Misano runner-up Danilo Petrucci questioned whether or not he should have slowed to allow fellow Ducati rider and MotoGP title contender Andrea Dovizioso into second place.

Dovizioso, who finished third, is locked in battle with Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales in the championship.

Pramac Ducati’s Petrucci revealed he considered letting Dovizioso past on the last lap, but the Italian said he was unsure if this would present a ‘good image’ for the championship.

“I have to be sincere, I thought about it and I hoped Andrea was close, but I think Andrea could fight for the championship without my help this time,” he said.

“Maybe I will be more happy to be more important for him in the next races. I was thinking about it, but I tried until the third sector of the track to pass Marc because I was watching him and he was taking a lot of risks.

“I thought OK, maybe he will go wide in one corner and I will try to go in, but he didn’t make any mistake. First of all, I don’t think it was a good image for the championship to give the position on the last lap – we are all fighting for something here. For sure, I said I want to help Dovi for the championship but if I let him past in the last corner, I don’t now if this is a good image for the championship.”

Dovizioso, now tied with Marquez at the top on 199 points, had no gripes, saying: “Danilo did an incredible race and it is good to see him on the podium and second.”


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