MotoGP Mugello, Race: First victory in red for Lorenzo, Ducati makes it double with Dovizioso 2nd

Jorge Lorenzo wins today at Mugello Circuit, clearly dominating over all the other riders on his Ducati Desmosedici. 2nd place for Andrea Dovizioso and 3rd is Valentino Rossi. Marquez fell. (ph: Marco Lanfranchi)

Today’s victory has been the first personal satisfaction for Jorge Lorenzo since he started riding in red: the Mugello Circuit gave Lorenzo the chance to show off on his red bike, as the Majorcan rider dominated the whole race all the way until the chequered flag. An excellent 2nd place for Andrea Dovizioso, who gave us the chills toward the end of the race due to tyres’ decline and Valentino Rossi’s comeback (he is the first rider to collect 5000 points in the MotoGP World Championship). The latter tried to take away Dovizioso’s position, but he didn’t make it and finished 3rd. Marc Marquez made a terrible mistake: he fell during the first laps, then went back into the race but finished with no points.

When the light went off, Rossi quickly kicked off from the pole position, but Lorenzo immediately managed to overtake him, gaining the leading position. Pedrosa and Nakagami had an accident right after the beginning, ending their race. But we also witnessed other withdrawals: Redding, Abraham, Miller, and Lüthi. The first unexpected turn of events happened 18 laps before the end: Marquez, who had somehow managed to climb up to the second place, went out of trajectory and lost control of his RCV, slipping on the Scarperia turn’s gravel. He got back on track, but his race was already irremediably compromised.

With two Ducati officially leading the race, the battle for the third step fired up. The main characters in the fight were Petrucci, Rins, Rossi, Iannone, and Crutchlow: all riders fiercely fought for the 3rd place. During the last few laps, also Viñales and Bautista joined the game. This has been a dark day for Aprilia: both Redding and Aleix Espargaro pulled back, the latter due to some technical issues on his RS-GP.

Ducati’s Majorcan rider conquered a great victory today: this is the first time he wins with the Borgo Panigale’s red bike, and he also won in Italy, right in front of all his team’s fans. Andrea Dovizioso arrived 2nd: despite experiencing tires’ decline he managed to cross the finish line ahead of Valentino Rossi (third). The final battle among Suzuki’s riders ended with Iannone 4th followed by Rins, while Crutchlow arrived 6th ahead of Petrucci, Viñales, Bautista and Zarco.


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