Marquez wins chaotic Misano GP

Marc Marquez

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez took a remarkable victory in difficult conditions at the San Marino GP – one of just three circuits where he has not previously won in the premier class (along with Motegi and Phillip Island).

As the race got underway, Marquez maintained his 2nd place grid positions in the early laps, as rain clouds began to roll in. By lap five, rain flags were displayed and some riders began to pit for their wet setup bikes.

On lap seven, the rain intensified and the majority of riders entered the pits for their wet bikes and after emerging back on track, Marquez found himself 6th. Within a lap Marquez had climbed up to 2nd as the race began to find its rhythm once more.

Marquez dropped back behind Rossi with Lorenzo leading and the three riders opened up a gap over the field.

As the track began to dry, riders started to enter to change back to their dry bike setup. Marquez came in on lap eighteen whilst Lorenzo and Rossi remained out on track. On lap twenty, Lorenzo and Pedrosa came in to change bikes also, but Rossi continued on his wet bike, waiting until lap twenty one to come in to the pits.

With Rossi entering the pits Marquez inherited the race lead and Lorenzo crashed out. Marquez maintained his composure to take a convincing seven second win over Bradley Smith, with Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider – Scott Redding – completing the podium, despite a crash early on in the race.

Marquez – 184 points – has closed the gap in the World Championship and is now 63 points behind Rossi and 40 points behind Lorenzo.

Lorenzo leads Marquez and Rossi
Lorenzo leads Marquez and Rossi

Marc Marquez 93
1ST CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 3RD – 184 POINTS
"It was a very strange race but I'm happy with the end result. It is difficult to explain everything that happened during the race but I think the key was the second tire change – from wets to slicks. That was where we made a difference and – believe it or not – it was not me who decided everything!

"The team informed me of the situation with the pit board and helped me decide when to come in to change bikes, and I have to thank them! Also Honda, because we keep working and doing our best, even though our title chances are slim, so our target to the end of the year remains; The more wins, the better!"

Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 48'23.819
2 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +7.288
3 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 16 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +18.793
4 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 13 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +26.427
5 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 11 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +33.196
6 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 10 Pramac Racing Ducati +35.087
7 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +36.527
8 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati +37.434
9 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 7 Repsol Honda Team Honda +39.516
10 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 6 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +39.692
11 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 5 LCR Honda Honda +41.995
12 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 4 LCR Honda Honda +46.075
13 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA 3 Avintia Racing Ducati +48.381
14 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 2 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +52.325
15 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +53.348
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +58.828
17 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA 0 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda +1'02.649
18 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati +1'04.768
19 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda +1'05.677
20 CORTI Claudio 71 ITA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1 lap
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing Honda +1 lap
22 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
23 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
24 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha DNF
26 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF


Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 247 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 224 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 184 Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 159 Ducati Team Ducati
5 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 135 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
6 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 128 Ducati Team Ducati
7 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 109 Repsol Honda Team Honda
8 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 93 Pramac Racing Ducati
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 81 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
10 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 79 LCR Honda Honda
11 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 69 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 66 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
13 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 63 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
14 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 41 Pramac Racing Ducati
15 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 28 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha
16 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 23 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 23 Avintia Racing Ducati
18 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 16 LCR Honda Honda
19 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA 12 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda
20 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 11 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
21 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati
22 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 7 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda
23 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA 7 Avintia Racing Ducati
24 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN 5 AB Motoracing Honda
25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM 2 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha

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