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Petrucci takes MotoGP victory in thrilling Italian GP

Nips Marc Marquez with superior HP in Ducati
Sunday, June 2, 2019


Ducati's Danilo Petrucci
Ducati's Danilo Petrucci

It was a classic encounter at the wonderful Mugello circuit for the Gran Premio D’Italia Oakley, as Mission Winnow Ducati's Danilo Petrucci overcame last lap madness, a Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) onslaught and home pressure to take his first win in MotoGP In his eighth season of GP racing, the Italian, who has come agonizingly close on many occasions, beat Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) in an incredible last lap battle.

Off the line and down to Turn 1 for the first time, Marc Marquez fended off his pole position advantage and got the hole-shot, ahead of a fast-starting Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, who got from ninth to third. Fabio Quartararo got a far from ideal start and went backwards, whilst Alex Rins got a phenomenal start and climbed seven positions by the end of the opening lap.

In the early stages however, Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) was beginning to push on in the leading group, with Alex Rins making passes behind, taking Cal Crutchlow at Turn 1. Downfield, Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was into the points and chasing Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team).

However, it wasn’t long before the first drama of the race would unfold, as home-hero Rossi tangled with Joan Mir (Team Suzuki ECSTAR) at Turn 4, running across the gravel and rejoining in last place. However, a few laps later, on lap eight, the veteran Italian crashed at high speed at Arrabbiata 2, ending his hopes of success after what was already a tricky home round.

At the front of the field, fireworks were already being set off, as Alex Rins and Dovi hit the front. Marc Marquez was also being pushed back down the order, with 14 laps to go, as first, Danilo Petrucci got ahead of him and then, Jack Miller pushed his way through.

By now, Marquez was down in fifth and at the front of the field, Danilo Petrucci and Alex Rins started to press hard. The leading group consisted of nine riders, with Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU), Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing), Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Soon though, the group began to fragment, with Francesco Bagnaia crashing out with 12 to go at the final corner, as his Italian GP hopes went up in smoke.

Cal Crutchlow fast start didn’t last long, as the British rider began to slip back down the field, with Takaaki Nakagami leaving him. The Japanese rider was now lying in fifth and whilst lapping a tad slower than the quintet ahead of him, he was holding his own and pulling clear of those behind him.

Despite momentarily losing touch, Jack Miller put in the fastest lap of the race in fifth position, pulling himself back into contention. However, disaster struck the Australian as he crashed at Turn 4. This took the leading group down to four riders, but the scrap in the final few laps was incredible.

Going into the last lap, after various lead changes, Dovizioso got ahead of Marquez at Turn 1 but ran wide, leaving the door open for Danilo Petrucci to scurry back through and take the advantage, to the roar of the crowd. Petrucci found himself leading at his home Grand Prix, with Marquez fighting into second; the stage was set for a thrilling showdown.

Marquez and Dovizioso tried their best to get on terms with Petrucci and in the final corner, Marquez gained massively, but try as he might, Petrucci held on for his first ever win, ahead of the Repsol Honda Team rider and ‘Desmo Dovi’ in third. Alex Rins lost touch with a moment on the exit of Turn 15 but came home fourth, with Takaaki Nakagami completing the top five.

Maverick Viñales moved into sixth place ahead of Cal Crutchlow in the closing stages and completed the race in this position, whilst Michele Pirro (Mission Winnow Ducati) took seventh away from Crutchlow in the closing stages. The Brit came home eighth, whilst Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Quartararo completed the top ten.

Race Results

1Danilo PetrucciDucatiDucati2341m33.794s
2Marc MarquezHondaHonda230.043s
3Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati230.338s
4Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki230.535s
5Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda236.535s
6Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha237.481s
7Michele PirroDucatiDucati2313.288s
8Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda2313.937s
9Pol EspargaroKTMKTM2316.533s
10Fabio QuartararoPetronas YamahaYamaha2317.994s
11Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia2320.523s
12Joan MirSuzukiSuzuki2320.544s
13Jorge LorenzoHondaHonda2320.813s
14Karel AbrahamAvintia DucatiDucati2327.298s
15Andrea IannoneApriliaAprilia2328.051s
16Miguel OliveiraTech3 KTMKTM2330.101s
17Johann ZarcoKTMKTM2341.857s
-Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati15Retirement
-Francesco BagnaiaPramac DucatiDucati11Retirement
-Hafizh SyahrinTech3 KTMKTM9Retirement
-Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha7Retirement
-Franco MorbidelliPetronas YamahaYamaha5Retirement
-Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati0Retirement

Rider Standings

1Marquez Marc93SPA115Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2Dovizioso Andrea4ITA103Mission Winnow DucatiDucati
3Rins Alex42SPA88Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
4Petrucci Danilo9ITA82Mission Winnow DucatiDucati
5Rossi Valentino46ITA72Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
6Crutchlow Cal35GBR42LCR HondaHonda
7Miller Jack43AUS42Pramac RacingDucati
8Nakagami Takaaki30JPN40LCR HondaHonda
9Vinales Maverick12SPA40Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
10Espargaro Pol44SPA38Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
11Morbidelli Franco21ITA34Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
12Quartararo Fabio20FRA31Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
13Espargaro Aleix41SPA27Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
14Lorenzo Jorge99SPA19Repsol Honda TeamHonda
15Mir Joan36SPA12Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
16Zarco Johann5FRA10Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
17Pirro Michele51ITA9Mission Winnow DucatiDucati
18Bagnaia Francesco63ITA9Pramac RacingDucati
19Oliveira Miguel88POR8Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
20Iannone Andrea29ITA7Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
21Bradl Stefan6GER6HRC Test TeamHonda
22Abraham Karel17CZE2Reale Avintia RacingDucati
23Syahrin Hafizh55MAL2Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
24Rabat Tito53SPA2Reale Avintia RacingDucati

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