MotoGp – Catalan GP – Race
Cataluña has also become Lorenzo’s Land. A dominant race for the Spaniard to obtain a 2nd win in a row, with the podium places completed with Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, in a very chaotic race.
At the start it was Marquez who took the lead, but after a few laps Lorenzo recovered it and never let it go, with a very strong pace through all the race. Marquez did follow up closely, but the Honda was not on the conditions to fight with Lorenzo’s ducati. Dovizioso was also close to the battle, but on lap 8 made a mistake on turn 5 had to retire.
Rossi gained his 231th podium, in a race that was pretty much running without pressure, but without the pace to catch the leaders, top 5 was completed with Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa, who recovered from a bad qualifying and had the most attractive battle of the race, Viñales made a bad start but recovered some positions to finish 6th. The top 10 had also entretaining battles, completed with Johann Zarco, Danilo Petrucci, Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone.
As weird as it looks, only 4 more drivers finished the race. Pol Espargaro, Scott Redding, Karel Abraham and Franco Morbidelli finished on the points succesively; 12 drivers retired from the race (Syahin, Rabat, Miller, Smith, Nakagami, Rins, Dovizioso, Espargaro, Simeon, Espargaro, Luthi, Guintoli and Kallio) most of them retired by accident on turn 5, others had mecanichal failures and Tito Rabat’s Ducati turn on fire at lap 13.
With the results of this race, Marquez maitains the championship leader with a gap of 27 points with Rossi, Viñales, Zarco and Petrucci complete the top 5 and Lorenzo ascends on the standings, while teammate Dovizioso fells after its retirement on today´s race.
Next race we head on to Holland, at the the Circuit of TT Assen on two weeks. The championship is still open, and everything could happen on the next races.