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MotoGP – Dovizioso pilots Ducati to victory at Sepang

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Andrea Dovizioso shone in the wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, claiming his first victory for Ducati and becoming the ninth winner in a dramatic MotoGP season.

The Ducati Team rider crossed the finish-line ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo at the end of 29 rain-soaked laps, and looked smooth and consistent from the off.

Powering away from pole, Dovizioso was third at the end of Lap One behind Rossi and Andrea Iannone, who then put on a terrific scrap for first. On Lap 12 Dovizioso passed team-mate 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.

Speaking after the race the Italian said: “It was very important for me to win a race this year: I’ve been trying for so long and I’ve come close on several occasions, so satisfaction for today’s result is truly immense.

“I really powered to the win, because in the first half of the race I could not push too hard, but I didn’t give up, I didn’t make any mistakes and at the right time I passed both Iannone and Rossi and set my own pace.

“I am very happy about the improvements we have made this year, both in the bike and with my team, but also on a personal level. I am working hard also for next year and this win, which has come at the end of the season, is just reward for all the efforts.”

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.

 

 

 

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MotoGP – Pedrosa takes stunning victory in Misano

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Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa became the eighth different MotoGP winner in eight races today, taking a stunning victory at Misano, his 29th in MotoGP and the 52nd in his career, as well as the 120th for Honda since the start of the MotoGP era in 2002.

Pedrosa’s choice of a soft-front and medium-rear Michelin tyre combination proved to be the best one for today’s conditions and for his riding style, as it allowed him to charge through the field at an incredibly fast pace and to set a new track record of 1’32.979 on his way to the victory.

Starting eighth on the grid, he was sixth at the end of the first lap and progressively improved his speed over the course of 22 laps, overtaking Dovizioso, Viñales, Marquez, Lorenzo and finally Rossi in a series of bullish moves before crossing the line 2.8 seconds ahead of the Italian to became the fourth Honda rider to win a race this year.

Pedrosa said: “It was a great race, and it has been a long time since I’ve had these feelings. Even I was surprised by the performance I put in today because I hadn’t expected to go so fast; we were fantastic.

“The key was the pace; I was able to fight my way through, especially in the final part, and being consistent allowed me to catch the riders at the front. It’s very nice for me to take a victory again, after all the effort made by those who have been with me in this challenging season so far: my family, my team and my fans. It has been very difficult, so I’m very happy for all of them. Today I enjoyed myself, although I was a little worried about the choice of front tyre because I hadn’t used it in hot conditions. In the end we were focused and everything went very well; it was an opportunity we had to take advantage of, and I think we achieved a great victory.”