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Dovizioso defies odds to triumph in his home race

 

By Steve Simpson

Andrea Dovizioso overcame pre-race sickness to win his home Italian Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday while Spaniard Maverick Vinales finished second on a Yamaha to increase his MotoGP lead to 26 points.

Dovizioso became the fourth different winner in six races and moved up to second place overall, ahead of 38-year-old compatriot Valentino Rossi who finished fourth for Yamaha.

Italian Danilo Petrucci came third, after starting ninth, on a non-works Ducati to make it two Italians on the podium.

"A lot of emotion during the race and before the race my energy wasn't so good," said Dovizioso, who had plenty of fans in a crowd mainly cheering for Rossi. "I really wanted this and it's a dream come true for every Italian rider."

Vinales now has 105 points to Dovizioso's 79, with Rossi - who spent a night in hospital last week after a crash while riding a motocross bike - on 75.

"I didn't want to risk so much because I saw Valentino and Marc were quite far away, so I decided to stay at least in the second position," said Vinales, whose arm was still painful after a crash on Friday.

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