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Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa scored the Repsol Honda Team’s third double-podium finish this season by finishing in second and third position, respectively, in scorching-hot conditions in Catalunya.

It was a very positive result that allowed Marc and Dani to move up in the Championship standings to third and fourth, just 23 and 27 points off the top.

With air temperature at 33° C and a track temperature of 54° C, conditions were very tough on tyres. Both Marc and Dani got off well at the start and rode at the front for the entire race. Marc Marquez took the lead on lap six before being passed by his teammate and Dovizioso on lap eight. Dani led for a further nine laps before being passed by the Italian, who ultimately went on to win the race.

Repsol Honda Team GP di CATALUNYA 2017

Marc moved to second on lap 18 and pushed hard to try and stay close to the leader, but like his teammate, finally settled to keep his hard-earned podium finish, which brought his career tally to the symbolic total of 93.

The Repsol Honda Team will remain in Catalunya tomorrow for a one-day test.

Marc Marquez – 2ND

“I’m really happy with how this weekend ended because with five crashes, four yesterday and one this morning, the situation was quite tough mentally. Anyway, my team helped me a lot to regain confidence in myself and in the bike. Before the race I said to myself that I was the same Marc as last year and that my style is to always keep pushing and never give up, something I think makes the difference sometimes. So I started the race with victory as a target. At the start I was really lucky when Petrucci hit me, as the contact was completely lateral; otherwise it would have been a disaster. From then on I tried to remain focused and calm and when I finally passed Dani for second place, I tried to push to close on Dovi. In a couple of laps I realized that I couldn’t, that today was Dovi’s day, so I settled for second. The Championship is kind of a rollercoaster so we don’t really know what to expect from race to race. We must only think about ourselves, keep the concentration high, and try and give 100%.”

Dani Pedrosa – 3RD

“I’m happy with today, as a podium finish is always nice considering how tough is to get one in MotoGP these days. Last week we had a terrible race, whereas here we took pole and made the podium in front of my home crowd, which was just amazing. To be honest, we expected to be a bit better but conditions were very difficult for the tyres the whole weekend, and also today the grip wasn’t very good. I tried to lead the race, to stay on front, but I could see Dovi coming on the straight, cutting the gas to not get too close, saving the tyres a little bit better than me. I tried to save them all the way, but I just couldn’t do it enough. In the end I realized it was more worth it to stay on the bike and get some good points. We had chosen the medium rear for the race and at the end it was on the limit, but I still think it was a better choice than a hard-hard combination. A rider’s choice is more a matter of feeling than being strictly related to performance or durability. It was difficult, but we managed to get on the podium and this is great. We look forward to the test tomorrow, to take some additional steps, improve the feeling on the front, and work to be more consistent. The Championship is open, and we must be more consistent every weekend.”

 2017 Catalan GP Race Results

1DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA25Ducati Team44’41.518
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPA20Repsol Honda Team3.544
3PEDROSA Dani26SPA16Repsol Honda Team6.774
4LORENZO Jorge99SPA13Ducati Team9.608
5ZARCO Johann5FRA11Monster Yamaha Tech 313.838
6FOLGER Jonas94GER10Monster Yamaha Tech 313.921
7BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA9Pull&Bear Aspar Team16.763
8ROSSI Valentino46ITA8Movistar Yamaha MotoGP20.821
9BARBERA Hector8SPA7Reale Avintia Racing23.952
10VINALES Maverick25SPA6Movistar Yamaha MotoGP24.189
11CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR5LCR Honda28.329
12BAZ Loris76FRA4Reale Avintia Racing33.281
13REDDING Scott45GBR3Octo Pramac Racing35.200
14ABRAHAM Karel17CZE2Pull&Bear Aspar Team39.436
15RABAT Tito53SPA1Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS40.872
16IANNONE Andrea29ITA0Team Suzuki Ecstar43.221
17GUINTOLI Sylvain50FRA0Team Suzuki Ecstar44.655
18ESPARGARO Pol44SPA0Red Bull KTM Factory Racing48.993
19LOWES Sam22GBR0Aprilia Racing Team Gresini55.492
20PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA0Octo Pramac Racing2 laps
21MILLER Jack43AUS0Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS12 laps
22ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA0Aprilia Racing Team Gresini18 laps

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