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Difficult Season Opener for Repsol Honda

Difficult Season Opener for Repsol Honda

Written by  on Monday, 30 March 2015 09:40

Qatar (March 29, 2015)- It wasn't the start that Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa would have liked for their 2015 MotoGP Championship campaign.

Dani, starting from second on the grid and Marc starting from third, both had a problematic first corner, with Marc emerging as the biggest victim. As the MotoGP riders jostled for position, Dani was edged out down to seventh and Marc made a small mistake, running wide in turn one and rejoined the track in last place.

Both riders began to make up positions with Dani in sixth and Marc up to eleventh by lap three. The Repsol Honda duo pushed to chase race leaders Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Iannone and Rossi with Dani was on the tail of this group but unable to keep the pace. As the race progressed Dani began to suffer severe arm pump in his right arm and slowly dropped back. Meanwhile Marc passed Petrucci, Crutchlow, Smith and Hernandez and was up to sixth by lap eight.

On lap twelve Marc reached Dani and passed him into 5th, demoting Dani to 6th. Marc began to chase down the leading four riders but the gap of 3.8s was too great. Nevertheless, Marquez still managed to break a record with the fastest top speed recorded in the premier class of 350.5km/h, beating the previous record held by Iannone of 349.6km/h.

This is the first time since winning the German GP in 2013 that Marc has not lead the MotoGP Championship standings. Both riders will be looking to bounce back from this disappointing start and challenge for victory at the Red Bull Austin GP in two weeks time.

Marc Marquez: 5TH CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 5TH - 11 POINTS

"We should be happy because we have salvaged eleven important points, when we could easily have left here with none. It was a tough race, in which I made a mistake at the first corner and dropped back to last place. This meant that I had to make a comeback, pushing hard all through the race, but in the end I saw that I could not catch the group at the front. The positive that I'll take from today is that we rode at a similar pace to the lead group. In Austin we will continue to work hard, with an even stronger desire to do well."

Dani Pedrosa: 6TH CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 6TH - 10 POINTS

"Tonight's race didn't go to plan and unfortunately, I had serious problems with my right forearm which isn't good news for me. I worked very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, because I was suffering in every race last season. Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation and I have tried to look for alternatives, but by the looks of things nothing is working positively for it. Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do. It is probably the most difficult moment of my career. I will do my best to find a solution but in this moment it is difficult to imagine what it could be."

 

Results Session

Weather: Dry  |  Humidity: 83%  |  Track Temp: 28°C  |  Air Temp: 22°C

   
Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamTime/Gap
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 42'35.717
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team +0.174
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team +2.250
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +2.707
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team +7.036
6 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 10 Repsol Honda Team +10.755
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 9 CWM LCR Honda +12.384
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +12.914
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +13.031
10 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 6 Pramac Racing +17.435
11 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar +19.901
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 4 Pramac Racing +24.432
13 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS +32.032
14 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 2 Team Suzuki Ecstar +33.463
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 1 Avintia Racing +33.625
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 0 Athina Forward Racing +33.944
17 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA 0 Aspar MotoGP Team +38.970
18 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar MotoGP Team +46.570
19 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing +59.211
20 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM 0 Athina Forward Racing +1'14.981
21 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +1'48.143
22 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 0 Athina Forward Racing +3 laps
23 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing +1 lap
24 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 0 CWM LCR Honda +1 lap
25 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini n/a

 

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