Valentino Rossi beat Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo in front of their home crowd at MotoGP Monster Energy de Catalunya Grand Prix
After an unfortunate mishap that led to Valentino Rossi’s engine blow up in Mugello – The Doctor’s Home race, the Nine Times World Champion had saddled up to pick up the pieces at Circuit de Barcelona in Catalunya regardless of the dominant and intimidating form of the Spanish riders. Rossi knew he was in for a lone battle against not just luck yet Time and the victory hungry, podium starving Spanish talents.
Marquez would send the warning signal taking his first ever Catalan Pole Grid start, Lorenzo second with Dani Pedrosa 3rd to ensure the front row was all Spanish. A surprise 4th place qualification by Hector Barbera pushed Rossi to 5th ahead of yet another Spaniard but this time was the remarkable fast and intelligent youngster Maverick Viñales in 6th.
The lights delayed for more than normal before it went off as we’d watch 24 best riders in the world blast off with Lorenzo leading into turn one from Marquez and Pedrosa while Iannone, Viñales and Dovizioso had dived on the inside thereby relegating Rossi to 7th as riders crossed the line to start the 2nd lap.
Rossi would fight back to promote himself walking up the field as he passed the Desmo16GP of Andrea Iannone in the second lap and would tail and pass Dani Pedrosa at the revised turn 10 for 3rd in the 3rd lap. 3 laps after being the sixth lap, Marquez would enjoy the brief company of the Italian Maestro before The Doctor would slip up the inside to demote Marque to 3rd.
Lap seven, Rossi would edge out his team mate Lorenzo and edge in for the lead almost for the entire race before Marc Marquez brought before The ultra-unstoppable Valentino Rossi his RC213V to ignite a hand-to-hand combat. Like Rossi had been awaiting Marquez all along,
He’d respond to beat Marquez fair and square as Marquez tried all he could and knew yet to futility and almost fell off his Repsol Honda machine.
Lap 17 brought us the nobody-woulda-thought incident as Ducati’s Andrea Iannone took out Jorge Lorenzo at turn 10, an unfortunate DNF for both riders with
Lorenzo really furious ignoring Iannone’s remorse.
Valentino Rossi secured victory in the Catalan Grand Prix his second win of the year after he first won at Jerez.
Marc Marquez finished second to move up to lead the World Championship. Dani Pedrosa completed the last rostrum spot all Riders wearing a BlavkeT-Shirt in Memory of Luis Salom
Maverick Viñales came 4th while Pol Espargaro completed the top five spot and won the Sattelite battle ahead og Cal Crutchlow in 6th.
Factory Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finished 7th ahead of Alvaro Bautista aboard the Factory Aprilia RS GP bike while Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati of Danilo Petrucci came in 9th place
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marv VDS rider Jack Miller was promoted to tenth as Hector Barbera was demoted one spot for exceeding track limits aboard his Avintia Racing Ducati
Stefan Bradl rode the second Aprilia RS GP to 12th with Eugene Laverty behind him in 13th. Former Moto2™ Champion Tito Rabat finished 14th as Michelle Pirro being a replacement for injured Loris Baz scored single point in 15th place.
Scott Redding 16th and Yonny Hernandez being the last rider to cross the line in 17th
Fours riders recorded DNFs, Aleix Espargaro, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith