Ah, Mugello in Tuscany, where they enjoy wine, and a little fellow called ‘The Doctor’, who doesn’t drive a TARDIS, and instead prefers a high-powered motorcycle with a 46 on it.
It was another promising Qualifying performance from Jack Miller, as he lined up in 5th in the Pramac Ducati, while as per usual, Marc Marquez ended up on pole with the help of a late tow from Andrea Dovizioso, who was one of 4 Italians starting in the Top 9, along with Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci, Franco Morbidelli and Miller’s teammate Franco Bagnaia.
BUT– a certain Doctor was not among them- Valentino Rossi was stuck all the way down in 18th, with his old teammate Jorge Lorenzo starting alongside him in 17th.
How the mighty have fallen.
The opening laps featured some of the best action we’ve seen all season, with as many NINE riders battling for the lead, while Jack at one point was running in 3rd, before being passed by Marquez.
Rossi’s crap weekend became even worse after he went off the track at Turn 4, fell to last, and then slid off and out of the race with 16 laps to go, ending a weekend at home where he was a complete non-entity.
Regardless, the battle up front raged on, as Petrucci, Dovi, Marquez, Alex Rins (Who started 13th) and Miller all exchanged places with free abandon, until ultimately, with 7 laps to go, five became four, as our Jack made what they call in tennis, an unforced error, and slid out at Turn 4 from 5th place, denying him what should’ve been a slam dunk haul of points.
In probably the most entertaining final lap of the season, Marquez led until he ran slightly wide at Turn 1, allowing Dovi the chance to take the lead, but Petrucci stunned them both by shooting up the inside and taking the lead.
Petrucci saw out the last lap to claim his maiden MotoGP win from Marquez, with Dovi in for 3rd, putting both factory Ducatis on the podium, as they made it a hat-trick of victories in their ‘home’ race.
Quite fitting- An Italian Rider for an Italian Team winning the Italian Grand Prix!
To say the least, that’s a huge win for Dani the fight for a Ducati seat next year.
MOTO2: 13TH FOR REMY GARDNER
A fairly quiet weekend for Remy, as he qualified in 10th, and pretty much went slightly backwards from there, finishing in 13th, some 20 seconds off the leaders.
Still, that’s good enough for Remy’s first points finish since America, a full six weeks ago.
Out in front, Alex Marquez made it back-to-back victories, starting from 3rd and ultimately beating Italian Luca Marini, while championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri was in recovery mode after qualifying 15th, and he would ultimately finish 4th, denying Marquez the added bonus of taking a win + the championship lead, which has now been cut to 2 points.
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