Sunday, June 15, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Takes 7th Win of Season & Honda's 100th, Pedrosa 3rd at MotoGP Round 7 in Catalunya

Press Release

Gran Premi de Catalunya

Round 7 - Sunday, June 15th 2014

  Catalunya - Race Report

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Marquez takes Honda’s 100th MotoGP win after thriller in Catalunya

Marquez takes Honda’s 100th MotoGP win after thriller in Catalunya

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has continued his perfect season with his seventh consecutive win, marking Honda’s 100th victory since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP era, and has become just the second rider after Valentino Rossi to win seven successive MotoGP races since the category was introduced at the start of 2002. Teammate Dani Pedrosa battled to the end with Marc, but lost out after a last lap attempt and finished in third.
It was an incredible race which started at a very high tempo in front of 92,845 spectators. Dani and Marc, first and third on the grid respectively, fell to third and fourth on the first lap before Marc passed Dani into third on lap two, setting a new record race lap of 1’42.182 (beating Dani’s time of 1’42.358 from 2008). Valentino took the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on lap four and on lap six Marc and Jorge had a nice battle passing each other a few times, before Marc made it stick. Coming into turn one on lap seven Dani passed Jorge for third place and began to chase down his teammate Marc and on lap nine the two Repsol Honda riders passed each other twice, but Marc was able to hold onto second place.
Marc caught up with race leader Valentino and ran wide attempting a pass, briefly dropping down to third but the regaining second place immediately. Five laps later, on lap nineteen, Marc passed Valentino but saw a yellow flag, so he wanted to give back the position immediately. Dani also passed but realised something was strange so he followed Marc’s actions and conceded the position back, he kept close to the two riders battling and on lap twenty two he passed Valentino and chased down Marc.
On the final lap, both Repsol Honda riders displayed a masterpiece of riding as they passed each other four times before Dani made a small mistake and slightly touched Marc. He was forced to sit the bike up and ran slightly wide, allowing Valentino to pass him and claim second place as Marc won the race setting a new fastest race time with 42’56.914.
With his victory here in Catalunya, Marc has also become the youngest ever rider (21 years and 118 days) to win seven successive races in the premier class, taking the record from Valentino Rossi (23 years and 155 days) also riding a Honda. This victory marks the first time two brothers have won on the same day in the World Championship after Alex Marquez rode his Honda to victory in the Moto3 race earlier this morning.
Marc continues to extend his lead in the Rider’s Championship with 175 points with Dani in third on 112. Honda lead the Constructor’s Championship by 48 points, with a total of 175, and the Repsol Honda Team lead the Team’s Championship by 92 points, on 287 points. The next race will take place in Assen on the 28th June.
Team Quotes
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Marc Marquez
1st - Championship Standing: 1st - 175 points
“I am delighted with this win because this is a track which I have always found difficult. You could see how tough it is 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 profile image
Dani Pedrosa
3rd - Championship Standing: 3rd - 112 points
"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 on the early laps of the race, and I ended the race fighting with Marc for the victory!”

race results

  Gran Premi de Catalunya - Round 7
1Marc Marquez93ESP25Repsol Honda TeamHONDA42'56.914
2Valentino Rossi46ITA20Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA+0.512
3Dani Pedrosa26ESP16Repsol Honda TeamHONDA+1.834
4Jorge Lorenzo99ESP13Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA+4.540
5Stefan Bradl6GER11LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA+11.148
6Aleix Espargaro41ESP10NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+14.213
7Pol Espargaro44ESP9Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+16.127
8Andrea Dovizioso4ITA8Ducati TeamDUCATI+16.175
9Andrea Iannone29ITA7Pramac RacingDUCATI+18.040
10Bradley Smith38GBR6Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+24.781
11Yonny Hernandez68COL5Pramac RacingDUCATI+37.153
12Nicky Hayden69USA4Drive M7 AsparHONDA+43.299
13Scott Redding45GBR3Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+43.407
14Michele Pirro51ITA2Ducati TeamDUCATI+55.157
15Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN1Drive M7 AsparHONDA+59.191
16Broc Parkes23AUS Paul Bird MotorsportPBM+1'00.906
17Michael Laverty70GBR Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM+1'01.284
18Colin Edwards5USA NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+1'06.121
19Hector Barbera8ESP Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+1'25.195
20Michel Fabrizio84ITA IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER+1'40.665
21Mike Di Meglio63FRA Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKIDNF
22Cal Crutchlow35GBR Ducati TeamDUCATIDNF
23Alvaro Bautista19ESP Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDADNF
24Karel Abraham17CZE Cardion AB MotoracingHONDADNF

Rider standings

Sunday, June 15th 2014
1Marc Marquez93ESP175Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
2Valentino Rossi46ITA117Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA
3Dani Pedrosa26ESP112Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
4Jorge Lorenzo99ESP78Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA
5Andrea Dovizioso4ITA71Ducati TeamDUCATI
6Pol Espargaro44ESP58Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
7Aleix Espargaro41ESP54NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
8Stefan Bradl6GER50LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA
9Andrea Iannone29ITA41Pramac RacingDUCATI
10Bradley Smith38GBR40Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
11Alvaro Bautista19ESP34Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
12Nicky Hayden69USA27Drive M7 AsparHONDA
13Yonny Hernandez68COL27Pramac RacingDUCATI
14Scott Redding45GBR24Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
15Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN24Drive M7 AsparHONDA
16Cal Crutchlow35GBR15Ducati TeamDUCATI
17Karel Abraham17CZE13Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA
18Colin Edwards5USA8NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
19Michele Pirro51ITA7Ducati TeamDUCATI
20Hector Barbera8ESP2Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
21Danilo Petrucci9ITA2IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER
22Broc Parkes23AUS1Paul Bird MotorsportPBM
23Michael Laverty70GBR0Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM
24Mike Di Meglio63FRA0Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
25Michel Fabrizio84ITA0IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER

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Circuit Information

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Length4.727 m / 2.937 miles
Left corners5
Right corners8
Longest straight1.047 m / 0.651 miles
Circuits de Catalunya S.L.
Mas "La Moreneta"
PD 27
08160 Montmeló
Pole Position1m 40.893s (168.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
Race Lap1m 42.182s (166.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time42m 56.914s (165km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2013 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2014 Race WinnerMarc Marquez (Honda)
  Honda Racing Corporation 3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan  

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