2014 Catalunya MotoGP Results

2014 Catalunya MotoGP Results
Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi

2014 Catalunya MotoGP Results

Spoiler Alert: 2014 MotoGP results from Catalunya in Spain listed below

At 21-years old, Marc Marquez’s numbers are beyond impressive – 12 wins in 24 starts, including the victory at the opening six-consecutive rounds of 2014 MotoGP.

The Repsol Honda RC213V pilot also took the opening-six pole positions, but this changed Saturday at Catalunya, round seven of the 2014 MotoGP Championship. Marquez did something very uncharacteristic of his 2014 performance – he crashed in qualifying.

This was his first crash of the year, slowing his qualifying progress. Shaken up, Marquez would not earn an eight-straight pole (including the final round of 2013 at Valencia). He would qualify third behind his fellow countrymen Jorge Lorenzo and pole-man Dani Pedrosa, making for an all-Spaniard front row.

This was Pedrosa’s first pole since last year’s Catalunya MotoGP, but he couldn’t capitalize on it. Though he put in the most aggressive performance so far this season, Pedrosa had to settle for third.

Second went to Rossi, who led the most laps of the race. And the winner? Yep, he did it again – Marquez. This was his seventh-straight win of 2014 MotoGP, something not achieved since Valentino Rossi in 2002 – the debut year of the modern four-stroke age of MotoGP.

This was also Honda’s 100th victory since the modern era began as Catalunya celebrated the 65th anniversary of GP racing.

Before over 95,000 fans at Catalunya – the second of four Spanish circuits in 2014 MotoGP – Lorenzo got to turn one of the 25-lap race first. Following was Pedrosa, Rossi, Marquez, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

By turn three, though, the nine-time World Champion Rossi, who has six-premier class victories at Catalunya – the most of any rider – got pass Pedrosa. Rossi immediatley set his Italian eyes on Lorenzo.

Heading into the second lap, Marquez passed Pedrosa for third, and charged towards Rossi and leader Lorenzo. Behind, Bradl was gaining on Pedrosa as the top five pulled away from the second pack led by Dovi and Pol Esaprgaro.

Abraham was the first rider to crash. The Cardion AB Racing Yamaha pilot wrecked at turn 10 on lap two, ending his day. On this same lap, Marquez posted the fastest lap time.

Rossi, who took his first win at Catalunya in 1997 in the former 125cc class, took the lead from Lorenzo at turn five of the fourth lap. Lorenzo would fight back, but quickly lose the position once again to Rossi.

Marquez was next to take Lorenzo at turn 10, cleanly passing him on the outside. Behind, GO&FUN Honda Gresin’s Alvaro Bautista was out. The Spaniard was hurting from a huge high side during qualifying, and was forced to DNF.

With 19 to go, Pedrosa passed Lorenzo at the end of the straight. The top five were now all grouped together with Bradl holding on in fifth.

Seventeen laps to go, and Pedorsa capitalized on a a mistake by Marquez, who went wide. But Marquez immediately responded at turn 10, stuffing his teammate on the inside. Pedrosa got sloppy, but saved it. Behind, Ducati Team’s Cal Crutchlow idled into the pits with mechanical issues aboard his GP14; his was forced to suffered another DNF.

At the end of the back straight with 12 to go, Marquez was too late on the brakes, and went wide, riding off the track. He was able to get back on track, but Pedrosa was hungry. He and Marquez touched a a few times, and as they fought, Rossi extended his lead.

With eight to go, Marquez regained his rhythm, and began chasing down Rossi once again. He didn’t give Rossi an inch of ground, and took the lead off the YZR-M1 pilot after the front straight. Pedrosa then passed Rossi, but put up a hand. Why? Rain is on the circuit.

But no white flag are shown, as other parts of the circuit are dry. Through the slight confusion at nearly 200 mph, Rossi retakes the lead. Behind, Maruqez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo bunch up as Bradl runs alone in fifth.

With six to go, Marquez again stuffs Rossi, taking the lead. Pedrosa attempts to replicate Marquez’s move, but can’t pass Rossi.

As Marquez attempts to open up a lead, Pedrosa passes Rossi and chases down Marquez. With four to go, Pedrosa was right on his teammates Termi exhaust pipe. But Marquez had the smoother line, and wouldn’t allow his teammate a chance.

Heading into the last lap, Pedrosa got pass Marquez at turn one, but the youngster countered. Heading into the final turns (12 and 13), Pedrosa got insanely aggressive, and touched Marquez. He nearly crashes, but saves it.

This allowed Marquez to take the win, his seventh-straight of 2014 MotoGP. Marquez finished 0.512 of a second ahead of Rossi, and 1.834 seconds ahead of Pedrosa.

Finishing a lonely fourth was Lorenzo, who was followed by Bradl in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith.

As for the Americans, Drive M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden battled through wrist pain to finish 13th, and NGM Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards 18th.

The 2014 MotoGP Championship now breaks for a week before heading to the Netherlands for the Iveco Daily TT Assen, which will be held on a Saturday (June 28).

2014 Catalunya MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.0 42’56.914
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 165.0 +0.512
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.9 +1.834
4 13 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 164.8 +4.540
5 11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 164.3 +11.148
6 10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 164.1 +14.213
7 9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 164.0 +16.127
8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 164.0 +16.175
9 7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 163.9 +18.040
10 6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 163.5 +24.781
11 5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 162.7 +37.153
12 4 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 162.3 +42.921
13 3 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 162.3 +43.299
14 2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 161.6 +55.157
15 1 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 161.3 +59.191
16 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 161.2 +1’00.906
17 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 161.2 +1’01.284
18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 160.9 +1’06.121
19 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 159.8 +1’25.195
20 84 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 158.8 +1’40.665
Not Classified
63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 159.1 8 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 155.9 15 Laps
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 161.2 22 Laps
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 152.6 24 Laps

2014 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after round 7 of 18):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 175
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 117
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 112
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 78
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 71
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 58
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 54
8 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 50
9 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 41
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 40
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 34
12 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 27
13 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 26
14 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 25
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 24
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 15
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 13
18 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 8
19 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 7
21 Hector BARBERA Avintia SPA 2


  1. The incident where Rossi retook the lead with 8 laps to go wasn’t due to rain, it was because Pedrosa and Marquez both overtook Rossi under a yellow flag. They put their hands up, and redressed by allowing Rossi to retake the lead position. An awesome race!


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