It was a trifecta of sorts for the Italian MotoGP fans at Mugello this weekend. Italian rider on an Italian motorcycle in an Italian GP. Who better than Andrea Dovizioso to take this title. Reminding everyone why he’s one of the most intent contenders on the track, battling of rivals to cross the chequered flag a full second clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales. Close behind another Italian Danilo Petrucci of Octo Pramac Racing.
Dovizioso started the race at P3 battling food poisoning, behind hometown hero, Valentino Rossi and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s number two Marverick Vinales. At the lights, Rossi sprung off the line -- in the way only Rossi on his day can -- snatching P1 from his teammate. Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo too had managed to get a quick start on shooting up from seventh place to battle Dovizioso for the third spot.
The following laps, got even more exciting, as Lorenzo used the incredible speed of the Ducati to bring the action to his old nemesis, Rossi. He briefly took the lead, before the Italian snatched it back. Lorenzo would not have it and the next lap, the scene replayed. A throwback to the many times the two have gone head to head. Both sharing the front for the first time this season.
The next move it was “DesmoDovi” and Vinales, who blew past their respective teammates. Valentino Rossi would not give up without a fight, while Lorenzo dropped back with Petrucci hot on his heels.Petrucci was in the zone, leaving Lorenzo behind catching up to the battling trio not wasting any time catching up with the roving Dovi at the front. A patient Vinales took back the second spot after Petrucci made a small error trying to follow Dovizioso through a corner. The next few laps were all about holding stations, as the two riders tried to work the gaps. Growing and dropping back as the two riders poured their souls into the machines every member of the Borgo Panigale team watched on with bated breath.
Dovi who could almost taste the victory at this point kept everything strung together keeping his head down into the last lap. Taking his third ever Grand Prix win, and the first win for the Reds at Mugello since Casey Stoner in 2009. A truly historic race indeed.
Vinales moved forward with his championship claims -- with this second place -- taking the top spot in the championship. Petrucci maintained his position fighting of the GOAT on the last couple of laps. Rossi who is still recovering from a motocross crash was visibly pushing hard just to overcome the pain. Putting on one hell of a show for the home fans even if it was just for a few laps.