Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa secures 3rd consecutive podium in the Le Mans MotoGP

Le Mans, May 22, 2017: Dani Pedrosa scored his third consecutive podium finish after starting the French GP from the 13th spot on the grid and making a great comeback to finish third in front of over 104,000 spectators, a new record for the Le Mans event.

The last time Dani was in the top three for three consecutive races was in 2014 (Catalunya, Assen, Sachsenring). He is now third on the list of most career podium finishes with 147, behind Agostini (159) and Rossi (224).

Dani got away well and completed the first lap in seventh place. He pushed his way past Dovizioso on lap 10 and passed Crutchlow on the next lap. He soon began closing in on his teammate before Marc Marquez slid out from fourth place. Rossi’s last-lap crash allowed Dani to gain 16 important points and move up to second in the World Championship standings, 17 points off the lead.

Marc is fourth in the Championship, 27 points down on Viñales. The Repsol Honda Team will take part in a test in Catalunya this week.

Dani Pedrosa (3rd) said, “I’m super happy about this podium because I knew it would be quite tough to manage the race well starting from the fifth row on the grid. The thought of getting through that first chicane at the back of the pack meant a lot of pressure. It was a demanding mental exercise to try and be fast but not crash, being aggressive but calm! But in the end I got a good start, entered the first corner quite well, and quickly settled into a good rhythm. I recovered some positions and also touched with Cal along the way. I’m sorry for that but really it wasn’t intentional. I had just moved past Dovi and wasn’t going to pass Cal in that corner, but he made a little mistake that opened the line slightly, so I got through on the inside and we touched. I’m happy nothing really happened there. I was starting to feel some chattering, and I decided to stay calm as I didn’t want to make a mistake. I think we had a good race and a very good result for the Championship. We’re working with the team very well and the feeling with the bike is improving little by little. We just have to continue on this path for the next races.”


Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 43’29.793
2 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 3.134
3 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 7.717
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati 11.223
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 11 LCR Honda Honda 13.519
6 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 24.002
7 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 25.733
8 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 8 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 32.603
9 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 7 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 45.784
10 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 6 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 48.332
11 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 5 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 50.036
12 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 52.661
13 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 53.179
14 LOWES Sam 22 GBR 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 55.432
15 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA 1 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1’06.878
16 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1 lap
17 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 5 laps
18 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 11 laps
19 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 11 laps
20 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 0 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 21 laps

Rider standings:

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 85 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 68 Repsol Honda Team
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 62 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 58 Repsol Honda Team
5 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 55 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 54 Ducati Team
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 40 LCR Honda
8 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 38 Ducati Team
9 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 29 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Team Standings:

Pos Team Points
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 147
2 Repsol Honda Team 126
3 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 93
4 Ducati Team 92
5 Octo Pramac Racing 52
6 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 42
7 LCR Honda 40
Reale Avintia Racing 31
9 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 23
10 Team Suzuki Ecstar 23
11 Aprilia Racing team Gresini 19
12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 12

Constructor Standings:

Pos Team Points
1 Yamaha 108
2 Honda 95
3 Ducati 72
4 Suzuki 22
5 Aprilia 19