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We re­ally must doff our cap to Ducati’s An­drea Dovizioso – well done dear boy, there were very few peo­ple who saw that com­ing! Dovi won his home Grand Prix at Mugello, an Ital­ian on an Ital­ian bike, match­ing a feat last achieved when ‘flares were just com­ing into fash­ion.

And the best part about it was, as men­tioned, that there were very few who saw it com­ing, us in­cluded. The vari­ables were stacked up against him too heav­ily when you look at ev­ery­thing on pa­per, even though the Ducati is a rock­et­ship down the long Tus­can straight. Rossi was slightly crocked but you knew he’d be there, and his team-mate Mav­er­ick Vi­nales has been do­ing lots of win­ning. Marc Mar­quez has also been pretty handy around the place too, as has Jorge Lorenzo.

Yet none of those pre­vailed, where An­drea did, over­com­ing the in­her­ent turn­ing is­sues of the bike and us­ing its top speed to the fullest ad­van­tage. With Honda in the dol­drums, Mar­quez was never go­ing to get close. Lorenzo had a good start and ap­peared com­pet­i­tive for a few laps, but Dovi’s years on the bike mean for now he’ll al­ways have the up­per hand. Rossi’s off-road­ing in­juries even­tu­ally took their toll and Vi­nales didn’t look quite as com­fort­able as he usu­ally does.

All these lit­tle things, added to the fact that Mugello is Ducati’s test track, fell into Dovi’s favour and he took his first even dry Mo­toGP win, and the third vic­tory for Dovi over­all. It re­ally was bril­liant to be­hold, and while we’d love this to spark a com­plete turn­around in Ducati’s GP for­tunes, the truth is that it won’t, at least for now. At some tracks they’ll be right there, or the rider will over­come dif­fi­cul­ties to be in the mix, but it won’t be of­ten - or so we thought, be­cause he went and did it again!

With grip at a premium in scor­chio Catalunya, steady-away Dovi tailed the Hon­das, made his move and went on to make it two from two. Could he now push the for ti­tle? Maybe, just maybe...

Who knew?!

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