Andrea Dovizioso holds off Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to take a dominant win on home soil.
Andrea Dovizioso showed his true class and skill at Misano to take the win on home soil, it was a perfect weekend for the Italian riders with Italians also winning in Moto2 and Moto3.
After starting in fourth place Dovizioso had some work to do to make sure he won the race which would be his first at Misano. He had two Ducati’s ahead of him in the shape of Jorge Lorenzo and Jack Miller.
At the end of the first lap Dovizioso had already shifted Jack Miller out of the way into the trap of Marc Marquez who made a hard but fair move on Jack to assert his dominance and to see if Jack could fight back.
Sadly with 25 laps to go the impressive Jack Miller crashed on Turn 4 out of fourth place however with a second place in qualifying he is sure to go home happy.
With 22 laps to go Andrea Dovizioso passed his teammate Jorge Lorenzo to take the lead and the control of the race, from this, no one would be able to overtake or catch Andrea again.
From here this left Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to battle it out with multiple overtakes and hard moves. With 4 laps to go somehow Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez found speed they never had and started to catch up to Dovizioso with some speed.
Sadly the podium was not to be with Jorge Lorenzo crashing out of the race with 2 laps to go, this gave Marc Marquez a comfortable gap back to third placed Cal Crutchlow meaning Marquez could extend his championship lead without having to push.
Cal Crutchlow eventually took home a fantastic, morale boosting third place in Italy which will keep Honda happy as he was the second placed Honda helping Honda to have two bikes on the podium.
A special mention goes to Alex Rins who started the race in tenth place and eventually finished in fourth, he is sure to be a threat in 2019.
To cap off an incredible race weekend, we had three Italian race winners on home soil with Marc Marquez extending his championship lead and Andrea Dovizioso taking the top step on the podium once again.
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