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Magnificent second place for Marquez after intense battle with Lorenzo, Pedrosa just off the podium. Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa both had strong showings at the exciting Gran Premio d’Italia 2016, where they finished the race a fraction of a second away from victory and a podium finish, respectively, at Mugello.

Marquez gran premio d'italia 2016After starting from the second row, Marc Marquez completed the first lap in fourth position and moved to third on lap three, managing to keep the gap from Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi to less than a second. After Rossi retired from the race on lap eight, Marquez steadily made up ground on Lorenzo, with whom he engaged in a spectacular duel for victory on the final lap. Despite exiting the last corner with the lead, Marc lost the final rush to the line by a mere 19 thousandths of a second.

Dani celebrated his 250th GP start with a very strong performance. Seventh at the end of the first lap, he was able to put in a series of good laps and match the pace of the leading riders, recovering positions to arrive at a fight for third position with Andrea Iannone. Dani set his best time, just 0.047 seconds off the race’s fastest lap, on his final lap, and finally settled for fourth, only 168 thousandths of a second behind the Italian.

The next GP is scheduled to take place June 3-5 in Barcelona.

Marc Marquez

“Today we made a good race, we managed to get very close, and finally we made the podium which is always positive, but even with the slipstream I wasn’t able to overtake Jorge. We struggled throughout the weekend with acceleration and top speed. I tried to give my all and I did the best race I could do today, I really tried everything. I took several risks in an attempt to win, but on the home straight Jorge slipstreamed me. Now we have to keep working on acceleration because we’re still lacking a little in that regard. Honda is working hard back in Japan, as we do at the tracks and we’ll try to take a step forward ahead of the next race.”
Dani Pedrosa

“It was a better race than the last few we’ve had. The start was demanding, and with a full tank of fuel I lost some ground. However, my pace wasn’t bad and I was able to make back several positions while also taking advantage of mistakes by other riders. I managed to stick with Iannone and increase my pace to try to fight for third position, even if he was a little faster. I followed him, but it was difficult to overtake because he was very fast on the straight and it was hard to get even with him. We learned a lot about our bike in this race, so we’ll try to work on it to take a step forward in the future.”
Gran Premio d’Italia  MotoGP 2016: results session

Pos.   Rider   Num   Nation   Points   Team   Time/Gap

1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 41’36.535
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team 0.019
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team 4.742
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team 4.910
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team 6.256
6 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar 8.670
7 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 13.340
8 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 8 Octo Pramac Racing 14.598
9 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar 18.643
10 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 6 Ducati Team 22.298
11 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 5 LCR Honda 27.936
12 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 4 Avintia Racing 35.712
13 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 3 Aspar MotoGP Team 38.032
14 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 40.094
15 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 1 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 59.811
16 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 0 Aspar MotoGP Team 1’04.397
17 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 15 laps
18 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 0 Octo Pramac Racing 15 laps
19 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 0 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS DNF 1st lap
Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini DNF 1st lap
21 BAZ  Loris 76 FRA 0 Avintia Racing DNF 1st lap

Pos. Team Points
1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 193
2 Repsol Honda Team 171
3 Team Suzuki Ecstar 108
4 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 77
5 Ducati Team 75
6 Avintia Racing 51
7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 46
8 Aspar MotoGP Team 39
9 Octo Pramac Racing 33
10 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 13
11 LCR Honda 10
Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Yamaha 140
2 Honda 115
3 Ducati 83
4 Suzuki 65
5 Aprilia 29


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Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo Tafà
Managing Director for RTR Sports, Riccardo graduated in law at the University of Bologna. He began his career in London in PR, then started working in two and four-wheelers. A brief move to Monaco followed before returning to Italy. There he founded RTR, first a consulting firm and then a sports marketing company which, eventually, he moved back to London.
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