Dovizioso wins wet Malaysian GP

Ducati rider and pole sitter Andrea Dovizioso won the Malaysian Grand Prix at a wet Sepang Circuit on Sunday for his first MotoGP victory since the 2009 British GP.

The win means that the Italian becomes the ninth different winner of the 2016 season. In second place was Yamaha's Valentino Rossi followed by team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in third.

The start of the race had to be delayed by 20-minutes due to a heavy rain storm.

The result mean's that Rossi has now secured second place in the rider standings ahead of teammate Lorenzo but both finish the season, with one race to go, out of reach of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez who has already clinched the world championship.

At one stage Ducati's Andrea Iannone, Marc Marquez and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow were all challenging the leading group of riders but crashed out with Marquez getting up to rejoin the race to end up finishing in 11th place.

In the early part of the race, Dovizioso led briefly but was passed by Rossi at Turn 15 but then Iannone took the lead at Turn 12 on lap two.

On the sixth lap, Rossi claimed the lead but Iannone moving back in front at Turn 15 and from there on it was half-a-second that split the top three riders followed by Marquez and Crutchlow.

Lap 11 triggered dramatic changes when Rossi made a move on Iannone at Turn 9 and over the course of two laps Crutchlow fell from fifth at Turn 2, Marquez then fell at Turn 11 and Iannone was passed by Dovizioso and then crashed out of contention at Turn 9.

Thereafter Rossi and Dovizioso were in front with six laps remaining just 0.159s apart. A lap later Dovizioso was able to get past Rossi at Turn 1 and never looked back to win by 3.115 seconds.

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera was fourth ahead of team-mate Loris Baz while Suzuki's Maverick Vinales finished sixth and Aprilia's Alvaro Bautista, Marc VDS Honda's Jack Miller, Tech3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro and Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci completed the top 10.

Results:

1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA    Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 42m 27.333s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 30.448s
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 39.257s
4. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 42m 47.249s
5. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 42m 48.686s
6. Maverick Viñales ESP    Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 50.265s
7. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 53.162s
8. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 43m 0.079s
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 1.037s
10. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 43m 1.613s
11. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 43m 3.813s
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 43m 3.971s
13. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 43m 4.230s
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 12.942s
15. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 43m 17.112s
16. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 43m 19.998s
17. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 43m 20.117s
18. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 43m 22.224s

Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF

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