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:
|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|
|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|