MotoGP Misano: Dovizioso takes victory as Lorenzo crashes out

Andrea Dovizioso scored a straightforward third win of the MotoGP season at Misano ahead of Marc Marquez, as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of second place

MotoGP Misano: Dovizioso takes victory as Lorenzo crashes out

Dovizioso's win was Ducati's third in succession - the first time the Italian marque has taken a hat-trick since 2008 - as he carved his way from fourth on the grid in the opening laps before setting a pace his opponents were unable to match.

Lorenzo and Marquez managed to close the gap in the latter stages until the former slid out at the Turn 8 left-hander on the penultimate lap, which left Dovizioso with a clear run to victory.

Poleman Lorenzo hung onto the lead in the opening sequence of corners ahead of fellow front-row starter Jack Miller, as Marquez jumped to third ahead of Dovizioso.

But by the end of the lap Dovizioso had cleared both Marquez and Miller to move into second, and on the sixth lap of 27 he eased past Lorenzo on the run down to Turn 8 to take command.

By that time, Miller had crashed out of what had become fourth, leaving the leading trio with a significant gap over the rest.

Dovizioso's lead was hovering at less than a second until he set a new fastest lap on lap nine, and five laps later his advantage had grown to nearly two seconds.

Marquez and Lorenzo, engaged in a thrilling scrap over second, edged back towards Dovizioso in the final five laps but the Italian was able to stabilise his gap and finally take the chequered flag by 2.8s after Lorenzo's crash.

Lorenzo's crash, allied to Dovizioso's win, enabled the Italian to emerge as Marquez's closest challenger in the championship, albeit the duo split by a sizeable 67 points.

Behind Marquez, LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow - who ran a lonely fourth for most of the race - was promoted to the final podium spot, a further 4s down on Marquez, followed by Suzuki man Alex Rins.

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales failed to make the most of his front-row starting spot, slipping to fifth on the opening lap and ultimately ending up in the same position.

Team-mate Valentino Rossi had a similarly indifferent run to seventh behind the second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

Andrea Iannone (Suzuki), Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati) and Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha) completed the top 10.

Rounding out the scorers were Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro, while Lorenzo remounted to finish 17th - one place ahead of Miller.

The other retirees were Xavier Simeon (Avintia Ducati) and Stefan Bradl (Honda), both crashing out, while KTM's Pol Espargaro was forced to retire a little beyond half-distance.

Debutant Christophe Ponsson (Avintia) finished a lapped 23rd.

Race result

Pos Rider Team Bike Laps Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 27 42m05.426s
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 27 2.822s
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 27 7.269s
4 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 27 14.687s
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 27 16.016s
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 27 17.408s
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 27 19.086s
8 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 27 21.804s
9 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 27 23.919s
10 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 27 27.559s
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 27 30.698s
12 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 27 32.941s
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 27 33.461s
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 27 35.686s
15 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 27 35.812s
16 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 27 46.500s
17 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 27 46.614s
18 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 27 50.593s
19 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 27 55.168s
20 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 27 1m02.255s
21 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 27 1m09.475s
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 27 1m12.608s
23 Christophe Ponsson Avintia Ducati Ducati 26 1 Lap
- Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 17 Retirement
- Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 17 Retirement
- Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 2 Retirement

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