Almost 100,000 spectators crammed into the the Misano circuit to witness yet another piece of MotoGP history as Honda’s Dani Pedrosa ensured the story of this remarkable season continued…
Pole- Jorge Lorenzo, P2- Valentino Rossi, P3- Maverick Vinales
Venue: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Race Distance: 28 Laps
Everyone got away cleanly at the start off the line, with Jorge Lorenzo leading the field through the opening corners. Such was the initial pace advantage from the two factory Yamahas, that they managed pull a considerable gap from the rest of the field by the end of the opening lap. The tight, technical nature of the circuit makes Misano a difficult place to overtake. Difficult but not impossible, and the crowd were treated to a series of hard fought overtakes from championship leader, Marc Marquez on Maverick Vinales, and Dani Pedrosa on Andrea Dovizioso through the highspeed complex through sector three. However the highlight for the partisan Italain crowd, was Rossi executing a brutal block pass on his team-mate, Lorenzo, at the end of the second lap to take the race lead.
With track temperatures soaring in the afternoon sun, tyre management was crucial. Here was where Repsol-Honda’s Dani Pedrosa came into his own. Helped by being the smallest and lightest rider in the field, he was able to not only manage the tyres effectively, but still be able to set a blistering pace throughout the duration of the race, which included the demolishion of the race lap record. Pedrosa’s overwhelming difference in pace between his rivals was further highlighted as he successively cleared first his team-mate (Marquez), then flew by Lorenzo to challenge for the lead. The deciding move was made with seven laps to go, as Pedrosa – armed with a helping of slipstream and far superior grip – lunged up the inside of Rossi’s M1-Yamaha at turn 4 and never looked back. It is the first time this season that the diminutive Spaniard has won a grand-prix, making it an unprecedented eight different winners from as many races.
As with the support races from Moto3 and Moto2 in the morning, the narrow and bumpy track surface had laid claim to a few unfortunate riders. However, we were thankfully spared a first corner pile up a la 2015. Tito Rabat was the first of the fallers as the bike fell away from him through turn 5 on the opening lap. It had been a common site all day across the races, with the front end of the bike folding as its helpless rider tried to engage the throttle upon exiting the corner. It ended a thoroughly miserable race for Rabat’s team – MarcVDS-Honda – who earlier in the day had been given the news that their other rider, Jack Miller, was unfit to race. Tch3-Yamaha’s Alex Lowes suffered the same fate on lap 8 whilst jostling for the final points’ position in p15. Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro was the final non-finisher who lost the front end of the bike through the highspeed turn 10 on lap 19.
Race Result: 1- Dani Pedrosa, 2- Valentino Rossi, 3- Jorge Lorenzo
Full race results can be found at http://www.motogp.com
The 2016 MotoGP World Championship now moves on to the Aragon Grand-Prix in Spain. 23rd-25th September.