Dovizioso of Ducati Team produced a superb performance at the Sepang
International Circuit to take victory in the Shell Malaysia Grand Prix.
Team rider crossed the finish-line ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo at the end of 29
rain-soaked laps. Powering away from pole, Dovizioso was third at the end of
lap 1 behind Rossi and Andrea Iannone, who then put on a terrific scrap for
first . On lap 12 Dovi passed Iannone and set off after Rossi, whom he passed
on lap 15, and from then on he pulled out a small lead over the Yamaha rider to
take the flag with a margin of more than three seconds. The Italian had not won
a race in MotoGP since the British Grand Prix at Donington in 2009 and thanks
to this result he moves up into fifth place in the table with 162 points.
mate Andrea Iannone had a good race but was out of luck in the end after
starting from the second row. The Italian, who returned to the team after his
crash at Misano, took the lead on lap 2 and then remained in that position
until lap 10. Iannone was then passed by Rossi and, on the next lap, also by
his team-mate and he then crashed out at Turn 9, putting an end to his good
win, Ducati lies third in the Manufacturers’ championship with 245 points.
Dovizioso now becomes the ninth different winner of 2016: an all time first for
the MotoGP World After dueling for the lead earlier in the race, Valentino
Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) came home P2, with teammate Jorge Lorenzo
completing the podium
the rider finding himself out of podium contention as he fell down to sixth,
moving back into the top five as Phillip Island winner Crutchlow then fell at
Turn 2. More crashes followed as
World Champion Marquez lost his Honda at Turn 11 and slid out – rejoining in
the points but out of contention for the victory – followed by early superstar
Andrea Iannone at Turn 9, who was unable to rejoin but walked away unscathed. Marquez
finally finished 11th.
and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) were the unsung heroes further back on
track as the drama ahead stole the spotlight, with Baz showing incredible wet
weather pace once again, into fourth with five laps to go. Barbera then
overtook his teammate, with the two crossing the line to complete the top five
in another Brno-esque triumph for the team.
now returns to Valencia in Spain. It is the home turf for Marquez, as he
prepares to ride at home for the first time since taking his third premier
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