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MotoGP analysis: How Dovizioso played it to perfection at Misano

By Sajith B Warrier
Andrea Dovizioso

Misano, September 10: Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati Team took an expertly-crafted victory in the San Marino GP, picking his way into the lead and unleashing incredible pace to secure only the second-ever win for Ducati at the venue.

His win also makes it three in a row for the Borgo Panigale factory, having won at Brno and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo following that up with victory in Austria.

Lorenzo was the man on the chase at Misano, too, but there was late drama as he slid out on the penultimate lap after dueling with world champion Marc Marquez of (Repsol Honda Team).

Marquez took second at the flag, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) putting in an impressive ride to take third and come home as top Independent Team rider.

myKhel.com looks at how Dovizioso played it to perfection at Misano.

Biggest winner

Biggest winner

It was polesitter Lorenzo who shot out ahead and got the holeshot - as the number 99 is oft to do - but Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) kept second from second on the grid as the Aussie got a good start.

Marquez was the biggest winner off the line, moving up from fifth after a crash in qualifying to slot into third, but he wasn't there long...

Ducati at front

Ducati at front

Dovizioso struck quickly against the reigning champion before picking off Miller, pushing hard to tag on to the back of his team-mate as Marquez then sliced past the Aussie too - intent on keeping tabs on the Ducati duo at the front.

Unfortunately, disaster struck a lap later for Miller as he slid out at Turn 14.

Pulls free

Pulls free

Crutchlow had pulled free of a squabble and sliced past Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to get into the position to try and close in on the then-leading trio, and more than made amends for a late crash in qualifying.

Rins, meanwhile, impressed on the softer compound rear tyre to get well in the initial fight and then hold great pace to the flag, not able to stay ahead of Crutchlow but nevertheless holding station in the top five until Lorenzo's late crash saw him take fourth.

Unique crowd

Unique crowd

"It was important to win here," said Dovizioso as he was joined by Crutchlow and Marquez in front of the unique Misano crowd.

The Italian made it three in a row for Ducati and three Italian winners on race day (Moto2 and Moto 3) with his first Misano win.

After a dramatic weekend at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the MotoGP caravan moved to MotorLand Aragon and home turf for Marquez, Lorenzo and Vinales, leaving Dovizioso and Rossi behind enemy lines.

After three Italian wins over the three classes at Misano, can the Spaniards fight back? Find out in a fortnight.

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    Story first published: Monday, September 10, 2018, 11:26 [IST]
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