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The San Marino GP always has its moments, and this time was no different
WE wERE AT MISAno for the San Marino GP, home ground for many an Italian and a circuit that favours the nimble Yamahas. This would be a tough race for the Ducatis, but would we see some magic? well, considering the season, anything was possible.
As thought earlier, the Misano grid had all the Yamahas starting on top. Maverick Viñales on the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team started on pole, with Petronas Yamaha SRT boys Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli completing the front row. However, Viñales made a decision to stick to the hard-compound tyres he had performed well with the past couple of days. This turned out to work against the young Spaniard, as with a drop in temperature on Sunday, a struggle with grip ensued.
From the get go there were two Yamahas that made the initial lunge. These were Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi on the second Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP bike. These two showed blistering pace and opened up a small lead from the second group of riders comprising Jack Miller on the Pramac Ducati and the Team Suzuki Ecstar boys Alex Rins and Joan Mir.
The story was far from over, though, as way back in the grid a Pramac Ducati, being ridden by Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia, started to make itself felt. The Italian was flying through at a maddening pace and soon found himself on the tail of his mentor, Valentino Rossi. Bagnaia made his move on the master, but catching Morbidelli would be impossible. The story looked Disney-like with Valentino Rossi in third chasing his two academy riders, Franco and Pecco. But the Suzuki boys would have their say with first Alex Rins throwing multiple attacks at the 41-year-old Rossi. Finally, it was Rins’s young teammate,
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Mir, who took over the reins and made a move on the last lap.
Heartbreak for Rossi fans but an amazing ride by Mir to win the final podium spot. The winner was Franco Morbidelli, who raced in an immaculate fashion, taking his first ever MotoGP win. The arguable star could be Bagnaia, who rode into second while still suffering from an injury. Bagnaia was on crutches before the race and got back to them after getting off the bike. Incredible.
Second place went to the rampaging Jorge At the start, we saw three Italians leading the race with the two Sky Racing Team VR46 boys Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi leading the way and Enea Bastianini on the Italtrans Racing Team bike following in third. The race seemed set from the start with the two Sky Racing Team VR46 boys opening up a slight gap. However, a one-two-three Italian finish was put to the test when Liqui Moly Intact GP rider Marcel Schrotter began challenging Enea Bastianini.
Upfront, there was a little excitement, too, with Marini running wide, allowing Marco to take the lead. Current championship leader Luca Marini would fight back, though, taking the lead with a couple of laps to go. Bezzecchi, meanwhile, now had a recuperated Bastianini making a case for second place. In the end, it was Luca Marini winning the San Marino GP with Bezzecchi just about holding off Bastianini.