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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 Marquez 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.

Repsol Honda Team GP di CATALUNYA 2017

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.

Marquez, Pedrosa sign double podium finish for Honda in Barcelona, RTR Sports

Marc Marquez – 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 – 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.”

 2017 Catalan GP Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team 44’41.518
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team 3.544
3 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team 6.774
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Ducati Team 9.608
5 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 13.838
6 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 13.921
7 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 16.763
8 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 8 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 20.821
9 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 7 Reale Avintia Racing 23.952
10 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 6 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 24.189
11 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 5 LCR Honda 28.329
12 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 4 Reale Avintia Racing 33.281
13 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 3 Octo Pramac Racing 35.200
14 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 2 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 39.436
15 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 1 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 40.872
16 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar 43.221
17 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar 44.655
18 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 48.993
19 LOWES Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 55.492
20 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo Pramac Racing 2 laps
21 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 12 laps
22 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 18 laps


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