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MotoGP Valencia Review - 13 Nov 17

Dani Pedrosa scores great win in Valencia, Marc Marquez 2017 WORLD CHAMPION

The Repsol Honda Team enjoyed a dream day in Valencia today, with Dani Pedrosa winning the Grand Prix (his seventh at Valencia across all classes, his 54th in career, and his 31st in the MotoGP class); Marc Marquez taking the third step of the podium to earn the 2017 World Championship Title (his sixth in career, and his fourth in the MotoGP class in five years); and Honda securing the “Triple Crown,” comprising the Constructor, Rider,  and Team Championships.

Marc and Dani were also the two riders to score the most podium finishes this year, twelve and nine respectively, making the Repsol Honda Team the most successful team of 2017, with eight double-podium finishes.

Marc and Dani got away brilliantly at the start, entering the first corner in first and second positions, but Johann Zarco assumed the lead on lap four. Marc stuck to him for 20 laps and then made the pass, but he immediately ran wide in turn 1 and almost crashed. He made one of is signature incredible saves but dropped to fifth behind Zarco, Dani, Jorge Lorenzo and title contender Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani, who had been closely chasing them, engaged the Frenchman in a battle for the win and finally passed him on the last lap. In the meanwhile, crashes by both Ducati riders allowed Marc to celebrate his incredible sixth Title, from the third step of the podium.

Marc Marquez  93

2017 World Champion 

“I’m living a dream. ‘Six Titles’ are big words. The truth is that I’m incredibly happy because we worked so much this year, and today the race was incredibly tense and exciting—a bit ‘Marquez Style.’ I made a mistake, but I also made my best save of the year. From that moment on, I just tried to finish the race in a good position. I’m sorry that Andrea didn’t finish the race, as he deserved to do so. He had an incredible season and I would have liked to have him on the podium with me today. The key to the year has been our mentality. In our world it’s very important to remain positive and motivated during the difficult moments. Some things happened to us at the beginning of the season but when we found the way to sort things out, everything went better. Congratulations to Honda and the entire team for the Triple Crown. It’s an amazing achievement. Winning the Title at the last race of the season in front of our fans is one of the best things possible, really special. Now I want to enjoy this with my entire team and my family, and after that we’ll start to work for next year.”

Dani Pedrosa  26

Race winner 

“Obviously I’m very very happy because a win is a win, and this was a very tough and hard-fought one. Today we had a chance because we got a good start and the setup was working well, so we took it. The track wasn’t easy as front grip wasn’t perfect, and in fact we saw a lot of crashes in the race. I was just behind Marc when he made that save and it was incredible. The smoke, the noise, the speed—wow, impressive! I realized that the track had a limit, maybe because the rear had more grip, which pushed the front. Anyway, I tried to manage the front grip, but then in the last three laps I gave it everything to pass Johann. He was so good into the corners but finally I passed him on the last lap. I’m so happy to have won in front of my crowd, and I would like to dedicate this victory to my family, friends, fans, and the team. This was a fantastic day for all of us, as Marc clinched the Rider Title and we secured the Constructor and Team Titles. I also move up one place in the Championship, and that’s great as well.”

Tetsuhiro Kuwata

HRC Director - General Manager Race Operations Management Division

“Today our riders and team did a perfect job. The race was very tense for everybody, but the final result was amazing! Marc was brave and pushed hard as always, managing to get on the podium despite a big scare! Dani finished the Championship with a victory, so I don’t think we could have asked for more today. I would like to thank the riders, everyone in the Repsol Honda Team, and HRC at home. We’ll keep giving our 100% to continue in this way.”

 

Yoshishige Nomura

HRC President

“Today was the ‘perfect storm’ for HRC and Honda, as we won the Rider Title, Constructor Title, and Team Title, earning the Triple Crown. Of course I am extremely happy with this fantastic result, and I would like to congratulate Marc and Dani for their hard work and commitment, as well as all the HRC Engineers and our Sponsors, who together have contributed to this incredible result. I am very proud of all them.”

   
     
   
 

Race Results

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

25

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

46'08.125

2

Zarco Johann

5

FRA

20

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

0.337

3

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

16

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

10.861

4

Rins Alex

42

SPA

13

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

13.567

5

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

11

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

13.817

6

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

10

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

14.516

7

Miller Jack

43

AUS

9

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

17.087

8

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

8

LCR Honda

Honda

17.230

9

Pirro Michele

51

ITA

7

Ducati Test Team

Ducati

25.942

10

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

6

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

27.020

11

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

5

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

30.835

12

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

4

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

35.012

13

Petrucci Danilo

9

ITA

3

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

38.076

14

Abraham Karel

17

CZE

2

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

Ducati

41.988

15

Barbera Hector

8

SPA

1

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

47.703

16

Baz Loris

76

FRA

0

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

47.709

17

Van Der Mark Michael

60

NDL

0

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

52.134

 
   
     
   
 

Rider Standings

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

298

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

2

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

261

Ducati Team

Ducati

3

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

230

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

4

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

210

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

5

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

208

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

6

Zarco Johann

5

FRA

174

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

7

Lorenzo Jorge

99

SPA

137

Ducati Team

Ducati

8

Petrucci Danilo

9

ITA

124

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

9

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

112

LCR Honda

Honda

10

Folger Jonas

94

GER

84

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

11

Miller Jack

43

AUS

82

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

12

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

75

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

Ducati

13

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

70

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

14

Redding Scott

45

GBR

64

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

15

Espargaro Aleix

41

SPA

62

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

16

Rins Alex

42

SPA

59

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

17

Espargaro Pol

44

SPA

55

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

18

Baz Loris

76

FRA

45

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

19

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

35

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

20

Abraham Karel

17

CZE

32

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

Ducati

21

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

29

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

22

Barbera Hector

8

SPA

28

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

23

Pirro Michele

51

ITA

25

Ducati Test Team

Ducati

24

Kallio Mika

36

FIN

11

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

25

Lowes Sam

22

GBR

5

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

26

Nakasuga Katsuyuki

21

JPN

4

Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha

27

Guintoli Sylvain

50

FRA

1

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

 
   
     
   
 

Team Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Repsol Honda Team

508

2

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

438

3

Ducati Team

398

4

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

258

5

Octo Pramac Racing

188

6

Team Suzuki Ecstar

130

7

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

117

8

LCR Honda

112

9

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

107

10

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

95

11

Reale Avintia Racing

73

12

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

67

 
 

Constructor Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Honda

357

2

Yamaha

321

3

Ducati

306

4

Suzuki

100

5

KTM

69

6

Aprilia

64

 

 

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