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Petrucci pips Marquez; wins Italian Grand Prix

Scarperia (Italy), Jun 2 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Danilo Petrucci, an Italian riding for local team Ducati, held off defending world champion Marc Marquez to gain a first ever MotoGP victory on Sunday in the Italian Grand Prix.

The second place allowed Spaniard Marquez to increase his lead in the world championship ahead of another Italian on a Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso, who finished third on Sunday after a prolonged three-way battle.

Petrucci’s win comes a day after he recorded the highest speed in MotoGP history. Five-time MotoGP champion Marquez on a Honda briefly took the lead in the last lap but Petrucci recaptured first place and won.

Marquez -- winner of three out of six races this season -- started on pole but had to battle with the Ducati riders and Suzuki’s Alex Rins, who challenged hard despite starting back on the grid.

The four riders overtook each other several times but Petrucci found the power to pull clear in the closing stages of the final lap of the fast Mugello circuit. The Italian finished 0.043sec ahead of Marquez with Dovizioso at 0.338.

Marquez, who has won the MotoGP category race just once on the circuit north of Florence, leads Dovizioso by 12 points after six rounds this season.

In the constructors championship Honda has 121 points followed by Ducati (115), Suzuki and Yamaha (88), KTM (38) and Aprilia (31).

 

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