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17 days ago
By motogp.com

Mugello: Duel of the decade

motogp.com's season review hits up the Italian GP next, with one of the races of the century

Tags MotoGP, 2017

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MotoGP Rewind: A recap of the #ItalianGP

Home hearts were broken at Mugello in the Italian GP, as local legend Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had an engine blowout that saw the Italian forced to retire – a similar issue to that suffered by teammate and eventual winner Jorge Lorenzo in the morning Warm Up. Over-revving over a bump towards the end of the main straight was given the blame, but the diagnosis was a little late to save the home crowd’s spirits – although to compensate, it was one of the races of the century that then unfolded.

Some races are incredible group fights – like the Island Battle in Australia last season – and others come down to the duel. With Rossi out, Lorenzo and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) were left to fight it out in Mugello – and fight it out they did. Elbow sliders flew away, a little paint was swapped, and the last corner gave way to an incredible drag to the line after a closely-fought last lap – with Lorenzo just getting the jump on Marquez in a photo-finish.

Most of the races up until Mugello had seen a winner crowned after emerging into the lead earlier in the race. The Italian GP was the opposite, with all bets off – and showcased the best of the two incredible riders who have reigned the premier class since 2012.

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Lorenzo and Marquez’s last lap showdown

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#ItalianGP: MotoGP™ Full Race