With four podiums in the opening six Grand Prix – of which the latest two have featured both riders – the Mission Winnow Ducati squad are taking the fight to Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team. Danilo Petrucci’s win at Mugello comes as a timely reminder that after back-to-back Marquez wins, it certainly is not over in the unpredictable world of MotoGP™.
Having defeated Marquez in numerous last lap scraps before, it wasn’t Andrea Dovizioso who the reigning World Champion had to overcome. Danilo Petrucci’s inspired ride at home in Italy saw Marquez on the back foot and for the first time, unable to make a desperate lunge on the final lap. This comes after late moves in Austria and Japan in 2017, whilst also in Qatar and the Czech Republic in 2018 failed to work out for the seven-time Grand Prix Champion.
“It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable,” said an elated Petrucci, who pipped Marquez at the finish line. “At the beginning of this season I start to think maybe I never will (win) but then I adapt this strategy of making the best off-track, on-track without thinking about anything. I have no contract for next year, so I started to think about doing other things in my life,” said the Italian Grand Prix race winner.
“I’m really sorry to Andrea for that pass but I saw, not a door, but just a window open and I had to jump into it. Andrea has helped me a lot this winter, now we have to think about the future,” concluded the Italian, who became the 109th premier class Grand Prix winner.
Dovizioso was also happy to for his younger teammate, having worked extensively with his compatriot in the off-season, helping Petrucci with training and preparation whilst also becoming close friends.
“We have to be really happy with the race we put together because the conditions were really difficult. The reason why Marc was able to stay with us at our good track is the speed in the middle of the corner. We accelerate better, we brake better but in the middle of corner we are too slow,” concluded the Italian, who lies second in the championship and just 12 points behind Marquez.
The Italian manufacturer now heads to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, another track at which Ducati have won at in the last two seasons. The pattern shows that the winner of the Italian Grand Prix goes on to win the Catalan Grand Prix too. Will this be the case in 2019?
GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA OAKLEY
MotoGP Race Classification 2019.
|1||25||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||174.1||41’33.794|
|2||20||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||174.1||+0.043|
|3||16||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||174.1||+0.338|
|4||13||42||Alex RINS||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||174.1||+0.535|
|5||11||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||173.6||+6.535|
|6||10||12||Maverick VIÑALES||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||173.6||+7.481|
|7||9||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||173.2||+13.288|
|8||8||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||173.1||+13.937|
|9||7||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||172.9||+16.533|
|10||6||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||172.8||+17.994|
|11||5||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||172.7||+20.523|
|12||4||36||Joan MIR||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||172.7||+20.544|
|13||3||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||172.7||+20.813|
|14||2||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||172.2||+27.298|
|15||1||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||172.2||+28.051|
|16||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||172.0||+30.101|
|17||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||171.2||+41.857|
|43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||173.8||8 Laps|
|63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||173.3||12 Laps|
|55||Hafizh SYAHRIN||MAL||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||171.3||14 Laps|
|46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||171.0||16 Laps|
|21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||172.1||18 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|53||Tito RABAT||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||0 Lap|
MotoGP World Standing 2019.
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