ANDREA Dovizioso revelled in the rain to bag his sixth MotoGP win of the season at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix to take the world championship fight down to the wire.
The Italian never looked back once he surged past his Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain with four laps to go at the Sepang International Circuit yesterday.
He clocked 44:51.497 to take the chequered flag while Lorenzo was second in 44:52.240. Frenchman Johann Zarco was third in 45:01.235.
World championship leader Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda Team finished the 20-lap race in fourth place. Pole-sitter Dani Pedrosa of Spain could only manage fifth place.
The battle for the world title will now be decided in the finale at Valencia, Spain, from Nov 10-12.
Marquez leads by 21 points over Dovizioso with 25 points up for grabs in Valencia.
Hoping to clinch the title here, Marquez took an incredible holeshot to take the lead from his seventh place on the grid. But the reigning world champion headed wide along with Lorenzo, allowing Zarco to slice through for the lead.
Dovizioso seemed to be struggling early in the race, but he soon found his rhythm to move through the field.
And when Zarco’s pace dropped, Dovizioso took advantage to surge home.
Dovizioso was pleased to achieve his mission of taking the title showdown to Valencia.
“We had a perfect weekend, to be on top in practice in both conditions. We improved in the dry from practice to practice and in the wet we knew our bike worked very well.
“Nobody was pushing me from behind today, so I took my time and I was able to catch Jorge in the end. He was very fast and I had to concentrate to catch him,” said Dovizioso.
He is, however, aware he has a slim chance of winning the world title. For Dovizioso to bag the world crown, he needs a win in Valencia and Marquez to finish outside the top 11.
“I think Marc will be competitive from the beginning (in Valencia). All we can do there is the same, try to be competitive and win the race,” said Dovizioso.