Marquez victorious in wild San Marino GP

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez claimed victory in an extraordinary weather affected San Marino Grand Prix which saw title contender Jorge Lorenzo crash out.

Beginning under threatening skies, showers hit in the early stages forcing riders to switch to wet setup bikes before conditions changed and a drying track prompted the field to return to dry weather machines.

In the end, the topsy turvy race saw Tech 3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith emerge in second.

Profiting from the changeable conditions, Marc VDS Honda’s Scott Redding, who remounted after a crash in the early laps, recovered to score his maiden MotoGP podium in third.

Polesitter Lorenzo had led the proceedings initially from Marquez and then Valentino Rossi after the bike switch, before then losing the lead to his title rival team-mate with 17 laps remaining.

As a dry line appeared third placed Marquez dropped back from the fellow wet tyre shod Rossi and Lorenzo.

Losing pace, Marquez elected to pit to change to his dry bike before the Yamaha duo, allowing him to regain the lead, which he held until the chequered flag.

With Rossi in his sights, Lorenzo was next to blink as he switched to his dry bike before his opposite number.

However, the former double world champion’s title and victory hopes took a hit when he crashed out with seven laps to go shortly after his trip to the pits.

The Spaniard walked away from the incident but has since undergone scans on a suspected right hand injury.

Loris Baz was rewarded for his early switch back to the dry weather bike as he brought the Forward Yamaha home in fourth after losing out to Redding in the closing laps.

The late bike change for Rossi saw the nine-time world champion finish fifth missing out on a podium finish for the first time this season.

Virtue of Lorenzo’s retirement, the Italian has crucially opened up a 23 point lead in the world championship.

Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci finished in sixth ahead of the factory Ducati riders of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa had occupied fourth early in the race but the visits to the pits saw him drop to ninth, while Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro completed the top 10.

Australia’s Jack Miller rode as high as seventh courtesy of his early switch back to his dry setup LCR Honda, but in the closing laps he dropped to 12th position behind team-mate Cal Crutchlow.

Result: MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix, Misano

Position Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 Marc Márquez Honda 28
2 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 28 7.288
3 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 28 +18.793s
4 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 28 +26.427s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 28 +33.196s
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 28 +35.087s
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati 28 +36.527s
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 28 +37.434s
9 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 28 +39.516s
10 Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 28 +39.692s
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 28 +41.995s
12 Jack Miller LCR Honda 28 +46.075s
13 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Ducati 28 +48.381s
14 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 28 +52.325s
15 Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 28 +53.348s
16 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 28 +58.828s
17 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 28 +1:02.649s
18 Héctor Barberá Avintia Ducati 28 +1:04.768s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 28 +1:05.677s
20 Claudio Corti Forward Yamaha 27 +1 Lap
21 Karel Abraham AB Honda 27 +1 Lap
DNF Pol Espargaró Tech 3Yamaha 26 Retirement
DNF Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 20 Retirement
DNF Yonny Hernández Pramac Ducati 9 Retirement
DNF Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 9 Retirement
DNF Michele Pirro Ducati 9 Retirement

Championship Standings

Position Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 247
2 Jorge Lorenzo 224
3 Marc Márquez 184
4 Andrea Iannone 159
5 Bradley Smith 135
6 Andrea Dovizioso 128
7 Daniel Pedrosa 109
8 Danilo Petrucci 93
9 Pol Espargaró 81
10 Cal Crutchlow 79
11 Maverick Viñales 69
12 Aleix Espargaró 66
13 Scott Redding 63
14 Yonny Hernández 41
15 Loris Baz 28
16 Álvaro Bautista 23
17 Héctor Barberá 23
18 Jack Miller 16
19 Nicky Hayden 12
20 Stefan Bradl 11
21 Michele Pirro 8
22 Eugene Laverty 7
23 Mike Di Meglio 7
24 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
25 Alex de Angelis 2

 

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