At Mugello today, the MotoGP Grand Prix of Italy was the race of the year, and one of the greatest races I've ever been privileged to watch. Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci, racing in his hometown and at Ducati"s home track, took an emotional... and convincing... maiden win. He's been achingly close several times over the years, but this win was one for the ages. I suspect this result will assure Petrucci a second year on the factory Ducati team. A very popular win among the 84,000 screaming Italian fans.
The race was a 23 lap barroom brawl at the front from the green flag to the checkers. At halfway, the leading group was still 10 riders... covered by barely over 1 second. Several fell back from the torrid pace, but still 4 riders under a blanket to the end. Petrucci led much of the race, but 4 or 5 others forced their way to the front numerous times. And all this racing glory was achieved the old fashioned way... too much power, not enough tire, crazy late braking, and hard hard acceleration off the apex.