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The 2016 Catalan GP is the 25th successive year that the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has hosted a grand prix since it was introduced onto the World Championship calendar in 1992.
How to go fast at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
The 4.7km Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is known for being fast and challenging, with eight right hand corners and five left plus a start/finish straight that is 1047m long. Setup can play a crucial role in a rider’s success at the track, so let's find out from the teams themselves on how they plan on being quick in Barcelona.
Workshop: Parts precision
When it comes to setup one of the biggest unsung heroes in a MotoGP™ team is the Parts Manager, who has to arrange, organise, and look after the 2,000 individual parts that go into to making a modern premier class machine. Ahead of the Catalan GP motogp.com caught up with Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Robert Jordan to find out more about just how vital his job is.
Overtaking Hotspots: #CatalanGP
There have been a number of incredibly dramatic races over the years in Barcelona that have been full of outrageous overtakes. Find out where most of the overtaking action has taken place in the last few races and where we expect the drama to occur come race day.
The importance of winning in Barcelona
The Catalan GP has proved to be almost prophetic in the past, with 15 of the last 19 winners in Barcelona going on to be crowned MotoGP™ World Champion at the end of the season. Each of the three main title contenders in 2016 have scored vital psychological victories over their rivals at the track in the past, here is a look at the best of them.
Season So Far: Marquez out for revenge
Talking of psychological blows, Marc Marquez will be looking to bounce back from losing the Italian GP by just 0.019s after being out dragged to the line by his title rival Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez trails Lorenzo by 10 points in the standings and will be looking to record his third win of the season in front of his home fans.
Pedrosa: “I don’t need to prove anything”
Another Honda man who will be looking to make an impression at the Catalan GP is Dani Pedrosa who originally comes from Sabadell, just 15 km from the circuit. He recently announced he would be staying with the Repsol Honda Team until the end of 2018, so ahead of his home race motogp.com caught up with the Spanish star to discuss his season so far and his future ambitions.
The MotoGP™ on track action at the Catalan GP kicks off at 9.55am local time on Friday 3rd of June with Free Practice 1.
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