MotoGP Race Results From the 2016 Catalan GP

Race drama saw Valentino Rossi win a thrilling battle over Marc Marquez as Andrea Iannone takes out Jorge Lorenzo.

Circuito de Barcelona-Catalunya
A crowd of almost 100,000 people packed the grandstands at the Circuito de Barcelona-Catalunya to witness Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi charge to his second win of the season.©Motorcyclist

Catalan GP Race Results
1. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
2. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
3. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
4. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
5. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
6. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA
7. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
8. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
9. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
10. Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
11. Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
12. Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
13. Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
14. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
15. Michele PIRRO (51) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
16. Scott REDDING (45) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
17. Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI

DNF: Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
DNF: Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
DNF: Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI
DNF: Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA

Anticipation for the MotoGP World Championship race at the circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya continued to grow as the riders sat on the grid, hiding from the scorching sun beneath their umbrellas. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was on pole position, but both Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) seemed to have found something on the new layout in Warm Up. High track temperatures had riders cautious about tire life; everyone except for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) lined up with hard tires.

Rossi gets revenge in Barcelona.
"What happened in Mugello was very sad because I was ready to fight for the victory there, which was fantastic," said Rossi. "Over the last week I just thought I had to try do the same, to arrive ready for the race. Together with my team we did a great job and I think this is the best way to forget about the zero points in Mugello." CLICK HERE to see the race results from the Italian GP.©Motorcyclist

From fifth on the grid, Rossi was shuffled back in the opening melee and found himself down in seventh as the first lap began to play out. At the beginning of the second lap he and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) made an incredible pass on Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), demoting the Italian to sixth. The Doctor was on fire and was almost immediately on Pedrosa’s tail, passing him into the new Turn 10 on the third lap. On lap seven he took the lead from teammate Lorenzo with a classic move into Turn 1. Marquez came back at Rossi in the last five laps; the battle was fierce with no love lost between the two.

Movistar Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Movistar Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.©Motorcyclist

Marquez launched from pole position for the first time at his home race, managing to hold onto second into the first corner. The local rider soon found himself with Rossi for company, the Italian slipping up the inside on lap six. Marquez was not deterred and soon followed Rossi through on Lorenzo, right back with his great rival. Five laps from the end and they were right together, Marquez doing all he could to wrestle past Rossi. He may have been unable to battle for victory, but Marquez moves to the head of the championship and is 10 points clear of Lorenzo in second.

Rossi ahead of Marc Marquez.
Rossi ahead of Marc Marquez.©Motorcyclist

Two perfect final laps saw Rossi race to his second win of the season and return the championship to a three-way battle. A mistake at Turn 7 on the penultimate lap cost Marquez the chance of winning, taking second and moving to the head of the championship. Handshakes were exchanged between the two in Parc Ferme, the thrill of a great battle burying any hard feelings that may have lingered. All of the riders took to the podium wearing shirts to honor the memory of the late Luis Salom.

Dani Pedrosa overtaking Maverick Viñales.©Motorcyclist

A solid start from Dani Pedrosa saw him within touching distance of his teammate during the opening laps. Both Lorenzo and Marquez were working hard to break away, Pedrosa trying to match their pace. Unable to fend off the aggression of Rossi and Viñales, the experienced Spaniard working hard to take back a hyper aggressive Viñales. A mistake from the Suzuki man gave Pedrosa a lap of calm, the lifelong Honda rider able to pass Lorenzo for third on lap nine. It proved a lonely end to the race for Pedrosa, his second podium of the year going largely unnoticed due to the action out front.

Lorenzo ahead of Marquez after a good start.
Lorenzo ahead of Marquez.©Motorcyclist

Jorge Lorenzo made a perfect start and rocketed off the line to lead into Turn 1, holding the advantage as the field completed the first lap. The triple MotoGP World Champion looked comfortable at the front but his lead wouldn’t last. On lap seven he went from first to third within a few corners. His pace continued to drop and he found himself in fourth as Pedrosa went past, Viñales following soon after.

The situation grew worse with each lap but on lap 17 the unbelievable happened as Andrea Iannone left his braking too late at Turn 10, smashing into the back of Lorenzo. Both riders went down, Lorenzo clearly furious with the Ducati rider. Iannone attempted to apologize but Lorenzo was distraught, his championship lead gone. He may have been out of contention for victory, but could have certainly scored points were it not for Iannone. As a result of the incident Iannone will start from last place in Assen and has been given two penalty points to add to his record.

Viñales was more aggressive than ever in the opening laps, slamming himself and his GSX-RR up the inside of any rider ahead of him. His aggression would be his downfall as he made a number of mistakes, forced to concede positions and briefly losing contact with the podium battle in the process. The 2013 Moto3 World Champion rallied found himself battling with the 2015 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo for fourth. After several of trying, he finally got past his fellow Spaniard to move into fourth, where he would finish.

First Independent Team rider Pol Espargaro finished fifth overall.
First Independent Team rider Pol Espargaro finished fifth overall.©Motorcyclist

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) worked his way to sixth to seal top Independent Team rider honors.

Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was demoted a position at the end of the race for exceeding track limits. This granted Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) his first-ever top 10 in the premier class.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was forced to retire on the sixth lap, technical problems dropping him down the field.

Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was also forced to retire, his rear tire offering no grip by the 19th lap of the race.

A sea of yellow tells you where the Rossi fans are.
A sea of yellow tells you where the Rossi fans are.©Motorcyclist
Johann Zarco, Moto3 winner
When Johann Zarco hit the front he was untouchable as he beat Alex Rins and Takaaki Nakagami to the Moto3 podium.©Motorcyclist
Jorge Navarro taking victory
Action lasted down to the flag in a thrilling Moto3 race, Jorge Navarro taking the Moto2 victory from Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini.©Motorcyclist
Luis Salom tribute
The MotoGP paddock and community pays tribute to Luis Salom with a minute of silence on race day at the Catalan GP. Click here to read more about the tragic Moto2 crash.©Motorcyclist
Always In Our Hearts, for Luis Salom.
Always In Our Hearts, for Luis Salom.©Motorcyclist