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MotoGP Sepang: Dovizioso win takes title fight to the wire,Rossi 7th


Ducati’s Andrea Dovizoso took victory in today’s Sepang MotoGP to keep his title hopes alive as series leader Marc Marquez struggled in the wet conditions and finished in fourth place.

It is the biggest win of the Italian’s career so far but came only after a huge mistake from team-mate and race leader Jorge Lorenzo at turn 15 with five laps left saw him almost crash and allow the #04 GP17 past.
Marquez now leads Doviziso by 21 points with 25 left at the Valencia finale in two weeks. It will take a win for the Ducati man and a non-finish for Marquez in order for him to take a first premier-class world.
After 8 laps, Lorenzo took control of the race while Dovizioso took second place at the same time. The Ducati has quickly widened the gap to ensure the double. At 4 laps from the finish, Dovi overtook his teammate to win his 5th GP of the season and maintain the suspense for the title of world champion.
The leader of the driver classification, Marc Marquez  (Honda), was satisfied with the 4th place. The Spaniard, therefore, misses a first chance to win his 4th title in five seasons in MotoGP but still has a 21-point advantage over Dovizioso. The title will be played during the last round in Valencia in two weeks.

The race
At the start, Márquez jumped from seventh to third while Zarco took the lead and Dovizioso dropped to fourth. Jorge Lorenzo completed the first lap in second. Rossi started badly in 10th place.
The first turns were marked by the handle between the leaders of the world. With 17 laps remaining, Dovi overtook Marquez, but missed the next, giving up the third position shortly after. But in the next round, the Spaniard did not resist and the Italian passed.
Sam Lowes, Alex Rins and Loris Baz fell at different times with 15 remaining.
Lorenzo and Dovizioso overtook Zarco with 12 remaining for the end of the race. By this time, Márquez was the fourth place with more than two seconds for the leaders.
Rins fell for the second time on Turn 14, with 11 laps remaining.
Gradually, Rossi climbed the platoon, reaching the seventh position with seven laps remaining.
The expectation was that Lorenzo let his teammate pass so that the fight for the title survived to the last stage in Valencia. And this happened with a mistake of the Spanish in curve 15, with the Italian accomplishing the overtaking in the curve 1, remaining four laps.
Who did great test was Danilo Petrucci, that had to leave in last by having problems in its motorcycle before the return of presentation and occupied the sixth position in the final laps.
In the end, with great tranquillity, Dovizioso received the checkered flag in first, followed by Lorenzo, Zarco, Marquez and Pedrosa.
The final stage of MotoGP takes place in Valencia on 12 November.

Results

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