Vinales on pole, Rossi alongside in Rome

Lorenzo Victory ‘difficult… but it can happen

MotoGP Italy Lorenzo Victory ‘difficult… but it can happen

Yamaha's rider Maverick Vinales of Spain is pictured in the box during the Free Practice session ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello racetrack June 2, 2017. It was to be Dovi's first win in the dry in MotoGP's premier class. Rossi forcefully made his way passed Lorenzo, causing the Spaniard to sit up and allowing both the Yamaha riders through on lap three.

Instead it was another Italian Andrea Dovizioso who completed the front row for Ducati, with team-mate Michele Pirro just behind him in fourth. The Italian didn't post a flying lap in the morning warm up but managed to compete strongly against the Yamahas in the 23-lap race.

On the home track, Rossi really wanted to please his numerous fans - 7-time world champion was in the lead early in the race, but could not stand the pace of Dovizioso and Vinales.

However, all eyes were on Jorge Lorenzo in the early stages of the race - as the speed of his Ducati was undeniable, seeing the Spaniard rise from seventh into the race lead after two laps. Vinales held on to the top position for most of the race and by the half of the race, it seemed definite that the Yamaha rider would go on to win his fourth race out of six this season.

Vinales now has 105 points to Dovizioso's 79, with Rossi - who spent a night in hospital last week after a crash while riding a motocross bike - on 75. Jack Miller rounded out the point scoring finishers with Karel Abraham, Sylvain Guntoli, Baz, Lowes and Smith rounding out the point scorers.

This also helped Danilo Petrucci to rise through the field - as the Pramac Ducati rider jumped from ninth on the starting grid into the leading pack of four - trailing Vinales, Rossi and Dovizioso after five laps.

Having run with Zarco into the closing laps, Suzuki's Andrea Iannone - who started 16th - lost places to the Ducatis late and finished 10th.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had a more hard session to take eleventh, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) crashing out early and ending the session in P12.

Sunday featured an emotional tribute to former world champion Nicky Hayden, who passed away last month after succumbing to injuries suffered in a cycling accident.

A 69-second silence was held before the race for 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, the American who raced with the number 69 and died last month after being hit by a auto while training on a bicycle in eastern Italy.

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