Ducati steels itself for teams' title fight

Australian GP 2019

The fight for the 2019 MotoGP™ Team’s championship is going down to the wire, after an up and down weekend for Ducati Corse at the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Danilo Petrucci experienced his first DNF of the season after clashing with Fabio Quartararo on the second corner of the race, escaping with a bruised ankle. 

Andrea Dovizioso was seventh, after losing positions on the final lap to Pramac Racing pair Jack Miller and Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia. 

“After a first part of the race in which we were fast, we consumed the rear tyre too much and our rhythm dropped compared to that of the top three,” said Dovizioso. 

“In the group of riders fighting for fourth place, we were all in a bit of difficulty but on the last lap I had created the right opportunity for myself: unfortunately, at Turn 2 the bike got away from me, I went wide and lost four positions. 

“In the end it was a pity because we could have finished third and got onto the podium, albeit with a big gap from the first two. The positive aspect from today is that we confirmed our second place in the Riders’ classification, with two rounds remaining and for the third year in a row.”

The results mean that Dovizioso will stay in second place in the MotoGP™ riders’ championship for the third straight year, and that Ducati has increased its lead over Yamaha in the fight for second in the Constructors’ standings.

But in the teams’ race Ducati Corse’s lead over Repsol Honda has shrunk to a single point, 409-408. That is an astonishing performance by the Honda team, with Marc Marquez scoring 375 points and his beleaguered teammate Jorge Lorenzo only 23. The other nine points have been scored by test rider Stefan Bradl, who stood in for the injured Lorenzo in three races earlier this season.

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