Round 13 San Marino

  • Marquez Second at Misano and Extends Title Lead

    Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez rode a superb race at sun-baked Misano, finishing a hard-fought second to extend his World Championship lead for the sixth consecutive race.


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Marquez Second at Misano and Extends Title Lead

MISANO WORLD CIRCUIT MARCO SIMONCELLI, San Marino, September 9, 2018

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode a superb race at sun-baked Misano today, finishing a hard-fought second to extend his World Championship lead for the sixth consecutive race.

The 25-year-old Spaniard knew that the 12th race of the season wouldn’t be easy after he qualified on the second row yesterday, following a high-speed crash. Nevertheless he fought throughout like only he knows how, using the performance of his RC213V in spectacular fashion to hunt down compatriot Jorge Lorenzo.

The pair spent much of the race locked together. Shortly after half-distance Marquez pounced on his compatriot and over the next few laps they fought back and forth, making some breathtaking moves on each other, until Lorenzo re-established himself in second, albeit with Marquez still right behind him, always looking for a way past.

During the final laps the duo upped their pace yet further to take them closer to leader Andrea Dovizioso. With just a few laps remaining, could they turn the race into a three-way battle for victory? Lorenzo answered that question when he slid off at turn eight on the penultimate lap, leaving Dovizioso to take the flag.

At the finish line Marquez was 2.8 seconds behind Dovizioso, whose latest win moves him into second place in the championship, 67 points behind Marquez, who is chasing a fifth MotoGP crown in six seasons. Six of the 19 rounds of Grand Prix racing’s 70th season remain, with the Aragon Grand Prix next.

Marquez’s tenth podium finish of the year keeps Honda ahead in the Constructors World Championship, in which Honda aims for its seventh title success in the past eight years. 

Marquez wasn’t the only Honda rider on the podium. Fellow HRC rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) scored a richly deserved third-place finish, putting him on the podium for the first time since he won April’s Argentine Grand Prix. The 32-year-old Britain rode a very determined race, charging through from seventh position at the end of the first lap. Over the next few laps he overtook Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins to move into fourth place, after Jack Miller had slid off. At one stage of the race he was the fastest man on the track, inching closer to the leading trio. With less than two laps to go he inherited third when Lorenzo went down, allowing the LRC Honda team to celebrate a podium result at its home event.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), winner here two years ago, recovered brilliantly from two difficult days of practice and qualifying to finish in sixth place, just behind Vinales. The 32-year-old Spaniard, who will retire from MotoGP at the end of this season, had been 12th fastest on Friday and 11th in yesterday’s qualifying session, so it took a lot of grit and determination to fight back from there. Tenth at the end of the first lap, the former 125cc and twice 250cc World Champion made steady forward progress to chase Vinales over the finish line.

Local hero Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) achieved his best result since May’s Spanish Grand prix, finishing 12th after running as high as ninth. The result moved the 23-year-old Italian rookie and reigning Moto2 World Champion into the lead of the prestigious MotoGP Rookie of the Year competition.

Just half a second behind Morbidelli was fellow rookie Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who also recorded his best result since Jerez in May. The 26-year-old rookie from Chiba rode a strong race from 19th on the grid. He made a great start to complete the first of 27 laps in 15th position, then spent much of the rest of the race dueling with Aleix Espargaro, finally getting the better of him with two laps to go.

Thomas Luthi (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) had a difficult weekend, following a tumble yesterday morning. The 32-year-old Swiss rider, who won last year’s Moto2 race at Misano, could do no better than 22nd today.

HRC test rider Stefan Bradl (Team HRC RC213V) was chasing his first points of the year in his third race of the year, but slid off with ten laps to go. The former Moto2 World Champion had qualified a creditable 18th fastest.

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Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) scored a faultless and important Moto2 victory to extend his World Champion lead to eight points over Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM), who finished second after starting from ninth on the grid.

Bagnaia led every lap of the Honda CBR600-powered race, after starting from pole position and stretching his advantage throughout to take the checkered flag 3.1 seconds ahead of Oliveira.

Oliveira made a stunning start from the third row of the grid to finish the first lap in fifth place. But there was no stopping Bagnaia, who used the clear track ahead of him to perfection. Oliveira took just three laps to work himself into third place, then he hunted down Argentine GP winner Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex), moving into second place at two-thirds distance. That wasn’t the end of it, however. Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter) also got the better of Pasini and attacked Oliveira on the last lap, but his turn 14 effort went awry and he ran wide, leaving the 23-year-old Portuguese to take second, behind 21-year-old Italian Bagnaia, who lives in nearby Pesaro. Next year Bagnaia and Oliveira will be rivals once again, in the MotoGP class.

Schrotter was ecstatic with his third-place finish - his first podium from his 151 Grand Prix starts in the Moto2, Moto3 and 125cc categories.

Pasini regrouped in the final laps, fighting back to retake fourth place from standout rookie Joan Mir (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex), whose fifth place was nonetheless scored his best result since his second-place finish at July’s German GP.

Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex) rode a strong race from 11th on the first lap to take sixth place, several seconds ahead of Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up Racing Speed Up) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) who crossed the line almost side by side.

The top ten was completed by Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex) and Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter). 

Honda riders monopolized the Moto3 podium at the end of a breath-taking, incident-packed race. At the checkered flag, just 0.122 seconds separated first-time winner Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) from second-placed Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) and third-placed Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW).

Dalla Porta’s breakthrough result also increases Honda’s lead in the Moto3 Constructors World Championship, which the company hopes to win for the second year in succession and the 18th time in total, since its first success in 1961.

Today’s victory battle was red hot throughout, with the three NSF25ORW riders fighting with Gabriel Rodrigo and Marco Bezzecchi, who went into the race leading the championship, ahead of Martin, who is still recovering from the broken left forearm he sustained at last month’s Czech Republic Grand Prix.

The lead changed constantly and the battle was so intense that there were several contacts between the riders. Title-challenger Martin didn’t have perfect rear grip, so he bided his time and saved his best for the final few laps.

Bezzecchi was just ahead of Martin when he crashed on the last corner of the penultimate lap. Martin was incredibly lucky not to go down with him. Bezzecchi’s exit set up a thrilling last-lap skirmish between the three Honda riders, with Di Giannantonio grabbing the lead from Dalla Porta at the final corner, but Dalla Porta won the drag race to the checkered flag. This was the first Grand Prix win for the 21-year-old Italian, and on home ground as well.

Second place for 20-year-old Spaniard Martin was also a huge result, because it moved him back into the championship lead, eight points ahead of Bezzecchi with six races remaining. Di Giannantonio was also a happy man, the 19-year-old Italian taking his first podium since his debut win at Brno last month.

Many other riders who were hoping to fight for a podium finish were caught up in a mass pile-up at the last corner of the second lap, which began when Jaume Massia fell. The group behind fell like skittles and it was lucky that no one was seriously injured. The other fallers included Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) and Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who both had a chance of victory today, plus Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Nicolo Bulega. Sasaki came out of the multiple crash worst, fracturing a bone in his left arm.

The accident spread out the rest of the pack, so the next Honda riders after the top three were Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW), Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW), Adam Norrodin (Malaysian Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who filled positions tenth to 13th. Eighteen-year-old Fukuoka rider Toba scored his first points since June’s Catalan Grand Prix, where he finished an excellent sixth. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) crashed out of 12th place with four laps remaining.

The MotoGP paddock leaves Italy for the second time this year to visit Spain for the third time, for the Aragon Grand Prix on September 23. The Thai, Japanese, Australian and Malaysian rounds follow, with the season concluding at Valencia, Spain, on November 18.

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Comments

MotoGP

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd

“We’re very happy with this podium because we knew that at this track Ducati would be very fast and actually they were! They’d tested here and we hadn’t, but we fought hard and we got very close. I had a good start and then it took some time to bring the tires up to temperature. I closed the little gap to the front but then I saw that Dovi was so strong today, so I set second place as the target. I was behind Jorge but he was faster than me. I kept pushing and pushing to see if I was able to make a move in the last lap and then he crashed. We took second meaning that we leave here with a 67-point advantage in the Championship which is very important. I’m happy, I feel comfortable on the bike, and I’m ready to prepare for Aragon, which is a track that I like very much.”  

Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda CASTROL: 3rd

“The team did a fantastic job this weekend. It’s their home race obviously, I was disappointed not to race at mine [Britain] two weeks ago, so we put everything into this one. We tried our best, sure we got lucky with the crash of Lorenzo at the end, but as I said, I don’t really care because we did a good job. I’m proud of my team and we now go to Aragon in good shape. I lost one second [behind Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins] and that just stopped me being there with Marc and Jorge, but that’s the way it goes. I wasn’t willing to push at the start of the race as much as I could and I got passed by Rins. But overall we have to be very pleased for the team and we head into the rest of the year in good shape.”

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team: 6th

“Today’s sixth place was the best outcome for the weekend and so we must take the positives from it, but of course it’s not enough because we’re still far from where we want to be. I tried to stick to Maverick and to get closer to Rins but I wasn’t able to. We need to work on our bike’s setup in order to get closer to the pace of the front group.”

Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 12th

“This 12th position means some good points at my home race. I risked a lot to stay in the top ten and pushed a lot on in the braking. But after a few laps I had some problems and had to drop my pace because I could not brake as usual and I was also losing time in acceleration.”

Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda IDEMITSU: 13th

“I had a really good start and overtook a few riders at the beginning of the race and tried to follow the main group. From the beginning to the end, my lap times were nearly the same, I didn’t make any mistakes and was consistent which allowed us to take some points. I’m happy with this result, it’s only a few points, but it’s important for me as it was a difficult weekend. I want to thank my team who did a really great job and gave me a good bike and let’s see what we can do at the next race in Aragon.”

Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 22nd

“The race was a disaster for me. I was struggling with turning all weekend and we had no choice but to try a big set-up change for the race after the warm-up, but it didn’t work as expected. It was not easy to finish the race, I had no chance to push. Now we must look forward to the next race in Aragon and try to find more confidence on the bike.”

Stefan Bradl, Team HRC: DNF

“Today we chose to race on a hard rear tire so I managed the first laps in a bit of a defensive way until I got comfortable with it. Our strategy was to gain some advantage in the final part of the race. Unfortunately, after some laps I started to feel vibrations from the front and finally I crashed. We don’t know yet what happened. We’ll discuss with Michelin to analyze the data and see what the problem was.”

Moto2

Francesco Bagnaia, Sky Racing Team VR46: 1st

“What an incredible emotion! I can’t describe the feeling. Winning the home GP in front of all my fans, my family and friends is awesome. I think this one is the most exciting win of the year. A perfect weekend, we didn’t make any mistakes and we focused on the race pace and this was the key of our victory. I have been fast since the start and when I saw that Miguel had overtaken Mattia I pushed harder. We have reopened the points gap and this is the most important thing.”

Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo: 2nd

“Pecco [Bagnaia] was very strong today and we paid the price for not having qualified on one of the front two rows, but I'm happy, since I was riding comfortably and the bike performed very well during the race. At some tracks it is very difficult to lower your lap times, and this is one of those circuits. On the first few laps I couldn't run a strong pace, and as Pecco and Mattia [Pasini] could do that, we struggled. They broke away a little; I caught back up with Mattia but it was very difficult to reach Pecco. I eventually took second position and only lost five points in the title fight, so I'm happy with how this Grand Prix has gone. Now we are going to Aragon, a track that I like, so I will be ready to fight again and start to recover points. Only eight points separate us, so anything can happen.”

Marcel Schrotter, Dynavolt Intact GP: 3rd

“Finally, my first podium! It’s still not really easy to understand that I finally made it. I have had a good pace all weekend, but I didn’t feel so good during the early laps of the race. it took me a while to work up to full speed, so that’s something we need to work on. Eventually I was running a good pace and towards the end I was faster than Oliveira. My overtaking attempt on him was so-so, but anyway I’m happy because we got a podium, the team is working so well on all the details, so it’s just up to me to keep working on my riding to get faster.”

Moto3

Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Leopard Racing: 1st

“I am living a dream here in Misano on the weekend of the confirmation of my 2019 deal with Leopard Racing! I wanted to do well in front of my home crowd. I started well and I tried to make my rhythm. We were five riders in the lead group, but I felt very strong and I knew I had something more in the fast corners. When Diggia [Di Giannantonio] passed me I let off the brakes and closed the front, but I managed to open the gas before him. It is my first victory - sweaty and deserved, even for all the sacrifices I have made. It's my 48th race in the World Championship, like the number of my bike, the number of my grandmother's birth year: a sign from destiny! After the finish line I spent a long time on the track, screaming inside my helmet! I thank my family, my fans and the whole team, today the bike was fantastic!”

Jorge Martin, Del Conca Gresini Moto3: 2nd

“I must admit that after warm up I was not too confident as I wasn’t feeling too comfortable on the bike. Things improved during the race, though: I saw that Enea and Canet were out of action so I saw it as an opportunity to pull away at least from them in the standings. Then Bezzecchi’s mistake has played to our advantage, obviously, even though I was almost going down myself.”

Fabio Di Giannantonio, Del Conca Gresini Moto3: 3rd

“It wasn’t an easy race, but we knew we had the potential for a very good result. I wish I could take a bit more points, but we’re getting closer to the top of the standings and a podium is always a good thing - especially at home!”

Results

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 13: San Marino Race

MotoGP Class

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
2 Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW (LCR Honda CASTROL)
4 Alex RINS (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)
5 Maverick VIÑALES (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)
6 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
7 Valentino ROSSI (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)
8 Andrea IANNONE (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Angel Nieto Team)
10 Johann ZARCO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
11 Danilo PETRUCCI (Alma Pramac Racing)
12 Franco MORBIDELLI (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI (LCR Honda IDEMITSU)
14 Aleix ESPARGARO (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)
15 Michele PIRRO(Ducati Team)
16 Bradley SMITH (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)
17 Jorge LORENZO (Ducati Team)
18 Jack MILLER (Alma Pramac Racing)
19 Hafizh SYAHRIN (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
20 Karel ABRAHAM (Angel Nieto Team)
21 Scott REDDING (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)
22 Thomas LUTHI (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
23 Christophe PONSSON(Reale Avintia Racing)
RT Stefan BRADL(HRC Honda Team)
RT Pol ESPARGARO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)
RT Xavier SIMEON (Reale Avintia Racing)

Moto2 Class

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Francesco BAGNAIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
3 Marcel SCHROTTER (Dynavolt Intact GP)
4 Mattia PASINI (Italtrans Racing Team)
5 Joan MIR (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
6 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Pons HP40)
7 Fabio QUARTARARO ((+)Ego - Speed Up Racing )
8 Brad BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
9 Jorge NAVARRO (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)
10 Xavi VIERGE (Dynavolt Intact GP)
11 Simone CORSI (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2)
12 Remy GARDNER (Tech 3 Racing)
13 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing)
14 Andrea LOCATELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)
15 Jesko RAFFIN (SAG Team)
16 Joe ROBERTS (NTS RW Racing GP)
17 Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing GP)
18 Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
19 Iker LECUONA (Swiss Innovative Investors)
20 Bo BENDSNEYDER (Tech 3 Racing)
21 Niki TUULI (Petronas Sprinta Racing )
22 Khairul Idham PAWI (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
23 Jules DANILO (Nashi Argan SAG Team)
24 Federico FULIGNI (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2)
25 Xavi CARDELUS (Team Stylobike)
RT Augusto FERNANDEZ (Pons HP40)
RT Stefano MANZI (Forward Racing Team)
RT Tetsuta NAGASHIMA (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
RT Sheridan MORAIS (Willi Race Racing Team)
RT Sam LOWES (Swiss Innovative Investors)
RT Luca MARINI (SKY Racing Team VR46)
RT Danny KENT ((+)Ego - Speed Up Racing )
RT Romano FENATI (Marinelli Snipers Team)

Moto3 Class

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA (Leopard Racing)
2 Jorge MARTIN (Del Conca Gresini Moto3)
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (Del Conca Gresini Moto3)
4 Gabriel RODRIGO (RBA BOE Skull Rider)
5 Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox PruestelGP)
6 Albert ARENAS (Angel Nieto Team Moto3)
7 Dennis FOGGIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)
8 Darryn BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
9 Andrea MIGNO (Angel Nieto Team Moto3)
10 Niccolò ANTONELLI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)
11 Tony ARBOLINO (Marinelli Snipers Team)
12 Adam NORRODIN (Petronas Sprinta Racing)
13 Kaito TOBA (Honda Team Asia)
14 Vicente PEREZ (Reale Avintia Academy 77)
15 Kazuki MASAKI (RBA BOE Skull Rider)
16 Marcos RAMIREZ (Bester Capital Dubai)
17 Stefano NEPA (CIP - Green Power)
18 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP (Honda Team Asia)
19 Yari MONTELLA (SIC58 Squadra Corse)
20 Kevin ZANNONI (TM Racing Factory 3570 MTA)
RT Marco BEZZECCHI (Redox PruestelGP)
RT Tatsuki SUZUKI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)
RT John MCPHEE (CIP - Green Power)
RT Jaume MASIA (Bester Capital Dubai)
RT Aron CANET (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
RT Ayumu SASAKI (Petronas Sprinta Racing)
RT Enea BASTIANINI (Leopard Racing)
RT Nicolo BULEGA (SKY Racing Team VR46)
RT Alonso LOPEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)