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Mattia Pasini has made Ital­ian hearts sing with an in­cred­i­ble last-lap Moto2 vic­tory in his home race, mak­ing it a per­fect day for the Ital­ian fans with all three races be­ing won by home rid­ers. His vic­tory ends a win drought that has lasted since 2009 and led to high emo­tions for the 31-year-old who has over­come ad­ver­sity in re­cent years.

One of the paddock’s well-liked veter­ans, Pasini is lucky to even be able to race – se­vere nerve dam­age means he races a spe­cially adapted ma­chine that sees him control both the clutch and front brake with his left hand.

But that didn’t slow him down on Sun­day as he set up a per­fect last lap over­take on Alex Mar­quez to break the Marc VDS team’s per­fect record this sea­son – and to fi­nally be able to ded­i­cate a podium to his great friend he beat to his last win, Marco Si­mon­celli.

“I’m still here! It wasn’t easy com­ing back, but it’s great to be still here and to come back here in Mugello of all places. To be here to­day is a good job, I think! I ded­i­cate my win to Sic, be­cause without him here push­ing me for all th­ese years, I don’t think I would be here to­day.”

Pasini de­voted his win to Su­per Sic

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