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It was the right moment in time for Andrea Dovizioso to win another MotoGP race in a very successful 2017 year thus far. His ability to ride with the most challenging conditions is incredible and he really pushed to the limit to win against Marc Marquez. It was a classic battle of David vs Goliath. Marquez: “Of course I tried and gave it my 100%, fighting until the last lap and the last corner. It was an amazing race with the two guys fighting for the Championship fighting for the win.  I tried to push and be smooth but Andrea was very fast too for the entire race. Entering the last lap, I knew I had only a very small advantage ahead but then I made a small mistake in turn eight, well, quite a big mistake actually, and he caught me. After he passed he was very strong on the brakes and I wasnt able to match him.” The Spanish Ant put everything on the line considering his title lead and now the points have been cut to eleven which makes the title race super exciting.

On the other side of the podium was race winner Andrea Dovizioso. He was superb in every way, shape and form. He really is a new rider in 2017 and it is refreshing to see. The Ducati bike has improved to his liking and the ability to stay with Marquez is something Dovi has mastered so far throughout the season. Dovizioso: “Marc was really quick and he tried right until the end, but there were some places where I could attack and he also made a small mistake on the last lap which gave me a chance to catch him again and try and pass him at Turn 11. I knew that he was going to attack me in the final two corners but I was prepared for this, I closed the door on him and he had to go a bit wide to pass me. It was absolutely vital to win here and Im really so pleased for the whole team and for the championship.” Bravo, Bravo, Bravo to the Italian rider who has been a part of the MotoGP paddock and family for a very long time. The tension and pressure has not phased Andrea and in fact just cements his ability to stay calm in some of the toughest race conditions.

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It was an absolute disaster for Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales who struggled in the wet conditions with the Yamaha bike. Vinales looked incredibly uncomfortable whilst Rossi crashed out putting mixed results on the tally board for the team. Regardless of the results, Vinales has already reset for the Australian Grand Prix this week and feels that until the points are collected, the World Championship is wide open. Vinales: “For sure we we’ll face different circumstances in Australia. It will be a different bike and different tyres, we don’t know what we’re going to have there, but it’s a track I like a lot, I like to ride there, so I can’t wait to be on the bike again.” The same can be said for Rossi although he is focusing on 2018 and wants to collect as much data as possible for his team. The Japanese race was not kind to the king of the Yamaha bikes.

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On the other hand, Jorge Lorenzo, did not perform at the level he had all weekend. His start was stellar though it changed very quickly and went backwards to then head forwards at the closing stages of the race. Lorenzo: “I cant be happy with my race, because we had the potential to try and win if there hadnt been so much water on the track. We werent able to find the right setting to be quick in these conditions and without rear grip it was impossible for me to do anything more. I gradually succeeded in getting a better feeling with the bike, and I improved my pace and was able to pass Viñales, Zarco and Aleix Espargaro. In the end we were missing almost a second per lap today, and thats a pity because this weekend we were always fast. I want to congratulate Andrea, because hes proving to be a really strong rider, mentally as well, and he is able to take advantage of every chance of fighting for the world title. Hats off, and congratulations to him and all the team!”

Danilo Petrucci had another race where he bagged a podium though was not able to stay in first place. The grip levels were terrible at the closing stages of the race. The podium success though is very good for Petrucci’s career and a sweet taste like caramel ice cream on a hot summers day. Petrucci: “I tried to push from the first laps and when I was in front with a good gap I thought I could get to the end and win my first victory. Dovi and Marc, however, have been faster. It was nice to be behind them to see that battle. I feel very close to being there and I will try in the next three races. I would like to thank the team for their great work. This is a great moment for us”.

As we move closer to the final three races, we are in for an absolute treat with Dovi and Marquez going head to head like never before. This is one Championship battle that will be remembered as Ducati looked to take the crown away from Honda. We will be trackside for Phillip Island and Sepang, with some interesting photography and interviews to come!

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Myanna Wedes

Myanna has an incredible grasp and knowledge of the sport in detail and continues to secure lead stories every week. She is in constant contact with team and rider media management. She is an admitted lawyer with two degrees and is currently writing a biography on Alan Jones MBE 1980 F1 World Champion. She is a fond lover of two wheel motorsport, predominantly MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.