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Lorenzo gets his first win on a Ducati in Italy

As Marquez goes down giving chase
Sunday, June 3, 2018


Mudello podium, from left, Rossi, Lorenzo and Dovizioso
Mugello podium, from left, Rossi, Lorenzo and Dovizioso

Jorge Lorenzo cruised to his maiden Ducati victory in a dramatic MotoGP Italian Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez finished a lowly 16th after an early fall. Lorenzo led a 1-2 for the Ducati Team at Mugello, uncatchable and untouchable to cross the line over six seconds clear for his first victory since Valencia 2016 - and his seventh Italian GP win. Andrea Dovizioso made it double podium glory for the Borgo Panigale factory as he took second, fending off a late charge from polesitter and crowd favorite Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

The ‘Doctor’s podium finish was another history maker in a milestone day at Mugello as the rider from Tavullia became the first to get more than 5000 premier class points, meanwhile Championship leader and reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), crashed and remounted but failed to score.

Lorenzo took the holeshot as Marquez shot through from the second row to blast into Turn 1 fighting for second, but Rossi held onto it until the reigning Champion then struck a lap later into San Donato, tucking in behind Lorenzo followed by Rossi, Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Dovizioso.

The number 99 was keeping the pace hot at the front and the first bolt of drama suddenly then hit just behind, as Marquez slid out into the gravel at Turn 10 – able to remount, but points looking like a pipe dream. That left Rossi trailing Lorenzo, as Dovi struck to take third from Iannone. The Italian then picked his way past another compatriot as he sliced past Rossi soon after, then left with only his teammate ahead of him. Rossi then went wide into Turn 1, letting Iannone past.

Meanwhile, Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) – after getting blocked wide by Marquez at the start – was on a charge back, up to fight and on Rossi’s tail with 16 to go. As Iannone began to suffer and the ‘Doctor’ too, ‘Petrux’ pounced and move through – but it was soon a five-rider fight for the podium as Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) joined the battle.

At the front, however, the story was red. Dovizioso had been holding the gap at just over a second, but Lorenzo just kept pulling the pin. Lap after lap, the ‘Spartan’ got the hammer down and simply pulled away into the distance – six seconds clear over the line, collapsing on the tank to take in the emotions.

As the laps ticked down, Rossi and Iannone had emerged at the head of the group fighting for third, with a fantastic battle between the two home heroes before the rider from Tavullia was able to escape. He was then even able to hone in on Dovizioso on the final lap but it wasn’t quite enough, taking third to take his premier class points total over 5000 as the grandstands erupted in yellow smoke.

Iannone took fourth just 0.022 ahead of his teammate Alex Rins, with Crutchlow able to get the better of Petrucci to take P6 from the initial hard charger. Maverick Vinales dropped back from his front row start to take eighth but was on Petrucci’s tail by the flag, and both had Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) for close company as the number 19 took his second top ten of the year in P9. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completed the top ten after a more difficult weekend.

There were a number of high-profile crashers including Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing), ending his run of eight consecutive top tens, and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who went down in a tangle with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) at Turn 2 near the start.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), meanwhile, turned around a difficult weekend to take P11, ahead of another impressive performance from Hafizh Syahrin, who was top rookie for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 in P12. Marquez crossed the line in P16, taking no points home from Mugello.

From a difficult weekend behind enemy lines in Italy, Marquez still leads the title fight as MotoGP returns onto his home turf. Next is the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – where Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi have some very good memories, and Dovizioso won last year.


Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 41'43.230
2 20 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +6.370
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +6.629
4 13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +7.885
5 11 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +7.907
6 10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +9.120
7 9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +10.898
8 8 25 Maverick VI¥ALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +11.060
9 7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati +11.154
10 6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +17.644
11 5 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +20.256
12 4 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +22.435
13 3 53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +22.464
14 2 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +22.495
15 1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +26.644
16 0 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +39.311
17 0 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'01.211
18 0 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 5 Laps
DNF 0 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 4 Laps
DNF 0 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 22 Laps
DNF 0 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 22 Laps
DNF 0 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0 Lap
DNF 0 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 0 Lap
DNF 0 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0 Lap

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