The Repsol Honda team is headed to the Catalan GP this weekend, situated just outside Barcelona for the 6th round of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.
|The Repsol Honda pair sit 1st and 3rd in the championship
Photo: Repsol Honda
The team had a bit of a rough weekend last time out at Mugello, in Tuscany, with their rookie Marc Marquez having four crashes over the weekend including one of the fastest ever recorded incidents on a grand prix bike when the Spaniard lost control of his RC213V in FP1 at 209 miles per hour. Staggeringly, he was able to race with just a severely swollen chin and a degree of discomfort in his shoulder. During the race Marquez was heading towards near certain second position but suffered a crash at the Casanova Savelli corner with just 2 laps to go.
Marquez now sits 3rd in the overall championship standings behind his compatriots of Jorge Lorenzo and team mate Pedrosa at the top. The rookie has had good success at the Montmelò circuit in the past with three podiums in the last three years to his name. Marquez has the all clear from his doctor and is supposedly 100% fit and ready for the weekend ahead. “After crashing out in Mugello I really can’t wait to get back on the bike at my home GP in Montmelò! I am more relaxed after seeing Dr. Mir last week and he confirmed there are no complications with my injuries and I am on my way to feeling 100% again. I really hope we have good weather in Barcelona so that once again, we can make the most out of all the free practice sessions. This is another track where all the other riders have much more experience than me and they will be extra tough to beat! But we will keep to our own programme and work hard and try our best”.
Team mate and championship leader, Dani Pedrosa had a lucky escape at Mugello. After Marquez binned his Honda into the gravel, gifting Pedrosa second place, the Spaniard was being rapidly closed down by Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow. However, it seemed Pedrosa was just one lap too far ahead of Crutchlow, meaning that he got the all important 20 points keeping his lead in the championship ahead of race winner Jorge Lorenzo.
Pedrosa has a total of eight podiums at the Catalan circuit across all GP classes. Although, the last time the Spaniard won in Catalonia was 2008, the year he also set the current lap record of 1m 42.358s. Pedrosa is also very much looking forward to making his 200th Grand Prix start on Sunday: “Mugello was a tricky weekend but in the end to come away with second place and 20 Championship points is a good result. I’ve been able to rest a little since returning from Italy and now we head to my home Grand Prix in Catalunya, still leading the World Championship. This track is one of the circuits where you stay on the edge of the tyre longer and also a long time turning right so it’s important to have a good feeling with the tyres. In general it’s a nice track and with a very special atmosphere, all my family and friends come to support me and the fans are incredible. Hopefully the weather is good there and we can put on a good race for everyone at my 200th Grand Prix start!”