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Catalunya Track Modified As A Result of Salom Tragedy; Marquez Takes Pole

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As a result of the tragic death of Luis Salom following his crash in Turn 12 yesterday, the Catalunya track was modified for the remainder of the race weekend. You can see the changes in the track illustration below (the red corners are replaced by the black line). As a result, riders had to quickly adapt to the new layout before qualifying, and the Hondas seemed to benefit.

Marc Marquez (Honda) took pole position with a big gap over second quickest Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). Dani Pedrosa (Honda) qualified third. You will see the remaining riders’ positions in Q2 below.

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Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’43.589
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’44.056 0.467 / 0.467
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’44.307 0.718 / 0.251
4 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1’44.322 0.733 / 0.015
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’44.324 0.735 / 0.002
6 25 Maverick VI√ĎALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1’44.329 0.740 / 0.005
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1’44.366 0.777 / 0.037
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’44.458 0.869 / 0.092
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1’44.911 1.322 / 0.453
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’45.029 1.440 / 0.118
11 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1’45.030 1.441 / 0.001
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’45.218 1.629 / 0.188

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4 Comments

  1. Vrooom says:

    Hannah (Hector) Barbera faster than Rossi, Vinales and his Ducati team mates. That’s a surprise.

  2. mickey says:

    it’s funny that the Hondas would benefit from the track changes as they have been having trouble accelerating out of slow tight turns and this basically adds 3 MORE tight turns to the course.

    • -D says:

      In this case it had nothing to do with driving out the corner. Those better lap times has more to do with steering geometry/suspension setup. The Hondas were probably falling into turns quicker.

  3. VLJ says:

    I brake like that all the time. Going to work, heading out for dinner, simply tooling around the neighborhood…just like that.

    Yeah.