2017 runner up, Andrea Dovizioso bought home a Ducati 1-2 on his 100th race for the Italian outfit.
Dovizioso started from pole and led the early laps but his pace was not at his full potential. He was in a leading group with Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo. The 5 bike group turned into a 3 bike group with the 2 Ducati’s as well as championship leader Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo overtook Marquez into the final corner and then went on to challenge his teammate. However, Dovizioso pushed at the right time and held on to take his second victory of the season as well as Ducati’s second 1-2 of the year. Marc Marquez came home in 3rd position and despite the Ducati 1-2, he extends his championship lead to 68 points!
Valentino Rossi led into the first corner and seemed to have good race pace at the start but at the midway stage, he fell off the leading group and finished in 4th position ahead of 2016 Czech Grand Prix winner Cal Crutchlow.
Maverick Vinales was having a poor weekend but it turned from bad to worse for the Spanish rider. He was involved in a lap 1 crash with Stefan Bradl and Great Britain’s Bradley Smith after yet another poor start. Another Brit in the MotoGP, Scott Redding crashed out on lap 7.
Elsewhere, Alvaro Bautista continued his fine form in 9th and another Satelitte Ducati in Danilo Petrucci finished a strong 6th for Pramac.
The Top 10:
- Andrea Dovizioso- Ducati
- Jorge Lorenzo- Ducati
- Marc Marquez- Repsol Honda
- Valentino Rossi- Movistar Yamaha
- Cal Crutchlow- LCR Honda
- Danilo Petrucci- Alma Pramac
- Johann Zarco- Monster Tech 3
- Dani Pedrosa- Repsol Honda
- Alvaro Bautista- Angel Nieto
- Andrea Iannone- Suzuki Ecstar