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- MotoGP Catalunya: Andrea Dovizioso Goes Back-to-Back Victories in Barcelona GP
- The Round 7 on MotoGP 2017, Catalunya Grand Prix watched Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took consecutive victories following Italian GP at de Barcelona-Catalunya circuit on June 11. He claimed Ducati's first win at Barcelona since Casey Stoner's 2007 victory.
Repsol Honda Team, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Front-row start, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) regained from 9th place and was 4th. World championship leader Maverick Vinales was 10th.
Jorge Lorenzo led the race on the opening lap, but he never led by more than half-a-second and then fell to sixth in the space of just over one lap. Repsol Honda riders and Andrea Dovizioso led after Lorenzo dropping down. Dovizioso passed Marquez for second on lap eight and overtook Pedrosa on 5 laps to go.
Dovizioso charged on to take his fourth career MotoGP victory. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) had running at 4th, but crashed out at Turn 5 on the penultimate lap.
This results marks Maverick Vinales maintains the championship lead, but only by seven points over Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez is sitting 23 points from the top. Dani Pedrosa is 27 points behind and Valentino Rossi 28 points adrift.
Andrea Dovizioso (P1):
“We realised the grip was so bad and the rear tyre consumption so high, that we shouldn’t just focus on the speed. And when we started the race, no one could push because everyone had to save the tyre a lot. I overtook a few riders and was behind Dani, and decided to stay there. He saved the rear tyre well, and I did, but I was able to conserve the front. I didn’t know what was going on behind or if someone was able to catch us because our pace wasn’t very high. Ten laps to the end I tried to push but when I got to the front I realised my tyre was finished! But it was the same for them, too. It’s a strange feeling because I’ve never won by not pushing 100%!
No one can understand the future, especially this year. Every weekend is a different story. So I’m not focused on the Championship, and I’m very focused on developing the bike. This weekend was strange for everyone but we managed it in the best way, and had a perfect strategy. I didn’t expect to be competitive here and I won…I just want to relax in my position. I know very well the positives and negatives of the bike and want to get the most from the bike every race. But I'm realistic - I don't think we can fight for the Championship, we are still missing something.”
Marc Marquez (P2):
“It was a really difficult weekend for us, expecially before the race with the mentality. After five crashes it wasn’t easy. It was hard to sleep, but I said ‘ok today will be a good day’...then I just walked out the box and 'crashed' there. That moment in pitlane…even when I saw it I thought ‘wow, I’m stupid’…I just didn’t see the starter with the helmet and everything! I was focused on the race track…then I crashed again on track! I thought ‘what’s going on, I want to go home!’ But my team convinced me I was the same Marc, like in Austin last year. I never gave up and pushed, then there was that big contact with Petrucci and again I thought ‘what’s going on!’ I thought today the man to beat would be my teammate but when I saw Dovi behind knew I knew it was going to be him. What we were losing on the straight we couldn’t gain in the corners, so I decided to settle for second and bring it home. Today the target was the victory, and I arrived here on Wednesday and Thursday saying 'this weekend I want to take a risk…' but in the race, I said 'Ok'. I think if I hadn’t crashed so much yesterday, I would have today."
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya MotoGP Race Results:
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 44'41.518s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda Team / 44'45.062s
- Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda Team / 44'48.292s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Ducati Team / 44'51.126s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 44'55.356s
- Jonas Folger / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 44'55.439s
- Alvaro Bautista / Pull&Bear Aspar Team / 44'58.281s
- Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / 45'2.339s
- Hector Barbera / Reale Avintia Racing / 45'5.470s
- Maverick Vinales / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / 45'5.707s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 45'9.847s
- Loris Baz / Reale Avintia Racing / 45'14.799s
- Scott Redding / Octo Pramac Racing / 45'16.718s
- Karel Abraham / Pull&Bear Aspar Team / 45'20.954s
- Tito Rabat / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / 45'22.390s
- Andrea Iannone / Team Suzuki Ecstar / 45'24.739s
- Sylvain Guintoli / Team Suzuki Ecstar / 45'26.173s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing / 45'30.511s
- Sam Lowe / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 45'37.010s
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- source : MotoGP
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