Andrea Dovizioso took his third premier class win in front of his home crowd today, despite having food poisoning which had kept him up all night. Dovi translated his front row start into the win, making him the first Italian to win an Italian GP on an Italian bike since 1974!
It wasn’t plain sailing for the Italian, as it looked as if Maverick Vinales was getting away at the front. But Dovi managed to get in front and break away, leaving Vinales in 2nd with Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci on his tail. Petrucci had looked relatively strong all weekend, but nobody really expected to see him on the podium. He had successfully worked his way up to 3rd and we saw him sniffing up the inside of Vinales but he just couldn’t get close enough to make a move. Petrucci had to settle for 3rd, but he didn’t seem to mind as he climbed up onto the podium with tears in his eyes.
All eyes were really on Rossi today, and despite severe chest and abdominal pain from an MX accident just a few days ago, he brought it home in 4th, a respectable performance considering his circumstances.
Jorge Lorenzo got off to a stunning start on the factory Ducati, managing to barge his way to the front and even lead for a short time. Unfortunately he got pushed back, but an 8th place finish isn’t the worst that could’ve happened.
A last lap incident between Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow brought both of their races to an abrupt end. Pedrosa took the inside line on Crutchlow, but lost the front and sent them both hurtling into the gravel. Thankfully, both riders were okay.
The Honda of Marc Marquez was also having a testing weekend. He had taken several off-track excursions over the weekend, and ended the race in 6th as he couldn’t get past the satellite Ducati of Alvaro Bautista.
When all was said and done, Andrea Dovizioso took a stunning victory, from pole man Maverick Vinales and Danilo Petrucci in 3rd.
MotoGP race results (top 10):
- Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team – 41:32.126
- Maverick Vinales, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 1.281
- Danilo Petrucci, OCTO Pramac Racing + 2.334
- Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 3.685
- Alvaro Bautista, Pull&Bear Aspar Team + 5.802
- Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team + 5.885
- Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 13.205
- Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team + 14.393
- Michele Pirro, Ducati Team + 14.880
- Andrea Iannone, Team Suzuki Ecstar + 15.502