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Cycle News 2019 Issue 24 June 18

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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P136 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT O n the eve of last week- end's Catalunya GP, with all but a third of the season done, all three champi- onships were as close as paint: two points in Moto2, and three in Moto3, after six of 19 rounds. In the premier class, mind you, it is a thicker coat of paint, and the closeness is probably as deceptive as the artificially close racing that nowadays often hap- pens in the early laps when the top guys are saving their tires. The gap is 12 points, and the foregone conclusion of Marc Marquez looks like it will take some upsetting. Not least because of a discernible change in approach for the man who, six years ago, became the young- est-ever premier-class champi- on. The Repsol Honda man has been stealing rival Dovizioso's thunder as a thinking rider. A measured and intelligent approach has long been Desmo BEWARE OF MARC Mk2 The new Marquez. Same as the old Marquez?

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