Andrea Dovizioso is on a roll and how. Now adding a second consecutive victory to his MotoGP season, winning two events back to back for the first time in his career. After last weeks tremendously emotion win for the Italian at -- home ground-- Mugello. This time DesmoDovi rose phoenix style from seventh place, pushing his way through the pack and into the lead to finish the race 3.5 seconds ahead of Marc Marquez on the Honda.
Briefly taking the spotlight for a few laps in the middle stages of the race was Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa, however, the sweltering heat began to take a brutal toll on Pedrosa’s tyres and he had to relinquish his position to take up the post behind the rampant duo of Dovizioso and Marquez.
Even more worrying, Maverick Vinales -- perhaps-- this season’s dominant force would settle for a lowly tenth place. The most watched out for rider in the grid will feel the heat of Dovizioso’s attack ending the race with just seven championship points.
In fact, the off-pace fever seemed to be a recurring theme at the Movistar Yamaha camp, seeing even the notorious G-O-A-T just feebly managing to fight 5 places up the grid from 13th to eighth.
Meanwhile, Vinales actually managed to lose a position ahead through the race. Vinales -- cheeky as always -- would not go out without a clear statement, spending the wind-down lap staring seemingly upset with his rear tyre.
On the other Ducati, teammate George… uh .. Jorge Lorenzo also briefly pulled to the front on the first corner, leading us to believe that maybe half way through the season Jorge might have begun to break into the Ducati. As opposed to the riding on egg-shells performance we’ve seen till now. However, he couldn’t seem to keep the rhythm up beyond lap 6, when Marquez put him back in his place.
Speaking of carrying over glory, Danillo Petrucci gave everyone a scare in the beginning of the race, almost taking down the number 93 machine. Race Direction, however, are yet to issue a statement as investigations are still on. Petrucci crashed out of fifth place in the final laps of the race anyway.
Lorenzo, who in the course of the race had fallen to eighth place soon fought his way back to finish in fourth place, ahead of Monster Tech3 Yamaha rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger.