This one is for bragging rightsCircuit info
: 4.727 m / 2.937 milesWidth
: 12mLeft corners
: 5Right corners
: 8Longest straight
: 1.047 m / 0.651 milesConstructed
: 1995Repsol HondaMarc Marquez #1 - The Baby Faced Assasin
Blah blah, "... it will be challenge." Blah blah, "... competition." Blah blah, "... decided on Sunday."
Sure, Marquez is claiming extra motivation for the home race
but really, do any of us believe that that? More to the point, does anyone believe that he needs it? To summarize the season thus far, Marquez has raced from pole to finish, flag to flag; he's been punted, shoved, and coerced off track and then raced to the win; he's be pushed, shoved and bullied back to tenth and raced to the win; he's.... Well you get the picture. Suffice it to say that the only motivation that hash-tag number one hash-tag untouchable hash-tag why do the rest bother seems to need is the promise of a checkered flag at some point in the future and a ribbon of tarmac. Or at least that's what the rest of the field had better be hoping, because if he can drop behind every other factory bike on the grid (and a couple of open bikes to boot), hang out for a while and then hit the front for a win then the world collectively shudders to think what he's capable of with "extra motivation".2013 - Factory Honda RC213V
- 3rd2012 - Repsol Moto2
- 3rd2011 - Repsol Moto2
A little known fact about the town of Cervera in Spain where Marc Marquez was born
is that "performance" is a regional colloquialism for the act of visiting with one's close friends and family after a period of protracted absence. Under the false assumption that Marquez will ride with extra abandon for (one of) his home Grand Prix, the motorcycling world is shocked when when he elects to start from pit lane. The jumbo screens are filled with images of the reigning world champion jovially cavorting with his family in the pit garage, sipping on sangria and San Miguel beer while wearing the uniforms of the Spanish FIFA team. After several minutes Marc pulls himself from the party under a barrage of heckling and dons his Repsol leathers. He then races to victory in time to catch the closing minutes of the match.Movistar YamahaValentino Rossi #46 - The Iceman
There's a lot going just right for Valentino Rossi right now. Sure he hasn't won a race since... well it's been a while. Which, ipso facto, means he's winless for 2014. But then again, Nobody's won in 2014 so he's in good company.
Little known fact: in the small town of Cervera, Spain, "Marc" is an often substituted nickname for the longer and wildly popular name of "Nobody".
So while Rossi goes into one of his winningest tracks on the calendar without a win, he's at least in good company. On paper he really has Nobody to worry about (see what I did there?) but just to play along we'll say that he should probably look out for his teammate. The #99 was rather impressive on Rossi's home turf in Italy last time out, and this could be Rossi's chance for payback. However last season Lorenzo used Catalunya as a springboard to get his title challenge back on track. While he fell short in the end, he certainly made a go of it. For Rossi to really keep his '14 momentum going he'll have to keep the other Yamahas behind him first and foremost.
Keeping the factory Hondas behind him wouldn't hurt either.2013 - Factory Yamaha YZRM1
- 4th2012 - Ducati GP13
- 7th2011 - Ducati GP12
The top 5 get a lightning start but Marquez makes an early break. Still hampered by injury Pedrosa falls back in the pack and has to fight his way forward. Lorenzo attempts to make a run at Marquez but is hampered by the fact that he refuses to switch to the new Yamaha equipment, muttering something about sloppy seconds. Meanwhile Rossi and the M1 form like Voltron and take it to the man as payback for Italy.