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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:

PosRiderTeamBikeKM/HDiff.
1Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati146.347’14.236
2Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda146.3+0.249
3Danilo PETRUCCIOCTO Pramac RacingDucati145.8+10.557
4Andrea IANNONETeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki145.3+18.845
5Alex RINSTeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki145.1+22.982
6Jorge LORENZODucati TeamDucati145.1+24.464
7Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia144.9+28.010
8Johann ZARCOMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha144.8+29.475
9Maverick VIÑALESMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha144.4+36.575
10Loris BAZReale Avintia RacingDucati143.8+48.506
11Pol ESPARGARORed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM143.5+56.357
12Katsuyuki NAKASUGAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha143.3+1’00.181
13Sam LOWESAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia143.2+1’00.980
14Hector BARBERAReale Avintia RacingDucati143.1+1’03.118
15Tito RABATEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda143.1+1’03.514
16Scott REDDINGOCTO Pramac RacingDucati143.1+1’04.162
17Bradley SMITHRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM143.0+1’06.271
18Hiroshi AOYAMAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda142.6+1’13.250
Not Classified
Alvaro BAUTISTAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati142.63 Laps
Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda143.04 Laps
Karel ABRAHAMPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati133.95 Laps
Cal CRUTCHLOWLCR HondaHonda137.610 Laps
Valentino ROSSIMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha142.019 Laps
Kohta NOZANEMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha137.621 Laps