Repsol Honda MotoGP Team head to San Marino’s Marco Simoncelli Circuit

The 2017 MotoGP season moves into its final third with the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this weekend, and never before has the title chase been so tight, with the top five riders in the MotoGP Championship covered by only 35 points after 12 races.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are among them, Marc in second place, nine points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso, with Dani in fifth. After a tough race at Silverstone, Marc and Dani look forward to again fighting at the front this Sunday at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, a track where they both have great records and where, on 20 August, they spent their fifth and final allotted day of private testing for the year.

At the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (held at Misano)

Marc Marquez has 4 wins, 1×125 (2010), 2xMoto2 (2011, 2012), and 1xMotoGP (2015), plus 1 podium and 3 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 2 wins in MotoGP (2010, 2016), plus an additional 4 podiums and 2 pole positions.

 

Marc Marquez

“We’ll try and have a great weekend in Misano, putting the last race behind us. The important thing is that lately we’ve been competitive at all kinds of tracks, so now we go to Misano, which has a twisty, tight layout, with the same approach and mentality that have worked very well for us so far. We’ll look to be as strong as possible, not with victory as the only target but ready to fight for it if we have the opportunity to do so. We’ll work to get the best result possible. We had a positive test there in August, so we’ll go there ready to start well beginning on Friday morning.”

Dani Pedrosa

“I’m looking forward to the Misano race and it’s a track I like. There are always a lot of fans there, and an incredible atmosphere. I have good memories there and I’ve enjoyed some strong results, so I hope to be able to work well in every session. A couple of weeks ago we had a test there that went quite well, and hopefully that will help us to get things going in the right direction right from the beginning of the weekend.”

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 183 Ducati Team
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 174 Repsol Honda Team
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 170 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 157 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 148 Repsol Honda Team
6 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 109 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 90 Ducati Team
8 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 89 LCR Honda
9 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 77 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 75 Octo Pramac Racing
11 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 58 Pull&Bear Aspar Team
12 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 45 Octo Pramac Racing
13 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 43 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 43 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
15 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 39 Reale Avintia Racing
16 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 33 Team Suzuki Ecstar
17 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 28 Pull&Bear Aspar Team
18 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 27 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
19 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 26 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
20 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 23 Reale Avintia Racing
21 RINS Alex 42 SPA 19 Team Suzuki Ecstar
22 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
23 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 7 Ducati Test Team
24 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
25 LOWES Sam 22 GBR 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
26 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA 1 Team Suzuki Ecstar