Marc Marquez 3rd and Dani Pedrosa 4th in Spanish GP
The fourth round of the MotoGP World Championship ended with a positive result for the Repsol Honda Team riders, as Marc Marquez placed on the podium and Dani Pedrosa claimed fourth. Both managed to pick up important points for the overall standings.
Making an excellent start, Pedrosa gained four places in two corners, moving into third behind Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. On the second lap, Marquez passed his teammate and the positions remained the same until the chequered flag was waved.
Following the Spanish Grand Prix, Marquez still leads the series with 82 points, whilst Pedrosa has climbed one position and is now fourth, with 40 points.
“Honestly, today Valentino [Rossi] was on another level, like I was in Austin, and the most important thing is that today we accepted finishing third in the race. I learned a lot from last year and I didn’t want to make a mistake. I was very focused from the start and I tried to ride strongly and stay with Jorge [Lorenzo], but I could tell that with the higher track temperatures – 11º C higher than yesterday – it was very difficult for me to manage the front tyre well. I almost crashed several times, so in the end I made a difficult decision in front of our fans, as we preferred to secure 16 points that will be very positive at the end of the season, which is very long. We must have patience until we take a step further with the bike’s acceleration and find something else that allows us to fight for the win.”
“We knew it would be a difficult race and we got the position we knew was possible, because the whole weekend the front three were faster than us. I started well, riding hard in the early laps. Then I saw I had difficulties with both the front and rear tyres. I concentrated on keeping my position and I rode at a safe pace so as not to make the rear tyre go off too much as well. I saw that Aleix [Espargaro] was recovering ground on me, but I had him under control and was only focusing on preserving the tyre. Near the end, when I didn’t have him on me, I decided to pick up the pace again. I was able to escape and get closer to Marc [Marquez], so perhaps pushing so hard at the start cost him in the end. Tomorrow we have a test in which we will try to work and improve my feeling on the bike.”
Source; Repsol Media