Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda Team scored a grand and
historic one-two result in the Spanish Grand Prix held on May 07, 2017. Pedrosa
took the victory in his home Gran Premio Red Bull de España, storming away from
his first pole position. Jorge Lorenzo
(Ducati Team) came in third to share the podium with the Honda racers.
Not only was this the 3000th
Grand Prix race since World Championship racing began in June 1949, it was also
the Repsol Honda Team’s 100th victory since the advent of the four-stroke
premier class in 2002, according to a Honda release.
Pedrosa’s 25-point haul puts
the top four riders in the championship within ten points of each other after
four of 18 races, with Marquez in third place, just four points behind leader
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), who could only manage tenth place on the final day.
Pedrosa is fourth overall, six points down on Marquez.
Spaniards Pedrosa and Marquez
dominated their home Grand Prix weekend from the outset, with Pedrosa topping
the first three practice sessions, Marquez the fourth and Pedrosa taking pole
position in qualifying. Sunday’s race also gave Pedrosa his first win since
last September’s San Marino GP.
Pedrosa’s ride to his 30th
MotoGP victory was pure perfection. The 31-year-old led from the start, set the
fastest lap of the race on lap three and was never headed. But he spent the
entire 27 laps under huge pressure from Marquez, who won last time out in the
USA. By one-third distance Pedrosa had squeezed a 1.5 second advantage over his
fellow RC213V rider, but the pair had chosen different rear tyres, Pedrosa
using the medium option, despite being the hottest day of the event. Meanwhile
Marquez, who weighs more than his team-mate, chose the hard option rear.
In the last half of the race
24-year-old Marquez began to chip away at the leader’s advantage, until he was
less than a second behind with a few laps remaining. But then the reigning
champion had a couple of moments which convinced him to settle for second place
and 20 points.
Respol Honda Team
Monster Yamaha Tech3
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Octo Pramac Racing
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Reale Avintia Racing
Reale Avinitia Racing
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Pull & Bear Aspar Team
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