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MotoGP, Crazy Dovizioso, beats Marquez on the last corner

Austria style victory for the Italian, Petrucci 3rd ahead of the two Suzukis, disaster for Yamaha, Viñales 9th and bye-bye Championship title, Rossi in the gravel

MotoGP: Crazy Dovizioso, beats Marquez on the last corner

No matter how it goes, one thing is certain: Andrea Dovizioso does not want to give up on this World title. Despite the sixteen points earned in Aragón and the start from the ninth spot on the grid, in the driving rain of the land of the Rising Sun, the Italian combined class, speed and a touch of madness, just enough to be back on the top step after Silverstone.

The script on the Twin Ring is much like the one in mid-August on the Red Bull Ring. Here once again, Andrea had to battle down to the last corner with Marc Marquez, coming out on top. The Spaniard had caught a glimpse of victory, but in the final lap a skid compromised his performance, leaving the way open for the Borgo Panigale standard-bearer: “By the race finale my tyres were gone – the Italian said – When I saw Marc’s mistake, I tried to get close. Turn ten was perfect. Then in the finale we know full well that battling with Marc is never simple, but in any case I am happy with this result.”

All number 93 can do is console himself with second place: “It was a fantastic race and it was great to see this battle between the top two contenders in the Championship – the Spaniard said – Unfortunately, in the finale I made a few too many mistakes, plus the Ducati proved to be faster on the straight.”

Also on the podium at the Twin Ring is Danilo Petrucci who tried to pull away at the front in the early stages of the race: “I tried to exploit the extra soft tyre – the Italian rider said – I pulled away at the front, but then the rear wore too quickly.

In fourth place, Andrea Iannone’s Suzuki astonished, followed by his teammate Alex Rins who had his best performance yet in the top class. Then can Lorenzo’s Ducati on a comeback ride ahead of Aleix Espargaró’s Aprilia and Zarco’s M1. On the other hand, it was disaster in the Yamaha camp, with Viñales behind them in ninth and Rossi crashing out altogether.   

Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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