Italian Andrea Dovizioso has claimed first place at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix, in a day so laden with heavy rain that 13 other racers were unable to finish.
Dovizioso, riding for Ducati, was far ahead of second-placed Alex Rins of Suzuki, with Pol Espargaro taking third place in a race that was forced to have a half hour break due to the dangerous weather. World champion Marc Marquez decided to pull out of the race after going over his handlebars in an early corner of the track in a terrifying loss of control at high speeds.
Valentino Rossi was another high-ranking racer that didn’t manage to complete the race, taking a late exit from second place and allowing Espargaro to take his position, giving them the chance to take a spot on the podium for the first time in the premier class. Despite this, Rossi still took third place for the championship, behind Marquez and Dovizioso.
Dovizioso’s win was his fourth for the season, and the first for the Ducati team in Valencia in 10 years. Dovizioso told reporters afterwards that it was a crazy race, and that in the beginning he didn’t have much chance to follow Rins. He added that step-by-step he built up speed despite the course being very dangerous. This came after the forced break for the riders because of the rain. He ending his statement by saying that he was proud he didn’t crash due to all the water.
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