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2018 Mugello MotoGP Results Valentino Rossi
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi

2018 Mugello MotoGP Results

When MotoGP heads to Mugello, all eyes are on the home hero Valentino Rossi.

Heading into round six of 19, the nine-time World Champion had seven wins at Mugello, the most of any MotoGP pilot.

The 39-year-old Italian was quick throughout practice, and claimed the pole position Saturday – the 65th of his career. This tied him with Jorge Lorenzo for second in all-time pole positions across all GP classes (Marc Marquez leads with 74).

2018 Mugello MotoGP Results Ducati Jorge Lorenzo
Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo

Come race day, Rossi did capitalize on the endless fans donning yellow and his pole position. But it wasn’t a win. Rossi had to settle for third behind two other Italian favorites – Ducati Team GP18 pilots Lorenzo, the winner, and runner-up Andrea Dovizioso.

This was Lorenzo’s first win aboard the Ducati, a prototype he has struggled with since joining last season. His best finish to date with the Italian manufacturer was second last season in Malaysia, which was only one of three podiums the Spaniard earned with Ducati.

Lorenzo, who now has six wins at Mugello, started from second on the grid, and got into first on the opening lap. From there, he was untouchable. The five-time World Champion led all 23 laps to take his first win since Valencia in 2016, which was his final race with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.

Dovi finished 6.370 seconds behind, and Rossi 6.629 seconds behind.

Team Suzuki ECSTAR’s Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins claimed fourth and fifth, respectively, and were followed by LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow, the Brit who won in Argentina.

2018 Mugello MotoGP Results Valentino Rossi
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

Rounding out the top 10 were Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci; Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Mavericak Vinales; Angel Nieto Team Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista; and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco.

Six riders crashed out; Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, Angel Nieto Team Ducati’s Karel Abraham and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Scott Redding crashed out on the opening lap. Also DNFing were Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro; Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miller; and Marc VDS Honda’s Thomas Luthi.

After six of 19 rounds, Marquez, who won three-consecutive rounds heading into Mugello, leads the points battle with 95 points, 23 ahead of Rossi and 28 ahead of Vinales.

The MotoGP series now breaks for two weeks ahead of the Grand Prix of Catalunya at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

Photos by Luciano Bianchetto

2018 Mugello MotoGP Results

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12599Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati173.441’43.230
2204Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati173.0+6.370
31646Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha173.0+6.629
41329Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki172.9+7.885
51142Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki172.9+7.907
61035Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR Honda CASTROLHonda172.8+9.120
799Danilo PETRUCCIITAAlma Pramac RacingDucati172.7+10.898
8825Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha172.7+11.060
9719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAngel Nieto TeamDucati172.7+11.154
1065Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha172.2+17.644
11544Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM172.0+20.256
12455Hafizh SYAHRINMALMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha171.9+22.435
13353Tito RABATSPAReale Avintia RacingDucati171.9+22.464
14238Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM171.9+22.495
15121Franco MORBIDELLIITAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda171.6+26.644
1693Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda170.8+39.311
1710Xavier SIMEONBELReale Avintia RacingDucati169.3+1’01.211
1830Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda133.05 Laps
Not Classified
41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia172.04 Laps
43Jack MILLERAUSAlma Pramac RacingDucati161.822 Laps
12Thomas LUTHISWIEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda158.622 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda0 Lap
17Karel ABRAHAMCZEAngel Nieto TeamDucati0 Lap
45Scott REDDINGGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia0 Lap

 

2018 MotoGP Point Standings (after six of 19 rounds)

Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA95
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA72
3Maverick VIÑALESYamahaSPA67
4Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA66
5Johann ZARCOYamahaFRA64
6Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiITA63
7Andrea IANNONESuzukiITA60
8Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaGBR56
9Jack MILLERDucatiAUS49
10Jorge LORENZODucatiSPA41
11Alex RINSSuzukiSPA33
12Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA29
13Tito RABATDucatiSPA27
14Pol ESPARGAROKTMSPA23
15Alvaro BAUTISTADucatiSPA19
16Hafizh SYAHRINYamahaMAL17
17Franco MORBIDELLIHondaITA17
18Aleix ESPARGAROApriliaSPA13
19Takaaki NAKAGAMIHondaJPN10
20Bradley SMITHKTMGBR7
21Mika KALLIOKTMFIN6
22Scott REDDINGApriliaGBR5
23Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE1
24Thomas LUTHIHondaSWI
25Xavier SIMEONDucatiBEL

 

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