Mugello MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Vinales for home victory

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso secured his first win of the MotoGP season after a thrilling race on home turf at Mugello, beating championship leader Maverick Vinales.

Mugello MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Vinales for home victory
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing
Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Fans of Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Podium: second place Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Podium: Race winner Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Podium: second place Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing, Race winner Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, third place Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
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Struck by a bout of food poisoning, Dovizioso seemed unlikely to challenge for victory in the opening stages, as he dropped behind fast-starting factory Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo early on.

Lorenzo enjoyed his first spell in the lead of a race as a Ducati rider as he passed Valentino Rossi for the lead at the start of lap 2, but the Spaniard couldn't hold on to the top spot and soon faded.

The race developed into a four-way fight between poleman Vinales, who took the lead back from Yamaha teammate Rossi at Scarperia on lap 4, Rossi, Dovizioso and the Pramac Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

Vinales held the advantage for much of the running, and seemed to be on course for a fourth win in six races, but Dovizioso kept pace with the Yamaha duo and took the lead on lap 14 at San Donato.

At the same time, Petrucci powered ahead of Rossi for third, and the following lap he passed Vinales for second at Bucine, allowing Dovizioso to build a small advantage at the head of the field.

Vinales repassed Petrucci on lap 20 for second, but Dovizioso remained out of reach, and the factory Ducati rider finally crossed the finish line 1.281s clear for only his third career MotoGP win.

It marked Ducati's first win at Mugello since Casey Stoner's triumph in 2009, as well as the first for an Italian rider since Rossi's last victory at the track in 2008.

Second nonetheless allowed Vinales to stretch his points advantage to 26, with Dovizioso climbing to second in the riders' standings ahead of Rossi.

Petrucci held off Rossi to complete the podium on his Pramac GP17 to claim only the second top-three finish of his MotoGP career.

Alvaro Bautista took the year-old Aspar Ducati to an improbable fifth place, holding off reigning champion Marc Marquez for the second half of the race.

From sixth on the grid, Marquez ran fifth in the early stages, but soon lost touch with the leading group and was demoted to sixth by Bautista on lap 11, and remained close behind for the rest of the race but unable to mount a serious challenge.

Le Mans podium finisher Johann Zarco took seventh on the Tech 3 Yamaha after passing Lorenzo, with Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro and Suzuki's Andrea Iannone completing the top 10.

Dani Pedrosa initially ran sixth on the second works Honda but faded dramatically in the second half of the race, eventually clashing with LCR's Cal Crutchlow on the final lap, as they fought over 11th.

That promoted Tito Rabat to 11th on the best of the Marc VDS Hondas, followed the second Pramac bike of Scott Redding, Tech 3's Jonas Folger, Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) and Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda).

The only other two non-finishers besides Pedrosa and Crutchlow were Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), who jumped the start before retiring, and Pol Espargaro (KTM), who suffered a mechanical issue.

Race results:

Pos.#DriverBikeTime/Gap
1 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 41'32.126 
2 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1.281
3 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 2.334
4 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 3.685
5 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 5.802
6 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 5.885
7 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 13.205
8 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 14.393
9 51 italy Michele Pirro  Ducati 14.880
10 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 15.502
11 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 22.004
12 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 24.952
13 94 germany Jonas Folger  Yamaha 28.160
14 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati 30.676
15 43 australia Jack Miller  Honda 30.779
16 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 42.306
17 50 france Sylvain Guintoli  Suzuki 46.294
18 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 50.731
19 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 50.740
20 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 50.897
Ret 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1 lap
Ret  26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1 lap
Ret  41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 8 laps
Ret  44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 10 laps
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