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Dovizioso makes it back-to-back Grand Prix wins

In Barcelona MotoGP race
Sunday, June 11, 2017


Andrea Dovizioso leads Pedrosa and Marquez
Andrea Dovizioso leads Pedrosa and Marquez
Italy's Andrea Dovizioso won the Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona to complete back-to-back MotoGP wins and close the gap on championship leader Maverick Vinales.

The Ducati rider, who won last week's Italy Grand Prix, was ahead of Repsol's Spanish pair Marc Marquez, in second, and Dani Pedrosa in third.

With air temperature at 33° C and a track temperature of 54° C, conditions were very tough on tires. Both Marquez and Pedrosa got off well at the start and rode at the front for the entire race. Marquez took the lead on lap six before being passed by his teammate and Dovizioso on lap eight. Pedrosa led for a further nine laps before being passed by the Italian, who ultimately went on to win the race.

The victory moves second-placed Dovizioso within seven points of Yamaha's Vinales, who finished 10th.

Reigning champion Marquez, who crashed four times in qualifying on Saturday as most of the field struggled with grip on a slippery circuit, celebrated his podium finish by falling on the rostrum.

"It was a strange weekend for everybody to manage the track, the grip, the temperature, it was very difficult," said Dovizioso.

"It was a strange race, we couldn't push any lap because the rear tire drops a lot, but I had the speed so I was able to manage and stay on the front without pushing."

There was drama off the line as Pedrosa got a good start from pole, but a wheelie from Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) saw the ‘Spartan’ almost clash with fellow front row starter Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) – with Petrucci then making contact Marquez. The Italian dropped back, with the reigning Champion pulling clear as Lorenzo attacked for the lead and took over at the front.

Catch all the details with this stunning slow motion footage, filmed live during the race.

Championship leader Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) found himself heading through the run off area at Turn 1 off the start and dropping back, with the Spaniard then facing a fight back from outside the points after a tough weekend – and teammate Valentino Rossi unable to make big progress from P13 on the grid either.

Lorenzo led Marquez and Pedrosa, with Dovizioso on the hunt in fourth and Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) a big winner off the line to move up into fifth. Next it was Marquez who struck for the lead, with Pedrosa needing no invitation to follow him through. The ‘Spartan’ then lost out to his teammate ‘DesmoDovi’ as he began to struggle after the lightning start; Folger and Petrucci the next to get through.

‘Baby Samurai’ Pedrosa then chose his moment to attack for P1, able to keep it as Dovizioso struck on Marquez – but the top three couldn’t quite yet begin to pull away from Folger in fourth, or ‘Petrux’ just behind. After a handful of laps playing high-speed chess, Dovizioso then went around the outside of Pedrosa to take the lead – pulling a small gap before Marquez followed the Italian through.

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A three-way fight then broke out between Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Lorenzo for P6, with the squabble providing some spectacular wheel-to-wheel action and the Frenchman initially coming out on top. The drama wasn’t over, however, with some running out of rubber and some making big gains as the final laps approached – with Lorenzo on a charge back through and Folger one to lose out.

As ‘DesmoDovi’ arrived at the final lap clear in the lead, it became apparent the dream of Mugello wasn’t something the Italian yet had to wake from – crossing the line for his fourth career win to become the first Ducati rider since Casey Stoner in 2010 to win back-to-back.

Marquez kept it calm to take second and get back on the podium after a tough Italian GP, with Pedrosa crossing the line in third to join his teammate on the bounce back from the Italian GP.

Lorenzo sliced back through to take fourth at the flag, ahead of Zarco getting the better of Folger in a last minute duel between the Tech 3 machines. Bautista, after a late run off, came home in P7.

Enjoy the French rider's duel with the nine-time World Champion during the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Valentino Rossi came home in eighth, Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) took P9, and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) made it to the flag in tenth - taking a big hit on his points lead in the Championship.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and home hero Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completed the top fifteen. EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller crashed out of top ten contention, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also failing to see the flag after retiring with a problem.

Next stop: Assen, where the cards of 2017 are sure to shuffle again.

Race Results

1DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA25Ducati TeamDucati44'41.518
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPA20Repsol Honda TeamHonda3.544
3PEDROSA Dani26SPA16Repsol Honda TeamHonda6.774
4LORENZO Jorge99SPA13Ducati TeamDucati9.608
5ZARCO Johann5FRA11Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha13.838
6FOLGER Jonas94GER10Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha13.921
7BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA9Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati16.763
8ROSSI Valentino46ITA8Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha20.821
9BARBERA Hector8SPA7Reale Avintia RacingDucati23.952
10VINALES Maverick25SPA6Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha24.189
11CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR5LCR HondaHonda28.329
12BAZ Loris76FRA4Reale Avintia RacingDucati33.281
13REDDING Scott45GBR3Octo Pramac RacingDucati35.200
14ABRAHAM Karel17CZE2Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati39.436
15RABAT Tito53SPA1Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda40.872
16IANNONE Andrea29ITA0Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki43.221
17GUINTOLI Sylvain50FRA0Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki44.655
18ESPARGARO Pol44SPA0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM48.993
19LOWES Sam22GBR0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia55.492
20PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA0Octo Pramac RacingDucati2 laps
21MILLER Jack43AUS0Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda12 laps
22ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia18 laps

Rider Standings

1VINALES Maverick 25SPA111Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
2DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4ITA104Ducati TeamDucati
3MARQUEZ Marc 93SPA88Repsol Honda TeamHonda
4PEDROSA Dani 26SPA84Repsol Honda TeamHonda
5ROSSI Valentino 46ITA83Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
6ZARCO Johann 5FRA75Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
7LORENZO Jorge 99SPA59Ducati TeamDucati
8FOLGER Jonas 94GER51Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
9CRUTCHLOW Cal 35GBR45LCR HondaHonda
10PETRUCCI Danilo 9ITA42Octo Pramac RacingDucati
11BAUTISTA Alvaro 19SPA34Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
12REDDING Scott 45GBR33Octo Pramac RacingDucati
13MILLER Jack 43AUS30Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
14BAZ Loris 76FRA23Reale Avintia RacingDucati
15IANNONE Andrea 29ITA21Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
16BARBERA Hector 8SPA21Reale Avintia RacingDucati
17RABAT Tito 53SPA19Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
18ESPARGARO Aleix 41SPA17Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
19ABRAHAM Karel 17CZE11Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
20PIRRO Michele 51ITA7Ducati TeamDucati
21RINS Alex 42SPA7Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
22ESPARGARO Pol 44SPA6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
23SMITH Bradley 38GBR6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
24LOWES Sam 22GBR2Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia

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