Andrea Dovizioso came through a hard fought battle to take his second win of the season, making him the first Ducati rider to take back-to-back wins since Casey Stoner in 2010.
It was his team mate Jorge Lorenzo that looked set to battle, taking the lead off Pedrosa and leading a fair portion of the race. Unfortunately he was repeatedly pushed back down the grid once Marc Marquez had come through, also letting Pedrosa, Dovi and Folger through. It was looking like a nightmare for the Spaniard as he was pushed back even further, but he did manage to finish in a respectable 4th.
Danilo Petrucci was out to impress this weekend after his podium last time out in Mugello. And that’s exactly what he did after qualifying in 3rd. Throughout the race he constantly sat within the top 6 until there was two laps to go where he crashed out at T5.
Marc Marquez has been hampered by crashes this weekend, having 5 in total right up until warm up this morning – or 6 if you can count this one!
— MotoGP™? (@MotoGP) June 11, 2017
Many seemed to rule him out of podium contention due to his form so far this weekend, but can we ever really rule out Marquez? Well, those who did were left eating their words as he put up an impressive fight and crossed the line in 2nd, ahead of team mate Dani Pedrosa who has looked consistently strong this weekend.
The weekend has been full of highs and lows for Yamaha. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha satellite squad have had a stellar weekend with rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger, as they finished in 5th and 6th respectively. But the factory Yamaha’s had no such luck. Both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales didn’t make it through into Q2 and had to settle for qualifying positions outside of the top 12. They both recovered some positions during the race but it was clear that it wasn’t easy going for the pair, finishing in 8th and 10th.
Ultimately it was Desmo Dovi who stole the show, taking the win 3 and a half seconds ahead of Marc Marquez. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium.
Even after his disastrous weekend, Maverick Vinales still leads the championship heading into the Dutch round, but only by 7 points. Andrea Dovizioso’s successful run sees him sitting in 2nd with 104 points, with Marc Marquez 14 points behind.
MotoGP returns in two weeks time to the Cathedral of Speed in Assen, where Vinales will be out to extend his championship lead, and Dovi will be anxious to catch up.
MotoGP race results top 10:
- Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team – 44:41.518
- Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team + 3.544
- Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team + 6.774
- Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team + 9.608
- Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 13.838
- Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 13.921
- Alvaro Bautista, Pull&Bear Aspar Team + 16.763
- Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 20.821
- Hector Barbera, Reale Avintia Racing + 23.952
- Maverick Vinales, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 24.189
For full results, visit: http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics/