MO­TOGP: san Marino

Fac­tory Du­cati rider An­drea Dovizioso storms to his third vic­tory of the sea­son at Misano


It was a good day for Ital­Ian fans at MIsano with two ducatis start­ing at the front of the grid on sun­day. Jorge lorenzo was in pole po­si­tion, fol­lowed by Jack Miller on the satel­lite du­cati in sec­ond, Mav­er­ick Viñales of Mo­vis­tar yamaha in third, an­drea dovizioso in fourth, and rep­sol Honda rider and cham­pi­onship leader, Marc Mar­quez, com­plet­ing the top five. as the lights went out, lorenzo took a light­ning lead and was right at the front of the pack. Be­hind him was his team-mate, an­drea dovizioso, and Marc Mar­quez. as the race pro­gressed, dovi looked set on chasing lorenzo down and, tak­ing that lead from the spa­niard on lap six, the Ital­ian mus­cled his way through to the top, rel­e­gat­ing lorenzo to sec­ond place. the fight for the top spot con­tin­ued to heat up as Mar­quez and lorenzo tried chasing dovi down. How­ever, just a few laps later the two spaniards en­gaged in a duel of their own, both ex­chang­ing places right till the end.

the duel be­tween lorenzo and Mar­quez was also in­ter­est­ing as it gave dovi a chance to slip away and build a nice time gap and that is ex­actly what the Ital­ian did. dovi found his rhythm and rode ex­cep­tion­ally well right till the che­quered flag to claim his third vic­tory of the sea­son. dovi’s per­for­mance also en­abled him to earn some valu­able points in the cham­pi­onship stand­ing, thereby al­low­ing him to inch closer to Mar­quez. dovi is still trail­ing Mar­quez by 67 points and, with just six rounds to go, it would surely take a lot of race wins if dovi wants to win the cham­pi­onship this year. How­ever, Mar­quez’s form looks pretty good right now and Mar­quez’s tech­nique and race sen­si­bil­i­ties have ma­tured through the years. It looks likely that he will con­tinue to main­tain his form as much as he can. as for dovi, his gP18 has proved that it has the pace and abil­ity to not only win races but win them by a good mar­gin. there­fore, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how these two top rid­ers fare in the last six rounds of the sea­son.

Mean­while, the duel be­tween Mar­quez and lorenzo con­tin­ued un­til the penul­ti­mate lap. the two spaniards locked horns through­out the race but, un­for­tu­nately, lorenzo’s race was in­ter­rupted by a low-side on the penul­ti­mate lap which gave Mar­quez the open­ing he was look­ing for. the Honda rider wasted no time in chasing the che­quered flag and even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing the race on the podium in sec­ond place. lorenzo’s un­for­tu­nate crash also al­lowed lCr Honda’s Cal Crutchlow to move up a place and fin­ish in third place. this was the first podium for the Bri­tish rider since his win in ar­gentina.

the drama be­hind the top three rid­ers was also ex­cit­ing as suzuki Ec­star rider alex rins was en­gaged in a duel with Mav­er­ick Viñales. the suzuki rider was able to de­fend his po­si­tion well and ended up fin­ish­ing fourth with Viñales tak­ing fifth. rep­sol Honda’s sec­ond rider and Mo­togP vet­eran, dani Pe­drosa, fin­ished a sec­ond be­hind Viñales, com­pet­ing the top six.

lo­cal hero and one of the great­est Mo­togP rac­ers ever, Valentino rossi, rode his yamaha yZf-M1 home to a sad sev­enth place af­ter a bad start. rossi was also caught up be­hind Pe­drosa for much of the race. de­spite dis­ap­point­ing Misano re­sults, rossi is still third in the cham­pi­onship, just three points be­hind dovizioso at 151. with six rounds to go, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if the Mo­vis­tar yamaha rider is able to climb up the order or re­main in third place.


the Moto2 race was even more ex­cit­ing as there was a lot of ac­tion, quite a few crashes, and a black flag. the race started in the most un­usual way pos­si­ble with francesco Bag­naia of sky rac­ing team Vr46 and Mar­cel schrot­ter of dy­na­volt In­tact gP com­ing into contact from the lights till C1; how­ever, Bag­naia was able to break free and wrest the lead from schrot­ter. from here on­wards Bag­naia was un­touch­able, for he had ex­cep­tional pace which he main­tained till the che­quered flag, claim­ing a muchde­served vic­tory. Bag­naia was able to cross the line three sec­onds be­fore Miguel oliveira of red Bull KtM ajo.

the rest of the race was also pretty ex­cit­ing as rid­ers like Mat­tia Pasini of Ital­trans fought with Miguel oliveira in the open­ing stages of the race and then the Por­tuguese rider had to face some com­pe­ti­tion from schrot­ter. In the end, oliveira fin­ished sec­ond, schrot­ter third, and Pasini fourth.

the most dra­matic mo­ment of the race oc­curred when ro­mano fe­nati of Marinelli snipers team was black-flagged for ir­re­spon­si­ble rid­ing.


the rac­ing ac­tion in Moto3 was as close as it could get be­cause a lot changed on the penul­ti­mate lap of the race. the race started with Jorge Martin in the lead, fol­lowed by his arch-ri­val, Marco Bezzec­chi of re­dox PruestelgP, fabio di gi­an­nan­to­nio of del Conca gresini, lorenzo dalla Porta of leop­ard rac­ing, and gabriel ro­drigo of rBa BoE skull rider in the mix. these top rid­ers kept ex­chang­ing places through­out the race. the ac­tion re­ally heated up towards the end of the race when the top five rid­ers were within a sec­ond of one an­other. In the clos­ing stages of the race, lorenzo dalla Porta and Jorge Martin were fighting for the num­ber one spot and it was dalla Porta who man­aged to take the fight down to the wire. the two rid­ers were side by side just be­fore the fin­ish­line when Martin wheeled just be­fore it while his team­mate, fabio di gi­an­nan­to­nio, tried to pass him.

In the end, the pic­ture-per­fect fin­ish by the three rid­ers re­vealed that it was dalla Porta who had won the race with Martin in sec­ond and gi­an­nan­to­nio in third. gabriel ro­drigo also fin­ished less than a sec­ond be­hind dalla Porta. Un­for­tu­nately, cham­pi­onship leader Marco Bezzec­chi crashed out on the last lap. this saw him lose the cham­pi­onship lead to Martin, who is now eight points ahead of the Ital­ian.

ABOVE: Petrucci (9) had the speed but he couldn’t pass Rossi (46) LEFT: An­drea Do­vi­sioso cel­e­brates a well-de­served vic­tory

BE­LOW: Lorenzo’s fall gave Crutchlow (35) the chance to get on the podium

ABOVE: Lorenzo (99) did man­age to lead for a while, but once Dovi (04) passed him, the Ital­ian never looked back

ABOVE: Bag­naia’s win at Misano took him straight to the top of the points ta­ble

Lorenzo Dalla Porta (48) got his first ever vic­tory in Moto3 at Misano

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