San Marino Grand Prix
Sep 15

Repsol Honda Duo Score Double Podium At Misano

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were no match for race-winner Jorge Lorenzo Sunday at Misano, but were able to clinch the team’s eighth double podium of the season, finishing second and third respectively.

Marquez struggled at the start, losing spots to Lorenzo and Pedrosa going into Turn 1. The rookie continued to struggle on a full fuel load, as a mistake on Lap 5 allowed Valentino Rossi to slip by for fourth.

“At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes,” Marquez said. “Maybe I was lacking a little experience; it’s my rookie season and it is normal to make a few errors.

Sep 15

Lorenzo’s Masterful Performance At Misano Sparks Title Chase

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

If he wants to retain his MotoGP world championship Jorge Lorenzo knew he had no choice.

He had to win the San Marino Grand Prix and squeeze the points gap to tenacious young rival Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo delivered as only he can, with a masterclass of stunning, front-running speed to lead all 28 laps with an inch-perfect performance.

Sep 15

Lorenzo Dominates San Marino Grand Prix

Jorge Lorenzo has won his second consecutive Grand Prix, winning the San Marino GP at Misano on Sunday afternoon. The World Champion, who took the lead at the start, controlled the pace as championship leader Marc Marquez beat Dani Pedrosa to second position.

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has delivered another glorious result for Lorenzo, who has now flourished at the Adriatic venue for three years in a row. The win, which is the 49th of his career and 28th in the premier class, also confirms that the Mallorcan has won both Italian races on the calendar for a trio of successive seasons.

From second on the grid, Lorenzo shot into the lead as pole-sitter Marquez dropped to third on the opening lap. The latter would put on a spurt in the second half of the race, but by this point had fallen to fourth place due to an unforced error; Marquez recovered from his Turn 8 mistake to catch and pass both Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi and his Repsol Honda Team colleague Pedrosa. However, as the two Honda riders engaged in a battle, Lorenzo’s already comfortable lead only grew.

Sep 13

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi. (Photo: Courtesy of Yamaha Motor Racing)

Valentino Rossi made a strong start to the San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini Grand Prix weekend today, taking third overall in combined times for the first two free practice sessions.

The local hero was enjoying Yamaha’s new seamless gearbox for the first time in a race weekend situation as he tackled the Misano World circuit under hot and sunny conditions. Rossi completed the morning session in fourth, just over half a second from the front then stepped up the pace in the afternoon session, shaving just under quarter of a second off to finish in third, 0.258 seconds behind Marc Marquez at the front.

Sep 13

Rossi Prepares For Showdown With Marquez In Home Race

Rossi Prepares For Showdown With Marquez In Home Race

Valentino Rossi of Italy rides his Yamaha during qualifying practice for the San Marino Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

While Valentino Rossi has hailed Yamaha’s new seamless shift gearbox as a “fantastic” upgrade to the M1, it was Honda riders who dominated the opening day of practice for Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.

Rookie sensation Marc Marquez was in stunning form, mastering a series of lurid slides to set the fastest time in both sessions.