The Repsol Honda Team is heading to the newly resurfaced Circuit de Catalunya for Round 7 of the season. Championship leader Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa had the chance to test the new asphalt and the track’s updated layout before the Italian GP.

The run-off area for turn 13 has been worked on, track officials enlarging the run-off area by more than 20 meters while also removing the surrounding grandstands. The bank angle of turn 10 and 11 has also been altered.

As it is the case with other six rounds of the season, the Catalan Grand Prix will be shortened in length compared to previous years. This time the race will change from 25 laps to 24.

At the Gran Premi de Catalunya:

Marc Marquez has 2 wins, 1×125 (2010) and 1xMotoGP (2014), plus an additional 5 podiums and 3 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 3 wins, 1×125 (2003), 1×250 (2005) and 1xMotoGP (2008), plus an additional 10 podiums and 4 pole positions.

Marc and Dani have stood together on the podium on four occasions: in 2013 (Dani 2nd and Marc 3rd), 2014 (Marc 1st and Dani 3rd) in 2016 (Marc 2nd and Dani 3rd), and in 2017 (Marc 2nd and Dani 3rd).

Marc Marquez

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“I’m very happy anytime we race at home, in front of our fans, and I hope to give them an exciting race on Sunday, as that special atmosphere always gives you extra energy. We had a good test in Catalunya a few weeks ago, when we also had the chance to check out the layout, in particular the final section, which has been revised. I think they also did a really good job with the resurfacing: the tarmac now has very good grip and is very nice to ride on, even if the F1 cars are already starting to affect it by creating bumps at some of the braking points. The kerbs are still one of the track’s most challenging aspects; the inside kerbs are very high, and it’s a bit difficult to adapt your riding style to that. That said, it’s a nice track and we’ll try to make the best of it and fight for the podium again.”

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa

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“The Catalan GP is always a special race because all our family, fans, and friends are there. It always has a great atmosphere and a great feeling. The track itself is very nice, though demanding, especially for the tyres. You need to work a lot on the suspension and chassis setup to make sure you have good grip because you’re leaned over most of the time. Having partly returned to the original layout, we got back the final two downhill corners, which are really beautiful.”

Repsol Honda Team
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

MotoGP 2018, Round 7

Rider Standings
Sunday, 3 Jun 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 95 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 72 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
3 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 67 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 66 Ducati Team Ducati
5 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 64 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 63 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 60 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 56 LCR Honda Castrol Honda
9 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 49 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
10 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
11 Alex RINS 42 SPA 33 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
12 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 29 Repsol Honda Team Honda
13 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 27 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
14 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 23 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 19 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 17 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
17 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 17 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
18 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 13 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
20 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
21 Mika KALLIO 36 FIN 6 KTM Test Team KTM
22 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 1 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati