- MotoGP Misano: Andrea Dovizioso Takes Victory as Jorge Lorenzo Crashes Out
- San Marino Grand Prix witnessed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claimed his third win of the 2018 season at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on September 9, 2018.
His win also makes it three in a row for Ducati, having won at Brno and teammate Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) following that up with victory in Austria.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) finished 2nd place behind Andrea Dovizioso by 2.822s. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took 3rd place, which was his 2nd podium of this season.
Pole sitter Jorge Lorenzo led the race at beginning, but he crashed out in the final five laps. Also 2nd position start Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) had crashed out of 4th place in two laps.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) failed to make the most of his front-row starting spot, slipping to fifth on the opening lap and ultimately ending up in the same position.
Team-mate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) had a similarly indifferent run to seventh behind Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).
Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) finished 4th place.
After the race, winner Andrea Dovizioso said;
“Especially after Warm Up I was feeling good, I knew my speed was as a minimum the same as the competitor but with this tyre, sometimes it’s not enough when you’re in that situation. You have to create the situation and I was so focused to do that, I knew Jorge would want to start leading and push but he didn’t push so hard, he seemed to have the tyre so I tried to save the tyre and play with the riders behind me, and see how confident I was to push.
In that moment I was just keeping a good lap time, a 33.4, but at that moment Jorge started to push very hard and maybe it was under 33. But to do that lap time you have to take a lot of risk, I didn’t want to risk, but at four laps to go I understood that I had to push because when Jorge does something like he normally comes very strong. I think in the same lap he crashed he did a 32.8 and I knew that when I did that lap time it was enough to manage the situation.
There is a possibility, I think it will be hard, Marc is very strong there and for sure he’ll want to win there. But in the test we were fast, so I think we can really fight for the victory there. Let’s see the conditions, the conditions there and the small details affect the weekend a lot.”
San Marino Grand Prix Race Results
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 42m 5.426s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 42m 8.248s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 42m 12.695s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 42m 20.113s
- Maverick Viñales / Movistar Yamaha / 42m 21.442s
- Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 42m 22.834s
- Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha / 42m 24.512s
- Andrea Iannone / Suzuki Ecstar / 42m 27.230s
- Alvaro Bautista / Angel Nieto Team / 42m 29.345s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 42m 32.985s
- Danilo Petrucci / Pramac Ducati / 42m 36.124s
- Franco Morbidelli / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 42m 38.367s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 42m 38.887s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 42m 41.112s
- Michele Pirro / Ducati Team / 42m 41.238s
- Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 42m 51.926s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Ducati Team / 42m 52.040s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / 42m 56.019s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 43m 0.594s
- Karel Abraham / Angel Nieto Team / 43m 7.681s
- Scott Redding / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 43m 14.901s
- Thomas Luthi / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 43m 18.034s
- Christophe Ponsson / Reale Avintia / +1 lap
- source : MotoGP