Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli won the San Marino MotoGP on Sunday after an incident-packed race at Misano Adriatico.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso took the championship lead from Fabio Quartararo who crashed out of the race.
Italian Morbidelli’s victory ahead of countryman Francesco Bagnaia and Suzuki’s Spanish rider Joan Mir was his first ever in motorcycling’s elite class.
Mir claimed his spot on the podium with an audacious las lap overtaking move on Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, denying the doctor what would have been his 200th Premier class podium.
With twenty laps to go Quatrararo made an error at turn four and came off his bike which slid into the gravel. He dropped right back down the field having just moved up into fourth after overtaking Maverick Vinales. The crash forced the championship leader to retire and cede the lead to Dovizioso who claimed seventh.
South Africa’s Brad Binder finished outside the points in 12th place but was the leading MotoGP rookie in this race. Binder is eighth in the world championship.
Morbidelli produce imperious ride
Morbidelli led the race from early on slipping past polesitter Maverick Vinales and setting the early pace.
Rossi kept up with the Italian until Morbidelli put the hammer down to set a new lap record and pull away at the head of the field.
Bagnaia and Rins hauled in Rossi after passing Jack Miller and Vinales. Ducati rider Bagnaia was back in MotoGP after breaking his leg earlier this season.
San Marino MotoGP results
|SAN MARINO MOTOGP, MISANO – RACE RESULTS|
|1||Franco Morbidelli||ITA||Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)||42m 2.272s|
|2||Francesco Bagnaia||ITA||Pramac Ducati (GP20)||+2.217s|
|3||Joan Mir||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||+2.290s|
|4||Valentino Rossi||ITA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+2.643s|
|5||Alex Rins||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||+4.044s|
|6||Maverick Viñales||SPA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+5.383s|
|7||Andrea Dovizioso||ITA||Ducati Team (GP20)||+10.358s|
|8||Jack Miller||AUS||Pramac Ducati (GP20)||+11.155s|
|9||Takaaki Nakagami||JPN||LCR Honda (RC213V)||+10.839s|
|10||Pol Espargaro||SPA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||+12.030s|
|11||Miguel Oliveira||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)||+12.376s|
|12||Brad Binder||RSA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)*||+12.405s|
|13||Aleix Espargaro||SPA||Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)||+15.142s|
|14||Iker Lecuona||SPA||Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*||+19.914s|
|15||Johann Zarco||FRA||Reale Avintia (GP19)||+20.152s|
|16||Danilo Petrucci||ITA||Ducati Team (GP20)||+22.094s|
|17||Alex Marquez||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)*||+22.473s|
|18||Stefan Bradl||GER||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||+37.856s|
|19||Bradley Smith||GBR||Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)||+78.831s|
|Tito Rabat||SPA||Reale Avintia (GP19)||DNF|
|Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)||DNF|
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