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Andrea Dovizioso rides Ducati to Silverstone win

As Marquez's Honda blows up
Sunday, August 27, 2017


Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) became the first man to win four races this season, as the Championship challenger put on a tactical masterclass once again. In a close second but unable to make a last lap lunge was Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), with early leader Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completing the podium. As well as the podium finishers, the standings took a shake up as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was forced to retire.

It was Rossi who bolted off the line; the nine-time World Champion getting a lightning start from the middle of the front row and disappearing into the distance in the initial stages. Behind the ‘Doctor’, Marquez led a close five rider train with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Vinales, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Dovizioso on the chase. Marquez suffered a huge moment early on, but the rider from Cervera remained in charge of the chasing pack.

Soon, the Dovizioso struck against Lorenzo and the group began to pull away from the ‘Spartan’, just as Rossi pulled away on his own at the front. The game of high-octane chess continued with the four in line and staying within touching distance of Rossi, until a sudden puff of smoke gave the Championship a serious shake up and Marquez was out of it.

That left four, with Rossi then reeled in and everything looking like it would go down to the wire. And that it did, with Dovizioso able to pounce with three to go and get past his compatriot, swiftly followed by Vinales. The ‘Doctor’ tried to fight back but found the duo able to just stay clear – and the final lap was approaching.

With the concertina effect seeing the Ducati able to pull a gap and then the Yamaha able to close, it was incredibly tight as the two headed around the final 5.9km lap of Silverstone. Having played his hand to perfection, Dovizioso was able to keep the advantage to the line – taking his fourth win of the year. Vinales took second, with Rossi completing the podium. Crutchlow, not quite able to get close enough to make his move, took fourth.

Andrea Dovizioso leads
Andrea Dovizioso leads

Lorenzo had a great race to cross the line in fifth - and only 3.5 seconds off the race winning time of his teammate. The ‘Spartan’ overcame Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in the latter stages to pull a sizable gap on the Frenchman over the line as he continues to move forward. Zarco took P6, comfortably ahead of a more difficult day at the office for Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).

Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) showed his home race pace once again to take eighth, with Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) equaling his best rookie result in ninth just behind the Brit. Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), after a more difficult qualifying day, completed the top ten.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was hugely impressive once again for KTM, taking P11 after also getting straight through to Q2. Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) followed him home, with Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Reale Avintia Racing pairing Hector Barbera and Loris Baz locking out the fastest fifteen.


1254Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati40'45.496
22025Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+0.114
31646Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+0.749
41335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda+1.679
51199Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati+3.508
6105Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+7.001
7926Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda+10.944
8845Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDucati+13.627
9742Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+15.661
10619Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati+25.279
11544Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+30.336
12453Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda+31.609
13317Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati+31.945
1428Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDucati+33.567
15176Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDucati+33.901
16043Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda+43.012
17038Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+48.683
DNF041Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia2 Laps
DNF09Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDucati3 Laps
DNF093Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda7 Laps
DNF022Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia15 Laps

Rider Standings

1DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4ITA183Ducati TeamDucati
2MARQUEZ Marc 93SPA174Repsol Honda TeamHonda
3VINALES Maverick 25SPA170Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
4ROSSI Valentino 46ITA157Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
5PEDROSA Dani 26SPA148Repsol Honda TeamHonda
6ZARCO Johann 5FRA109Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
7LORENZO Jorge 99SPA90Ducati TeamDucati
8CRUTCHLOW Cal 35GBR89LCR HondaHonda
9FOLGER Jonas 94GER77Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
10PETRUCCI Danilo 9ITA75Octo Pramac RacingDucati
11BAUTISTA Alvaro 19SPA58Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
12REDDING Scott 45GBR45Octo Pramac RacingDucati
13ESPARGARO Aleix 41SPA43Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
14MILLER Jack 43AUS43Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
15BAZ Loris 76FRA39Reale Avintia RacingDucati
16IANNONE Andrea 29ITA33Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
17ABRAHAM Karel 17CZE28Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
18RABAT Tito 53SPA27Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
19ESPARGARO Pol 44SPA26Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
20BARBERA Hector 8SPA23Reale Avintia RacingDucati
21RINS Alex 42SPA19Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
22SMITH Bradley 38GBR8Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
23PIRRO Michele 51ITA7Ducati Test TeamDucati
24KALLIO Mika 36FIN6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
25LOWES Sam 22GBR2Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
26GUINTOLI Sylvain 50FRA1Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki

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