Italian MotoGP report: Danilo Petrucci claims first career win

    Petrucci finished 0.043sec ahead of Marquez in one of the most competitive races of the season.

    Published On Jun 03, 2019 01:44:00 PM

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    Danilo Petrucci beat Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso to claim the first win of his MotoGP career, in what was one of the most closely contested races of the season, so far.

    The race began in typical fashion for Marquez, with the Spaniard starting from pole and leading the pack off the line. Things were already looking great for Ducati with Dovizioso gaining seven places on the first lap itself to climb up to 2nd place, right ahead of his teammate Petrucci. Similarly, a strong performance from Suzuki’s Alex Rins saw him make his way to 4th place from 13th, in just two laps.

    The long straight at Mugello was certainly where the most action took place, with the top three riders entering the first corer side-by-side, multiple times. While Petrucci moved into the lead on lap 11, Marquez soon found himself losing position, dropping to as low as 5th place at a time, but he was quickly able to recover to 3rd place. The leading pack of Petrucci, Dovizioso, Marquez, Rins and Jack Miller then broke clear of the rest of the field, however, Miller crashed out from 5th place on lap 16.

    The drama continued until the very last corner, with Petrucci entering the last lap in the lead, only to be passed by both Marquez and Dovizioso. But the Italian rider stuck to his line and managed to move to the front again.

    Petrucci may have enjoyed a successful home race, but some other Italian riders - Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi - had a weekend to forget. Rossi started from 18th and an incident with Joan Mir saw him fall back to last place, only to crash out of the race in the following lap. Morbidelli, meanwhile, started from a strong 4th place but fell behind in the first few laps and crashed out a couple of laps before Rossi, throwing away another chance at a podium finish for the Petronas Yamaha team.

    Rossi’s teammate Maverick Vinales fared better to bring the factory Yamaha home in 6th place, after slowly working his way up from 12th. Finishing ahead of him was satellite rider Takaaki Nakagami on the 2018-spec Honda – his best finish yet. Behind Vinales, Michele Pirro picked up 7th, followed by Cal Crutchlow, Pol Espargaro and Fabio Quartararo. Francesco Bagnaia’s crash on lap 12 made it a double DNF for Pramac Ducati, while Hafizh Syahrin (Tech 3 KTM) and Tito Rabat (Avintia) both retired in the pits.

    Marquez’s 2nd-place finish means he extends his lead in the championship to 12 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.

    Result:

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    BIKE

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    Ducati

    23

    41m33.794s

    2

    Marc Marquez

    Honda

    Honda

    23

    0.043

    3

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    Ducati

    23

    0.338

    4

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    23

    0.535

    5

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    23

    6.535

    6

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    23

    7.481

    7

    Michele Pirro

    Ducati

    Ducati

    23

    13.288

    8

    Cal Crutchlow

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    23

    13.937

    9

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM

    KTM

    23

    16.533

    10

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    23

    17.994

    11

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    23

    20.523

    12

    Joan Mir

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    23

    20.544

    13

    Jorge Lorenzo

    Honda

    Honda

    23

    20.813

    14

    Karel Abraham

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    23

    27.298

    15

    Andrea Iannone

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    23

    28.051

    16

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    23

    30.101

    17

    Johann Zarco

    KTM

    KTM

    23

    41.857

    -

    Jack Miller

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    15

    Retirement

    -

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    11

    Retirement

    -

    Hafizh Syahrin

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    9

    Retirement

    -

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    7

    Retirement

    -

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    5

    Retirement

     

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    -

    DNS

     

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