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novembre 14, 2016 - Honda Racing

Marquez back on podium in 2nd at Valencia, Pedrosa returns to speed before crashing uninjured from 7th

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Marc Marquez returned to the podium in the 150th GP of his career, scoring an important second-place finish in the season-finale Grand Prix de la Comunitat Valenciana and helping Honda secure its 22nd Premier Class Constructor title during its 50th Anniversary #racing in the division.

Marc didn’t have a great start from the front row and found himself in fifth by the end of the first lap. He overtook Maverick Viñales for fourth position on the sixth lap and stuck close to Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi’s battle for second, while eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo pulled a gap at the front.

Marc improved his speed as the race progressed, and between laps 19 and 20 he passed the two Italians. As he began putting in a series of impressive lap times in the mid-1:31 range, he cut his gap to Lorenzo from 5.437 with 10 laps remaining to 1.185 seconds at the finish line.

After making a strong comeback and displaying good speed during the Valencian GP, #danipedrosa escaped a turn 2 crash uninjured on the seventh lap of the race, when he was in seventh position.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Repsol Honda riders will return to action for a two-day post-race test.

 
  
   
  
 Marc Marquez2ND 

“We’re happy because we’ve managed to get on the podium and we’ve finished the season strongly. This is the most important thing. In the race, the start penalized us a lot as I had an issue with the clutch and lost several positions. Afterward I wasted a lot of time behind Rossi and Iannone. As Valentino said yesterday, overtaking is difficult on this track, so even if I was able to get close, to pass them was another story because I was losing under acceleration and was a bit on the limit under braking. I waited behind as the tyres began to affect performance, and step-by-step I continued improving until I found the opportunity to pass them. From then on I was able to improve my speed, and maybe if the race had lasted a little longer I might have reached Lorenzo. Anyway, he had an incredible race and I was not able to catch him. Congrats to him for this result. It hasn’t been an easy season but we were able to win the title in Japan and secure the Constructors Championship this weekend, which is great. Now we’ll work hard starting from the next test to try and improve our bike even more.”

 
 
  
   
  
 Dani PedrosaDNF 

“It’s a shame about the crash. I started well and was taking things calmly since I didn’t feel perfectly good with the tyres. Unfortunately, after just a few laps, on the entrance to turn 2, without pushing, the rear stepped out, and at the same time I also lost the front and couldn’t avoid the crash. I don’t know what went wrong because I wasn’t riding at the limit. It was a pity not to finish the race, which was our intention. We’ve come to the end of a difficult year, but we’ll try our best to do better next season.”

 
 
  
   
  
 Results Session
1LORENZO Jorge99SPA25Movistar Yamaha MotoGP45'54.228
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPA20Repsol Honda Team1.185
3IANNONE Andrea29ITA16Ducati Team6.603
4ROSSI Valentino46ITA13Movistar Yamaha MotoGP7.668
5VINALES Maverick25SPA11Team Suzuki Ecstar10.610
6ESPARGARO Pol44SPA10Monster Yamaha Tech 318.378
7DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA9Ducati Team18.417
8ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA8Team Suzuki Ecstar18.678
9SMITH Bradley38GBR7Monster Yamaha Tech 325.993
10BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA6Aprilia #racing Team Gresini35.065
11BARBERA Hector8SPA5Avintia Racing36.425
12PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA4Octo Pramac Racing42.415
13BRADL Stefan6GER3Aprilia #racing Team Gresini49.823
14REDDING Scott45GBR2Octo Pramac Racing52.035
15MILLER Jack43AUS1Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS55.625
16LAVERTY Eugene50IRE0Aspar #motogp Team58.254
17RABAT Tito53SPA0Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS58.555
18BAZ Loris76FRA0Avintia Racing1'06.164
19KALLIO Mika36FIN0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingDNF
20CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR0LCR HondaDNF
21PEDROSA Dani26SPA0Repsol Honda TeamDNF
22HERNANDEZ Yonny68COL0Aspar #motogp TeamDNF
 
  
   
  
 Rider Standings
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA298Repsol Honda Team
2ROSSI Valentino46ITA249Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
3LORENZO Jorge99SPA233Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4VINALES Maverick25SPA202Team Suzuki Ecstar
5DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA171Ducati Team
6PEDROSA Dani26SPA155Repsol Honda Team
7CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR140LCR Honda
8ESPARGARO Pol44SPA135Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9IANNONE Andrea29ITA112Ducati Team
10BARBERA Hector8SPA102Avintia Racing
11ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA93Team Suzuki Ecstar
12BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA82Aprilia #racing Team Gresini
13LAVERTY Eugene50IRE77Aspar #motogp Team
14PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA75Octo Pramac Racing
15REDDING Scott45GBR74Octo Pramac Racing
16BRADL Stefan6GER63Aprilia #racing Team Gresini
17SMITH Bradley38GBR62Monster Yamaha Tech 3
18MILLER Jack43AUS57Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
19PIRRO Michele51ITA36Ducati Team
20BAZ Loris76FRA35Avintia Racing
21RABAT Tito53SPA29Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
22HERNANDEZ Yonny68COL20Aspar #motogp Team
23NAKASUGA Katsuyuki21JPN5Yamaha Factory #racing Team
24LOWES Alex22GBR3Monster Yamaha Tech 3
25HAYDEN Nicky69USA1Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
26JONES Mike7AUS1Avintia Racing
27AOYAMA Hiroshi7JPN1Repsol Honda Team
 
  
   
  
 Team Standings
1Movistar Yamaha MotoGP482
2Repsol Honda Team454
3Team Suzuki Ecstar295
4Ducati Team283
5Monster Yamaha Tech 3197
6Octo Pramac Racing149
7Aprilia #racing Team Gresini145
8LCR Honda140
9Avintia Racing137
10Aspar #motogp Team97
11Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS86
 
 Constructor Standings
1Honda369
2Yamaha353
3Ducati261
4Suzuki208
5Aprilia101