Andrea Dovizioso has taken an absolutely stunning – and well-deserved – home victory in front of Ducati’s adoring fans in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, after holding off the attentions of both the factory Yamaha pair of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi and surprise front-runner Danilo Petrucci.
Rossi was an early race leader, scrapping in the opening laps with old rival Jorge Lorenzo, only for the Spaniard to fall back through the field as Dovizioso came through to take the lead.
And despite late efforts from both Petrucci – who sat in second on the Pramac Ducati for a period – and Viñales, he was able to wrestle out an unassailable lead to take a dominant victory – his first dry win.
Alvaro Bautista also had a great ride to fifth place behind Rossi, holding off the advances of Marc Marquez, with Johann Zarco seventh, Lorenzo eventually eighth and Ducati test rider Michele Pirro ninth. Andrea Iannone rounded out the top ten.
Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa were the only fallers of the race, with the Repsol Honda rider wiping out Crutchlow from the battle for a top ten on the final lap of the race. Scott Redding was 12th, with Sam Lowes 19th and Bradley Smith 20th.