An encore to his 2016 victory, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso made a repeat victory in the wet at Sepang. Thus ensuring that the final round in Spain will go down to the wire between him and reigning championship contender Marc Marquez. Dovizioso headed a Ducati led one-two followed by team-mate Jorge Lorenzo for whom this was the best result of the championship so far. For Dovi however, a maestro on the Ducati it was the sixth overall victory of the season. Meanwhile, Title leader Marc Marquez finished in fourth place behind Monster Tech3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco.
The GP will head to Spain with home-town-hero Marquez brandishing a 21 point lead over the Italian on the Desmosedici GP17. Frenchman and MotoGP premier class rookie, Johann Zarco (Who has been confirmed as the top independent rider of 2017) charged into the lead on lap 1 and began to open the gap on his satellite M1. Marquez took a flying start from row 3 on the grid on his Repsol Honda and briefly took the lead until an over-zealous entry found him far wide on the exit at Turn1. He later regrouped and dove past his team-mate and pole man Dani Pedrosa at turn 2 to go second place behind Zarco.
Things soon turned as the desmo’s arrived at the party with Marquez being cast aside by Lorenzo, who made a lightning quick get-away from 6th place on row two. Dovi, in the meanwhile settled into fourth place behind Marquez. While pole-man pedrosa and Bradely Smith on the Red Bull KTM sat on the podium. Dovizioso made his move with one corner to go on lap 4. However, he ran wide on the brake into the final turn almost taking Marquez with him.Dovi took another dive under Marquez under brakes making it stick.
Marquez coasted home in fourth place an entirety of 17.7 seconds behind Dovi, with Pedrosa crossing the chequered flag in fifth. Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) held off Valentino Rossi on the Movistar Yamaha for seventh, with Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda), Pol Espargaro on the Red Bull KTM and Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) the top ten. Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Ducati) finished 11th in front of British riders Smith and Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati), with Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) and Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda took the final points in 14th and 15th place.
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