We had a good test in Catalunya a few weeks ago
The reigning World Champion has taken seven podiums at the track, including two victories: One in 125cc in 2010 and another in MotoGP in 2014.
Dani Pedrosa has seven consecutive rostrums at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from his last seven visits (he missed the 2011 round due to injury). Ten podiums in his twelve MotoGP races there and a total of fourteen in all three classes, with three wins : In 2003 – in 125cc -, in 2005 – in 250cc- and in 2008 – in MotoGP -.
Three weeks ago, the Repsol Honda team undertook a positive test at the track that has returned to its traditional layout at Turn 13, and which Márquez and Pedrosa analyse in the following video.
The Catalan Grand Prix takes place a week after the FIM CEV Repsol round held at the same circuit, in which young rider Andreas Pérez died on Monday as a result of injuries suffered in a crash. Repsol offer our condolences to his family, friends and team.
I’m very happy anytime we race at home, in front of our fans, and I hope to give them an exciting race on Sunday, as that special atmosphere always gives you extra energy. We had a good test in Catalunya a few weeks ago, when we also had the chance to check out the layout, in particular the final section, which has been revised. I think they also did a really good job with the resurfacing: the tarmac now has very good grip and is very nice to ride on, even if the F1 cars are already starting to affect it by creating bumps at some of the braking points. The kerbs are still one of the track’s most challenging aspects; the inside curbs are very high, and it’s a bit difficult to adapt your riding style to that. That said, it’s a nice track and we’ll try to make the best of it and fight for the podium again.
The Catalan GP is always a special race because all our family, fans, and friends are there. It always has a great atmosphere and a great feeling. The track itself is very nice, though demanding, especially for the tyres. You need to work a lot on the suspension and chassis setup to make sure you have good grip because you’re leaned over most of the time. Having partly returned to the original layout, we got back the final two downhill corners, which are really beautiful.