Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Marquez fastest in Barcelona testing

Marquez fastest in Barcelona testing

The Ducati rider beat local hero and reigning double champion Marc Marquez by 3.544secs to win the Catalunya Grand Prix in scorching Barcelona heat.

The win was Ducati's first at Barcelona since Australian Casey Stoner in 2007 and it cemented a feeling that the bike is coming good and the Italian is becoming a serious title contender.

Marquez put a move on Pedrosa into Turn 4 the next time around to reclaim second, by which time Dovizioso's lead had doubled, with seven to go.

Points leader Maverick Vinales failed to make up ground from a ninth-placed start, bringing his Yamaha across the finish line in 10th - nearly 25 seconds after Dovizioso. The Italian looked comfortable in the baking hot conditions in Catalunya as he led the race by quite a margin, before crossing the finish line, 3.5 seconds ahead of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa who finished second and third respectively.

There was drama off the line as Pedrosa got a good start from pole, but a wheelie from Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) saw the Spaniard nearly clash with fellow front row starter Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) - with Petrucci then making contact Marquez.

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The nine-time world champion across all categories managed to gain two points on teammate Vinales to sit 28 points back overall. Rossi said, "For me, the main problem is that the bike has more understeer ..."

With eight laps remaining - Dovizioso made his move, using the straight-line speed of his Ducati to shoot past Pedrosa and take the lead, one that he would not concede for the rest of the race.

"It was a odd weekend for everybody to manage the track, the grip, the temperature, it was very hard", said Dovizioso. "I don't want to speak in a negative way, but I'm realistic". Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) 44:41.518s 2.

The final points positions were taken by LCR Honda's Cal Cruthlow, Avintia's Loris Baz, Pramac's Scott Redding, Aspar's Karel Abraham and Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) +9.608 5. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Ducati) 16.763, 8. V. Rossi (Yamaha) 83; 6. Hector Barbera (ESP/Ducati) 23.952, 10.

From seventh on the grid, Dovizioso jumped into the lead pack and then emerged on top after a battle with Honda's Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. J. Zarco (Yamaha) 75; 7.

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