MotoGP Catalunya-Barcelona

By: Dave MotorCycle Direct Posted: June 8th, 2016

Last weekend in Spain, an action packed weekend took place at the MotoGP Catalunya. Valentino Rossi claimed his 114th MotoGP victory, adding to his ever expanding collection. Despite falling to 9th place on the opening lap of the race, Rossi pulled himself together before storming to yet another victory to add to his collection. Rossi fought off continual challenges from Marc Marquez who was keen to get himself on the top of the podium, however both managed to over the finish line incident free, even joining in a handshake together at the end of the race showing respect for the competition. Dani Pedrosa finished a few seconds after the leading two, to claim his podium finish.

Lorenzo had an eventful race day, despite rocketing into the lead at the beginning of the race he was unable to keep this up. He was caught up by Rossi who eventually overtook and stormed ahead in the race. From this moment on it seemed to go from bad to worse for Lorenzo. He struggled to get the right amount of grip from his front tyre which was causing him lots of difficulty. His race ended when an incident with Andrea Iannone caused them both to crash out of the race on Lap 17, ending both of their chances.

After this, all focus returned to be on who was going to take first place. Marquez to the best of his ability managed to keep within a second of Rossi. On two occasions Marquez overtook however Rossi quickly struck back each time and managed to gain the lead again. A couple of laps away from home and a few unsuccessful attempts made Marquez settle for his 2nd place costing him 20 crucial championship points.

Pedrosa had to maintain his place by battling Vinales who was hot on his behind and keen to get onto the podium. Despite Pedrosa having a medium compound tyre compared to everyone else in the field who opted for hard, he kept up a strong battle to keep his 3rd place finish. However, it was not a strong day for Ducati, with their best placed rider, Andrea Dovizioso, coming in 7th place.

Marquez now leads the standings, ahead of Lorenzo and Rossi who still lag behind him. The three all took to the podium on Sunday bearing Black Shirts in honour of Moto2 racer Luis Salom who sadly suffered a fatal crash in Fridays practice. Condolences have been sent from all areas of the racing world while there was a moment of remembrance in the pit lanes for this talented young rider.

Final Race Standings

1 - Valentino ROSSI- ITA - Yamaha
2 - Marc MARQUEZ - SPA - Honda
3 - Dani PEDROSA - SPA - Honda
4 - Maverick VINALES - SPA - Suzuki
5 - Pol ESPARGARO - SPA - Yamaha
6 - Cal CRUTCHLOW - GBR - Honda
7 - Andrea DOVIZIOSO - ITA - Ducati