Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso said that his win in Sunday's Malaysia MotoGP race was not as easy as it looked.
The Italian became the ninth different winner of the MotoGP season at Sepang and his long-awaited second ever win, the last time in 2009 at Donington Park while riding for Repsol Honda, having finished runner-up 14 times since that victory.
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Having started in pole position at Sepang, Dovizioso was part of a five-rider lead group in Sunday's race for 11 of the 19 laps.
In the race, lap 11 triggered dramatic changes when Rossi made a move on Andrea Iannone at Turn 9 and over the course of two laps Cal 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.
After his victory, Dovizioso said things were not as easy as they looked despite winning the race by 3.115 seconds over Rossi.
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"The race was very, very difficult. From outside, my style looks like I was controlling the race, but that wasn't the reality," said Dovizioso.
"The first part of the race wasn't very fast because there was a lot of water, and Iannone and Valentino were very fast. But I didn't give up, I didn't make a mistake, and that gave me the possibility to win at the end.
"Valentino normally never gives up, so after his mistake, I didn't expect to make a gap to him. But when I saw 1.7 seconds I realise I have a chance. Also because I was able to keep a good speed at that time. If I was able to push, I could improve the lap time. For sure I have to take a lot of risk, but I was able to.
"I have a really good bike because the traction on the rear was better than Valentino. That gave me the possibility to be a little bit faster overall in the lap.
"I'm so happy about my bike in this condition. We worked in the right way in the qualifying and the race was perfect. I'm really happy to get this victory in this way.
"I know it's in the wet, it's not in the dry, but today it looks like I cook the competitors, and is something I don't feel a lot in my career, and is really nice."
Dovizioso will start the final MotoGP race of the season at Valencia on November 13 in fifth place in the rider standings with 162 points, well behind Suzuki's Maverick Vinales who is fourth with 191 points.