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Dovizioso lands a Ducati double at Catalan Grand Prix


By Robert Jones

Andrea Dovizioso earned back-to-back MotoGP wins for Ducati with victory in the Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona. The Italian's podium finish ahead of Honda team-mates Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in Barcelona gave Ducati successive wins for the first time since Casey Stoner's successes at Aragon and Motegi in 2010.

Just a 10th-placed finish for world championship leader Maverick Vinales means the Yamaha rider's lead on Dovizioso is cut to seven points.

Race Direction investigated an incident involving Marquez and Danilo Petrucci during a hair-raising start to the race. Petrucci fell from fifth in the closing stages while Jack Miller was the only other rider to crash also at the fifth turn.

A hand injury sustained on Saturday saw Bradley Smith miss the race while Sylvain Guintoli was again replacing injured rookie Alex Rins at Suzuki.

Result: 1 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 44mins 41.518secs, 2 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 44:45.062, 3 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 44:48.292, 4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 44:51.126, 5 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 44:55.356, 6 Jonas Folger (Ger) Yamaha 44:55.439, 7 Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Ducati 44:58.281, 8 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 45:02.339, 9 Hector Barbera (Spa) Ducati 45:05.470, 10 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 45:05.707

Leading world championship standings:


Rider: 1 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 111pts, 2 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 104, 3 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 88, 4 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 84, 5 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 83, 6 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 75, 7 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 59, 8 Jonas Folger (Ger) Yamaha 51, 9 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 45, 10 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 42

Manufacturer: 1 Yamaha 139pts, 2 Honda 125,3 Ducati 122,4 Suzuki 28,5 Aprilia 19,6 KTM 8

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