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Andrea Dovizioso will bid for a third straight victory at the Dutch round of the MotoGP World Championship and has more than just recent form on his side.
The Ducati rider has won the last two rounds in Italy and Catalunya and also bids for back-to-back victories at Assen, having taken victory in the MotoGP Netherlands in 2016.
Dovizioso starts as fourth favourite and is our MotoGP Netherlands betting tip at 15/2. He has also been cut to 5/1 win the MotoGP world title outright after his recent race wins.
Current series leader Maverick Vinales and Marc Marquez are the joint Dutch TT favourites at 9/4. Vinales certainly needs a victory at Assen, or even a podium place, to counter his recent erratic form which has seen the Movistar Yamaha rider’s points lead cut.
Repsol Honda’s Marquez will also be eyeing the race win, while nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi should not be ruled out of contention.
The Movistar Yamaha rider last won at Assen in 2015 and, at odds of 27/10, is likely to have plenty of backers to match the army of fans who will support his efforts on track.
How the Catalunya Grand Prix finished:
1 Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), 2 Marc Marquez (Honda), 3 Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 4 Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati), 5 Johann Zarco (Yamaha), 6 Jonas Folger (Yamaha), 7 Alvaro Bautista (Ducati), 8 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), 9 Hector Barbera (Ducati), 10 Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), 11 Cal Crutchlow (Honda), 12 Loris Baz (Ducati), 13 Scott Redding (Ducati), 14 Karel Abraham (Ducati), 15 Tito Rabat (Honda), 16 Andrea Iannone (Suzuki), 17 Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki), 18 Pol Espargaro (KTM), 19 Sam Lowes (Aprilia), DNF Danillo Petrucci (Ducati), Jack Miller (Honda), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia).
Dovizioso became the first Ducai rider to win back-to-back MotoGP races since Casey Stoner in 2010, showing that his win the previous week in Italy was not a one-off.
Dovizioso’s success in Spain came after a patient display as he allowed home riders Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo to contest the lead before making his move later in the race.
As many around him struggled for grip on the Barcelona circuit – as much to do with the condition of the surface as the construction of Michelin’s control tyre – Dovizioso kept a cool head to record a second successive win which also brought him fully into contention for the world title.
Marquez had spent Saturday crashing as he looked for a happy medium between grip and pace and was able to come home second ahead of Repsol Honda team-mate Pedrosa.
Former world champion Lorenzo, somewhat put in the shade by Dovizioso’s second win in a week, rallied after a mid-race lull to claim fourth.
The struggles of Movistar Yamaha team-mates Rossi and Vinales continued, with both finishing behind the semi-factory machines of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mates Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger, who were fifth and sixth respectively.
Rossi was eighth and Vinales a disappointing 10th as his early-season form continued to look like a thing of the past.
Vinales was able to hold on to his MotoGP championship points lead but now finds himself just seven ahead of Dovizioso, with Marquez heading a tightly-grouped bunch of three also including Pedrosa and Rossi.
MotoGP rookie Johann Zarco is sixth, having seen Lorenzo narrow the gap from seventh slightly with a better result in Spain.
Past Dutch Grand Prix results
2016: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
2015: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2014: Marc Marquez (Honda)
2013: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2012: Casey Stoner (Honda)
2011: Ben Spies (Yamaha)