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Dovizioso takes magnificent win at Mugello

Italian wins on Italian bike at Italian race
Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Dovizioso (C) celebrates
Dovizioso (C) celebrates
Italian rider, Italian bike, Italian GP…and the tricolor flew high over the podium at Mugello, as Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso took a magnificent win battling rivals on track and illness off it to cross the line over a second clear of Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and an impressive home podium for second Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing).

Home hero Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) shot off the line for the lead from P2 on the grid, denying teammate and polesitter Vinales as Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) stormed up from seventh to fight off Dovizioso for third.

With the leaders in-line, over the line saw Lorenzo use the incredible speed of the Ducati to take the lead for the first time in red, dueling with old nemesis Rossi before the Italian took him back – and the next lap proved almost a replay as two of the men to have dominated the sport this decade found themselves sharing the front of the race for the first time this season

Then it was ‘DesmoDovi’ on the move past his teammate after Vinales had gone through on Rossi, the Championship leader taking the ‘Doctor’ as the trio began to break away from Lorenzo - with Petrucci on the chase.

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) had an incredible start from P16 after having suffered with illness throughout the weekend, moving up into seventh, as Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) suffered a different fate and got a ride through for a jump start.

Petrucci caught the group before too long as Dovizioso took over at the front, and the Pramac rider then pounced on Vinales after a small mistake to follow ‘DesmoDovi’. Then it was holding station as the gaps grew and then shrunk, before the factory Ducati in the lead gained a small gap - and every member of the Borgo Panigale team held their breath as Vinales took over in second, only a few laps remaining and the Championship leader with his head down.

Closing in and then falling back, the pendulum swung between the two men until the last lap dawned – and ‘DesmoDovi’ kept it inch-perfect around every corner to take his third ever Grand Prix victory, and the first for a red machine at Mugello since Casey Stoner won in 2009.

Vinales took second to increase his Championship lead once again, with Petrucci putting in the dry-weather ride of his life to complete the podium after staying clear of Rossi over the last couple of laps. The ‘Doctor’, who suffered a motocross crash in training the week before the event, pushed hard through the pain barrier at home and just missed the podium but took good points – as always, putting on a great show.

Ducati fans go wild
Ducati fans go wild
Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) took a big scalp as he caught and passed reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to complete the top five, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) coming home in P7 behind Marquez.

Lorenzo, after his early duel for the lead, suffered grip issues later in the race and crossed the line in eighth, beating Ducati test rider Michele Pirro over the line. Iannone’s heroics following his illness saw him complete the top ten at home.

The late drama a little further off the front saw a tough day for Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) conclude in a crash as the ‘Baby Samurai’ slid out, unfortunately collecting LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow on the final lap.

Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took P11, with the top fifteen completed by Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

Now the paddock packs up and heads for Barcelona, as the Catalan GP turns the home tables for many on the grid – sure to result in another spectacular, spectacular.

RESULTS - 23 LAPS:

POSRIDERTEAMBIKEGAP
1Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati0.000s
2Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1.281s
3Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati2.334s
4Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha3.685s
5Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati5.802s
6Marc MarquezHondaHonda5.885s
7Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha13.205s
8Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati14.393s
9Michele PirroDucatiDucati14.880s
10Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki15.502s
11Tito RabatMVDS HondaHonda22.004s
12Scott ReddingPramac DucatiDucati24.952s
13Jonas FolgerTech3 YamahaYamaha28.160s
14Hector BarberaAvintia DucatiDucati30.676s
15Jack MillerMVDS HondaHonda30.779s
16Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati42.306s
17Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiSuzuki46.294s
18Loris BazAvintia DucatiDucati50.731s
19Sam LowesApriliaAprilia50.740s
20Bradley SmithKTMKTM50.897s
-Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHondaRetirement
-Dani PedrosaHondaHondaRetirement
-Aleix EspargaroApriliaApriliaRetirement
-Pol EspargaroKTMKTMRetirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

POSRIDERPOINTS
1Maverick Vinales105
2Andrea Dovizioso79
3Valentino Rossi75
4Marc Marquez68
5Dani Pedrosa68
6Johann Zarco64
7Jorge Lorenzo46
8Danilo Petrucci42
9Jonas Folger41
10Cal Crutchlow40
11Scott Redding30
12Jack Miller30
13Alvaro Bautista25
14Andrea Iannone21
15Loris Baz19
16Tito Rabat18
17Aleix Espargaro17
18Hector Barbera14
19Karel Abraham9
20Michele Pirro7
20Alex Rins7
22Pol Espargaro6
23Bradley Smith6
24Sam Lowes2
25Sylvain Guintoli1

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