Honda Make It 100!08th July 14
With all the hullabaloo of the World Cup this past week, the only saving grace for motorheads was the fantastic Moto GP that took place on Barcelona’s Catalunya track.
From start to finish the 25 lap race saw all four of the alien riders (Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Rossi and Marquez) claim their rights to the top step of the Spanish podium. With thunder and lightning overhead to increase the drama further, the threat of rain being a constant presence made the 73.4 miles a painstaking one, for both rider and spectator.
After a good start from the off, Lorenzo managed to hold the lead for a while ahead of teammate Rossi, Marquez and Pedrosa who were also towing a gallant effort from Bradl for a large part of the race until he was ultimately dropped off by the factory riders and finished 5th. Naturally, with three Spaniards in contention for a home race victory, Italian legend Valentino Rossi picked up his game, overtook Yamaha teammate Lorenzo and took the lead of the Spanish GP.
As the rain loomed ever closer the four riders couldn’t be separated from one another with the Repsol Honda pair of Pedrosa and Marquez swapping places like a game of musical chairs. However as the final few laps descended they both picked up their pace, passed Rossi and continued to fight one another for the top step. With Marquez leading on the final lap, Pedrosa could smell a victory as well as the gasoline fumes from his compatriot as he looked for an overtake on the last corner, ran hot and clipped Marquez’s rear tire forcing him to run wide and allowing the ever present Rossi to slip back into second place.
The rest of the top ten was made up by brothers Aleix and Pol Espargaro in 6th and 7th respectively, the Ducati’s of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone in 8th and 9th and Britain’s Bradley Smith rounding off 10th place.
Standing up on the podium it seemed appropriate then that both Rossi, Honda’s first winner in the four-stroke category back in 2002, and Marquez, their 100th winner could share the motor giants success in motorcycling’s most professional class.
Roll on the next 100!
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