Dovizioso: Last-lap strategy key to win

Dovizioso fastest Marquez crashes in Japan

A thrilling race at Motegi saw the title rivals battle for the win on Sunday, with Dovizioso landing the decisive move in the final sector of the last lap to take the chequered flag.

"I did a ideal corner at turn 10 and he made a mistake so I was able to catch him".

Thrown from his seat and all but crashing, Marquez did well to regain control but the error allowed Dovizioso enough ground to mount a final daring raid.

"I had to try to make a wide left corner, and it was the right decision, because I close the door, because for him it was very hard to try to overtake me".

0249 seconds after Italian pilot, Repsol Honda's Spanish pilot Marc Marquez 2, leader of Octo Praim team behind 10,557 seconds, Italian Danilo Petrucci took 3rd place.

The last lap saw Marquez at the front and in the best position to take the win, but a mistake which nearly threw him off his Honda gave Dovizioso a small chance, and he took it.

"When I overtook him in Turn 11, I already thought in Austria, I already thought the strategy in the last corner", Dovizioso said.

In Moto2, Japan's top class-bound rider Takaaki Nakagami scampered from pole position and led for much of the race before being pushed off the podium by eventual victor Alex Marquez, his Spanish counterpart Xavi Vierge and Malaysia's Hafizh Syahrin. "I did a flawless corner in turn 10 and was able to brake really hard".

"I don't know who will win this championship but it is fantastic to fight like we did today in rainy conditions", said the Repsol Honda rider. "To fight with Marc is always, you have a big tension, and it was also important for the championship".

"Today we didn't think about the championship because our speed was awesome, the battle was on the limit, so this is the nice things of this sport and our mentality today", he said.

The next race is on October 22 at Phillip Island, Australia. "The two guys that are fighting for the championship fighting until the last corner". "But now we go to other tracks that I normally enjoy more".

Suzuki savoured an encouraging weekend, with Andrew Iannone and Alex Rins finishing fourth and fifth respectively. The two names followed Spanish Maverick Vinales from Movistar Yamaha with 203 points.

Valentino Rossi crashed out of his second race back for Yamaha after breaking his leg, but was able to walk away and does not appear to have sustained any further injury.



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