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“If Rins didn’t crash, I think it would have been very difficult to beat him.”
However, the manufacturer lost out on a one-two finish when Joan Mir capitalized on Jack Miller’s mistake on the penultimate corner of the final lap as his Pramac Ducati went wide to give the Suzuki rider second place and his first podium in MotoGP.
Miller started well off the line on both occasions but struggled for grip on his soft front tire towards the end of the race and the Australian said that he had no other options with no medium tires left.
“I just had to… push away at the start and see what I could do,” Miller said. “I’m happy to get the podium but I missed second, I made a slight error when Mir came up on the inside… But hats off to him.”
KTM’s Brad Binder finished fourth while Rossi, who had started 12th on the grid, moved up the field and put the near-death experience of the crash behind him to finish fifth.
Pole sitter Vinales had a poor start and had issues with his bike as he finished 10th while world championship leader Fabio Quartararo, who made a mistake early in the race to rejoin at the back of the field, recovered to finish eighth.
Dovizioso’s victory saw him leapfrog Vinales into second in the overall standings and reduced Quartararo’s lead at the top to 11 points after four races. (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)