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.

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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