MotoGP: Race Results from Catalunya

06/15/2014 @ 6:23 am, by Jensen Beeler29 COMMENTS


MotoGP Race Results from the Catalan GP at Montmelo, Spain:

Pos. Rider Team Bike KM/H Diff.
1 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.0 42’56.914
2 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 165.0 +0.512
3 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.9 +1.834
4 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 164.8 +4.540
5 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 164.3 +11.148
6 Aleix ESPARGARO NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 164.1 +14.213
7 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 164.0 +16.127
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 164.0 +16.175
9 Andrea IANNONE Pramac Racing Ducati 163.9 +18.040
10 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 163.5 +24.781
11 Yonny HERNANDEZ Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 162.7 +37.153
12 Nicky HAYDEN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 162.3 +43.299
13 Scott REDDING GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 162.3 +43.407
14 Michele PIRRO Ducati Team Ducati 161.6 +55.157
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 161.3 +59.191
16 Broc PARKES Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 161.2 +1’00.906
17 Michael LAVERTY Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 161.2 +1’01.284
18 Colin EDWARDS NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 160.9 +1’06.121
19 Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing Avintia 159.8 +1’25.195
20 Michel FABRIZIO Octo IodaRacing Team ART 158.8 +1’40.665
Not Classified
Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia Racing Avintia 159.1 8 Laps
Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati Team Ducati 155.9 15 Laps
Alvaro BAUTISTA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 161.2 22 Laps
Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 152.6 24 Laps

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2014 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • irksome

    Great race, clean and tight; nice to see Rossi leading and Pedrosa finally asserting himself, ie making a pass…

    Why did Pedrosa pull up after grabbing the lead? I had the sound off to preserve my sanity.

  • He passed under a yellow.

  • smiler

    There was a race in MotoGP. When there is a race we can see how mediocre MM is. This has only happened 1.5 times this year. Mugello was nearly a race.
    I might have to justify this blasphemy to the fan boys f Mr Marquez, clearly.

    Hope Assen is dry.

  • smiler

    “Why did Pedrosa pull up after grabbing the lead? I had the sound off to preserve my sanity”

    There was a yellow flag out and riders are not allowed to overtake whilst the flag is out, so he put up his arm and dropped back to 3rd. not the same reason as 93 had to do when he completely missed the corner…again.

  • Vedder

    Smiler missing the point that MM hasn’t had to race so much this year because he is a faster and better rider than any of them at the moment. And the two races this year in which it has been close, he’s, er, passed all his toughest competitors and beat them all to the finish line.

  • irksome

    There are a lot of words to describe MM at he moment but “mediocre” is certainly not one of them. As a certified old guy, I’m rooting hard for Rossi but there is simply no denying that this kid is spectacular.

    Fan or not, sit back and enjoy.

  • L2C

    “He passed under yellow.”

    I still haven’t heard an explanation for the yellow. And all I saw on the replay was the yellow flag, gravel, and dirt. Nothing else. And riders were flying past crashes all morning long with nary a yellow flag in sight. Then at that moment, just at that time that Pedrosa takes two positions to take the lead, a yellow flag was thrown. And that group of Pedrosa, Marquez, and Rossi were the leading group! I don’t understand it. And I feel rightly pissed off about it because both Moto3 and Moto2 races were loaded to the brim with crashes! -and NO yellow flags were thrown that I could see.

    It was a good race. I’m not hating on any of the riders, but that yellow flag in that race at that time was absolutely bogus. Even if it was for a fallen rider on the previous lap. The MotoGP race was a pristine example of how racing is done compared to the two junior classes that raced earlier in the day. So I don’t understand why the yellow flag had to be thrown on the premiere guys a full lap later than anything that could have happened on the previous lap.

    Safety first? Sure, but be consistent.

    I’m hating on that final result big time, even though I was happy to see Pedrosa do what I’ve always known – and have never forgotten – that he could do. Another race where he was faster than everybody else that he lost. No, I’m not happy about that.

    A good race? Sure, some are already calling it great. Could have been better, in my opinion, though. Would have been the story of the year, so far.

  • L2C

    And Pedrosa spent a full two laps starting over to try taking the lead after that yellow flag. That sucks! He’s being a good sport about it, but I know better. He is not liking that sh-t one bit, even after his great performance today.

  • FafPak

    |I still haven’t heard an explanation for the yellow.

    The yellow flag was shown for the crash of Mike Di Meglio.

    |Moto3 and Moto2 races were loaded to the brim with crashes! -and NO yellow flags were thrown that I could see

    You need to remember that if a crash is “cleared” in time and is not an obstruction or danger to traffic you might not see a yellow. Especially at the beginning of a race when the marshals have a full lap to clear damage.

    At the later parts of a race, a back-markers crashing results in half a lap or even less for traffic to arrive on the scene. You’ll see more yellow flags at this stage.

  • Shawn

    FafPak – Mike Di Meglio only finished 8 laps. The yellow was flown far later in the race.

  • L2C

    @ FafPak

    Good explanation, but where was Mike Di Meglio? Where was his bike? Was he actually a back marker? Where were the marshals who were presumably clearing the crash? I didn’t see anything — which actually is not that important. More important was that neither Pedrosa, Marquez or Rossi seemed to know exactly why the yellow was thrown either. They were just guessing in their interviews. The sports commentators certainly weren’t able to offer an explanation.

    It’s a detail. Whatever. Still pisses me off. Reminds of Misano 2012.

  • FafPak


    Incorrect. Di Meglio crashed with 8 laps to go.

  • martinm

    what happened to crutchlow it appears he’s given up

  • rt

    @martinn Well you know.. riding a ducati is a career suicide unless your last name is Stoner and cal did exactly that.

    Btw Magneti marelli so far has f*cked up in two races this year for cal and there’s news that these guys are goin to provide electronics for all teams for 2016? 0_0

  • KSW

    They really should run three camera shots on the TV screen as there are 3 classes running under MGP and if you’re interested in something other than the top 4-5 you’ve missed the rest of the field.

    What does the photo at the top of this story have to do with results? Swap it for Goldsmith’s mega 1,2,3 shot. of the three leaders in a row.

  • OBVIOUSLY the guys in the Movistar Yamaha shop have made significant improvements to their bikes, particularly the Yamaha engine which is without a doubt making more power. It even sounds different, my audio analysis team confirms this by comparing the sounds of the engines from earlier races in the season. Higher pitch, which suggests a more aggressive exhaust map ramping profile. This seems to have expanded the Yamaha’s early acceleration advantage. The Honda still has the very top end, but the overall advantage has narrowed significantly.

    And all of you anti-Spanish anti-Span-ites just got your mouths closed for you for good with that, it’s all about the Repsol Honda being superior BS, as you watched Dani Pedrosa give it everything he had, and Marquez shut him down, almost without breaking a sweat. The less skilled inferior rider Pedrosa nearly took them both out trying to push beyond his abilities and running into the back wheel of Marquez. Like Lorenzo and Rossi, Pedrosa simply isn’t in Marc’s league. All you have to do is watch them break together to see that none of them have the ability to control their bikes the way Marc does on those crappy tires. Nobody else in the series is sliding both wheels into the corners with the kind of precise control he has. Everyone else’s 100% push is his 94% push. When he puts it all out there the other riders simply look like they’re out their depth.

    I’m no great Marquez fan either, I’m just reporting what anyone with unbiased eyes can see for themselves.

    Time for all of you to face reality, your superhero motorcycle riders were never really that super to begin with, they just happen to be the best to get a shot in this series, the best that you had seen. Now someone with REAL talent has come along and put em all in their place, 2nd 3rd 4th etc. and crushed their egos, and yours as well, vicariously. :)

  • keef247

    MM93 = Beast

  • Mormont

    Official results on show Hayden finishing ahead of Redding.

  • HateUK

    Great race, the entire top 9 should be proud of their results.
    People calling the Ducati a career killer – Troy Bayliss won his final MotoGP race on a Ducati.

  • L2C

    “The less skilled inferior rider Pedrosa nearly took them both out trying to push beyond his abilities and running into the back wheel of Marquez.”

    Not that Pampers almost losing the front trying to take a tighter line into the corner had anything to do with Pedrosa hitting Pampers’ back wheel. Oh! -and it’s not like Pampers doesn’t do the same sh-t to riders on a regular basis, sometimes taking them out himself. *See the past year.*

    Did you notice that Pampers nearly slammed into the back of Rossi’s bike in THIS weekend’s race? He ran wide way out into the parking lots, nearly into the Mediterranean, trying to avoid it.

    Aaron B. Brown, you’re such fantastic poseur full of fame to yourself. (And it’s clear what the middle initial stands for.) You just come here trolling for reactions to your bullsh-t on a regular basis. And you most likely will never give it up or give up trying.

    “I’m no great Marquez fan either…”

    Pffft! Who here would believe that? You’ve been all over Pampers’ since his conception — sorry, the inception of his premiere class career. Was all over him in Moto2, too! Everybody knows it and plenty of your posts here prove it.

    And “calling it as you see it” to you means twisting and turning and cutting and pasting and stretching it to fit with whatever weekly weekend lunatic agenda you got going. And the person who has talent, real and imaginary, is you. You have a big ol’ bullsh-t bag of bullsh-t tricks that you hope people take seriously. So, keep that self-satisfied maniac Joker grin you got going on your face. You’re helpless to wipe it off anyway, just like the original.

    Every time you come here, you deliver some of the worst rhetoric the English speaking world has ever known. This you should definitely give up. So f-ckin’ fake.

  • J Wilson

    Racing has always consisted of ‘the best to get a shot in a series’, it has always been this way. And just as, in their day, the Agostininis or Roberts’ or Bayliss’, there were always the rest of the field as well, the perennial top 10 or top 20 finishers, and the back-markers.

    Certainly, MM is a once-in-a-very-great-while talent. At the moment, he has the advantage of being very young (which allows for a certain level of risk that riders of more experience would stop short of) and riding the very best machine available: He has the considerable engineering might and budget of HRC at his convenience. You have to have both, however: Put MM on the Ducati, or Nicky’s customer RCV, and he would still have the skills, but not the machine, and then not the results.

    MGP is like any other top tier race series inasmuch that a great rider on the best machine will win out: That same rider on lesser equipment will do the best he can, but without the ride, you’re back in the pack. I would have liked to see this same race with Rossi or Lorenzo riding Pedrosa’s RCV, and I think the chance for a different result would be there. The M-1’s have improved a lot to approach the RCV, but they’re still out by a few tenths, which in racing may as well be a few minutes. It has always see-sawed back and forth: The V5 Rc211 owned the world in its’ day, Honda lost their way with the RCV212 and Yamaha made hay, and now it’s swung back to HRC once again. It has always been this way.

    I would be in no hurry to say that Rossi lacks talent, nor Lorenzo. Pedrosa has always been the Reubens Barichello to whichever Schumacher that HRC installed for the season, whether it was Stoner, or now MM. I feel he’s always been in that role and never quite impressed HRC to make him the #1, for whatever reason.

    And don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge MM fan, I love that like Valentino, he always has a big smile and seems to be genuinely enjoying himself, it’s infectious. I could care less that he’s a Spaniard, could care less about his nationality, I like the man.

    I often think he’s good for Valentino inasmuch as maybe he can take Sig’s place in his heart. They sure seem to have a LARGE time when they’re together. All good.

  • FafPak

    @Aaron B. Brown
    |OBVIOUSLY the guys in the Movistar Yamaha shop have made significant improvements to their bikes, particularly the Yamaha engine which is without a doubt making more power.

    Em…no. Factory option bikes have only 5 engines to last the season and no engine development is allowed. The engine specs are frozen before the first race of the season. Factories have to supply template engines with specifications of all parts at the race, those parts must remain unchanged. Development is frozen on parts not accessible when engine is sealed. In short, this means engine internals, crankshaft, crankcases, cams, valves, pistons, conrods, etc.

    The only things Yamaha can fiddle with are software calibrations, sensors, gearbox/gearing modifications, braking and chassis geometry. The most important improvement being the ability to late brake now, much harder and closer to the Hondas.

    Numerous mentions have explained that the top speed advantage the Hondas had at Mugello (that -3-5km/h in the long straight) do not apply to Catalunya simply because of the nature of the track, thus Yamaha had a better fighting chance. So your audio analysis team needs to re-calibrate their telemetry equipment or go look for a new profession.

    BTW…ever considered a career in fictional writing? Oh…wait…

  • S.V.Archer

    poor, poor Crutchlow…

    a lot of promise in that man. Sold it all for his cherished “factory ride.”

    All that fun at the front and he’s watching from the wall.

    I hope that Ducati team position is keeping him comfy this year.

    (and I hear they are making them re-sign before they get to even see the “solution” bike. Nice)

  • Cal’s electronics gave up the ghost…again. Casting the blame on Magneti Marelli would be misguided though.

    Virtually all the teams have been using Magneti Marelli systems for quite some time (HRC and Yamaha Racing, to name a few), primarily because of how advanced the Magneti Marelli systems have been compared to the other electronic packages available.

    I’m not even going to dignify the yellow flag conspiracy theory with a comment.

  • L2C

    “I’m not even going to dignify the yellow flag conspiracy theory with a comment.”

    It’s a detail, not a conspiracy theory.

    At the time I posted here – directly following the race – no reliable information was available explaining the yellow flag. Even now, after both Marquez and Pedrosa gave their explanations for it in the press conference, no mention of why the yellow flag was flown was given. The only two places where I’ve seen a reason given was here and on Mat Birt’s Twitter page. Both saying that it was because Mike Di Meglio crashed. That’s it! And if that is the reason, then that’s it! No big deal — just like I’ve said once before.

  • JW

    I do not believe the top 4 riders today are in anyway inferior to one another. Let’s see, 28 laps, 165 km/h average and all ending within 4.5 seconds of each other is amazing skills. How can anyone put one of these riders talent down? I got up at 5am to watch it live and considered it an honor to be a part of this history. I even sleep in a different room so I don’t wake the wife during the race.

  • H.L.

    Great race. MM is an alien no doubt, but there’s no excuse for DP not being able to battle like that on a consistent basis with the 2nd Honda ride. There’s no way in hell MM wins 7 straight if Rossi or Lorenzo have DP’s bike.

    The 2nd Repsol bike needs to go to a young hungry rider like Jack Miller or Tito Rabat in a couple of years.

    Crutchlow clearly went for the payday with Ducati but still whines over what he already knew. Dovi always handles talking about the Duc’s shortcomings in a professional way remembering that he’s getting paid millions.

    Redding is going to make Bautista look really bad when he gets his bike next year. Book it.

  • Conrice

    @Mormont – Redding was issued a penalty post race because of an unfair advantage gained while battling with Hayden.

    On corrected times/results – Hayden finished 12th and Redding 13th.

  • Neil

    Looking good Cal….hahahahahaha, making Ducati look stupid. Go Nicky !!!!!