It’s one of the rare days when
you have a three-in-one victory. It happened at Mugello on June 4, 2017 when an
Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso, riding an Italian bike Ducati won an Italian GP.
Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso took a great win to cross the line ahead of Maverick
Vinales of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing).Petrucci
is also an Italian.
Home hero and hero for a long
time, Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP had to be content with fourth
position, despite starting the race from P2 on the grid.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
OCTO Pramac Racing
Pull&Bear Aspar Team
Repsol Honda Team
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Team Suzuki Ecstar
EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Reale Avintia Racing
It was an incredible race as ‘DesmoDovi’
moved for the kill from the beginning as
he went past his teammate and ahead of Vinales and Petrucci.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's
Maverick Viñales ended the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley with a strong
performance. The Spaniard held firm at the front of the field to earn a second
place, his fourth podium of the season over six races. His still recovering
teammate Valentino Rossi had the passionate Italian crowds at the Autodromo del
Mugello in a frenzy as he battled at the front of the field.
Viñales had a good start from
pole and slotted in behind his fellow Movistar Yamaha rider. After a few
tussles with various rivals in the opening stages, he hit the front of the
field on lap four and put his head down to get a bit of daylight between him
and the chasing riders. Though he was unable to completely break away, he held
on to the lead for ten laps, after which he had to let Andrea Dovizioso pass.
Small mistakes in turn 15 on
lap 15 and in turn one on lap 17 caused the young contender to lose some time
and he found himself in third place. However, Viñales refused to give up the
fight and, with four laps to go, he took back second position and was on the
hunt for Dovizioso, 1.215s ahead of him. He shaved off some time in the last
few laps, but decided to abort his mission on the home stretch. He crossed the
line in second place, 1.281s from first, scoring valuable points for the
Starting from second on the
grid, Rossi had the air horns blare in the crowd as he dashed past his teammate
to take the holeshot. He was joined at the front by Jorge Lorenzo, Viñales and
Dovizioso. The heart rates of VR46 fans all around the world went through the
roof on the opening laps, as the Doctor battled with the challenging riders.
The order changed constantly, until a front group, consisting of four riders,
started to form after lap seven.
While the Mugello Circuit got
swamped in yellow smoke, Rossi bravely held on to third place for eight laps,
until Danilo Petrucci passed him on lap 14, just when the Doctor was lining up
Viñales. The nine times World Champion was initially up for the challenge to
regain his position, but with his body still sore from his motocross accident,
he wisely decided to bring home his YZR-M1 for a fourth-place finish. He took
the chequered flag 3.685s from the front.
Viñales' second place earns
him 20 points. He maintains the lead in the championship standings with a 105-point
total, 30 points ahead of Rossi in third place. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team
also hold the lead in the Team standings by 44 points, with a total of 180
points, whilst Yamaha remains the top manufacturer in the Constructor's
Championship by a 23-point margin, with 128 points.
The MotoGP paddock will now
travel to Spain for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, held next
weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Source: Yamaha Racing
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