MotoGP: Dovi keeps championship hopes alive with Ducati one-two

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Andrea Dovizioso has kept the fight for the 2017 MotoGP championship alive to the last round of the season, after taking a stunning victory from teammate Jorge Lorenzo at the Malaysian Grand Prix while championship leader Marc Marquez played it safe in wet conditions to come home fourth.

Coming after a dry start to the day at the Sepang International Circuit, a downpour before the race played into the Italian’s hands, allowing him to hunt down first Marquez and then Johann Zarco and Lorenzo, with a mistake form his teammate letting him through to take the win.

Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa came home behind him in fifth, a good result given the conditions, ahead of an impressive ride to sixth for Danilo Petrucci after a technical problem left him starting from back of the grid.

 Valentino Rossi was the best of the factory Yamahas in seventh as their wet weather woes continue, with Jack Miller eight sandwiched between him and teammate Maverick Viñales, while Pol Espargaró rounded out the top ten with another strong result for rookie team Red Bull KTM.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer