At the San Marino GP, Andrea Dovizioso took his 20th Grand Prix win, equalling Alex Criville, Tarquinio Provini, Ralf Waldmann and Maverick Viñales on the list of riders with the most Grand Prix wins.
Andrea Dovizioso’s win at Misano was his 11th in the premier class. Dovizioso is in fourth place on the list of Italian riders with the most wins in the premier class, two wins behind four-time World Champion Max Biaggi.
Andrea Dovizioso stood on the podium for 88th time in his Grand Prix career, one less than three-time World Champion Luigi Taveri and two-time World Champion Casey Stoner.
This was Andrea Dovizioso’s first win at the Misano circuit, which is the tenth different circuit at which he has won at least once in the premier class.
Marc Marquez is now leading the Championship by 67 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. This is the highest margin after the opening twelve races of the season in the premier class since 2014 and the 89-point margin between Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa after the British GP.
At Misano, Marc Márquez stood on the podium for the sixth successive time. This is the first time he’s managed this streak since the last two races of 2013 and the opening ten races of 2014 and the third time overall since he stepped up to the MotoGP class in 2013.
His second-place finish at Misano made it the second time Marc Márquez has been on the podium three times in a row without winning a race in the premier class; the other occasion came in 2016 in Mugello, Barcelona and Assen.
Cal Crutchlow was third at the San Marino GP, which is his 15th podium finish in the premier class and his second so far this year; the other being his win in Argentina. This is two less podium finishes than John Hartle, who is in sixth place on the list of British riders with the most podium finishes in the premier class.
With his third-place finish at Misano, Cal Crutchlow is now leading the Independent Team rider classification for the first time since Austin earlier this season. He has 119 points and is followed by Johann Zarco (110) and Danilo Petrucci (110).
Marc Márquez and Cal Crutchlow made it the first time there have been two Honda riders on the podium since the final race of 2017 with Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez. In addition, this was the first time since Brno 2016 that Márquez and Crutchlow have been on the podium at the same time.
Maverick Viñales finished fifth at Misano and was the highest-placed Yamaha rider, which is his best result since he was third at the Sachsenring.
Sixth at Misano was Dani Pedrosa’s best result since he was fifth at Barcelona earlier this year. It was the 12th successive race without a podium finish for Pedrosa, which is the longest sequence of races without a podium finish in his Grand Prix career.
“Another intense GP is waiting for us. The Aragon circuit is not one of our favourites, but we will do everything we can and as always we’ll try to do our best. Recently we did a test there, and we will use all the data available to improve our performance during the weekend. We want to fight for the podium, and it will be important to work well from day one, because we want to be on the podium again.”
Valentino Rossi finished in seventh place at Misano, which is his tenth successive top seven finish since Austin earlier this year. However, it is his worst result across the line this year other than when he was 19th at Argentina after the clash with Marc Marquez.
Yamaha riders have not won since Assen last season with Valentino Rossi (22 successive races), equalling Yamaha’s winless streak of 22 races including the 15 races of 1997 and the opening 7 races of 1998. If Yamaha riders fail to win in Aragon, this will be the longest winless streak for the Japanese manufacturer in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.
With Christophe Ponsson finishing 23rd at Misano, 23 riders crossed the line for the first time since there were also 23 finishers at the Australian GP in 2015.
By the conclusion of the San Marino GP Suzuki have scored 131 points in the Constructor’s World Championship, equalling the points they accumulated in the opening twelve races of 2016. Only once have Suzuki riders scored more points by this stage of the season in the MotoGP class since 2002 and that was in 2007 when the Japanese manufacturer had 171 points after the Czech GP.
At the San Marino GP, Franco Morbidelli crossed the line in 12th, which was his best result since he was 9th in Jerez earlier this year. Morbidelli is now leading the Rookie of the Year classification with 26 points, followed by Hafizh Syahrin (24) and Takaaki Nakagami (14).
The only one of the five rookies in the MotoGP class this year to have previously won at Aragon in any of the smaller classes is Franco Morbidelli, who took victory last year in Moto2. Morbidelli (2016 and 2017) is also the only one of the five rookies who has stood on the podium at Aragon.
Grand Prix racing at Aragon
This is the 9th time that the MotorLand Aragon has hosted a Grand Prix and below are some facts and statistics related to the previous events.
Aragon first hosted a Grand Prix event in 2010, when it became the sixth different circuit that has been used for Grand Prix racing in Spain. The other circuits that have been used are Jerez, Catalunya, Jarama, Montjuich and Valencia.
Aragon is one of just five circuits on the current calendar that run in an anti-clockwise direction, along with Austin, Sachsenring, Phillip Island and Valencia.
Casey Stoner won the first MotoGP race at Aragon in 2010 on a Ducati; the only victory for the Italian manufacturer at this circuit so far. Since Stoner’s win in 2010, Ducati have had three more podium finishes at this circuit, with Nicky Hayden 3rd also in 2010, Cal Crutchlow 3rd in 2014 and Jorge Lorenzo 3rd last season.
Honda is the most successful manufacturer at the Aragon circuit with five MotoGP victories, with three different riders: Casey Stoner in 2011, Dani Pedrosa in 2012 and Marc Marquez in 2013, 2016 and 2017.
Yamaha have had two wins in the MotoGP class at MotorLand, with Jorge Lorenzo winning in both 2014 and 2015.
The best result at Aragon for Suzuki is the fourth-place finish achieved by Maverick Viñales in 2016.
Spanish riders have had great success across all three classes at MotorLand, winning 17 of the 24 GP races that have taken place. The only non-Spanish riders who have had a Grand Prix win at the circuit are: Casey Stoner (MotoGP in 2010 & 2011), Andrea Iannone (Moto2 in 2010), Romano Fenati (Moto3 in 2014), Miguel Oliveira (Moto3 in 2015), Sam Lowes (Moto2 in 2016) and Franco Morbidelli (Moto2 in 2017).
Casey Stoner’s two victories are the only occasions that a non-Spanish rider has stood on either of the top two steps in the MotoGP class at Aragon.
Marc Marquez has been on pole on four of the five occasions he has raced in the MotoGP class at the Aragon circuit.
Since 2010, only two riders have won the MotoGP race after qualifying on pole position: Casey Stoner (2010 and 2011) and Marc Márquez (2013 and 2016).
Aragon is one of just four circuits on the current Grand Prix calendar where Valentino Rossi has not had a MotoGP victory, along with Austin, the Red Bull Ring and now Buriram, which joins the calendar this year.
The eight Moto2 races that have taken place at Aragon have been won by eight different riders: Andrea Iannone (2010), Marc Márquez (2011), Pol Espargaró (2012), Nico Terol (2013), Maverick Viñales (2014), Tito Rabat (2015), Sam Lowes (2016) and Franco Morbidelli (2017). Only two of them have not won from pole: Pol Espargaró (2012) and Franco Morbidelli (2017).
The eight races that have taken place in the lightweight class at Aragon since 2010 have been won by eight different riders: Pol Espargaró (2010), Nico Terol (2011), Luis Salom (2012), Alex Rins (2013), Romano Fenati (2014), Miguel Oliveira (2015), Jorge Navarro (2016) and Joan Mir (2017). Only Alex Rins has won from pole position at the track.
Marc Márquez levels with Mike Hailwood
Marc Marquez’ second place at the San Marino GP was the 112th time he has stood on the podium in Grand Prix racing, equalling nine-time World Champion Mike Hailwood in seventh place on the list of riders with most podium finishes.
Another great weekend for Ducati at Misano
Jorge Lorenzo qualified on pole position for the second successive time at Misano, which was the first back-to-back pole positions for Ducati since the final race of 2009 and the opening race of 2010, both of which were with Casey Stoner.
Jorge Lorenzo’s pole position was the third for a Ducati rider in the MotoGP class at Misano, along with Casey Stoner, who took pole in both 2007 and 2008.
With Jorge Lorenzo at Mugello and Andrea Dovizioso at Misano, this was the first time Ducati riders have taken two Grand Prix wins on the Italian soil in a single season.
At Misano, Andrea Dovizioso’s victory was the third successive win for Ducati, which is the first time the Borgo Panigale factory have taken three in a row since 2008 with Casey Stoner (Donington, Assen and Sachsenring) and the fourth overall in the MotoGP class, twice of which were in 2007 and one in 2008. At Aragon, Ducati riders will be aiming to take their fourth successive victory for the first time in Grand Prix racing.
Andrea Dovizioso’s win at Misano is the sixth victory for a Ducati rider so far this year – and the 45th overall in the premier class – equalling the number of wins clinched in both 2008 and last year. Only once Ducati have won more than six times in one season and it was in 2007, with Casey Stoner taking ten victories and Loris Capirossi adding another for a total of 11.
By the San Marino GP, Ducati have scored 233 points in the Constructor’s World Championship, which is the highest points accumulated after the opening twelve races by Ducati since 2007 when they had 258 points at this stage of the season on their way to clinching their only Constructors’ title so far.
Italy closes in on 800th Grand Prix victory
Following the clean sweep of wins by Italian riders at the San Marino GP, Italy as a nation now has 798 Grand Prix victories across all classes. At Aragon they could become the first nation to reach the milestone of 800 wins.
Andrea Dovizioso’s win at Misano was the 105th victory for an Italian rider in the MotoGP era since the class was introduced back in 2002. It is the second most successful nation behind Spain (131) and followed by Australia (41), the United States (4), Japan (3), Brazil (3) and Great Britain (3).
Francesco Bagnaia’s win at the San Marino GP was the 28th victory for Italy in the Moto2 class since its introduction in 2010, which makes it the second most successful nation behind Spain (61).
Lorenzo Dalla Porta won for the first time on what was his 48th Grand Prix start in Moto3. It was the 23rd Grand Prix win for an Italian rider in the class since its introduction back in 2012, and it is the second most successful nation behind Spain (54).
|MotoGP Championship Standings|
|1.||Marquez Marc||Repsol Honda Team||221|
|2.||Dovizioso Andrea||Ducati Team||154|
|3.||Rossi Valentino||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||151|
|4.||Lorenzo Jorge||Ducati Team||130|
|5.||Vinales Maverick||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||124|
|6.||Crutchlow Cal||LCR Honda||119|
|7.||Zarco Johann||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||110|
|8.||Petrucci Danilo||Alma Pramac Racing||110|
|9.||Iannone Andrea||Team Suzuki Ecstar||92|
|10.||Rins Alex||Team Suzuki Ecstar||79|
|11.||Pedrosa Dani||Repsol Honda Team||76|
|12.||Bautista Alvaro||Angel Nieto Team||64|
|13.||Miller Jack||Alma Pramac Racing||61|
|14.||Rabat Tito||Reale Avintia Racing||35|
|15.||Espargaro Pol||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||32|
|16.||Morbidelli Franco||Marc VDS Racing Team||26|
|17.||Syahrin Hafizh||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||24|
|18.||Espargaro Aleix||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||19|
|19.||Smith Bradley||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||15|
|20.||Nakagami Takaaki||LCR Honda||14|
|21.||Redding Scott||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||12|
|22.||Kallio Mika||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||6|
|23.||Abraham Karel||Angel Nieto Team||4|
|24.||Pirro Michele||Ducati Team||1|
|25.||Luthi Thomas||Marc VDS Racing Team||0|
|26.||Bradl Stefan||Honda Racing Corporation||0|
|27.||Simeon Xavier||Reale Avintia Racing||0|
|28.||Guintoli Sylvain||Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team||0|
|29.||Ponsson Christophe||Ponsson C.||0|