Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo Takes First Ducati Win

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Lorenzo moved into an early lead at Mugello ahead of polesitter Valentino Rossi as Marquez surging up the order to third place on the first lap from sixth made an ambitious pass on Danilo Petrucci who felt he should have been penalised.

 

Marc Marquez picked off Rossi’s Yamaha at the beginning of the third lap at the opening corner before pressurising leading Lorenzo. However, on the fifth lap, Marquez lost the front end and slid into the gravel trap.

 

After that, Lorenzo led Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso who moved up to on lap seven. Lorenzo held a slim advantage of seven tenths of a second but he maintained his pace and pulled out a lead of 1.5s by lap 13.

 

He managed to stay ahead of the rest of the laps and took his first win on a Ducati and 45th premier class career victory by a 6.3s margin. Dovizioso was able to hold off Rossi by just 0.259s and completed a Ducati 1-2.

 

 

Marquez Says It’s “Impossible” to beat Lorenzo Even Without Crash

 

 

Marquez surged up from sixth on the grid to second by fifth lap and was running very close behind Grand Prix leader Lorenzo before sliding off into the gravel trap at the Scarperia. Despite remounting his Honda, Marquez could only finish 16th while Lorenzo took a dominant win.

 

When asked whether he thought he had the pace to deny him off a win if not crashed, he responded saying that podium was possible but  the bike was “not perfect” and he was not on same pace as podium guys.

 

The Spaniard admitted earlier in the weekend of having a strange front tyre allocation available in Mugello and said his crash was down to racing on hard front compound.

 

Having tucked the front, he slid off the track slowly and unsuccessfully picked the bike back up before finally falling over. Marquez confessed that he found it very hard to avoid crashing during second time.

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