MOTO GP – SAN MARINO GP – Race
7th race of the calendar for the maiden category, as riders prepares for a three in a row weekend, starting with another double header at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. With a dominant performance of Yamaha, it was hard to tell which other bike could challenge the four riders up front, but eventually some riders from other brands gave some fight on track.
Lights were off with yet another issues for Maverick Viñales, who´s still struggle to capitalize a pole position on this season, by haaving a good start on the track; It was Franco Morbidelli who took the lead on the first lap, followed by the veteran of 300+ GP, Valentino Rossi, with Jack Miller at 3rd place and Viñales at a battle for 4th place with Fabio Quartararo.
Some laps passed by, Rossi and Morbidelli were having a strong laps up front as the leading group started to split apart. as a battle for 4th was getting intense between Viñales,Quartararo and Rins. As the petronas yamaha went for a move on Viñales, he´ll eventually make a mistake and went to the ground at turn 4, returning at 20th place at the tracka and compromising his leadership at the championship, Rins eventually would overtook Viñales, who was starting to struggle on pace after the 10th lap of the race; Even losing position with Bagnaia and Rins and Mir.
Morbidelli started to go away of Rossi, as the Italian-Brazilian started to separate from the principal Yamaha of Valentino Rossi by +1.0 second and increasing. Meanwhile Rins and Bagnaia started to get closed to Jack Miller, the provisional 3th place at the moment and eventually overtook him, as the Aussie also had pace issues.
As Morbidelli was gone away with the lead by +2.0 seconds, the battle was getting intense for the 2nd position, as Rossi started to hardly defend the attacks of Bagnaia and Rins for the next 10 laps to go, as Il Dottore was avoiding every approach from Bagnaia, untill eventually the italian rider made a move on Valentino and took 2nd place from him, but battle was still hard. Even on the last laps, Joan Mir joined the party, as he overtook his teammate Alex Rins and made a last lap move on Rossi, getting quite close to took the second place from Bagnaia. But was a turn short to make a move. as the Spaniard crossed 3rd, the Pramac rider Francesco Bagnaia 2nd and Franco Morbidelli took his maiden win at the main category. Rossi ended 4th with only a lap close from his 200th podium at Moto GP
- Franco Morbidelli // 2. Francesco Bagnaia // 3. Joan Mir
4. Valentino Rossi // 5. Alex Rins // 6. Maverick Viñales
7. Andrea Dovizioso // 8. Jack Miller // 9. Takaaki Nakagami
10. Pol Espargaro // 11. Miguel Oliveira // 12. Brad Binder
13. Aleix Espargaro // 14. Iker Lecuona // 15. Johann Zarco
16. Danilo Petrucci // 17. Cal Crutchlow // 18. Stefan Bradl
19. Bradley Smirh
DNF: Tito Rabat, Fabio Quartararo
Quite entretaining race that saw the fifth different race winner and a new championship leader at the standings, with 8 races to go, is hard to tell which rider would take this years championship as the standings are still very close. Next week, another race at San Marino, where things could be benefical to Yamaha, if the dominance keeps up like this weekend.