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Final day at 2017 MotoGP | Catalunya

Força Marquez! Moto2 falls to #73 in Catalunya as Lorenzo fights back in MotoGP

Jun 112017

By 8am Sunday fans were already jostling for space on the grassy banks of the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya and slapping on the sun cream in preparation for temperatures that would rise to 32 degrees for a steamy seventh round of eighteen in 2017 MotoGP: the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Ultimately the throng that gathered at the fast and challenging layout a short distance from the Mediterranean jewel that is Barcelona were able to indulge in a trio of entertaining races from which Andrea Dovizioso (for the second time in a week), Alex Marquez and Joan Mir emerged victorious.

When the heat around the cooked and worn Catalan asphalt climbed a little too high then relief was found in the vast Monster Energy ‘Beach’ compound with cool cans (over 25,000 for the weekend), rig riots and freestyle bicycle displays interspersing the speed and tension of the motorcycle action.

Making the headlines was Dovizioso who deflected the attention of native riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to win across a slippery and erosive surface that pushed tyre performance and durability to the max (and beyond with 42 crashes for the weekend).

Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo had an excellent race by rebounding from a stint where he led and faded back to eighth place to retaliate and fight his way up to fourth.

“I’m satisfied with my race…I could finish fourth and survive a bit more with the rear tyre, always very gentle with the throttle all the race,” #99 said. “I got a bit more traction than the second group and I could overtake them. Nine seconds to the leader: first time I am less than ten seconds away so a good race but obviously I want to win and fourth place is not where I want to be. We are closer and I need a more natural bike to spring my potential. Right now I am doing good races but not exceptional races.”


“MotoGP is crazy this year and anything can happen, many mistake, many crashes,” he added.

“I hoped for a rhythm like this [today],” said Marquez. “You see on the time sheets your possibilities compared to the others but you never know if you’ll be able to escape at the beginning or be able to hold that pace right through the race. My goal was to go hard in the first laps to make that gap and then manage the difference. It motivated me to see the times and I could believe that it was possible to stay there.”


“Jerez was really special but here were a lot of friends and family and full of the fan club so I’ll keep them both! I cannot choose,” he added. ‘I wish there were eighteen Grands Prix at home!”


From crimsoned Catalans to weathered Dutch: MotoGP is now bound to encounter a fresher scenario for round eight in two weeks time with a visit to the revered site of the TT Circuit Assen in northern Holland.