Andrea Dovizioso delivered yet another masterclass finish in today’s wet MotoGP race over at Twin Ring Motegi.
The Italian blasted from behind and even had yet another amazing last lap battle with P2 finisher Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).
Danilo Petrucci (OCTO Pramac Racing) led the race for quite a number of laps before settling for third.
Dovi takes on Marquez at the #JapaneseGP
What a battle. What a race. WHAT A RIDE Andrea Dovizioso! ?This Championship ain't over!
Posted by MotoGP on 15hb Oktober 2017
It was yet another exciting race delivered by MotoGP heroes Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and current championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda). At a very, VERY wet Twin Ring Motegi, these boys delivered quite a performance in front of their Japanese fans.
Starting from ninth, Dovizioso was actually seen struggling to cope with the wet conditions. It was his team mate Jorge Lorenzo who surprised everyone by the hole shot at the beginning of the race as he sets out to achieve his first ever victory of the Ducati.
Danilo Petrucci (OCTO Pramac Racing) also took advantage of the difficult conditions and was leading the race for some time before Marquez and Dovizioso made their way to the front and engaging in one of the best final laps seen this season. Petrucci ended the race in third.
Marquez was leading coming in the last few corners before he made a mistake and Dovizioso took the opportunity to blast to the front at the long straight. Marquez however tried again with a daring dive at the final corner but having experienced this move before, Dovizioso calculated his move brilliantly and crossed the Japanese chequered flag in front of the Repsol Honda rider.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders also had something to celebrate about with their best race finishes yet in fourth and fifth by Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins respectively. This goes to show that they’ve develop quite a lot including the use of a brand new aero fairing which imparted quite an impressive performance even in the pouring rain.
Jorge Lorenzo managed to finish in sixth and proving to everyone that he is just as competitive in the wet as he is in the dry. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also had something to shout about with a P7 finish on board the Aprilia RS-GP race machine.
Pole sitter Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) suffered from lack of grip with his Yamaha M1 race machine as he slowly dropped from first all the way to eight when he finally crossed the finish line. The good news is that he did finish in front of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP factory rider Maverick Vinales who managed to salvage P9 despite a poor starting position from P14.
Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) completed the top 10 finishers’ list with a gap of over 48 seconds behind the race winner. The team now will move on to Phillip Island next weekend where Marquez and Dovi are separated by only 11 points in the 2017 MotoGP world championship standings.
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