Against expectation it was sixth on the grid Andrea Dovizioso who took the fight to dominant MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo in Sunday's Catalan Grand Prix.

While Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Ducati's Casey Stoner dropped out of victory contention by running wide, on lap one and six respectively, Dovizioso stuck doggedly with Lorenzo until lap 15 of 25.

It was then that Dovizioso's best dry race in MotoGP effectively came to an end, as he slid off his RCV at the end of the back straight. The Italian remounted to collect just two points for 14th, but remains third in the championship.

"Today we had a really good race pace and we could have fought with Lorenzo for the win at the end of the race," said Dovizioso. "Unfortunately though, from lap one my rear brake was not really working properly in the last part of the corner entry and this gave me some problems entering corners and mid corner.

"I was still able to be fast, but this issue put more weight on the front, it was very difficult to control - I was always at the limit. Then at turn nine of 15 lap I went a little bit over the limit and crashed.

"It's a pity but I have to take the positives from today - and fighting at the front of the race is where we want to be and we achieved that for a time today. Anyway, I'm happy with my performance, and I'm sorry for the team because we are all working hard. Next time we'll aim to be back up front again."

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