The Catalan GP did take place as the recent Moto2 round. It all happened at the circuit near Barcelona. Local boy Alex Márquez started from pole position. Italians Mattia Pasini and Lorenzo Baldassarri completed him in the front row.
Takaaki Nakagami, Thomas Lüthi and Franco Morbidelli started from the second row. In the third row there were Miguel Oliveira (who went his 100th GP), Jorge Navarro and Axel Pons.
Federico Fuligni made another wild card appearance with Forward Junior Team.
Luca Marini had some health problems with his shoulder so during Saturday he withdrew from the race weekend.
On Friday the riders were going at a new track when new chicane in turns 13-14-15 was added. But MotoGP safety comission then decided (after MotoGP riders were complaining about it) to change it back to 2016 modification. So from Saturday they went the track layout like in 2016.
It was quite a special weekend for the Marc VDS team as it was their 250th start in the intermediate category. And their rider Alex Márquez had a perfect start and went into the lead immediately. His team mate Franco Morbidelli came second and Mattia Pasini was third.
Márquez was in a great shape and pace as he was increasing his lead from the very first lap. In lap number 5 he had more then 3 seconds of difference in the lead.
But behind him there were some battles. Franco Morbidelli and Mattia Pasini switched their positions a few times but then Pasini was able to pull away. Later Morbidelli was fighting with Lüthi and Oliveira. The Italian had a moment when he almost lost his front and since then he started to lose some time and positions.
Márquez was going on the first place with a comfortable lead, Mattia Pasini was second and Thomas Lüthi moved to third.
There was quite an interesting fight for P8 among Nakagami, Vierge, Quartararo, Schrotter and some others. Time to time it was so close there!
Alex Márquez made it from the start to finish and he won his second home Grand Prix of the year. Good team’s 250th GP anniversary celebration.
Mattia Pasini celebrated second podium finish in a row as he was second and Thomas Lüthi came third.
Miguel Oliveira was 4th, Lorenzo Baldassarri 5th, Franco Morbidelli 6th, Jorge Navarro 7th (best rookie in the race), Fabio Quartararo 8th, Xavi Vierge 9th and Hafizh Syahrin completed top 10.
On points were also 11th Takaaki Nakagami, 12th Simone Corsi, 13th Isaac Viñales, 14th Francesco Bagnaia and 15th Andrea Locatelli (his first Moto2 point ever).
Yonny Hernández, Dominique Aegerter, Brad Binder, Axel Pons, Remy Gardner, Xavier Simeon, Augusto Fernandéz, Edgar Pons, Jesko Raffin, Iker Lecuona, Khairul Idham Pawi, Tetsuta Nagashima and Federico Fuligni finished outside points.
Tetsuta Nagashima crashed already in the lap 1 but then he re-joined the race and finished it.
Tarran Mackenzie, Sandro Cortese and Marcel Schrotter crashed (Schrotter in the last lap) while Stefano Manzi retired due to technical issues.
Franco Morbidelli keeps the Championship lead but it starts to be close. Morbidelli has 123 points while Thomas Lüthi has 116 points. Alex Márquez is behind them with 103 points.
The next race weekend will be from 23rd to 25th June in Assen, the Netherlands.