Marquez and Pedrosa prepare for home GP in Catalunya

Marquez and Pedrosa prepare for home GP in Catalunya

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are looking forward to their home GP in Catalunya on Sunday. The race follows a positive showing two weeks ago in Mugello, where both riders had a strong race pace and fought hard for a victory and a podium position, respectively.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is located in the hills just 12 kilometres north of Barcelona. Its 4.7km track features a blend of eight right-hand turns and five lefts, and both riders can claim strong records there. Marquez won the 125cc race in 2010, in Moto2 he finished second in 2011 and third in 2012, and in MotoGP he took the final podium position in the 2013 race and won in 2014. Last year Marc crashed out of the race from second place on lap 3.

Dani has been victorious in all classes in Catalunya, winning the 125cc race in 2003, the 250cc GP in 2005 and the MotoGP race in 2008. He has earned six additional podium finishes in the MotoGP class, including each of the last five years, with last year’s third place being his first podium of 2015 following a tough start to the season due to a surgery.

After Sunday’s GP, the team will remain in Montmeló for a one-day test on Monday.

Marc Marquez  93 (2ND – 105 POINTS)

“There’s nothing like racing at home in front of your crowd and your fan club to make you feel good and give you extra motivation, even if in the end you must try and be as professional as always and to completely focus on the job at hand. We’ll see how it goes there, and as always we’ll work hard on the bike setup in order to make the most of what we have, an approach that has worked well enough so far. I know that Honda is working at 100% and at Montmeló we’ll give our best to get another good result. Then at the Monday post-race test we’ll see if we’re able to find that half a tenth that could help us a lot, as we were able to do last year on the same occasion.”

Dani Pedrosa  26 (4TH – 66 POINTS)

“I’m looking forward to racing at home in Catalunya, at a track I love and where I’ve had some very good results in the past. Last year I took my first podium of the season there, and it was the first race where I really felt I was coming back after the surgery to my arms. I hope to be able to do well again in front of my fan club and my entire home crowd. We’ll work on the bike setup, using what we learned at the last race to see if we can get something extra, trying to keep the momentum from Mugello, which was my best GP so far this season in terms of feeling on the bike during the race. Then we’ll see if we can take a further step forward in the post-race test on Monday.”

The circuit

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep of Barcelona in September 1991 and welcomed its first international event that same month, hosting the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. It went on to host the European Motorcycle Grand Prix and in 1995 became home to the Gran Premio de Catalunya. Considered to be one of the best designed circuits of the recent era, the Circuito de Catalunya won the much coveted IRTA ‘Best Grand Prix’ trophy for 2001 and has a general admission capacity of 104,000 spectators.

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 115 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 105 Repsol Honda Team
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 78 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 66 Repsol Honda Team
5 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 59 Team Suzuki Ecstar

Records

Pole Position 1m 40.546s (169.2km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 42.182s (166.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 42m 53.208s (165km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2015 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)