Moto GP – San Marino GP – Race
We arrived at the 13th round of the calendar, the penultimate race in European countries, and just before the start of the Asian tour, the San Marino GP was ready for racing, at the Misano Marco Simoncelli circuit.
Lights were off, and race was underway, as the crowd deploys a red smokescreen, Jorge Martin was the race leader, as there was constant pressure from the Yellow Ducati of Francesco Bagnaia, as Marco Bezzecchi follows closely the leading group, Brad Binder took 4th after overtaking veteran Dani Pedrosa and was quickly chasing on the top 3.
As the top 3 were closely chasing up, Bezzecchi was able to catch Bagnaia for 2nd and starter to switch positions a couple of times, as Martin still tried to form a gap, as Binder was getting closer to the front group, the KTM rider made a mistake and found itself on the gravel, re-joining at the back of the standings. As now the closest rider to the top 3 was Dani Pedrosa, with a +1.8 seconds of gap. A couple of incidents occurred on track, one between Jack Miller and Michelle Pirro, and Joan Mir falling off his bike.
It was looking that Dani Pedrosa could actually be on striking distance from the top 3 ahead, as the KTM had a better racing pace, compared to the 3 riders in front; But a braking mistake was costly for Pedrosa’s pace and lost all the time, that he managed to gain.
As race was ending, it was clear that Jorge Martin had the better pace and the better momentum at track, as the Pramac rider was starting to separate from both Italian riders, as Bagnaia started to lose some pace, with Bezzecchi quickly realizing about it, and started to plan a move on the Ducati factory rider, with the Mooney Ducati gaining 2nd place, as the championship leader now was in the lock of the KTM of Dani Pedrosa for the last spot of the podium.
Jorge Martin had no more problems taking the checkered flag and going back to back on the race weekend, as the podium repeats from yesterday, as Bezzecchi finishes 2nd, Bagnaia closes the podium. Honorable mention to Dani Pedrosa, who finishes a supreme weekend with back to back top 5 finishes on the weekend, as the rider participated as a wildcard from KTM. The veteran rider still had some talent to show up.
1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Marco Bezzecchi /// 3. Francesco Bagnaia
4. Dani Pedrosa /// 5. Maverick Viñales /// 6. Miguel Oliveira
7. Marc Marquez /// 8. Raul Fernandez /// 9. Luca Marini
10. Johann Zarco /// 11. Alex Marquez /// 12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Fabio Quatararo /// 14. Brad Binder /// 15. Franco Morbidelli
16. Augusto Fernandez/// 17. Fabio Di Giannantoino /// 18. Stefan Bradl
19. Takaaki Nakagami
DNF: Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Michelle Pirro, Jack Miller
Massive weekend for Jorge Martin, as the Spaniard keeps the championship hopes alive and cut the gap with Francesco Bagnaia on the standings, with still 8 rounds to go, the championship race could intensify, as the first round of the asian tour stats with India GP, in 2 weeks.