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Andrea Dovizioso once again has shown how good a rider he is by grabbing the 1st position in the Japanese GP in the wet. It was a crucial win for him and has reduced the gap from Marquez to 11 points.

During the initial phase of the race, it was Petrucci who took a good lead followed by Lorenzo while Marquez and Dovizioso battling for the third position. Lorenzo couldn’t hold his position for long and was overtaken by both Marquez and Dovi. Petrucci was still leading the race.

Valentino Rossi was struggling for grip in the wet even during his qualifying and was unlucky on the race-day. The Italian racer was out of the race during lap 8. His hopes of winning the 2017 MotoGP is now out of the equation.

The race then carried on with Petrucci first and Marquez and Dovizioso following him in second and third positions respectively. When only 12 laps were remaining, Marquez decided to push himself and he passed Petrucci to lead the race. Dovizioso also took the opportunity to show Petrucci the third place.

Dovizioso made his move on Marquez with only 6 laps remaining. He was running first and soon his powerful Ducati gained eight tenths over the Spaniard. This was the first time when the Ducati was leading the Japanese GP and Dovi really wanted to take this home. But so did Marc. The Spaniard gave his one last shot and managed to overtake Dovizioso but couldn’t hold up for long as he went wide on turn 8 on the last lap. And Dovizioso crossed the line winning the Japanese GP.

Following is the race result of the Japanese GP:

Pos Rider Team Bike KM/H Diff.
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 146.3 47’14.236
2 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 146.3 +0.249
3 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 145.8 +10.557
4 Andrea IANNONE Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 145.3 +18.845
5 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 145.1 +22.982
6 Jorge LORENZO Ducati Team Ducati 145.1 +24.464
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 144.9 +28.010
8 Johann ZARCO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 144.8 +29.475
9 Maverick VIÑALES Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 144.4 +36.575
10 Loris BAZ Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 143.8 +48.506
11 Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 143.5 +56.357
12 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 143.3 +1’00.181
13 Sam LOWES Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 143.2 +1’00.980
14 Hector BARBERA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 143.1 +1’03.118
15 Tito RABAT EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 143.1 +1’03.514
16 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 143.1 +1’04.162
17 Bradley SMITH Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 143.0 +1’06.271
18 Hiroshi AOYAMA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 142.6 +1’13.250
Not Classified
Alvaro BAUTISTA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 142.6 3 Laps
Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 143.0 4 Laps
Karel ABRAHAM Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 133.9 5 Laps
Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda Honda 137.6 10 Laps
Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 142.0 19 Laps
Kohta NOZANE Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 137.6 21 Laps