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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Lorenzo looks value alternative to wobbly Marquez

Pedrosa scorches to pole position

Jorge Lorenzo will start second on the grid
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Catalunya Grand Prix
BT Sport 2, 1pm Sunday

Marc Marquez is rated an odds-on favourite for the Catalunya Grand Prix, but it would take a brave punter to steam in for those short prices.

Marquez dominated the first day of practice but will start only fourth on the grid after several crashes through final practice and qualifying.

Twice Marquez went fastest through the first sector of the lap in qualifying, only to part company with his Honda before reaching the finish line.

His teammate Dani Pedrosa, recommended at 10-1 for qualifying by Racing Post Sport, headed the session by an impressive three-tenths of a second.

The Spanish veteran won from pole position in Jerez a month ago and has a fine record at the Circuit de Catalunya, with podium finishes in each of his last six appearances at the track.

Yamaha have been the strongest team at the last two races, in France and Italy, but they are having a real struggle in Barcelona.

None of the manufacturer's bikes set a time in the top ten in practice, and although Jonas Folger and championship leader Maverick Vinales advanced from Q1, they will start from the third row.

Ducati showed dramatic improvement in Italy, with Andrea Dovizioso winning and Danilo Petrucci third on a satellite bike.

They have continued in a similar vein and Jorge Lorenzo qualified second, just ahead of Petrucci.

Lorenzo had an odd race in Italy, bursting into the lead early on but fading to eighth by the finish.

The three-time MotoGP champion is still getting used to life at Ducati after nine years with Yamaha, but he is clearly going in the right direction.

The Mallorcan has won four times at his 'home' circuit and having been prominent on the timesheets all weekend, he could be each-way value at 10-1.

Recommendation
J Lorenzo
1pt each-way 10-1 bet365

Lorenzo is still getting used to life at Ducati but he is clearly going in the right direction
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