Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso emerged victorious in a stop-start, attrition-heavy 2018 MotoGP season finale at a wet Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Dovizioso passed long-time leader Alex Rins twice – once before the 40-minute red-flag stoppage and once after – en route to his fourth win of the campaign.
Behind the race winner, a late crash for Valentino Rossi handed Pol Espargaro and KTM their first respective podiums in the premier class. The track was wet but drying as riders set about their sighting laps out of the pits, but soon after they spread around the grid in preparation for the start the rain made its return, soaking the circuit once more.
The race began as scheduled, and surprise poleman Maverick Vinales didn't keep his lead for long at the start, slipping behind Rins and Dovizioso off the line, although he would re-pass the latter into Turn 2. Danilo Petrucci, running fifth, was caught out by conditions and dropped out of his final race with Pramac, while his teammate Jack Miller had suffered his fifth crash of the weekend a few laps earlier.
Dani Pedrosa bowed out of MotoGP with a fifth-place finish, ahead of fellow Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami, 2018's top independent rider Johann Zarco and Espargaro's KTM teammate Bradley Smith, who had also crashed before the stoppage.
Article Source : MotorSport
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