MotoGP Basics - Circuit Details - Catalunya, Spain
Snapshot: All the info you need for Catalan GP is here!!!
Hosting its first ever MotoGP race back in the year 1995, the Gran Premio de Catalunya, has stayed at the track. A track that can be considered as home of MotoGP for the very fact that the series organizer company, Dorna, has its offices just south of Barcelona, and the working language of the organization is Catalan. The Catalunya circuit is considered to be one of the best designed circuits of the recent era, and the track has had the honour of receiving the IRTA 'Best Grand Prix' for 2001 race and it can seat a staggering 104,000 spectators.
The Catalan circuit is among the fastest circuits of the calendar, with one of the highest top speed recorded coming on the track, in fact the fastest track on the calendar honours have been known to shift between the Mugello Circuit at Italy and the Catalan Circuit. The Catalunya circuit is 4.7 km long with the longest straight being 1047 meters long, making it one of the longest straights where MotoGP visits. Known for its fast flowing design the track has got 5 left corners while the total number of right hand corners comes in a t 8, making the track particularly hard on the right hand side, requiring a use of asymmetric dual compound tyres during racing. The Track width of 12 meters means the track has enough space for overtaking.
The Race in 2014 was won by Marc Marquez who took his Honda RC213V to the victory ahead of Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha YZF-M1 and Dani Pedrosa, who is Marc Marquez's team mate at Honda. However, the most number of victories by a rider at the Catalunya circuit have been scored by Valentino Rossi who has won a spectacular 6 races at the Catalan circuit till date. Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner have the second and third most number of race victories at the Catalunya circuit with three and two wins respectively. The most number of Pole positions captured also see Valentino Rossi's dominance with a total of 4 pole positions earned, followed by Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner who both have started the race from pole position at the Catalunya GP on 2 occasions.
The Fastest lap recorded till date around the Iconic Spanish track of Catalunya was achieved by Dani Pedrosa in 2013 when he lapped the 4.7 km long circuit at 1'40.893 with an average speed of 168.6kmph, the same lap is also the fastest pole time at the Catalunya circuit as well. The circuit lap record on the other hand was by Marc Marquez in 2014 when he lapped the same track at 1'42.182 as he clocked an average speed of 166.5kmph. The fastest MotoGP machine at the track has been the Ducati GP14 ridden by Andrea Dovizioso in 2014, which stands at 346.0kmph.
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