Marquez leads by 67 points with six rounds left
Lorenzo crashes out of second a few laps before the flag
Jack Miller starts well from front row but early crash proves costly
Dovizioso moves past Rossi into second place in championship race
It was Andrea Dovizioso who dominated the San Marino GP, starting from row 2 for his home race, the rider from Forlì overtook his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to move into the lead on the sixth lap. He held the position right until the end of the race, taking the chequered flag 2.8 seconds ahead of Marquez.
His win also makes it three in a row for the Borgo Panigale factory, having won at Brno and teammate Jorge Lorenzo following that up with victory in Austria.
“I wanted this win so badly, because here at Misano Ducati and I have always struggled in recent years. In the test in August however we realized that we had made an important step forward and we could be competitive in the race. We worked really well during the weekend, in very different conditions, but both Jorge and Marc are very strong here so to win I had to do a perfect race. I started off in the right frame of mind, fully focussed on the race strategy, and when I took the lead, I pulled out a small advantage and then managed the situation until the finish. I’m really pleased, because winning here at Misano was very important for Ducati but also for me. Years ago it seemed like an impossible dream, but now we’ve done it and it fills me with so much satisfaction.”
Lorenzo was the man on the chase at Misano, too, but there was late drama as the five-time World Champion slid out on the penultimate lap after dueling Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).
Marquez took second at the flag, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) putting in an impressive ride to take third and come home as top Independent Team rider.
It was polesitter Lorenzo who shot out ahead and got the holeshot – as the number 99 is oft to do – but Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) kept second from second on the grid as the Aussie got a good start. Marquez was the biggest winner off the line, moving up from fifth after a crash in qualifying to slot into third, but he wasn’t there long…
Dovizioso struck quickly against the reigning Champion before picking off Miller, pushing hard to tag on to the back of his teammate as Marquez then sliced past the Aussie too – intent on keeping tabs on the Ducati duo at the front. Unfortunately, disaster struck a lap later for Miller as he slid out at Turn 14.
Back at the front, ‘DesmoDovi’ was honing in on Lorenzo and looking to make a move. With 22 laps to go the Italian did just that, slicing past at Turn 7. He then began to pull away as Marquez tagged on to Lorenzo in the battle for second, before the number 93 then shot past with 14 to go as the number 99 headed a little wide. The gap? 1.4 seconds to the Ducati ahead.
Marquez, however, wasn’t able to cut down the gap – and a number of laps later, he was under attack. Lorenzo made it through at Turn 8 and lit the touch paper on a few spectacular exchanges between the two, but to no avail and he settled back into third to prepare another attack. Trying again a lap later but not making it through, the ‘Spartan’ then switched tactics and went for it at Turn 12.
He’d prepared the move with a couple of feints beforehand, but this time he made it stick. From there it was time to put the hammer down and Lorenzo set about cutting the gap to his teammate. Tenth by tenth, the Spaniard was reeling him in – and the gap went back down to 1.3 seconds. Dovizioso began to respond, but drama suddenly hit the front on the penultimate lap. Pushing and pushing, Lorenzo suddenly slid out of second.
That left ‘DesmoDovi’ in free air at the front to take his first ever win at the venue, having managed the race to perfection. Marquez took second and extended his Championship lead, with Crutchlow’s impressive pace and race rewarded by a podium after the late drama.
Crutchlow had pulled free of a squabble and sliced past Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to get into the position to try and close in on the then-leading trio, and more than made amends for a late crash in qualifying. Rins, meanwhile, impressed on the softer compound rear tyre to get well in the initial fight and then hold great pace to the flag, not able to stay ahead of Crutchlow but nevertheless holding station in the top five until Lorenzo’s late crash saw him take fourth.
Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took fifth after dropping back slightly from a front row start and suffering a more difficult race, holding off some steady pressure from Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who took sixth.
For Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), it was a difficult Sunday at home. Missing the race through injury last season – as his special edition ‘Back to Misano’ helmet attests – the ‘Doctor’ had higher hopes for the race that takes place so close to his home town of Tavullia. He took P7, retaining his qualifying position by the flag. Compatriot Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) also had a tough weekend, and came home eighth.
Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) continued his good run of recent form and took P9, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the top ten ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing). Petrucci had a difficult race day and was also given a 1.1 second penalty for cutting a corner early on.
Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) beat Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) to the honour of top rookie and P12, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) taking points for Noale factory Aprilia on home turf in P14, just ahead of Ducati Test Team wildcard Michele Pirro.
Behind them? Lorenzo had remounted and dueled Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) to the line, but the Brit was just able to stay ahead by a tenth.
That’s it from a dramatic weekend at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Next we return to MotorLand Aragon and home turf for Marquez, Lorenzo and Viñales, leaving Dovizioso and Rossi behind enemy lines. After three Italian wins over the three classes at Misano, can the Spaniards fight back? Find out in a fortnight.
|2018 MotoGP Misano Race Results|
|23||Christophe Ponsson||Ducati||1 Lap|
|Ret||Stefan Bradl||Honda||10 Laps|
|Ret||Pol Espargaro||KTM||10 Laps|
|Ret||Xaier Simeon||Ducati||25 Laps|
|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|
Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) converted pole position into his sixth Moto2 win of the season at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini to extend his Championship lead over Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) to eight points, with the Portuguese rider fending off Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) on the final lap as the German secured his maiden Grand Prix podium in third.
Bagnaia got the launch off the line and grabbed the holeshot, from which he never looked back. Compatriot Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) was his closest challenger in the opening exchanges, keeping the gap to around one second, but the older Italian couldn’t maintain the pace and eventually fell into the grasp of the chasing duo of Oliveira and Schrötter – the two locked together for the entirety.
By this time, Bagnaia had a three second gap at the front and that’s the way it remained until the chequered flag – perfection from ‘Pecco’ on home soil.
Despite the best efforts from Schrötter, including an ambitious lunge up the inside at Turn 14 on the final lap, Oliveira minimised the damage done in the overall standings to take a vital P2. Schrötter finally got the podium monkey off his back in P3, with Pasini holding off a late challenge from Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to take fourth on home soil and the Spanish rookie rounding out the top five.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40) fought back from P13 on the grid to take sixth at his home GP, with Fabio Quartararo (+ Ego Speed Up Racing) taking seventh, just a slender 0.066 ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder in eighth.
Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto3) looked set for a top six at Misano but the Spaniard was forced to drop one position to Baldassarri after exceeding track limits. The Italian was over three seconds behind at the time, ultimately making it P9 for Navarro at Misano.
As he continues to recover from injury, Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP) earned a fantastic top ten in P10, with 11th place Simoe Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) leading Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing), Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) and Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) over the line in P12, P13 and P14 respectively.
After the disappointment of not being able to start from the front row of the grid at Silverstone a fortnight ago, Remy Gardner showed true Aussie grit and determination with the spirited fight from nineteenth to twelfth.
Twenty five laps around the 2.6 mile Italian circuit is hard work, but thanks to another lightning start that saw Remy immediately into the top fifteen and some decisive passes Gardner added four more world championship points to his season tally, just missing out on another top ten finish at the flag.
“In the end it wasn’t such a bad race and the result definitely made up for what happened in qualifying. You can never say what would or could have happened if I had not gone down in qualifying but we were closing in on the top ten at the end of today’s race so I think that could have been possible. We move on to Aragon before we start the flyaways and I am looking forward to building on today and ending the season on a high.”
Replacement rider Jesko Raffin (Temporary Lavorint SAG Team) managed to grab the final point scoring position in P15, a solid result for the current FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship leader.
Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40) crashed at Turn 14 on the opening lap, the latter tagging his compatriot. Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors) also crashed out of the race – riders ok.
Romano Fenati (Marinelli Snipers Team) was shown the Black Flag for irresponsible riding in an incident with Stefano Manzi (Forward Racing Team). Following a later hearing, Fenati was subsequently suspended from the next two races. Manzi, meanwhile, was also penalised for irresponsible riding but in an earlier incident with Fenati at Turn 4. Manzi has a six-place grid penalty for his next event.
Bagnaia extends his lead in the Championship after a sublime win on home soil, but Oliveira is still right there with him as the Moto2 title race amps up on the road to MotorLand.
Stefano Manzi and Romano Fenati were both sanctioned following the race, for not meeting the FIM World Championship Grand Prix Regulations that “Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors or participants, either on the track or in the pit lane.”
Stefano Manzi received a penalty of six grid positions at his next FIM GP World Championship Moto2 race.
Romano Fenati, considering the seriousness of the infraction, received from the the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel a penalty of suspension from the next two (2) FIM GP World Championship Moto2 races.
|2018 Moto2 Misano Race Results|
|7||Fabio Quartararo||Speed Up||12.068|
|12||Remy Gardner||Tech 3||25.582|
|20||Bo Bendsneyder||Tech 3||41.814|
|22||Khairul Idham Pawi||Kalex||53.390|
|DNF||Augusto Fernandez||Kalex||4 Laps|
|DNF||Stefano Manzi||Suter||7 Laps|
|DNF||Tetsuta Nagashima||Kalex||10 Laps|
|DNF||Sheridan Morais||Kalex||12 Laps|
|DNF||Sam Lowes||KTM||14 Laps|
|DNF||Luca Marini||Kalex||16 Laps|
|DNF||Danny Kent||Speed Up||24 Laps|
|Moto2 Championship Standings|
|1.||Bagnaia Francesco||Sky Racing Team VR46||214|
|2.||Oliveira Miguel||Red Bull KTM Ajo||206|
|3.||Binder Brad||Red Bull KTM Ajo||119|
|4.||Baldassarri Lorenzo||Pons HP40||116|
|5.||Mir Joan||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2||114|
|6.||Marquez Alex||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2||113|
|7.||Schrotter Marcel||Dynavolt Intact GP||107|
|8.||Vierge Xavi||Dynavolt Intact GP||96|
|9.||Pasini Mattia||Italtrans Racing Team||95|
|10.||Quartararo Fabio||Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing||93|
|11.||Marini Luca||Sky Racing Team VR46||79|
|12.||Navarro Jorge||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||49|
|13.||Lowes Sam||Swiss Innovative Investors||46|
|14.||Lecuona Iker||Swiss Innovative Investors||41|
|15.||Corsi Simone||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||37|
|16.||Locatelli Andrea||Italtrans Racing Team||34|
|17.||Aegerter Dominique||Kiefer Racing||27|
|18.||Gardner Remy||Tech 3 Racing||24|
|19.||Fenati Romano||Marinelli Snipers Team||14|
|20.||Fernandez Augusto||Pons HP40||11|
|21.||Barbera Hector||Pons HP40||10|
|22.||Manzi Stefano||Forward Racing Team||8|
|23.||Kent Danny||Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing||8|
|24.||Vinales Isaac||Forward Racing Team||7|
|25.||Nagashima Tetsuta||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||7|
|26.||Roberts Joe||NTS RW Racing GP||2|
|27.||Pawi Khairul Idham||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||1|
|28.||Odendaal Steven||NTS RW Racing GP||1|
|29.||Raffin Jesko||Garage Plus Interwetten||1|
|30.||Bendsneyder Bo||Tech 3 Racing||0|
|31.||Pons Edgar||Pons HP40||0|
|32.||Tuuli Niki||SIC Racing Team||0|
|33.||Granado Eric||Forward Racing Team||0|
|34.||Danilo Jules||SAG Team||0|
|35.||Garzo Hector||Garzo H.||0|
|36.||Tulovic Lukas||Kiefer Racing||0|
|37.||Fuligni Federico||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||0|
|38.||Cardelus Xavi||Team Stylobike||0|
|39.||Morais Sheridan||Willirace Racing Team||0|
|40.||Medina Alejandro||SAG Team||0|
|41.||Pratama Dimas Ekky||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||0|
|42.||Perolari Corentin||Promoto Sport||0|
|43.||Khairuddin Zulfahmi||SIC Racing Team||0|
|44.||Tangre Cedric||Yohan Moto Sport||0|
In a drama-filled Moto3 race at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) secured a phenomenal debut Grand Prix victory, beating the two Del Conca Gresini Moto3 machines of Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio on the run to the line.
They completed the podium as the Championship got another shake up when Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PrüstelGP) surrendered his lead, crashing on the penultimate lap.
The lightweight class race started in dramatic fashion as a huge crash unfolded on the exit of Turn 16 on Lap 2. After being passed by Martin, Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) highsided, leaving Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing), Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) with nowhere to go as the five riders all went down.
All walked away, with Canet and Sasaki going to the Medical Centre for a checkup. Both were declared unfit, Canet for a left shoulder injury Sasaki for a broken arm.
This left a group of five at the front, led by Bezzecchi, with Dalla Porta, Martin, Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Skull Rider) and Di Giannantonio in hot pursuit. The paint swapping then commenced, with Dalla Porta showing his strength was down the back straight and into the fast sweep of left handers, getting the better of his compatriot Bezzecchi there on numerous occasions. ‘Diggia’ made his way to the front from fifth, but none of the top five could make the break or hold the lead for much more than a single lap.
With little over two laps to go, Di Giannantonio misjudged the braking zone heading into the tight T14 – narrowly avoiding Bezzecchi and Dalla Porta as he ran in too hot up the inside – but drama was avoided there until race leader Bezzecchi was too eager on the gas coming out of Turn 15. The Italian was flicked off his KTM as he crashed out of contention with a just over a lap to go.
This left Dalla Porta in charge on the final lap and despite the best efforts of Di Giannantonio at the final corner, lunging up the inside of his compatriot, the Leopard rider won the drag to the finish line to take his maiden Grand Prix win, made ever sweeter on home soil. Martin managed to out-run teammate ‘Diggia’ to the line to take a vital second, the latter settling for third at his home GP, with Rodrigo finishing 0.822 off the win in fourth.
Fifth was Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrustelGP), the Czech rider doing an incredible job to avoid the pile up on lap two to lead sixth place Albert Arenas (Angel Nieto Team Moto3) over the line.
Sky Racing Team VR46’s Dennis Foggia crossed the line seventh on home soil, his best result of the season, with Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) getting his second top ten of the year so far in eighth. Andrea Migno (Angel Nieto Team Moto3) grabbed his best finish since Mugello in ninth, with Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) rounding out the top ten in front of his home fans.
Fellow Italian Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team) was P11, with Adam Norrodin (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia), Vincente Perez (Reale Avintia Academy 77) – his maiden Grand Prix points – and rookie Kazuki Masaki (RBA BOE Skull Rider) completing the point scoring positions at the San Marino GP.
After a dramatic Moto3 race, it’s advantage Martin by eight points in the title hunt as we head MotorLand Aragon for Round 14. Can he hang onto it on home turf?
|2018 Moto3 Misano Race Results|
|1||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Honda||39’38.684|
|3||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||0.122|
|20||Kevin Zannoni||TM Racing||1 Lap|
|Ret||Marco Bezzecchi||KTM||2 Laps|
|Ret||Tatsuki Suzuki||Honda||4 Laps|
|Ret||John McPhee||KTM||12 Laps|
|Ret||Jaume Masia||KTM||22 Laps|
|Ret||Aron Canet||Honda||22 Laps|
|Ret||Ayumu Sasaki||Honda||22 Laps|
|Ret||Enea Bastianini||Honda||22 Laps|
|Ret||Nicolo Bulega||KTM||22 Laps|
|Ret||Alonso Lopez||Honda||22 Laps|
|Moto3 Championship Standings|
|1.||Martin Jorge||Del Conca Gresini Racing Moto3||166|
|2.||Bezzecchi Marco||Pruestel GP||158|
|3.||Di Giannantonio Fabio||Del Conca Gresini Racing Moto3||137|
|4.||Canet Aron||Estrella Galicia 0,0||118|
|5.||Bastianini Enea||Leopard Racing||117|
|6.||Rodrigo Gabriel||RBA BOE Skull Rider||97|
|7.||Kornfeil Jakub||Pruestel GP||91|
|8.||Dalla Porta Lorenzo||Leopard Racing||88|
|9.||Migno Andrea||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||67|
|10.||Ramirez Marcos||Bester Capital Dubai||67|
|11.||Arenas Albert||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||60|
|12.||Antonelli Niccolo||SIC58 Squadra Corse||56|
|13.||Oettl Philipp||Sudmetall Schedl GP Racing||54|
|14.||Masia Jaume||Bester Capital Dubai||54|
|15.||Mcphee John||CIP Green Power||43|
|16.||Suzuki Tatsuki||SIC58 Squadra Corse||40|
|17.||Arbolino Tony||Marinelli Snipers Team||37|
|18.||Sasaki Ayumu||Petronas Sprinta Racing||32|
|19.||Lopez Alonso||Estrella Galicia 0,0||31|
|20.||Toba Kaito||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||29|
|21.||Norrodin Adam||Petronas Sprinta Racing||28|
|22.||Binder Darryn||Red Bull KTM Ajo||28|
|23.||Foggia Dennis||Sky Racing Team VR46||26|
|24.||Fernandez Raul||MRW Mahindra Aspar Team||13|
|25.||Yurchenko Makar||CIP Green Power||9|
|26.||Loi Livio||Reale Avintia Racing||8|
|27.||Masaki Kazuki||RBA BOE Skull Rider||8|
|28.||Bulega Nicolo||Sky Racing Team VR46||7|
|29.||Pagliani Manuel||SIC Racing Team||6|
|30.||Atiratphuvapat Nakarin||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||2|
|31.||Perez Vicente||Reale Avintia Academy||2|
|32.||Ogura Ai||Asia Talent Team||1|
|33.||Nepa Stefano||CIP Green Power||0|
|34.||Montella Yari||Montella Y.||0|
|35.||Zannoni Kevin||Althea Racing||0|
|36.||Grunwald Luca||Kiefer Racing||0|
|37.||Salac Filip||Czech Talent Team Cuna de Campeones||0|
|38.||Van de Lagemaat Ryan||Van de Lagemaat R.||0|
|39.||Kofler Maximilian||Motorsport Kofler E.U.||0|