(From L) Ducati Team's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Marc Marquez and Ducati Team's Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo compete during the San Marino Moto GP Grand Prix at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit in Misano, on September 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marco BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso scored another podium finish at Misano Adriatico on Sunday when he crossed the line in third place in the San Marino Grand Prix, which was held in the pouring rain.

The Italian rider started from the front row in second and then battled almost all the race with Marquez and Petrucci but was forced to settle for third a few laps from the end, a result that confirms his position at the top of the table on equal points with Marquez.

“In the end I’m happy with my third place because I wasn’t able to find a perfect feeling with the bike,” Dovi explained. “I tried to keep up with Marquez and Petrucci and I did for 20 laps, but the track conditions were really difficult.”

“When they began to lower their lap times I would have had to take too many risks to stay in touch, and I preferred to slightly drop my pace to bring home the 16 points for third place, which is very important for the championship. The Misano weekend however confirmed that we can be competitive on every circuit and we can fight for the title until the very end.”