Past meets present: MotoGP™ riders head for Montjuïc2018-06-13 08:34
Riders join the first ever Spanish winner, Salvador Cañellas, at the classic Montjuïc circuit
50 years ago, Salvador Cañellas took the first ever win for Spain in the World Championship. It was a home win, too, with the classic Montjuïc circuit playing host as the first chapter of an incredible success story was written.
To celebrate the milestone, it was time to head back to Montjuïc ahead of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya – with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), teammate Dani Pedrosa, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) joining Cañellas to look back at where it all began.
Above and below: Marquez (L) and Lorenzo (R)
Taking a walk around the track, Pol and Aleix Espargaro compared part of the circuit with a modern counterpart, and the changes in run off, before Dani Pedrosa and Maverick Viñales talked to Cañellas about the different lean angles in the 21st century – with many on the grid now even managing to touch their elbow down. Jorge Lorenzo and Alex Rins then discussed the similarities with part of the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, before talk turned to the incredible differences in safety in 2018.
Finally, reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez joined Cañellas to compare Montjuïc with part of the modern-day venue for the Grand Prix held in Barcelona; the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. And, of course, how it feels to cross that finish line first.
To bring the event to a close, there was a photo opportunity overlooking the Jardines de Juan Maragall and the old track, with the eight riders there with their bikes as they gear up for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Tune in this weekend as we switch Montjuïc for Montmeló!
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