| Last time out, Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci captured his first ever Premier class win. Petrucci narrowly beat out Reigning Champion Marc Marquez in Mugello with team mate Andrea Dovizioso finishing a close third. |
With a close loss like this, Marquez approaches the upcoming race with extra vigour to get back on the win column. The Catalan race is somewhat of a home race for Repsol Honda. Marquez has a podium finish in three but one race in the premier class since his entry. He currently holds a 12-point lead in the riders’ standings from Dovizioso.
Lorenzo who’s still coming to grips with the RCV has five wins and seven podiums to his name at the Catalan track, This season has not been easiest for #99…
Dovizioso has won the race at Catalunya in 2017. He competed in his 300th race in MotoGP at Mugello last time out. He is ready to battle on the Catalan track, while Petrucci, who always finished within the top ten with Ducati at Montmeló except from a DNF in 2017 is determined to keep the momentum after scoring his first podium of 2019 at Le Mans and winning his first ever MotoGP race at Mugello.
After a very difficult Mugello race, Yamaha riders need to bounce back or they’ll continue to drift back against their factory team rivals. Valentino Rossi is keen to return to the front of the rider field. He currently holds fifth place in the standings and will resume his championship battle. At Catalunya, the Doctor holds an impressive 13-year podium streak there that lasted from 1997 to 2009 (all classes). He has secured the victory here ten times in total, seven of which while competing in the premier class (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2016).
Team mate Maverick Vinales is eager to impress all at his home race. He previously achieved four consecutive podium finishes there in lower classes,but has yet to step on the podium in MotoGP. Vinales needs to rank higher than eighth in the standings, with better results in this round and following rounds.
The MotoGP Catalunya starts with free practice on Friday, then the qualifiers on Saturday and the 24-lap Catalan GP on Sunday.