Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez was clearly unfazed by his disaster round at Mugello two weeks ago as he was back on the box at the Catalan GP last weekend, securing his fifth podium of the season .
|You can actually see him nipping at Pedrosa’s rear tyre…
Photo: Repsol Honda
After qualifying on the second row of the grid in Saturday’s qualifying, the rookie got off to a lightening start in Sunday’s race and found himself in 3rd position come the first corner behind his team mate Pedrosa and holeshot man (for a change) Jorge Lorenzo. The trio paraded round the circuit for 23 of the 25 lap Grand Prix before Lorenzo increased the pace on worn tyres and an lighter fuel load, too much for the Hondas of Marquez and Pedrosa to keep up with. In a bid for second position honours, the rookie showed his hand several times before a big lunge into turn four on the penultimate lap almost saw an end to his race as he locked the front. Fortunately for Marquez, he kept it rubber side down and had the final podium spot in his grasp but was unable to further challenge his elder team mate for Honda top dog status.
The result means that Marquez leaves his home Grand Prix in third place behind his compatriot’s Lorenzo and Pedrosa respectively and rather appropriate with 93 championship points to his name. The Repsol Honda squad now has a two day test starting today where Marquez and Pedrosa will be testing the 2014 RC213V Honda. “It was a difficult race. We expected it to be tough, but we never imagined that we would be fighting for the podium with Jorge and Dani and I’m very happy with this result! It gives us confidence after a slightly tricky weekend, as in the end we found the ideal setup. During the race I learned a lot from riding behind Dani, trying to figure out how to ride a MotoGP bike at this track, and in the end we did quite well. We knew it would be difficult to finish in the top five, but we managed to get on the podium. I can only say I’m thrilled with the result. Now we look to Assen and we’ll see if we can improve anything for that race during the test at Aragón”