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- MotoGP San Marino: Marc Marquez Wins in Wet Conditions at Misano
- The Round 13 on MotoGP 2017, San Marino Grand Prix race witnessed Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) claimed his fourth victory of this season in wet conditions at Misano.
Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac) took the second place behind Marc Marquez by ony 1.192s. The third place was Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), 10.5 seconds behind Marquez.
Pole position start Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) was fourth after to contend with privateer Honda Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).
After start the race, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) led opening lap, Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow ( LCR Honda) followed Lorenzo.
But as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out at Turn 6 on lap 5, Danilo Petrucci took the top, Marc Marquez was second and Andrea Dovizioso was in third. And Cal Crutchlow crashed and moved down to 13th.
Afterwards, Danilo Petrucci continued to lead the race, but Marc Marquez passed Petrucci on last lap. Danilo Petrucci could not overtake Marquez again and to deny Petrucci his maiden MotoGP win. Marc Marquez took the victory with so clever strategy.
Also, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco had been on course for seventh, only to run out of fuel on the final corner.
This result marks Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso are now tied on 199 points, Maverick Vinales 16 points behind the pair.
Marc Marquez (P1):
“The race was amazing. You can’t imagine the tension and focus, so difficult to keep concentration because the race was so long. During the race the feeling was changing, at the start I was struggling more, then I was ok but towards the end is when I felt better. Then I started thinking about the Championship and thought second was enough, but then I thought ‘ok, I have the potential to win and I’ll try because you never know if at the end in Valencia you’ll miss those five points’.
During the race I was trying to follow Danilo and other riders because after the Warm up crash…I think that was a good crash, if I hadn’t crashed then I would have crashed in the race. That gave me a warning. I was just trying to follow Danilo, and then the pass I prepared well. I didn’t want to fight with him here at Misano, I wanted to overtake him and then push for one lap – I didn’t want to risk it for more than one lap, or on the final corner.
Before the race was so difficult after watching Moto2 and Moto3, because there were so many crashes for the top guys and you know you have to finish the race. I knew if I crashed and Dovi finished second or third, the Championship would be difficult. But you need to understand and manage that kind of pressure, which I tried to do and that was the best way. Now it’s incredible. The Championship is incredible and you never know what will happen. After the race at Silverstone I was disappointed but it was important to come back strong and for that reason I took the risk, because normally at Misano I struggle a lot. Now we got to Aragon and I’ll try to make it. Dovizioso is strong at every circuit and Ducati is strong at every circuit, and it will be tight. And Viñales is not very far off.”
Danilo Petrucci (P2):
“Mixed feelings. I’m happy to be on the podium again in Italy but I led the race for I don’t know how many laps and was quite scared because we knew from this morning that the track was very slippery. After Jorge crashed I tried a lot to push, but with eight laps to go I took a big risk in Turn 6 and thought Marc would pass me. But then after two minutes I realised Marc was too clever to do that and make the rhythm. I thought about letting him past but I was scared of losing him, so I tried to stay in front and push with two laps to go…but on the penultimate lap he did a great last corner and passed me at Turn 1. I tried at Turn 4 but my bike stayed up only because I’m very tall and used my knee! I thought ‘don’t think, just push’. I’m a little bit sad but I’m happy for this second place and he deserved this win today. I’m disappointed, but I also say that my best race is the next, so we’ll try again in Aragon. I never thought it would be a flag to flag but when I was behind Marc I did hope he’d go in! I was hoping maybe Marc was thinking about the Championship and he’d attack me…but no.”
Andrea Dovizioso (P3):
"I realised in the first few laps it was a very difficult race for me because I didn’t have grip and didn’t know why. But after Jorge crashed, Danilo and Marc were on the same pace so I was trying to understand if I had a chance to stay there until the end. But I didn’t have any better point compared to them to let me fight. It was so easy to make a mistake, today when I was riding I thought ‘this is when it’s more important to take points and not zero’. You have to try, Marc took a lot of risk but he felt good and I didn’t. I’m not so happy wth the feeling I had and I lost some points, but I’m happy how we confirmed yesterday our speed in the dry. I think we have a chance to fight for the Championship. Marc is strong and the next race is Aragon where he’s really fast, but now we’re three in the Championship. I’m feeling good and we’ll try until the end. Marc and Honda have confirmed they’re strong at the moment, but so have we - at tracks where we weren't that close in the past.”
Tribul Mastercard GP S.Marino e Riviera di Rimin Race Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 50m 41.565s
- Danilo Petrucci / Octo Pramac / 50m 42.757s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 50m 53.271s
- Maverick Vinales / Movistar Yamaha / 50m 58.124s
- Michele Pirro / Ducati Team / 51m 1.064s
- Jack Miller / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 51m 6.447s
- Scott Redding / Octo Pramac / 51m 15.437s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 51m 16.227s
- Jonas Folger / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 51m 35.647s
- Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 51m 39.529s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 51m 42.005s
- Alvaro Bautista / Pull&Bear Aspar / 51m 58.921s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 52m 17.153s
- Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 52m 20.422s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 52m 43.777s
- Loris Baz / Reale Avintia / +1 lap
- Karel Abraham / Pull&Bear Aspar / +1 lap
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- source : MotoGP
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