Tricky first day in Catalunya for the Repsol Honda Team


13 June 2014

Under incredibly hot temperatures, the GP of Catalunya got underway today.

It was a strange day with the Repsol Honda Riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, working hard to find the best setting on their RCV213V Hondas. This morning when the air temperature was 31ºC and the track 44ºC, Dani finished 6th with his lap of 1’42.664 (lap 5/18) and Championship leader, Marc, only able to manage seventh with 1’42.742 (lap 8/19).

This afternoon, temperatures rose to 34ºC (air) and 55ºC (track) and Marc was able to improve by half a second using the hard option front and rear tyres finishing third in the session and fourth for the day with 1’42.274 (lap 8/19). Dani was not able to better his morning time which he recorded on soft option front and rear tyres. He finished tenth for the session (1’43.078 on lap 6/17) and ninth for the day in the combined times.

Marc Marquez:
4th – 1’42.274

“Despite not being at the top today, I am happy with how this first day of practice for the Catalan Grand Prix went and I’ve made good progress. In the first session I found things a little difficult, but in the second session we improved and this has led to us having a clear direction to go in tomorrow. I think this is the most important thing to take from today”

Dani Pedrosa:
9th – 1’42.664

“The good news is that I was able to ride better today than in Mugello. I hope that with a few more laps under my belt I will loosen up even more, and things will go even better. This afternoon we tried out the larger brake discs, which react better and mean that you need to use the brake lever a little differently with your fingers, which is something I am getting used to. We also worked with the hard tyre compound on the front and the rear, and I was able to use them for the entire afternoon session”

practice results

Gran Premi de Catalunya – Round 7
Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 1’41.672
2 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’42.123
3 Stefan Bradl 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1’42.130
4 Marc Marquez 93 ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’42.274
5 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1’42.282
6 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Pramac Racing DUCATI 1’42.411
7 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory YAMAHA 1’42.423
8 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’42.608
9 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’42.664
10 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1’42.812
11 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 1’42.833
12 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Pramac Racing DUCATI 1’42.860
13 Scott Redding 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 1’43.612
14 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1’43.644
15 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR Ducati Team DUCATI 1’43.725
16 Colin Edwards 5 USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 1’43.819
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA 1’43.905
18 Hector Barbera 8 ESP Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 1’43.961
19 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 1’44.008
20 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 1’44.096
21 Michael Laverty 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM 1’44.450
22 Broc Parkes 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1’44.681
23 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 1’45.482
24 Michel Fabrizio 84 ITA IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER 1’47.297







Vanessa Guerra / Prensa Honda Repsol Team by HRC

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