MUGELLO – MOTOGP RACE
2017 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix and results
Andrea Dovizioso becomes at 31 years old the first Italian rider to win a MotoGP race at Mugello on Ducati! With this third victory in the premier class, his first in the dry, "DesmoDovi" climbs back to 2nd place in the provisional classification behind Viñales, second in the 2017 Italian Grand Prix.
Andrea Dovizioso thought he would one day climb on the first step of the podium at Mugello and be acclaimed there by this crowd of Italians always numerous during the awards ceremony ? For an Italian pilot, living this moment is already of unparalleled intensity…
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But when in addition this consecration occurs on the handlebars of a transalpine motorcycle, the pleasure experienced becomes quite simply indescribable: as sounded by the scope of his feat against the army of tiffosis, "Dovi" humbly smiles with stars in his eyes. while the flashes crackle …
Because it is clearly a tour de force that the native of Forlimpopoli achieved on the Tuscan circuit, by winning his first race of the 2017 season at home with the GP17: Dovizioso becomes the first Italian rider to win the Mugello over Ducati !
The n ° 4 succeeds Casey Stoner, the only other driver to have taken the Desmosedici to the top step of the podium at Mugello. Add to that the fact that Andrea Dovizioso was competing in this race diminished by food poisoning which had forced him to limit his participation in the warm-up, and you have a memorable moment for Jorge Lorenzo’s teammate. !
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"I was not at my best, I didn’t have a lot of energy at the start line," said Dovizioso. "But Ducati gave us a good bike and the fans pushed me. It’s so good!", Rejoices the Italian, who is his first victory in the dry after his two previous successes on the track. wet in Great Britain in 2009 and in Malaysia in 2016. Dovizioso also becomes the fourth winner this season, with Viñales (victorious in Qatar, Argentina and Le Mans), Marquez (Austin) and Pedrosa (Jerez).
Dovi pulls out his finest quill to write Ducati history
This beautiful page in Ducati history in Grand Prix, Dovizioso took his best pen to write it: the transalpine was incisive from the start of the race, copying its pace on that of the Yamaha of Rossi and Viñales who seemed to dominate their subject after defeating the surprising Lorenzo, a short time leader of the Italian GP.
But the Mallorcan quickly ran out of steam after ceding control to the Yamaha and finally finished 8th, 14.4 seconds behind his teammate winner. The n ° 99 even narrowly missed being taxed by the brand’s test rider, Michele Pirro, whose Ducati was close to 354 km / h in the straight line. !
Qualified third behind Viñales and Rossi, Dovizioso did better than stay at the forefront: he scrambled like hell to take his Ducati physique into the twisty behind the Yamaha, before taking advantage of his top speed advantage in the long straight line (+10 km / h on the Yamaha de Viñales) to tumble like a torpedo in the monumental braking of San Donato, where the MotoGP brake for 5 long seconds to slow down to around 85 km / h.
Thanks to this winning combination, the n ° 4 – shod with medium front and rear tires – managed to gain the advantage over Viñales, then to widen a gap of one second on the Spanish prodigy. Dovi won with 1.2 seconds ahead of the championship leader, who nevertheless forced in the last laps to regain a few tenths at n ° 4 before letting go near the finish line.
"I tried to catch up with Dovi, but he was too strong today. And then after my crash at high speed in practice, my arm hurt a bit", admits Viñales, who finishes in front of a driver whom no one ‘awaited such a party in the dry at Mugello: the Italian Danilo Petrucci on his Ducati GP17 Pramac, a motorcycle he describes as a "rolling laboratory" for the benefit of the Reds factory riders !
Very consistent throughout the race, "Petrux" signs his second podium in MotoGP after his second place in Great Britain in 2015. The satellite rider is also the second Italian on the podium with an Italian motorcycle: the public is delighted at home, while Andrea Migno then Mattia Pasini have already sounded the Italian anthem in Moto3 and Moto2 !
"I would have sold my house for a podium here"
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“I don’t believe it: I would have sold my house to make a podium here!” Exclaims Petrucci. "Behind Dovi, I was holding my breath…", admits the sympathetic Italian, often very fast in the wet but never so well classified in the dry. "At one point, I thought I could even win the race", assures the native of Terni, who does not intend to stop there. !
Complicated race for Honda
Fourth at 3.685 sec from the winner, Valentino Rossi limits the damage on a circuit where he was not sure he could run when he arrived on Thursday because of his pain following a fall in motocross. However, the nine-time world champion leaves with a certain frustration, he who had made the public scream with joy by dominating the third free practice session, then signing the holeshot when the lights went out at the start !
In the race however, the Doctor lacked a bit of speed to resist his teammate, then Dovizioso and Petrucci. Even if a 4th place at Mugello cannot be considered satisfactory for a rider who has won there 7 consecutive times in MotoGP (from 2002 to 2008), the points scored are important in the championship after his fall at Le Mans. N ° 46 finished ahead of Alvaro Bautista’s Ducati Aspar, excellent 5th ahead of Marc Marquez’s factory Honda.
In delicacy on his RCV the whole race, the defending champion was never able to win this Sunday: he finished 5.9 sec from the winner, visibly struggling on a RCV not at his ease at Mugello . The penalty is even more severe for his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who mowed down Cal Crutchlow’s Honda on the last lap. Big anger of the LCR pilot, who also fought in the soft underbelly of the peloton, even further…
Eleventh on the grid, Johann Zarco finished 7th at 13.205 seconds, far from his superb 2nd place at Le Mans. Would the French have been betrayed by his choice of a soft tire at the front (hard at the rear), when the official Yamaha started with hard tires at the front as well as at the rear? His compatriot Loris Baz finished in 18th position, literally washed up after this disputed race on his mule following a fall in the wam-up with his first motorcycle..
"A very complicated race", breaths Loris, visibly marked. "My second was not working as well and physically I couldn’t take it anymore: I" exploded "after just a few laps while trying to fight", explains the Haut-Savoyard..
The results of the MotoGP championship
Maverick Viñales achieves an excellent operation in the championship with this second place behind Andrea Dovizioso, which does not constitute – for now? – a direct threat to the championship. The Italian, however, is in second place in the provisional with 26 points behind the n ° 25! Valentino Rossi remains third but his gap over his box neighbor increases to 30 pts … Follow Marquez and Pedrosa, whose delay over Viñales drops to 37 points ex-eaquo.
Note that the Doctor is the only driver in the current Top 5 who has not yet won a race this season. Johann Zarco, for his part, is 6th in the provisional, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and… Danilo Petrucci, moved up to 8th place, 4 points behind the Ducati official thanks to his second place in Mugello. This is not going to reconcile Lorenzo and the boss of the Ducati racing department, who clearly expressed his dissatisfaction with the Mallorcan, explaining that he expected better from a driver of his stature..
Sylvain Guintoli appears 25th in the provisional classification thanks to these two participations on the Suzuki of Alex Rins. The Drômois, resident in Great Britain, can leave Italy with his head held high: he precedes the Ducati of Loris Baz, the Aprilia of Sam Lowes and the KTM of Bradley Smith, last to almost 51 seconds of the winner. Not bad at all for "Guinto", whose replacement should not last next week in Barcelona (Spain) judging by the rapid recovery of Alex Rins, who has been having fun since .
2017 MotoGP Italian GP results
- 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 41’32.126
- 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1.281
- 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati +2.334
- 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.685
- 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati +5.802
- 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +5.885
- 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +13.205
- 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati +14.393
- 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +14.880
- 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +15.502
- 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +22.004
- 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati +24.952
- 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +28.160
- 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +30.676
- 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +30.779
- 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati +42.306
- 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +46.294
- 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +50.731
- 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +50.740
- 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +50.897
- 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 173.1 (1 lap)
- 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 173.1 (1 lap)
- 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 168.7 (8 laps)
- 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 171.3 (10 laps)
Provisional MotoGP classification 2017
- Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA (105 points)
- Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA (79 points)
- Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA (75 points)
- Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA (68 points)
- Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA (68 points)
- Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA (64 points)
- Jorge LORENZO Ducati SPA (46 points)
- Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA (42 points)
- Jonas FOLGER Yamaha GER (41 points)
- Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR (40 points)
- Scott REDDING Ducati GBR (30 points)
- Jack MILLER Honda AUS (30 points)
- Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati SPA (25 points)
- Andrea IANNONE Suzuki ITA (21 points)
- Loris BAZ Ducati FRA (19 points)
- Tito RABAT Honda SPA (18 points)
- Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA (17 points)
- Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA (14 points)
- Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE (9 points)
- Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA (7 points)
- Alex RINS Suzuki SPA (7 points)
- Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA (6 points)
- Bradley SMITH KTM GBR (6 points)
- Sam LOWES Aprilia GBR (2 points)
- Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki FRA (1 point)
- Takuya TSUDA Suzuki JPN
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