Marc Márquez enjoyed a good start from thirteenth on the grid, moving up to fifth as he approached the leading group. However, with 17 laps to go, the Repsol Honda Team rider suffered a small crash at the new Turn 10 when riding in sixth.
Pol Espargaró was also unable to successfully complete the Gran Premi de Catalunya. He crashed after 4 laps of the race, bringing the seventh round of the MotoGP season to an early end for him.
The Repsol Honda Team will be back in official action on June 17-20th at the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring. This Monday, both Márquez and Espargaró will carry out a test at the Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya to prepare for the upcoming races.
“My intention today was to start well and push because I thought maybe the others would try to manage their tyres. I gave everything in the beginning because if I didn’t do this, I wouldn’t have slept well today. Ok, I crashed but I showed to myself that I can do it, so this was one positive. Instead of finishing in 12th or 13th place, today was the day to take some risks. Tomorrow we have a test, it’s an important day – more important than today. We keep working and never give up.”
“We are having a tough time, we crashed in the race. We chose the hard tyre which was the best tyre given the conditions that we saw today but we are struggling with grip and we are losing time from this. It was a frustrating race, but we need to keep positive and keep working. We need to turn the situation around, there’s still over half the championship to go. Tomorrow there’s a test and we are looking for big solutions.”