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High risks, high rewards and tension like no other took place during the Misano Grand Prix on Italian soil. Marc Marquez took the crown over Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso. Marquez was a pure master after he took the time to dice with Lorenzo, Petrucci, Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. Everyone in the crowd thought an Italian was going to win after Valentino Rossi broke his leg. Unfortunately, Petrucci earned second place after Marquez sized him up and made a courageous manoeuvre for five points. The paddock was sure Marquez would settle however the Spanish Ant risked it all for some crucial points that could make the difference in the end.

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Marc Marquez: “This was one of the best races of my career. It gave me an amazing feeling because it required incredible concentration to manage the tension the whole time. It was very easy to make a mistake, and that’s why I decided to attack only on the final lap. That lap was amazing; I took many risks, but with such a close season, it was worth trying to get the five extra points for the win.” It was a very impressive display of complete focus and total confidence. Marquez has to be commended on his ability to work with the pressure and also going up against top riders whom are also fast and calculated with their approach. Lorenzo almost won! However, nothing is over until the last lap and the winner crosses the finish line. Dovizioso had to settle for third and knew that those valuable points were worth more than crashing.

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The track conditions on Sunday were chaotic with loads of crashes in Moto3 and twenty crashes in Moto2. Cal Crutchlow, Aleix Espargaro, Karel Abraham, Hector Barbera, Sam Lowes, Andrea Iannone and Tito Rabat were all victims of the Misano circuit. This World Championship is incredible and totally unpredictable. 2017 is a memorable season with so many different weather patterns throwing the chances of victory for every rider in to the air.

The last five races are going to be very challenging and the pressure extremely high especially since Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales have never won a MotoGP World Championship. The other rider who is looking more and more comfortable is Lorenzo. He actually could have won his first race on board a Ducati bike. It was a rookie mistake by the Spartan who had a slight lapse in concentration. Jorge Lorenzo: “What a pity about my crash! The bike was going very well and I was riding pretty calmly, without taking too many risks and trying to manage the tyres well. Unfortunately at a certain point I lost concentration trying to change the mapping to a different electronic configuration, I used the rear brake in a slightly different way and that was enough to cause a high-side and make me crash. I’m very disappointed about that because I think I could have won the race by a distance and instead I had to retire. Races are like that however and you have to accept that these things can happen.”

 

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Petrucci came so close to winning once again even when he was ill. The exhaustion and pure disappointment was hard to wipe from his face. Petrux gave it his all and should be proud of his riding ability and consistency in 2017. Danilo Petrucci: “It was a fantastic race. From the first lap the feeling was good. I was leading for long until I saw Marquez coming back. I was thinking to make him pass but my fear was that he could run away. Marquez has done a fantastic last lap and he deserved the victory. I would have liked to win the race but I am very happy for how the weekend has gone, and I have to thank the whole team”. We have to wait now for Petrucci to win with many opportunities to come in Aragon, Motegi, Sepang, Malaysia and Valencia.

Last but not least, Michael Van Der Mark is replacing Valentino Rossi at the Aragon Grand Prix. Van Der Mark is from World Superbikes and has not ridden a MotoGP bike so it will be very interesting. There were loads of people wanting Johann Zarco to step up especially after running out of fuel on the last lap and running so hard to push his bike over the line. He never gave up. What a sight of a rider who really goes above and beyond. Michael Van Der Mark: “I’m excited to be given the opportunity to ride the YZR-M1 at the Aragón MotoGP round. I’ve never ridden a MotoGP bike before, so this will be a completely new experience for me. I’m very curious to see what it feels like to ride on such a machine.” So with Rossi sitting another race out, who knows what Aragon will hold for us as the Spanish and Italian battles continue to rage like wild fire!

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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.