Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) today scored their second double podium of 2016, at the team’s home round of the championship.

The pair finished second and third at the end of a thrilling race, which turned into another classic duel between Marquez and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha). Both men rode the outer limits in pursuit of victory, Rossi finally prevailing despite several sensational moves by Marquez, whose sixth podium from the first seven races puts him back into the championship lead.

On the podium all three men paid tribute to Moto2 rider Luis Salom, who tragically lost his life during Friday afternoon practice. The circuit layout was adjusted following the accident and the Grand Prix only continued following consultation with the 25-year-old Spaniard’s family, other riders and the MotoGP Safety Commission. Today’s racing went ahead after an emotional ceremony of a minute’s silence on the grid.

After the race Rossi dedicated his win to Salom, while Marquez transposed the nine and three of his #93 race number to #39, the number used by Salom.

Hot temperatures and slippery track conditions meant this afternoon’s MotoGP race was a test of managing used tyres. Four-time World Champion Marquez held second for the majority of the 25 laps, all the while planning an attack during the closing laps.

The 23-year-old Spaniard first took the lead at turn ten on lap 20, before once again exchanging places with Rossi on the start/finish straight. With two laps to go he was building for another attack when a small error cost him the chance to take his second premier-class win at the undulating track outside the city of Barcelona.

Nevertheless, Marquez now has a ten-point advantage in the World Championship, following the exit from the race of reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), who was taken out by another rider.

Pedrosa ended the race just six seconds behind Rossi and may have finished even closer had it not been for some aggressive overtaking from Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) in the early stages. The three-time World Champion maintained an impressive pace, despite a late decision to use Michelin’s medium rear tyre, only easing off in the closing laps. The result strengthened his fourth place in the points standings.

Another rider with reason to cheer Briton was Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda RC213V) who rode to a sixth-place finish, his best result of the season, and good enough to make it three Honda riders inside the top six.

Despite a difficult and injury-plagued opening to the year, Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) showed signs that he is returning to full fitness with tenth place, his best result in the MotoGP class. The 21-year old made steady improvements with set-up overnight and was able to extract the maximum from his bike in the race.

Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) arguably put in the most heroic race of the day by riding to a brave 14th place despite fracturing his left collarbone just over two weeks ago in Mugello. The Spaniard showed plenty of the grit that took him to the 2014 Moto2 World Championship and gained a wealth of crucial race experience in the process.

The MotoGP paddock now has a two-weekend break before travelling north to the Netherlands for the Dutch round of the 2016 at the iconic Assen venue.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

2nd

“It has been a hard weekend for all the riders, but in the end I think that together we paid tribute to Luis Salom with the Sunday that he deserved. It was a nice race with Valentino. I was suffering a little with the increase in temperature and was never completely comfortable, so I was unable to try overtaking at the right time. I had a couple of scares and started doing the math for the standings in my head, knowing that Jorge Lorenzo was out of the race, and I think that in the end, a podium finish is a very positive result for the championship. Another thing that’s important for motorcycle racing is that Valentino and I shook hands; it was probably the weekend and the right situation to do so.”

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa 26

3rd

“This has been a positive race. We opted for the medium rear tyre because I felt more comfortable with it. On the first few laps I tried not to wear it down too much so as to keep it in good condition for the final stretch of the race. In the fight with Maverick Vinales I lost contact with the front group, but I managed to set a good pace and push a little more. In the final laps, the rear tyre had degraded quite a lot and there was nothing more that I could do. I’m happy to get back at the front and return to the podium, and to do so at home. But on the other hand it’s been a difficult weekend for what has happened. Luis’s family wanted us to continue, and we gave our all for him and for them. The minute’s silence, with all the riders and the whole MotoGP family, was really emotional.”

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

6th

“I can’t be happy. First and foremost I thought it would be a good idea to finish two races in a row, and I finished sixth. I beat a lot of guys that I didn’t in Mugello but here we didn’t have as many problems. It was a race of survival in the end. I had a great rear tyre today for the start of the race, which was crucial to follow other riders. We have to give great credit to Honda because you can see how much the factory bikes have improved since preseason. By the time my rear tyre was finished I just cruised round to the finish as there was no point in taking any risks. I made a couple of mistakes in braking zones but overall it was a good way to end a difficult weekend.”

LCR Honda
Tito Rabat

Tito Rabat 53

14th

“I am really happy to finish inside the points in my home race and I want to thank all the people that helped me to get this result just over two weeks after I broke my collarbone. It was very a physically demanding race for me in the hot conditions but I’m so pleased to get more crucial mileage under my belt on the bike and I was able to gain a lot of experience, despite being less than 100% fit. I made a bad start in the race but I recovered well and made some good overtakes and I’m happy to finish. It has been a difficult weekend after the sad passing of Luis Salom and I was determined to finish for him. Now I can focus on continuing my recovery to be back to full fitness in Assen.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Jack Miller

Jack Miller 43

10th

“I’m really happy to be back in the points and I had a big fight throughout the race and really enjoyed it. I tried to conserve my tyres because I knew we would lose some grip in the hot conditions and it was a strategy that paid off.  I definitely feel like I got the most potential out of the bike today. I tried to save the tyres in Jerez and I probably conserved them too much and felt I could have pushed more. But today I gave it my all and I used the whole performance potential of the rear tyre. To finish in the top 10 for the first time in my MotoGP career is a really big boost for me. My guys have stuck with me all through a difficult first part of the season and I’m happy for the team. And I dedicate my first top 10 in MotoGP to my friend Luis Salom, who I will miss greatly.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

MotoGP 2016, Round 7

Sunny / 27
Sunday 5 Jun 2016, 13:08 UTC
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 44%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 44'37.589
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +2.652
3 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +6.313
4 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA 13 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +24.388
5 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +29.546
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 10 LCR Honda Honda +36.244
7 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +41.464
8 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +42.975
9 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 7 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +45.337
10 Jack Miller 43 AUS 6 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +46.669
11 Hector Barbera 8 SPA 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +49.514
12 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +55.133
13 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 3 Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati +57.974
14 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 2 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'00.141
15 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 1 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'00.429
16 Scott Redding 45 GBR 0 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'16.269
17 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 0 Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati +1 lap
NC Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 0 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki DNF
NC Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
NC Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
NC Bradley Smith 38 GBR 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
Saturday 4 Jun 2016, 14:22 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'43.589
2 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'44.056
3 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'44.307
4 Hector Barbera 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'44.322
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'44.324
6 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'44.329
7 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1'44.366
8 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'44.458
9 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'44.911
10 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'45.029
11 Scott Redding 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'45.030
12 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'45.218
13 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'44.914
14 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'45.197
15 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'45.538
16 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati +1'45.690
17 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati +1'45.885
18 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'45.892
19 Jack Miller 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'45.942
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'46.205
21 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'46.463
Rider Standings
Sunday, 5 Jun 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 125 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 115 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
3 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 103 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 82 Repsol Honda Team Honda
5 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 72 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
6 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 59 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 49 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
8 Hector BARBERA 8 SPA 48 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
9 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 43 Ducati Team Ducati
10 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
11 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 39 Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati
12 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 29 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 29 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 29 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
15 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 24 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 20 LCR Honda Honda
17 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 19 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
18 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 16 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
19 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 13 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
20 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 8 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 8 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
22 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 3 Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati