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Lorenzo triumphs at Catalunya MotoGP as Marquez crashes

AFP, MADRID

Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo yesterday won a fourth consecutive MotoGP after holding off Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi at the Catalunya Grand Prix.

Rossi pushed hard and with five laps to go around the Montmelo circuit outside Barcelona, the gap was just 1.288sec.

However, Lorenzo held the Italian off for victory on his home track to move within one point, on 137, of Rossi (138) in the overall standings. Dani Pedrosa, on a Honda, was third for his first podium finish of an injury-hit season.

“I stayed focused and didn’t make any mistakes,” Lorenzo said.

There was no such joy for Spain’s Marc Marquez, the two-time reigning champion crashing off the track while in hot pursuit of Lorenzo early on, the third time he has fallen in seven races this season.

“You try to push a little bit more,” the 22-year-old Marquez said. “I made a mistake and I lose more points. The next race will be different and will be better. I was on the limit, and on my bike I need to be very careful.”

MOTO2

France’s Johann Zarco, on a Kalex, consolidated his lead atop the Moto2 standings with victory ahead of Spanish duo Alex Rins and reigning champion Tito Rabat.

Zarco started on pole, but at one stage had slipped back to sixth before regaining the lead on the final lap.

Zarco has now accrued 134 points in the overall standings after his second victory of the season, with Rabat second on 94.

“If I wanted to overtake, I had to do it at the start of the last lap,” Zarco said. “I closed the gap step by step. I enjoyed this race a lot and it’s very good for the championship overall.”

MOTO3

British biker Danny Kent roared past a group of rivals to snatch an astonishing win for Honda in the Moto3 category.

Sitting in sixth position going into the last lap of an edgy race, Kent eventually beat Italy’s pole position-starting Enea Bastianini into second and Spain’s Efren Vazquez into third.

Having now won four of the seven races so far, the 21-year-old Kent has 149 points in the world championship rankings ahead of Bastianini, who is second on 98.

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