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Dovizioso uses Ducati power and beats Marquez to win

As Lorenzo crashes in the 2nd Ducati
Sunday, September 9, 2018

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Andrea Dovizioso powers to victory at Misano
Andrea Dovizioso powers to victory at Misano

Using the HP advantage of the Ducatis to good cause, Italian Andrea Dovizioso scored a dominant third win of the MotoGP season at Misano ahead of Marc Marquez, as the 2nd Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of second place.

Dovizioso scored Ducati's third successive race win to the delight of the partisan Italian crowd. While Lorenzo and Marquez managed to close the gap in the latter stages until the former slid out at the Turn 8 left-hander on the penultimate lap, they were never able to really challenge Dovizioso.

How fast was the winning Ducati? Well he appeared to be toying with everyone.

Dovizioso's lead was hovering at less than a second until he set a new fastest lap on lap nine, and five laps later his advantage had grown to nearly two seconds.

Marquez and Lorenzo, engaged in a thrilling fight over second, edged ever so closer to Dovizioso in the final five laps but the Italian was stroking it at that point, knowing no one was going to beat him.

Behind Marquez, LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was gifted the final podium spot, 4 sec. behind Marquez, followed by the Suzuki of Alex Rins.

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales finished 5th for Yamaha.

Teammate Valentino Rossi was seventh behind the second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

How the race unfolded

Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

It was polesitter Lorenzo who shot out ahead and got the holeshot – as the number 99 is oft to do – but Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) kept second from second on the grid as the Aussie got a good start. Marquez was the biggest winner off the line, moving up from fifth after a crash in qualifying to slot into third, but he wasn’t there long…

Dovizioso struck quickly against the reigning Champion before picking off Miller, pushing hard to tag on to the back of his teammate as Marquez then sliced past the Aussie too – intent on keeping tabs on the Ducati duo at the front. Unfortunately, disaster struck a lap later for Miller as he slid out at Turn 14.

Back at the front, ‘DesmoDovi’ was honing in on Lorenzo and looking to make a move. With 22 laps to go the Italian did just that, slicing past at Turn 7. He then began to pull away as Marquez tagged on to Lorenzo in the battle for second, before the number 93 then shot past with 14 to go as Lorenzo headed a little wide. The gap? 1.4 seconds to the Ducati ahead.

Marquez, however, wasn’t able to cut down the gap – and a number of laps later, he was under attack. Lorenzo made it through at Turn 8 and lit the touch paper on a few spectacular exchanges between the two, but to no avail and he settled back into third to prepare another attack. Trying again a lap later but not making it through, the ‘Spartan’ then switch tactics – and went for it at Turn 12.

He’d prepared the move with a couple of feints beforehand, but this time he made it stick. From there it was time to put the hammer down and Lorenzo set about cutting the gap to his teammate. Tenth by tenth, the Spaniard was reeling him in – and the gap went back down to 1.3 seconds. Dovizioso began to respond, but drama suddenly hit the front on the penultimate lap – pushing and pushing, Lorenzo suddenly slid out of second.

That left ‘DesmoDovi’ in free air at the front to take his first ever win at the venue, having managed the race to perfection. Marquez took second and extended his Championship lead, with Crutchlow’s impressive pace and race rewarded by a podium after the late drama.

Crutchlow had pulled free of a squabble and sliced past Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to get into the position to try and close in on the then-leading trio, and more than made amends for a late crash in qualifying. Rins, meanwhile, impressed on the softer compound rear tire to get well in the initial fight and then hold great pace to the flag, not able to stay ahead of Crutchlow but nevertheless holding station in the top five until Lorenzo’s late crash saw him take fourth.

Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took fifth after dropping back slightly from a front row start and suffering a more difficult race, holding off some steady pressure from Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who took sixth.

For Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), it was a difficult Sunday at home. Missing the race through injury last season – as his special edition ‘Back to Misano’ helmet attests – the ‘Doctor’ had higher hopes for the race that takes place so close to his home town of Tavullia. He took P7, retaining his qualifying position by the flag. Compatriot Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) also had a tough weekend, and come home eighth.

Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) continued his good run of recent form and took P9, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the top ten ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing). Petrucci had a difficult race day and was also given a 1.1 second penalty for cutting a corner early on.

Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) beat Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) to the honor of top rookie and P12, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) taking points for Noale factory Aprilia on home turf in P14, just ahead of Ducati Test Team wildcard Michele Pirro.

Behind them? Lorenzo had remounted and dueled Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) to the line, but the Brit was just able to stay ahead by a tenth. For full results, click here.

That’s it from a dramatic weekend at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Next we return to MotorLand Aragon and home turf for Marquez, Lorenzo and Vinales, leaving Dovizioso and Rossi behind enemy lines. After three Italian wins over the three classes at Misano, can the Spaniards fight back?

Results

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeBehind
1254Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati+0.000s
22093Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda+2.822
31635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR Honda CASTROLHonda+7.269
41342Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+14.687
51125Maverick VI¥ALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+16.016
61026Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda+17.408
7946Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+19.086
8829Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+21.804
9719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAngel Nieto TeamDucati+23.919
1065Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+27.559
1159Danilo PETRUCCIITAAlma Pramac RacingDucati+30.698
12421Franco MORBIDELLIITAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda+32.941
13330Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda+33.461
14241Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+35.686
15151Michele PIRROITADucati TeamDucati+35.812
16038Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+46.500
17099Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati+46.614
18043Jack MILLERAUSAlma Pramac RacingDucati+50.593
19055Hafizh SYAHRINMALMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+55.168
20017Karel ABRAHAMCZEAngel Nieto TeamDucati+1'02.255
21045Scott REDDINGGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+1'09.475
22012Thomas LUTHISWIEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda+1'12.608
23023Christophe PONSSONFRAReale Avintia RacingDucati1 Lap
DNF06Stefan BRADLGERHRC Honda TeamHonda10 Laps
DNF044Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM10 Laps
DNF010Xavier SIMEONBELReale Avintia RacingDucati25 Laps
 

Rider Standings

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

221

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

2

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

154

Ducati Team

Ducati

3

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

151

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

4

Lorenzo Jorge

99

SPA

130

Ducati Team

Ducati

5

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

124

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

6

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

119

LCR Honda

Honda

7

Zarco Johann

5

FRA

110

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

8

Petrucci Danilo

9

ITA

110

Alma Pramac Racing

Ducati

9

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

92

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

10

Rins Alex

42

SPA

79

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

11

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

76

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

12

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

64

Angel Nieto Team

Ducati

13

Miller Jack

43

AUS

61

Alma Pramac Racing

Ducati

14

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

35

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

15

Espargaro Pol

44

SPA

32

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

16

Morbidelli Franco

21

ITA

26

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

17

Syahrin Hafizh

55

MAL

24

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

18

Espargaro Aleix

41

SPA

19

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

19

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

15

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

20

Nakagami Takaaki

30

JPN

14

LCR Honda

Honda

21

Redding Scott

45

GBR

12

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

22

Kallio Mika

36

FIN

6

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

23

Abraham Karel

17

CZE

4

Angel Nieto Team

Ducati

24

Pirro Michele

51

ITA

1

Ducati Team

Ducati

 

 

 

Team Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Repsol Honda Team

297

2

Ducati Team

284

3

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

275

4

Team Suzuki Ecstar

171

5

Alma Pramac Racing

171

6

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

134

7

LCR Honda

133

8

Angel Nieto Team

68

9

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

47

10

Reale Avintia Racing

35

11

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

31

12

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

26

 
 

Constructor Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Honda

256

2

Ducati

233

3

Yamaha

194

4

Suzuki

131

5

KTM

41

6

Aprilia

29

 

 

  

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