Andrea Dovizioso was the only home Italian rider to stand on the Mugello podium on Sunday, as he also beat world championship Casey Stoner for the first time as a team-mate.
Stoner led for the first 17 of the 23 laps, but wrong tyre pressures began to hurt him more as the race went on. The Australian first lost out to Jorge Lorenzo, then was passed by Dovizioso on the very final lap.
It marked the first time Dovizioso had finished ahead of four-time 2011 winner Stoner, in races they had both finished.
“Mugello is always a special event and the feeling on the podium is unbelievable," said an unusually emotional Dovizioso. "Today I was the first and only Italian rider on the podium and this makes the result even more special.
"The support of the fans was incredible, they were all pushing for me and they motivated me a lot especially when I was tired because of the heat and this track which is so physically demanding.
"In the first part of the race I had some good battles with Jorge for the second position. Then, at the end of the race, overtaking Casey gave me the second place. I could see Casey was spinning a lot but he was very strong in some corners so I couldn't pass him where I wanted, in the end I managed it on the last lap."
Dovizioso remains third in the championship, but is now a reduced 33 points from Stoner, with Lorenzo 14 in front.
"This second position is so important for the championship, because I earned some good points and reduced the gap," said Dovizioso. "Casey and Jorge are really strong but we have shown that we are there, the season is long and we just need to believe it."