MotoGP Barcelona 2018 – The Motorcycling World Championship returns to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya three weeks later. This time, to compete. The last time Montmeló heard the roar of a MotoGP was in a test organized by Michelin and led, at a record pace, by Maverick Viñales.
Although it continues suffering on the M1, the new asphalt and the return to the classic track of the Catalan track set the driver of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP.
Three years after the accident in which Luis Salom lost his life, fans will once again enjoy that last sector, perfect for very exciting big ones (hairs on the heels of thinking in 2008, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi).
Before the project was approved to create a new loophole, the Grand Prize of Catalonia came to be questioned, but those responsible for the track have done a great job to increase the safety of the area.
Marc Márquez faces this weekend as leader of the general classification, but the proper name of the last weeks has been his future teammate: Jorge Lorenzo. The Mallorcan, winner in Mugello on the back of the Ducati, caught by surprise half paddock announcing his signing for the Repsol Honda Team. The official structure of HRC will enjoy one of the most successful teams in World Cup history.
In the second place of the general appears Valentino Rossi, whose podium in Mugello was an injection of morale. The Italian is 23 points behind Marquez and this weekend he reaches a circuit where he has won seven times. The only driver who follows him closely in the number of victories on the asphalt of Montmeló is Jorge Lorenzo (6).
Ducati faces this Grand Prix with a bittersweet situation: the # 99 got his first victory in Tuscany, but the farewells of recent weeks and the announcement of his departure have created a climate of discomfort, especially with Claudio Domenicali, CEO of the Italian brand. It also does not help that Dovizioso is 29 points behind Márquez, a complicated distance considering the good form of Spanish.
In Suzuki, the great novelty is the signing of Joan Mir, a movement that is complemented by the arrival of Andrea Iannone to Aprilia. Little novelty in KTM, which continues its development work while pilots await the 2019 prototype.
Moto2 and Moto3
At the beginning of the season, it seemed that Arón Canet and Jorge Martín were going to take the lead in Moto3, but Marco Bezzecchi has become a very tough rival. He won in Argentina and, since then, he only got off the podium in France.
This good run, coupled with the incidents suffered by Martin, have placed him the leader of the general classification. The good news for the Spaniard is that, after winning at Mugello, he is only three points behind. Fabio Di Giannantonio is also close (-5 to Jorge) and Canet has deflated a bit. Now he is 22 points behind Bezzecchi.
In Moto2, little news: the performance of Pecco Bagnaia is so regular that, without making too much noise, he already has 13 points ahead of Miguel Oliveira, winner in Italy. Tuscany also witnessed a new podium by Lorenzo Baldassarri and Joan Mir.
The Spaniard chained his second consecutive drawer and will try to take advantage of the good memories of Barcelona, where he won in 2017, to sign his first triumph in the middle class.