Dovizioso Eases to Victory to Extend Ducati Run

Andrea Dovizioso - Misano - Race Winner
Andrea Dovizioso - Photo Credit: Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso led from the front to take a dominant victory in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix as Ducati maintained their unbeaten record since the summer break. The Italian was unchallenged after taking the lead on lap six, taking victory ahead of Marc Marquez, but the race ended in bittersweet fashion for Ducati after Jorge Lorenzo crashed a lap and a half from home.

Lorenzo had begun the race as the overwhelming favourite and his chances appeared to be boosted when he led through turn one, followed by qualifying star Jack Miller. However, the Australian was quickly shuffled back to fourth by Dovizioso and Marquez who were keen to keep the polesitter in sight and when Miller lost the front end of his Ducati on lap two, the front three were detached from the rest of the pack.

Crucially, Lorenzo had been unable to make his trademark early break and Dovizioso soon snatched the lead into Quercia. The Italian looked confident and assured at the front but as half-distance approached, Andrea suddenly unleashed a new race lap record to leave his pursuers trailing and from that point onwards, Lorenzo and Marquez were merely scrapping over second.

The battle for the two remaining rostrum spots looked to be swinging Lorenzo’s way after seeing off an early Marquez assault by passing into turn 12 but a rare error from the no.99 settled matters with two laps to go. At the same corner he had earlier lost the lead, Jorge lost the front end of his Ducati and handed 20 points to Marquez.

The misfortune of Lorenzo up ahead also brought rewards for Cal Crutchlow who capped off a fine race with a podium in third while Alex Rins finished a tremendous fourth for Suzuki. Movistar Yamaha endured another chastening afternoon with Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi a distant fifth and seventh respectively, split by Dani Pedrosa, while Andrea Iannone, Alvaro Bautista and Johann Zarco rounded out the top ten.


2018 GP Octo di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini (Result)

14. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team42:05.42625
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team+2.82220
335. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda Castrol+7.26916
442. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR+14.68713
525. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+16.01611
626. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team+17.40810
746. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+19.0869
829. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR+21.8048
919. Alvaro BautistaDucatiAngel Nieto Team+23.9197
105. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+27.5596
119. Danilo PetrucciDucatiAlma Pramac Racing+30.6985
1221. Franco MorbidelliHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+32.9414
1330. Takaaki NakagamiHondaLCR Honda IDEMITSU+33.4613
1441. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+35.6862
1551. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team+35.8121
1638. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+46.500
1799. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team+46.614
1843. Jack MillerDucatiAlma Pramac Racing+50.593
1955. Hafizh SyahrinYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+55.168
2017. Karel AbrahamDucatiAngel Nieto Team+1:02.255
2145. Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+1:09.475
2212. Thomas LuthiHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+1:12.608
2323. Christophe PonssonDucatiReale Avintia Racing+1 Lap
NC6. Stefan BradlHondaHRC Honda Team+10 Laps
NC43. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+10 Laps
NC10. Xavier SimeonDucatiReale Avintia Racing+25 Laps