DOVI DAZZLES ITALIAN CROWD
Andrea Dovizioso was drenched in Italian glory as he takes a home win for both himself and Ducati at the San Marino GP.
Jorge Lorenzo bolted from the line and gained back his crown of “The King Of Starts” as the lights went out. Alma Pramac rider, Jack Miller, followed the leader in the run to turn one and held his second place start ahead of Marc Marquez.
Dovi’s dive up the inside pushed Marquez back to fourth, seeing his chances of reeling in Miller and Lorenzo seem more realistic. The Bologna Bullet sliced up the inside of the Australian into second place and also plugged away at his teammate, Lorenzo, who was running at the front. Meanwhile, reigning champion, Marquez, picked off Miller shortly before the Australian’s race came to a premature end in the gravel trap at Turn 14.
“DesmoDovi” didn’t waste anytime getting past his teammate and set an extremely fast paced race as he pulled away at the front. This left Lorenzo to fall into hands of fellow Spaniard, Marquez, to provide another memorable ding dong battle for the remainder of the race. Marquez squeezed into the tiniest of gaps, but Lorenzo pushed his Desmosedici back past the Honda at the fastest point on the track. Elbows, arms, legs and bikes were all thrown at each other in the conflict, and a bit of paint swapped too, after all, rubbing is racing, right? Two Spaniard’s, two teams, but only one position saw both riders pushing each other to the limit at all times. But, when the last few laps of the race settled in, Lorenzo suddenly slipped away from second into the dust.
Dovizioso took the finish line ahead of Marquez, as Lorenzo picked up his heart, soul and efforts from the gravel trap. Cal Crutchlow took third and completed the rostrum, while Alex Rins salvaged a fourth place.