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Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci celebrates his maiden MotoGP title at the Mugello circuit in Italy on Sunday. Photo: Twitter @Petrux9

Scarperia: Italys Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) on Sunday took a huge risk in the final lap to claim his first MotoGP win in the Italian Grand Prix (GP).

Petrucci earned victory with a time of 41 minutes and 33.8 seconds, only 0.043s ahead of Spain’s Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda), while Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) completed the podium 0.338s off the pace, reports Efe news.

Márquez is still the MotoGP World Champion with 12 points ahead of Dovizioso and 27 ahead of Alex Rins of Spain, who finished fourth at the Mugello Circuit. From pole position, Márquez maintained his lead with the Ducati duo nipping at his heels, but Rins (Suzuki) attacked in the fourth lap.

At that point, Italy’s Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1) and Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) were away from the fight for the first positions.

The Italian had a bad day in the office; first, he made a mistake and went off the road and shortly after coming back in the last position, he hit the ground in the eighth lap and subsequently had to retire.

The race, however, was anything but secured for Márquez, who was overtaken by Danilo Petrucci in the fifth lap and then in the following lap Ducati’s Dovizioso and Australia’s Jack Miller followed in Petrucci’s footsteps and even Rins momentarily leapfrogged Márquez.

With Ducati’s duo in the lead, Márquez engaged in a fierce fight with Miller to regain the third spot and close the gap with Petrucci and Dovizioso. While Márquez emerged victorious from the fight for the third spot, the efforts of Rins, who was following his countryman to take the lead paid off in the tenth lap.

In the same lap, however, Ducati riders and Márquez overtook him, but he was not ready to give up just yet and fought back to surpass Márquez, although the Ducati duo didn’t give him an opportunity.

Petrucci, Márquez, Dovizioso and Rins then competed for the first spot, with Dovizioso taking the lead in the 20th lap, but his teammate hit back and grabbed the lead.

The race kept the best to last, in the very last lap, when Márquez overtook both riders, who managed to find a way past Márquez through the inside racing line at San Donato.

In a risky manoeuvre both Dovizioso and Petrucci, entered almost without a place, forcing Dovizioso to lift the bike and literally touch Márquez’s bike, which ended in front of him and that relegated him to third.

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Rins beats Rossi to Americas GP title

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Alex Rins emerged as the surprise winner at the Americas GP, beating Valentino Rossi and Marc Marques to the title

Austin (Texas): Upcoming youngster Alex Rins created a big upset, beating Italian star Valentino Rossi to the title at the Americas Grand Prix which was held here  this weekend.

Rins had a time of 41 minutes and 45.499 seconds, crossing the finish line 0.462 seconds ahead of Rossi.

Jack Miller trailed the leader by 8.454 seconds to take third place. Overall championship leader Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth.

Rossi is at the second spot in the overall standings, three points behind Dovizioso.  Rins is at the overall third position with 49 points.

The 23-year-old Rins was understandably excited and emotional following his victory.

“I beat Valentino, this is unbelievable for me, he was my idol when I was very young. I’m so happy, I have no words to explain these feelings,” he was quoted as saying by autosport.com.

“Thanks to Suzuki, they did a really job, (making) a good bike all these years. I did my maximum, I’m so happy, my feeling is incredible,” he added.

Defending champion Marc Marquez, who was aiming for a seventh consecutive victory in Austin, had built up a lead of around four seconds before a crash at the ninth lap put an end to his challenge.

The Spanish star’s compatriot Jorge Lorenzo also had to leave the Americas Grand Prix pointless after failing to finish the race.

 

Defending champion Marc Marques (in front) bowed out after a crash in the ninth lap

A chilly, but dry, morning warm up session soon gave way to 39 degree celcius temperature on the track as the MotoGP World Championship lined up for the 20-lap race.

Leaving his braking late, pole-setter Marquez led into and through Turn 1, steadily building his lead each lap.

An error into Turn 12 on Lap 9 caused Marquez to lose the front of his RC213V, unable to restart his machine he was forced to retire. Marquez was unharmed in the fall.

Starting 11th, Jorge Lorenzo did his best to maintain his position in the opening laps. Lap 5 saw Lorenzo find his rhythm and commence his march forward, quickly making up several positions.

Looking comfortable on his RC213V in tenth, Lorenzo was closing in on Bagnaia in ninth when he encountered a problem and was forced to retire.

The issue was unrelated to the one suffered by Lorenzo on Saturday and HRC are investigating the issue.

The Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the iconic Jerez circuit, May 3 – 5, offers the Repsol Honda Team a chance to return to fighting at the front.

Marquez and Lorenzo have taken 14 premier class podiums, including five wins, between them on their previous visits to the Spanish track.

“We have had six amazing years here but today I made a big mistake. When I arrived in the garage I said sorry to the team and now I’d like to say sorry to the fans because it was my mistake. It’s different to make a mistake fighting for fifth and fighting for the win, the level is there” Marc Marquez said in a statement.

“We’re only nine points off the lead. It’s true, we made a mistake but we are human and this can happen. We need to learn from it and understand and come back stronger in Jerez,” he added.

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