Valentino Rossi was a popular winner at Misano, claiming his first MotoGP success since Assen in 2013. Valentino Rossi was a popular winner at Misano, claiming his first MotoGP success since Assen in 2013. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Rossi earns first win of season

Written by  on Sunday, 14 September 2014 13:59

The home crowd went wild at Misano on Sunday as Valentino Rossi took his first MotoGP World Championship victory since Assen last year, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa also on the podium, while Marc Marquez finished 15th after a crash.

Nine-time World Champion Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took the lead in the early laps after getting in front of pole man Lorenzo and then asserting his authority in an early battle with Marquez. On the 10th lap Marquez went down at Rio corner when in second place and while he restarted his RC213V he could not achieve more than a solitary point.

Rossi kept the hammer down at the front to eventually win by 1.578s and reach the milestone of 5000 Grand Prix points in style. It is the 107th victory of Rossi’s remarkable career.

This is also Rossi’s first win at home in Italy since Misano in 2009.

Rossi now has 214 championship points, just one behind Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), who finished third, as the battle for second intensifies.

"During the weekend we understood that the Yamaha was very strong and that we had a small advantage over the Hondas. In cases like this where Marquez wins it seems a little difficult, but you get motivated because you think ‘today could be the win,’ but it is always hard. We worked well with the team and made a good qualifying," said Rossi.

"I had a good start to the race and battled with Marc and Jorge; I knew Marc wanted to stay in front. After I saw the board and understood that he had crashed or something it was a little easier as I already had a small advantage over Jorge. It has been five years since my last victory here, a similar race too, it’s like a time machine!

"My first target was to win a race, this was a better win than Assen. In Assen Jorge broke a collarbone so he was not so solid. This year I’m faster, I finished four times behind Marquez in second. Now we can fight with Dani for second [in the championship]."

Lorenzo rode with determination to take another podium result and finished in second place for the fourth successive race.

It was a lonely race for the Majorcan, who finished 2.698s ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). The choice of a hard front Bridgestone tire allowed for constant front end feel, but lacked edge grip meaning that Lorenzo was unable to fight as hard as he would have liked.

“I’m a little disappointed with my race,” Lorenzo admitted. “I expected to fight a little more, maybe not win. But I’m happy for the Yamaha one-two! It has been a long time without this result. I knew from Warm Up that Valentino would be very fast, I expected to be faster than last year, but I was actually slower.

“I liked the hard tire yesterday but today I had no edge grip. The tire was constant but worse than yesterday. I pushed at the limit but today Valentino was strong and he deserved the win. In Brno we chose a different tire and it worked well, here we made a mistake, especially in the first laps. Rossi had good pace all weekend and even without a problem on the front it would have been a very tough fight with Valentino. Four second places is good, but we hope for the victory.”

Coming from fifth on the grid, Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) took his ninth podium finish of the season in third place, crossing the line 1.234s ahead of the hard working Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

Pedrosa was unable to pass the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), allowing the front three to break away.

The Honda rider did eventually pass the Ducati pair but struggled to settle into a rhythm as Lorenzo and Rossi set a strong pace at the start of the race. Pedrosa could not shake off Dovizioso throughout the course of the race and prepared for a tough battle in the closing laps.

“Not the best race today in general,” Pedrosa said. “I started poorly in the first two corners as I got sandwiched so couldn’t move. It took me a while to get past the Ducatis and once I got past them I was sliding front and rear. It was hard to control the bike, I tried my best and Dovi came with me so I had to fight with him. I could see Lorenzo and the rest pulling away after just two laps.

“I saw Marc crash and I was pushing hard. I didn’t have the best feeling and I was trying hard. I pushed to keep in front of Dovizioso as he was matching my times. I know how Andrea rides so I was ready for his attack in the closing laps. Not the best result but Yamaha was stronger this weekend and we look forward to the next race at Aragon. I like the track and the Honda usually works well.”

It was another good ride for Dovizioso in front of the home crowd as he got the Ducati across the finish line 5.5s behind winner Rossi. Likewise, Iannone impressed in fifth place with another solid result.

Rookie Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) rode well again to secure sixth place, 4.1s ahead of his teammate Bradley Smith.

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) completed the top 10.

Mike Di Meglio (Avintia Racing) was an early crasher, as was Danilo Petrucci (Octo IodaRacing Team). Di Meglio suffered a displaced fracture of the fourth and fifth metacarpus of his left hand and will require surgery. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) also fell out of the top 10. Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) crashed on the final lap. All the riders other than Di Meglio were uninjured.

Tito Rabat extended his Moto2™ World Championship advantage to 22 points with victory over second placed teammate Mika Kallio at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, with Johann Zarco in third place.

Pole man Kallio made a fantastic start and built up a 1.5s lead by the second lap but Rabat kept his Marc VDS Racing Team colleague in his sights, the Spaniard biding his time and overtaking the Finn with eight laps to go.

Rabat has now taken seven wins in 2014, three of those triumphs in successive races – and he is in a strong position at the head of the standings with five races remaining. For Kallio this is his ninth podium of the year, meanwhile, with his strong run of six consecutive rostrum results keeping him still within touching distance of Rabat.

Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing) rode a lonely race to third, two seconds adrift of Kallio at the line and just under two seconds ahead of fourth placed Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40).

Alex Rins took victory in the Moto3™ race with Alex Marquez and Jack Miller joining him on the podium.

Despite requiring a medical check after sustaining heavy contusions on both legs in a Warm Up crash, Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) produced an excellent ride to win for the second round in succession and strengthen his title credentials.

For Marquez it was his sixth podium result of the year and his second successive second place, after he pushed his colleague Rins hard for the win and was outpaced by just 0.042s on the line.

Standings leader Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) returned to the podium, but saw his championship lead reduced to nine points - to Marquez - with five races to go. The Australian crossed the line just over 3.4s behind race winner Rins. Miller’s advantage over third placed Rins in the table is now 20 points.

--From motogp.com

MotoGP Race Results (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

25

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

44'14.586

2

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

20

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

+1.578

3

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

16

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+4.276

4

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

13

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+5.510

5

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

11

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+11.771

6

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

10

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+18.999

7

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

9

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+23.100

8

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

8

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+36.458

9

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

7

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+38.480

10

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

6

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+45.878

11

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

5

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

+54.765

12

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

4

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+56.775

13

Scott Redding

45

GBR

3

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+1'02.734

14

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

2

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+1'13.546

15

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

1

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+1'15.948

16

Leon Camier

2

GBR

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+1'20.760

17

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

+1'26.422

18

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

1 lap

19

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

1 lap

20

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

DNF

21

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

DNF

22

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

DNF

23

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

DNF

MotoGP Point Standings (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

289

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

2

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

215

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

214

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

4

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

177

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

5

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

142

Ducati Team

DUCATI

6

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

98

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

7

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

92

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

8

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

92

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

9

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

74

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

10

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

74

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

11

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

64

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

12

Scott Redding

45

GBR

54

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

13

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

47

Ducati Team

DUCATI

14

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

43

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

15

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

38

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

16

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

33

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

17

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

29

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

18

Colin Edwards

5

USA

11

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

19

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

11

Ducati Team

DUCATI

20

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

7

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

21

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

4

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

22

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

4

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

23

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

3

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

24

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

2

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

25

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

2

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

26

Leon Camier

2

GBR

1

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

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