Rossi claimed his seventh race here but first since 2009.
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Valentino Rossi gave his MotoGP world title prospects a massive boost with success in the Grand Prix of Catalonia Sunday at a sombre Montmelo circuit reeling from the tragic death of Luis Salom.Motorcycling's headline act got the better of a gripping dogfight in the closing laps with pole sitter Marc Marquez, who crossed in second to take the championship lead.Marquez now leads the championship after this seventh leg of the season on 125 points from Lorenzo on 115 points and Rossi in third on 103 points.The stricken Spaniard was only 8 years old when Rossi notched up his first world championship win in 2000 .As the defending world champion trudged back to the stands, Marquez went in hot pursuit of his archrival Rossi.The two-time world champion nudged his Honda up the inside of Rossi's bike to take a look with five laps remaining, only for Rossi to close the door.Rossi claimed his seventh race here but first since 2009 .
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