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.
In Moto2, Mattia Pasini had a hard fought battle ahead of him. The Italian was looking to claim the win in front of his home crowd, but both Thomas Luthi and Alex Marquez weren’t prepared to give up easily. It was a last lap thriller but ultimately Pasini took the victory, with just a tenth of a second separating the top three.
A huge crash from Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassari brought not only his race, but also Takaaki Nakagami’s. Baldassari went for a move on the inside of the IDEMITSU Honda, but lost the front and took Nakagami with him. Championship leader Franco Morbidelli finished in a respectable 4th, over three seconds behind the leading group.
Moto3 was the first piece of action we saw today. As per usual, it was impossible to keep up with who was leading the race at what time. The leading group increased and decreased throughout, but with just 5 laps to go, the top 20 were covered by a mere second.
In the end, Andrea Migno took his first ever Moto3 victory, from Fabio Di Giannantonio and Juanfran Guevara.
Of course, in the forefront of everyone’s mind this weekend was Nicky Hayden. A 69 second silence was held on the grid before any of the racing got underway, which ended in a rupture of applause. I can only think that Nicky would be proud of the racing that happened this weekend, and he was certainly racing in everyone’s hearts.
MotoGP results (top 5):
- 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
- Mattia Pasini, Italtrans Racing Team – 39:30.974
- Thomas Luthi, CarXpert Interwetten + 0.052
- Alex Marquez, E G 0,0 Marc VDS + 0.136
- Franco Morbidelli, E G 0,0 Marc VDS + 3.643
- Miguel Olivera, Red Bull KTM Ajo + 5.124
- Andrea Migno, Sky Racing Team VR46 – 39:43.963
- Fabio Di Giannantonio, Del Conca Gresini Moto3 + 0.037
- Juanfran Guevara, RBA Racing Team + 0.166
- Darryn Binder, Platinum Bay Real Estate + 0.362
- Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0 + 0.364