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That’s it from Catalunya. The next #MotoGP round takes place at Assen on June 29 - don’t forget the Dutch TT is always a Saturday race.
Lorenzo: “Dani didn’t give up and I only opened a little gap in the last five laps, when I was able to win this special race in front of my people.”
Pedrosa: “When I tried to step the pace up it felt like the front tyre was giving up. I was struggling in the corners. Finally second. It’s good but I thought we could do better.”
Marquez: “In the last laps I tried to attack Dani but in the wrong place. I did a big mistake. I’m happy because we had many problems this weekend but finished on the podium.”
Podium ceremony is now underway, watched by fans in the grandstand opposite. #Catalunya #MotoGP
Jorge Lorenzo has made it back to parc ferme and is celebrating with the Yamaha team. #Catalunya #motogp
Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez are soaking up the applause from the home fans after putting on a great show. Lorenzo gets off his M1 in front of his fan club to celebrate
Lorenzo's 3rd victory of the season means he has closed Pedrosa's title lead to seven points. #Catalunya #MotoGP
Catalunya #MotoGP results: Lor, Ped, Mar, Ros, Bra, Smi, Dov, Esp, Edw, Pir, Pet, Cor, Her, Sat, del A, Pes.
Lorenzo wins! Pedrosa holds off Marquez under braking at the end of the back straight then keeps second by just 0.063s at the finish line!
Marquez is visibly gaining ground and will surely get another chance to try and snatch second!
Last lap starts with Lorenzo safe up front and 0.6s between Pedrosa and Marquez. #MotoGP
2 to go: Marquez dives for the inside and almost clips his team-mate Pedrosa! Both stay on but Marquez runs wide. #motogp
3 to go: Lorenzo looks to have victory in the bag, but the Pedrosa-Marquez battle is set to go down to the line. #motogp
Pedrosa can't close the gap to leader Lorenzo any further and instead faces pressure from team-mate Marquez. #Catalunya
#motogp rookie Bradley Smith is having a great race. He is putting pressure on factory Ducati star Andrea Dovizioso for 6th.
5 laps to go and Pedrosa has halted Lorenzo's charge at 1 second. It's not over yet!
It's make or break time for the Hondas - Lorenzo is escaping. His lead is 1.2s over Pedrosa with Marquez now looking to pass his team-mate. #motogp
Lorenzo is making another push for victory. His lead stands at 0.8s over Pedrosa with 7 laps to go.
Hector Barbera is latest rider to fall - out of a top ten place. #Catalunya #MotoGP
10 laps to go and Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez are still covered by less than 1sec. Rossi +3.4s from Marquez. Bradl and Dovizioso complete top six. #motogp
Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Marquez and Rossi are the only riders in the mid-1m 43s lap times. All others 1m 44s plus. However Rossi has 3.6s gap to close. #Catalunya #MotoGP
Halfway - full #MotoGP race order: Lor, Ped, Mar, Ros, Bra, Dov, Smi, Esp, Edw, Bar. Pet, Pir, Her, Cor, Sta, del A, Pes.
Pedrosa and Marquez have reeled Lorenzo back in. The top three are now covered by just 0.7s. Rossi is +4sec.
As of lap 10, only 18 of the 24 starters are still in the race. #MotoGP
Lorenzo is pushing the pace to see if the Hondas can stay with him. The Yamaha star's lead is 0.6s.
Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez are still nose-to-tail at the front, but Rossi has dropped two-seconds behind them. #Catalunya #MotoGP
New race order as of end of lap 7: Lor, Ped, Mar, Ros, Bra, Dov, Smi, Esp, Edw, Abr.
Now Nicky Hayden is down as well - the Ducati rider slides off at turn 10 (again at the end of the back straight). The American was in fifth place, just ahead of Bradl.
Cal Crutchlow is down and out. The Englishman falls from fourth place on lap 6. Crutchlow was chasing his 3rd podium of the year.
Andrea Iannone falls from 9th at the end of the back straight. Bradley Smith takes over the position.
Marquez holds onto third and order at the front is unchanged by end of lap 4 (of 25).
Spanish stars Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez were starting to pull away from Crutchlow and Rossi... Then Marquez runs slightly wide at the end of the back straight. Catalunya #MotoGP
Rossi was forced slightly wide when Bautista fell (the pair tangled on lap 1 at Mugello) but is now back on the tail of the lead group
End of lap 1: Lor, Ped, Mar, Cru, Ros, Ian, Bra, Hay, Dov, Esp.
Bautista tries to outbrake Rossi at the end of the backstraight - and falls!
Crutchlow has slipped from second to fourth with Rossi up to fifth
They're off! Lorenzo takes the holeshot at turn one, followed by Pedrosa and fast-starting Marquez
The grid is being cleared and the warm-up lap is about to begin
The huge main grandstand opposite the media centre looks almost full and the circuit commentator is working the fans into a frenzy with just five minutes to go
The Bridgestone #motogp tyre sheet has just arrived. All prototype riders (Honda, Yamaha and Ducati) have chosen to race with the hard front and soft rear.
Dani Pedrosa, who took pole with a new record lap, is starting his 200th grand prix today. Pedrosa starts round six with a 12-point lead over Jorge Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossi chats with actor Sean Penn just before riding his M1 out of the garage to take his place on the #MotoGP grid.
This is a massive race for Spanish MotoGP riders Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Marquez, Bautista and Espargaro. Their respective fans are grouped together around the track. As ever, Rossi's fanclub is also out in force.
Grid order: Row 1 - Pedrosa, Crutchlow, Lorenzo. Row 2 - Bautista, Hayden, Marquez. Row 3 - Rossi, Iannone, Dovizioso.
Air temp is 31-degrees and track temp over 50 degrees. Tyre choice will be crucial. Most seemed to prefer the softer option rear - will any of the frontrunners try the hard?
30 minutes to go until the start of the 2013 Catalunya #MotoGP. The sun is shining brightly and teams are making final preparations before heading onto the grid.