Moto GP Catalunya: Ducati Looking to Make it a Hat-Trick of Wins at Circuit De Catalunya

Eric Kelly

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:29 AM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 7:29 AM UTC

Ducati pulled off a Mugello, Catalunya double last year. They seek to do the same this year and their chances are looking good as Marc Marquez has a poor record in Barcelona and nobody else seems to have the bike that can win here, or is their?
<div><h2><strong>Preview</strong></h2><p>Last time in Mugello we were treated to one of the best Moto GP races of the year. In my opinion it was one of the most exciting races of the past few years. It was breath-taking, emotional, beautiful and super exciting. Danilo Petrucci took victory in nail biting edge of the seat final lap (I would advise looking it up on You Tube) beating Marquez to the line by 0.043 seconds, to take his first ever Moto GP victory in 124 races. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and it was truly deserved as he put his heart and soul into the race. To top it off we tipped him at 18/1 in last week’s article, anybody who was unfortunate not to get this price could have gotten him at 8/1 Friday evening and best price after that was 6/1. Not a bad price to have a winner.</p><p>We are heading into the 7<sup>th</sup> race of the season this time in the beautiful city of Barcelona. This race never fails to disappoint when it comes to Moto GP. Five time world champion Marquez hasn’t got the best of records at his home race, winning only once since joining the Moto GP class (This was back in 2014 when he really dominated the sport and won 11 of the first 12 races that season.) After winning last time Petrucci has now vowed to try his best to help his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso win his first world championship. The top five in the overall championship 2019</p><ol> <li> <p>Marc Marquez (115 points)</p> </li> <li> <p>Andrea Dovizioso (103 points)</p> </li> <li> <p>Alex Rins (88 points)</p> </li> <li> <p>Danilo Petrucci (82 points)</p> </li> <li> <p>Valentine Rossi (72 points)</p> </li></ol><p style="margin-left:0.25in">Jack Miller is having a very up and down season, he either seems to crash out of the race or finish in the top four. There are talks that he is set to join Ducati next season and take Petrucci spot on the team, but now after Petrucci won last time and Miller seems to be crashing a lot these plans might change. We would love to see Miller finish a lot more races in the future as he is an exciting rider to watch.</p><h2><strong>Key Stats &amp; facts</strong></h2><ul> <li> <p>Valentino Rossi has the most wins at Catalunya with an astonishing 10 victories, second best to this is Jorge Lorenzo with 6.</p> </li> <li> <p>Circuit De Catalunya has been a regular on the Moto GP circuit since 1996.</p> </li> <li> <p>In 2009 both Rossi and Lorenzo were involved in the most historic final lap in the modern Moto GP era.</p> </li> <li> <p>There has been on average 6 DNFs in the previous 5 races in Catalunya.</p> </li> <li> <p>SEASON FACT: Fabio Quartararo has not had one single crash on his Moto GP bike this season, not in practice, qualifying or a race. Very impressive for a rookie.</p> </li></ul><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Betting Odds</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Marc Marquez Evens</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Andrea Dovizioso 10/3</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Danilo Petrucci 6/1</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Valentino Rossi 11/1</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Fabio Quartararo 12/1</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Alex Rins 14/1</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Maverick Vinales 14/1</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>*Rest of Field 22/1+</strong></p><h2><strong>Verdict</strong></h2><p>Barcelona always seems to throw up a surprise winner and who better to be a surprise winner than Quartararo this weekend. He has been qualifying exceptionally well; he just hasn’t been turning those good grid positions into respectable finishes. His best finish was 7<sup>th</sup> in America. He could certainly cause an upset this Sunday and he was the winner here in Moto2 last season. He is also on last year’s Yamaha bike which Rossi finished 3<sup>rd</sup> on. At this stage of the season its looking like last year’s Yamahas (which Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli ride) are quicker than the new ones this year. This is why I do not like a bet on Rossi or Maverick Vinales at this stage of the season right now.</p><p>It’s always hard not to bet on Alex Rins this year but we have to pick and choose our battles. He has been preforming really well and only finished outside the top five on one occasion this year, this was in the French GP when both Suzuki bikes looked awful, it must have been the track layout or a slight issue with the bike. Besides this one occasion he has been on top form and even won a race in the American GP. Always worth a bet.</p><p>The obvious choice this weekend besides Marquez is Dovizioso. He has been in the top four for every race, very consistent and Ducati have won here the last two years. He also has not won since the first race of the season and will be gunning to get a victory again soon before Marquez gets too far ahead in the championship. The track doesn’t seem to favour the Hondas and I don’t know why as it seems like more of a Honda type track, but history and stats don’t lie so I’m sticking with Ducati again this time.</p><p>Right now Dovizioso is available on the outright market at 13/2 with William Hill, its looking like a two horse race between him and Marquez and with the bookies paying out 1/3 of your overall winnings if he finishes second it is a clever bet to make right now. These odds will come down quick if he wins on Sunday. I would advise getting on this future bet right now.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Moto GP Betting Odds"><strong><em>Fabio Quartararo 12/1 Betway 0.5U each way</em></strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Moto GP Betting Odds"><strong><em>Alex Rins 14/1 Betway 0.5U each way</em></strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Moto GP Betting Odds"><strong><em>Andrea Dovizioso 10/3 Betway 1U each way</em></strong></a></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Future Outright Bet</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Moto GP Betting Odds"><em><strong>Andrea Dovizioso outright winner 13/2 William Hill 2U each way</strong></em></a></p></div>
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