06/16 08:19 CDT Mrquez wins Catalonia GP after crash takes out challengers
Mrquez wins Catalonia GP after crash takes out challengers
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) --- Marc Mrquez won the Catalonia Grand Prix to
strengthen his lead of the MotoGP points race after his top challengers crashed
out early on Sunday.
Mrquez sped away on his Honda to claim his home race after teammate Jorge
Lorenzo went down on lap 2 and took Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi and
Maverick Viales with him.
Mrquez increased his lead over Dovizioso to 37 points after four wins in seven
races. It was also his 48th career win in the top category.
The five-time champion started from second on the grid behind polesitter Fabio
Quartararo, who crossed the line second to secure his first podium finish.
Danilo Petrucci was third.
Lorenzo, an ex-champion who is struggling in his first season with Honda, took
full blame for the accident.
"You don't have any options if you brake a little bit too late, like happened
with me. It was my fault, my mistake and I apologize," Lorenzo said. "It was
really unfortunate to take out Dovi, Maverick and Valentino. It wasn't their
fault, it was mine."
Alex Mrquez, the younger brother of Marc Mrquez, won the Moto2 race to take
the lead of the points race after a third consecutive victory. Thomas Luthi was
second and trails Mrquez by seven points in the standings.
In Moto3, Marcos Ramrez won ahead of points leader Aron Canet. Celestino
Vietti was third. The race featured several crashes, including one that took
out six riders on lap 5.
Canet leads the standings by three points over Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who
couldn't finish the race due to a mechanical problem.
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