Three Catalan champions at the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix

Catalan rider Dani Pedrosa won the MotoGP race at Jerez Circuit last Sunday, leaving behind him outstanding rookie Marc Márquez and the current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. The two Spanish riders were responsible for the confrontation of the day, as their motorbikes collided on the final corner, recently named after Lorenzo, where Márquez stole his second position. The Moto2 category also finished with a Catalan victory led by Esteve Rabat, as well as Moto3, with Maverick Viñales at the top of the podium.

Margalida Vidal Barceló

May 9, 2013 07:29 PM

Barcelona (CNA).- Catalan riders led this week’s MotoGP races at the circuit in Jerez. Dani Pedrosa won his first MotoGP race this season, but the attention was focused on the second position, where Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo battled until the final corner, until their motorbikes collided and Márquez took Lorenzo’s second place. Catalan riders also prevailed in the Moto2 and Moto3 races, which Esteve Rabat and Maverick Viñales won respectively.

These results leave the Catalan rookie Marc Márquez as the youngest debutant to achieve three consecutive podiums, and leave him as leader in the MotoGP championship, three points ahead of Pedrosa, who overtakes Lorenzo with one point. Valentino Rossi occupies the fourth place in the world standing, the same position he reached at the Spanish Grand Prix.

After the race, Mallorcan rider Jorge Lorenzo preferred not to talk about the crash with Márquez, as he was still “very angry”. Márquez wanted to play down the importance of the collision and said that “I feel sorry for him, but this is a race and everyone tries to do their best”.

Moto2 and Moto3

In Moto2, Catalans also dominated the podium as Esteve Rabat, who finished first and Pol Espargaró, third. This way Rabat became leader of the championship, overtaking Redding, just one point ahead of him.

Maverick Viñales was the winner of Moto3 and shared podium with Luis Salom (second) and Jonas Folger (third), in a race that finished with a red flag because of Alan Techer’s fall. Viñales also took the leadership of the classification from Salom, who had prevailed in the first two races. Alex Rins, who occupies the third position in the world standing, fell during the interrupted race.

World championship

So far, the three circuits that have hosted a race of the current championship have been taken over by Catalan and Spanish riders in all three categories. Qatar, Austin and Jerez circuits are the scenarios that precede LeMans; the French Grand Prix arrives in two weeks with Catalans leading the three categories of the MotoGP championship.