Marquez Hangs On For No. 7 In Spain
BARCELONA, Spain – Marc Marquez secured another MotoGP victory Sunday at the Circuit de Cataluyna, but this time his teammate Dani Pedrosa almost had his number.
Marquez crossed the line half a second in front of Valentino Rossi for his seventh-straight victory, but Marquez had to survive a late scare as Pedrosa touched his rear wheel in the final corner of the race as they battled for the lead. Pedrosa almost crashed, allowing Rossi to pass him for second. Pedrosa was able to recover and finish third.
The win is the 100th for Honda in the modern MotoGP four-stroke era and the triumph for Marquez was also historic as it came on the same day as an earlier Moto3 victory for his brother Alex Marquez – the first time in 65 years of World Championship competition that siblings have won Grand Prix races on the same day.
Rossi led for much of the race with the Repsol Honda duo chasing him down in the final stages, with Pedrosa returning to form following his recent arm pump surgery and subsequent problems. The threat of rain lingered for the duration of the race, though a light shower was short-lived.
Jorge Lorenzo followed the front three throughout the race but was never quite close enough to join the podium fight. He eventually crossed the finishing line 2.7 seconds behind Pedrosa.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) rode a lonely race to fifth, staying in position despite running wide early on, whilst Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) finished less than two seconds in front of his brother Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) in sixth.
The top 10 was completed by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3).