Motorcycling: Dovizioso takes second win in a row, closes in on MotoGP leader Vinales

First-placed Ducati Team's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso celebrating on the podium after winning the Moto GP race of the Catalunya Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona on June 11, 2017.
First-placed Ducati Team's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso celebrating on the podium after winning the Moto GP race of the Catalunya Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona on June 11, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso beat the home heroes to win the Grand Prix of Catalunya on Sunday and celebrate his second successive MotoGP victory for Ducati.

His triumph, in 44min 41.518sec at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, came a week after a home win at Mugello and left him only seven points behind Yamaha's overall leader Maverick Vinales, who finished 10th.

Honda's Spanish team-mates Marc Marquez, the reigning triple world champion, and Dani Pedrosa, who had started on pole position at a track down the road from where he grew up, finished second and third, 3.544sec and 6.774sec behind respectively.

Spaniard Vinales now has 111 points to Dovizioso's 104 after seven races. Marquez is third on 88.

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