Jorge Lorenzo has dominated the MotoGP headlines both on and off the track in the last couple of weeks, will his reign continue in Barcelona this weekend?
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Grand Prix of Catalunya: Preview
It’s been quite a couple of weeks in the MotoGP paddock, with some big-name riders moving teams and even more news expected this weekend.
Dani Pedrosa has promised there will be developments regarding his future, after ending his 18-year relationship with Repsol Honda, with his departure beginning a real shake-up for 2019.
Jorge Lorenzo’s Ducati exit was the best kept secret in the sport for many a year and the Spaniard will arrive in Barcelona buoyed not only by a new contract but also his first win for the Italian manufacturer.
The ‘Spartan’ also boasts four premier class wins in Catalunya and after dominating in Mugello, could be one to watch again this time around – especially when you consider it was his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso that topped the podium here 12 months ago.
Lorenzo’s future team-mate Marc Marquez may have something to say about that however, with the world champion riding in front of his home crowd and determined not to let his lead at the top slip.
Despite the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which has been modified in the final sector and resurfaced too, not necessarily being one of Marquez’s preferred tracks, he did win there in 2014 and was on a run of three straight victories before the Italian GP.
The man that is breathing most heavily down Marquez’s neck is Valentino Rossi – who is the first rider to reach 5000 premier class points – and sits just 23 points off the leader.
If the history books give us any indication of what to expect at one of the calendar’s true highlights, then the ‘Doctor’ is the man in the driving seat having won seven times here and most recently in 2016.
His Movistar Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales, another home favourite, is quietly going about his business – sitting third in the standings – but will be disappointed with his eighth-place finish after starting on the front row in Italy and pushing hard for improvement here.
As ever, it leaves us coming into another race weekend with plenty of unanswered questions and talking points to explore at one of MotoGP’s most iconic locations – don’t miss it!
Friday 15 June - BT Sport 2
Opening Day: 7.45am - 3.15pm
Saturday 16 June - BT Sport 2
Free Practice: 8am - 11am
Qualifying: 11am - 3.15pm
Sunday 17 June - BT Sport 2
Warm ups: 7.30am - 9.15am
Moto3 race: 9.15am
Moto2 race: 11am
MotoGP race: 12.30pm
Chequered Flag: 2pm
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