R) had another brilliant ride to cross the line as top RCV1000R rider in 12th, just ahead of the similarly mounted Nicky Hayden (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) who is still recovering from post Mugello surgery on a persistent right-wrist injury. Redding, however, was later relegated one position for allegedly cutting Turn One during the race, thus promoting Hayden to 12th.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) took the final point in 15th place after a long duel with Michele Pirro (Ducati). Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RCV1000R) was the first man to exit the race, sliding off after two laps.

Barcelona’s Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) made it two local wins from the first two races of the day when he dominated the Honda-powered Moto2 race, scoring his fourth win from the first seven races of the year. In the early stages the pole-sitter had to fight back and forth with a determined Maverick Vinales (Pons HP 40, Kalex) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex). On lap three fifth-placed Luis Salom (Pons HP 40, Kalex) fell at the Turn One/Two esses, almost bringing down Jonas Folger (AGR Team, Kalex) who had to take to the gravel trap to avoid him.

Finally Rabat’s superior pace told and he was able to go it alone out front to cross the finish line 4.2 seconds ahead of reigning Moto3 World Champion Vinales. The contest for third place was more the kind of confrontation that the crowd expects from the hard-fought Moto2 class. Several laps from the end Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter) was in the fight for the final spot on the podium when he fell and brought down Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert, Suter) who quickly remounted to finish 14th.

That incident left three riders in the group disputing third and their contest went down to the final few corners. Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham, Caterham Suter) took advantage when Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock, Suter) tried to pass Kallio at the tricky Turn Ten, slipping past his rivals to grab third place, a fraction ahead of Kallio and Luthi.

Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing, Forward Kalex) and Ricard Cardus (Tech 3, Tech 3) finished all alone in sixth and seventh, while Axel Pons (AGR Team, Kalex), son of former 250 World Champion Sito Pons, won a busy skirmish for eighth, his best-ever GP finish.

Marquez the younger rode an incredible race to win Honda’s first Moto3 victory of the year in front of his home crowd. The 18-year-old got the holeshot from pole position and was never headed, keeping his focus and steadily pulling away from the pack to win by 3.3 seconds.

Behind him a seven-man battle raged for the final podium positions. The final few laps were frantic, with positions changing every other corner. At the finish line Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250R) made it two Hondas on the podium with third place, just two tenths of a second behind runner-up Enea Bastianini (KTM). Less than one second separated second place to seventh, with championship leader Jack Miller (KTM) fourth after an amazing last-lap charge from the back of the group.

John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250R), who led his first GP at Mugello two weeks ago, finished the race in ninth place after struggling with rear-grip issues. Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250R) was 11th. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia Honda NSF250R) finished 16th, just four tenths of a second out of the World Championship points.

Marquez’s team-mate Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) was out of luck. He retired from the race with a broken gear-change linkage.

After a brilliant day of racing, MotoGP and Moto2 teams will stay to test here over the next two days. Riders may get to try the Formula 1 chicane in the final section of the lap following a tumble during today’s Moto3 race in which Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) and his bike hit the barrier. The Italian was uninjured.

The race action continues in two weeks with the Dutch round of the series at Assen, the only venue that has remained on the calendar since 1949.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team), Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team),
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team), Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)zoom
Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team),
Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

Honda MotoGP Rider Quotes

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: race winner
“I am delighted with this win because this is a track which I have always found difficult. You could see how tough it was for me this weekend: I missed out on pole for the first time this season and had my first crash of the year. The race was very hard with a battle against Dani, Jorge and Valentino. I think that the last few corners were especially spectacular, with the moves by Valentino and Dani. I am very happy about taking another 25 points and also to win on the same day as my brother at home in front of all our fans! It’s something very special.”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 3rd
“It was a very good, hard-fought race because we had four riders up at the front for most of the race. There was a lot of overtaking and it was very intense, because we were going so fast. Overall I am very satisfied, even though the end result was not the best. We fought hard and I felt much better physically. I’ll take the positives from this race: I got my wish of being up at the front, both in practice and in the early laps of the race, and I ended the race fighting with Marc for the victory!”
Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP: 5th
“We are quite happy because I am the best satellite rider just behind the factory teams. First of all I want to thank my team because after the difficult weekend in Mugello we had a great weekend making a good job with the bike setting and the tire choice. Today I was the only rider on the hard front tire and I felt comfortable with that. But it’s tough for me to keep the pace of the top riders because it seems that they always have something more. Fifth place is the maximum we could do and it’s a positive result but, as a MotoGP rider, you always race for a podium finish and today I wanted to go for that but as I said it’s very difficult to beat the factory riders”
Nicky Hayden, Drive 7 Aspar Honda: 12th
“I didn’t start too well today and it took me a few laps to get on the pace. It is not easy to start from 16th position. However, as the laps went by I saw that the bike was working very well, so I pushed ahead. I had a lot of confidence in the front end, and that allowed me to push hard. On the other hand, I knew that with the heat, the rear performance would decrease at the end. Fortunately I managed to keep my pace up and gain some places. After how the weekend went, it isn’t a spectacular result but gives us points after two unlucky races. At Assen we hope to continue the positive work we did today and get plenty more points.”
Scott Redding, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: 13th
“I’m happy with my race, although early on I touched with Crutchlow, losing one second and this enabled Hayden to get closer to me. In the end, regardless of the penalty, we still managed to be the best Open Honda, hitting the target we set ourselves. I’m also happy because I did well on this track which is certainly not one of my favourites. We chose to use the soft tire, which was a risk and in end proved to be a wrong choice. Regarding the penalty, I had a problem in Turn One, so rather than risk falling I preferred to go slightly right; doing so I gained a little time, but in the next sector of the track I slowed down. Nevertheless, they added a time penalty to my race time, even though I had slowed down. It is difficult to accept because if I had not slowed down, the penalty would have maintained my position. I’m a little disappointed, but I cannot do anything about it.”
Hiroshi Aoyama, Drive M7 Aspar Honda: 15th
“Yesterday we did not qualify well and today we had to start from 20th position. I made a very positive start that allowed me to gain places. On the opening lap I passed two riders, and that motivated me to keep pushing. Also today I managed to maintain a fairly high pace throughout the entire race. The reason for the improvement with our feeling is a change made this morning that gave us confidence. In the second half of the race we had some problems that made us lose speed and power, and towards the end this worsened and we lost some positions. Fortunately I was able to finish the race and keep adding points to my tally. We will investigate what might have been the cause of the issue, so that it does not happen again at Assen.”
 
Alvaro Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini: DNF
“After just three laps the bike stopped on the straight and I could not continue the race. A first analysis suggests an electrical problem, but now we will investigate to better understand what happened. I’m disappointed, obviously, because despite the pain of the crash yesterday I wanted to take a strong part in the race. Also, in the beginning I felt at ease. I think we could have got a good result, but these things happen. Now we must focus on tests that we will do tomorrow, and the next race.”
Karel Abraham, Cardion AB Motoracing Honda: DNF
“I don’t have too much to say now. Maybe just that this is all my fault, I made a mistake so I’m the only one who is responsible for this situation. Right from the start I had a slightly overheated clutch because of the long wait for the starting lights. My start was terrible and I lost two more positions. Then I started to get to the rider in front me and pushed really hard. I was too fast in one corner and the rear of my bike slipped away. Probably too much effort. This time I regret it a lot. But when I fell nothing serious happened.”

Honda Moto2 Rider Quotes

Tito Rabat, Marc VDS Racing Team: race winner
“I’m very happy with this weekend. I made a good start and then had a big battle with Vinales and Kallio, so I push, push, push. Vinales stayed with me for a while and it was very difficult to get away from him, but finally I did it. This is an unbelievable moment for me – my first win here – and the best thing that can happen to a rider is to win at home.”
Maverick Vinales, Pons HP 40: 2nd
“We worked very, very hard over the past two days to get the best out of our new set-up. The bike was fantastic in the first few laps, so I was able to go with Tito. But later on things got quite difficult with grip, so we will have to try and improve the bike for Assen.”
Johann Zarco, AirAsia Caterham: 3rd
“It is really great to score the first podium for our team. I was chasing the good group – I knew I could not catch Rabat or Vinales but I was trying to get to the front of the second group, except there were many overtakes going on, so it was quite difficult. For a long time I was seventh, then when Torres crashed I was fifth. On the last lap Luthi tried to overtake Kallio at Turn Ten, they went wide and I was able to go inside. I didn’t think we could do this on Friday because we had a lot of problems with spin, so we changed the bike a bit and I changed my riding style.”

Honda Moto3 Rider Quotes

Alex Rins, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Team: race winner
“I’m happy because it was a great weekend. We knew we were a little behind in general, but we were reassured that we had improved the bike in testing at Mugello. Yesterday I got my first pole, which was very special in front of the home fans. Today I knew it would be a difficult race, so I wanted to go well from the start to gain some advantage and I succeeded. Already in the first lap I got a second and a half on the group. I continued riding at my maximum and as the race progressed everything became easier, because I was very focused throughout. I made a very good race and I’m very motivated for the next race in the Netherlands.”
Efren Vazquez, SaxoPrint-RTG: 3rd
“This third place is really important, even more for my mentality after two difficult races than for the championship. I’m really happy to make it back to the podium in Barcelona, my second home race of the season. As always I tried my best and as always, anything can happen on the last lap of a Moto3 race. I just concentrated and took advantage of some mistakes by other riders. Maybe we had a little luck on the last lap and now we have 16 really valuable points for the championship.”
John McPhee, SaxoPrint-RTG: 9th
“From lap three I started losing a bit of rear grip, so I thought I’d stay at the back of the group, save my tires, then attack near the end of the race. But I kept losing more grip and then lost touch with the group. After Mugello it was important to get some points, I didn’t want to take too many big risks and end up crashing again.”
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)zoom
Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 07: Catalunya

MotoGP
Rank Rider (Team) F/O
1Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)F
2Valentino ROSSI (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)F
3Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)F
4Jorge LORENZO (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)F
5Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)F
6Aleix ESPARGARO (NGM Forward Racing)O
7Pol ESPARGARO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)F
8Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)F
9Andrea IANNONE (Pramac Racing)F
10Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)F
11Yonny HERNANDEZ (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)F
12Scott REDDING (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)O
13Nicky HAYDEN (Drive M7 Aspar)O
14Michele PIRRO (Ducati Team)F
15Hiroshi AOYAMA (Drive M7 Aspar)O

* F=Factory option, O=Open category

Moto2
Rank Rider (Team)
1Esteve RABAT (Marc VDS Racing Team)
2Maverick VIÑALES (Paginas Amarillas HP 40)
3Johann ZARCO (AirAsia Caterham)
4Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)
5Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2)
6Mattia PASINI (NGM Forward Racing)
7Ricard CARDUS (Tech 3)
8Axel PONS (AGR Team)
9Marcel SCHROTTER (Tech 3)
10Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)
11Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Gresini Moto2)
12Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)
13Takaaki NAKAGAMI (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
14Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)
15Louis ROSSI (SAG Team)
Moto3
Rank Rider (Team)
1Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
2Enea BASTIANINI (Junior Team Go & FUN Moto3)
3Efren VAZQUEZ (SaxoPrint-RTG)
4Jack MILLER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
5Romano FENATI (SKY Racing Team VR46)
6Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)
7Isaac VIÑALES (Calvo Team)
8Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo)
9John MCPHEE (SaxoPrint-RTG)
10Francesco BAGNAIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)
11Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)
12Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)
13Alessandro TONUCCI (CIP)
14Karel HANIKA (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
15Jakub KORNFEIL (Calvo Team)

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