Andrea Dovizioso may have technically lost the MotoGP title lead to Marc Marquez at Misano, but in reality they are tied on points and thus start a five-round championship shootout at Aragon this weekend.

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales is also firmly in the hunt, with his 16-point deficit marking the smallest margin covering the top three at this stage of the season since the current scoring system began in 1993.

The 199 points by both Dovizioso and Marquez is also the lowest for a title leader at this stage since 1993, underlining just how unpredictable the championship race has been.

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True to form, Dovizioso has made the least mistakes of the trio, his only DNF coming at the hands of a mistake by Aleix Espargaro in Argentina.

The Italian doesn't have a great past record at Aragon, with only a single podium finish to his credit, in 2012, but is confident he and the GP17 will be competitive at all tracks.

“MotorLand Aragón is a really nice but rather unusual track, completely different from Misano where I stepped onto the podium for the first time in my GP career two weeks ago," Dovi said.

"Now we know we are competitive on all tracks, and both me and my team are really excited about the last five races, so I’ll be aiming for a podium again this weekend.”

Dovizioso now needs just one more point to become the first Ducati rider since Casey Stoner in 2010 to reach the milestone of 200 points in a single season.

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo is a double past winner of the event for Yamaha and returns looking to make amends after falling from the early lead in Misano.

“Pity about my crash in the race at Misano, because I had a chance of winning my first race with Ducati, but it was important to take the positive aspects from this situation which can help us to improve," said the Spaniard.

"I was permanently in the lead of the race again and this confirms that we are on the right path and working in the right direction.

"Now we come to Aragón, one of the circuits where I feel most at home and where I have good memories, and so I hope to capitalise on the fact that I am racing at home to score a good result. It will be important to be quick right from the off on Friday.”

 

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Let's go Dovi....this is your chance.

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Let's go Dovi....this is your chance.

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"I was permanently in the lead of the race again..." Lorenzo.

He was fairly and squarely in the lead, but it obviously wasn't permanent. :)

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@ TRUEFAN

I was about to say the same thing.  Funny how he used that term to describe something that wasn't permanent at all, and it is an unknown whether he would have maintained that lead through race end.  

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@ TrueFan

Yes. its funny. :D

@ Realist

But maybe JL only needs to learn English more.

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Lorenzo was leading a wet race. That in itself speaks volumes.

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Painless - I don't know about it speaking volumes, but says he at least has faith enough in his bike to step it up at the start of a wet race, considering his abysmal results in those conditions at Yamaha. I'm not a JL fan, but don't mind giving credit where due, and he's come a long way since the start of the season. Still - Ducati must be a bit embarrassed at the wage difference between he and AD, and how the championship is going? I personally don't see him ever eclipsing Dovi, who's finally 'coming of age'. Still, 5 races to go, in a season full of surprises - so, I am definitely making NO wild claims - just watching on in awe!! ;)

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@Brid why does the wage difference card come into play every time in the Ducati, but not in the Yamaha garage? For Ducati it would make sense anyway to pay someone with years of Yamaha secrets, someone who is a brand figure for the sport and hugely popular, not to mention unique development rider talents of clockwork-like precision action and five world championships under his belt. It all factors in to the price.

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I remember to see motogp through tv in 1975, (At that time the tv was still black and white) Where Giacomo Agustini with a  yamaha bike end the dominance of MV Agusta bike, which dominate motogp from 1958 until 1974. From that moment the dominance of European bike shifted by Japanese motorcycles.  And in 2007 European motorcycles again won the motorgp when Casey Stoner with Ducati won the motogp 2007. Glad to see the European motorcycle back compete in the motogp event. After ducati i hope aprilia and ktm also able to compete, so motogp become more interesting ...

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Dovi was asked about Casey and his testing. He was quite firm in replying that it would be of no help to him this season. Dovi appeared to mildly resent the question too.

Personally I believe that Dovi's successes are down to his own efforts and input, Jorge's too are down to his own hard work. It looked to me that Dovi thinks so as well.

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