Márquez continues to be one of the few riders to have completed every Grand Prix this season. At the Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya, the Spaniard came home 13th, gaining five places in the race and earning 3 points.
Stefan Bradl also completed the 24-lap Catalan Grand Prix, on his return from a right arm injury suffered last weekend at Misano. The Repsol Honda Team rider, who started 20th on the grid, finished 17th.
Álex Márquez occupies 16th position in the World Championship and Stefan Bradl is 23rd. The Repsol Honda Team riders will now rest for a week and return to action at Le Mans, where the French Grand Prix will be held from October 9th to 11th.
But before the next race, Stefan Bradl will ride the Honda RC213V at the new Portimao circuit ahead of the track’s championship debut later in the year. Álex Márquez will also join the test in Portimao to learn the layout.
“A difficult race today. We were expecting warmer conditions and we couldn’t use the soft front; we went with the medium. That was my mistake, I pushed the team hard to use the medium but during the race the temperature dropped a lot. In the first laps I lost a lot of time after my good start, then in the middle of the race I felt better but in the end I slowed again. It’s my mistake, sometimes this happens as a rookie and I have been able to learn from this. We also found a few things this weekend, so we are still improving and learning and now we look to Le Mans and also a quick visit to Portimao to learn the layout.”
“It was cooler than everyone thought it would be, everyone had to manage it. For me it’s tricky to understand the rear tyre and I was struggling a bit. At the end of the race I had to slow down a lot because the rear dropped off a lot. In the middle of the race I was not so bad, and I was near the points, fighting well. Sadly, the rear then dropped and we fell back. But we keep working with the Repsol Honda Team, trying different things and pushing. Now we have a little break before heading to Portimao for a test which will be important for me and Honda.”