Moto GP

Valentino Rossi Rewinds The Clock For Sensational Home Race Win

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The many thousand Valentino Rossi fans gathered at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli had their dreams come true today as their Movistar Yamaha MotoGP hero delivered a perfect race to take victory for the 'Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini'.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo came home in second to make it a perfect Yamaha one-two finish with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa rounding out the podium.

The Doctor made his intentions clear from the off with a flying start to move up from third to second into the first corner, tucked in behind teammate Lorenzo. An early attack by rival and championship leader, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez was quickly dealt with and then with 25 laps to go he was able to pass Lorenzo to lead the race.

Marquez followed soon after and remained within half a second of Rossi until with 19 laps remaining he lost the front trying to keep up and crashed out, taking himself out of contention.

From that point the Doctor was unstoppable, building a gap of over two seconds to his chasing teammate, he held command of the race to the finish line to take his first race win since Assen last year, and Yamaha‰Ûªs first MotoGP win of the season.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very happy for sure because it‰Ûªs very special to win here in Misano in front of all the crowd and my family and friends," said an elated Rossi. "I‰Ûªm very proud. I made it five years after the last time here, in the same way, fighting with Jorge.

"During the practice it looked like our Yamaha worked very well so we had a small advantage. I tried to the maximum and so I knew we could fight for victory, I knew for sure I would have to battle with Dani and Jorge and Marc.

"I tried to push from the start and at the end it was great to have the win more than one year later from my last. I always work hard and never give up and trust that days like this can happen.

"I have to say thank you to Yamaha, to all my team, to all my friends and all the crowd who support me, especially here in Misano.‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo made it a 1-2 Result for Yamaha - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Lorenzo flew from his pole position on the grid to grab the holeshot into turn one, with Rossi following right behind. Having opted for the harder front tyre option he was unable to make a break and hold off Rossi in the early laps.

Having seen rival Marquez crash out in front of him he then delivered a trademark Lorenzo race of consistency, holding his lap times a little over two seconds behind Rossi whilst gradually building a gap to Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso battling for third behind him.

He crossed the finish line over four seconds ahead of them to take his seventh podium of the season and complete the Yamaha one-two finish.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a tough race for me because we finally took a risk with the harder tyre." Lorenzo commented. "I‰Ûªm happy with another podium but a bit disappointed because we thought we could fight for the victory.

"Right at the beginning, despite a good start I felt the front tyre didn‰Ûªt give me the confidence to lean and also on braking. In Brno we risked also changing the tyre and the result was good but here we struggled much more. For me it was impossible to get the victory.

"Even if I tried to push at the maximum, when I saw Marc crash, I knew Valentino had a better pace today.

"Valentino had a perfect weekend at home and he deserved the win, it‰Ûªs unbelievable at the age of 35! I‰Ûªm also happy for the team because it‰Ûªs been a long time without a 1-2. All the Yamaha guys are working really well and the bike is more competitive race by race.

"I would like to win too but we will have to wait.‰Û
Dani Pedrosa ensured Honda still had a presence on the podium at Misano finishing 3rd - Credit: Honda Racing
Pedrosa tried his best but was unable to compete with the Yamaha duo coming home in third position after a race long fight with a pair of Ducati's.

‰ÛÏToday‰Ûªs race was a very difficult one, and it was hard to do any more." Pedrosa admitted. "Marc attempted to keep up with Valentino and Jorge but eventually he crashed trying ‰ÛÒ they were very strong here.

"This race also saw many problems for us with the front and rear, so there was little that we could do. From the opening laps I lost a lot of time in traffic, and that affected my entire race. I tried to do the best I could and still had difficulty passing Dovizioso, because he also lapped very quickly; eventually we were going as fast as the Valentino and Jorge.

"Now we have to take the positives from this weekend and hope that for the next race at Aragon, which is a track that I like, we have a better feeling and a better race.‰Û
Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati continued their late season resurgence with a fine 4th place finish just 5.5 second behind race leader Rossi. - Credit: Ducati
Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati continued their late season resurgence with a fine 4th place finish just 5.5 second behind race leader Rossi.

Dovizioso spent the majority of the race in a battle with Pedrosa for for third position, finishing on the back wheel of the Repsol Honda at the end of the race.

"I am so happy, I did a really great race!" Dovizioso enthused. "This weekend was actually quite a difficult one and I didn‰Ûªt believe I could do such a race.

"I‰Ûªd like to thank all the team because we are working so hard to try and make up the gap to the leaders, and slowly but surely we are succeeding. A gap of five seconds at the flag is like a dream, I didn‰Ûªt think it was possible today.

"We‰Ûªre not yet close enough to fight with the front runners and we still have to grit our teeth for the entire race. I tried to grab third place from Pedrosa until the very end but today I was really over the limit in certain parts, so fourth was OK!‰Û
Despite the crash and 15th place finish, Marc Marques was happy with how things went in Italy - Credit: Honda Racing
For Championship leader Marquez the race did not go exactly to plan. After getting off to a flying start and going toe to toe with the two Yamaha riders, the Spanish rider lost the front end of his Honda while chasing Rossi for the lead.

Marquez after picking his race bike off the ground was eventually able to get back going, though nearly a full lap behind race leader Rossi. Not one to give up, Marquez pushed hard to finish in 15th position, picking up one championship point and still holds a handy 74 point lead with just four rounds of the series remaining.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy with how today went, despite the crash due to my first mistake of the season, because yesterday I did not think that I would be capable of sticking with Valentino and Jorge." Marquez said. "They had a little bit more pace, but today we were able to get fairly close to them.

"I saw the possibility of fighting with Valentino for the victory, but that was not possible in the end because of the mistake; I was riding over the inside of the rumble strip and that meant that I lost the front.

"Luckily I was able to rejoin the race, continue with a good pace and score a point that could always come in handy in the future.‰Û
Misano MotoGP Podium - Credit: Racing
MotoGP Misano Results - Round 13
1 Valentino Rossi 44'14.586 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1.578 ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 4.276 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 5.510 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
5 Andrea Iannone 11.771 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
6 Pol Espargaro 18.999 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Bradley Smith 23.100 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Alvaro Bautista 36.458 ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
9 Cal Crutchlow 38.480 GBR DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Yonny Hernandez 45.878 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Karel Abraham 54.765 CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
12 Hiroshi Aoyama 56.775 JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
13 Scott Redding 1'02.734 GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
14 Alex de Angelis 1'13.546 RSM FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
15 Marc Marquez 1'15.948 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
16 Leon Camier 1'20.760 GBR HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
17 Michael Laverty 1'26.422 WAL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
18 Broc Parkes 1 Lap AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Hector Barbera 1 Lap ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racingv 20 Aleix Espargaro DNF ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
21 Stefan Bradl DNF GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
22 Danilo Petrucci DNF ITA ART IodaRacing Projectv 23 Mike De Meglio DNF FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing

MotoGP Championship Standings
1 Marc Marquez 289 pts ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 215 pts ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Valentino Rossi 214 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Jorge Lorenzo 177 pts ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Andrea Dovizioso 142 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Pol Espargaro 98 pts ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Andrea Iannone 92 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
8 Aleix Espargaro 92 pts ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
9 Stefan Bradl 74 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Bradley Smith 74 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Alvaro Bautista 64 pts ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
12 Scott Redding 55 pts GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
13 Cal Crutchlow 47 pts GBR DUCATI Ducati Team
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 43 pts JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
15 Yonny Hernandez 38 pts COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Karel Abraham 33 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
17 Nicky Hayden 28 pts USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
18 Michele Pirro 11 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
19 Colin Edwards 11 pts USA FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
20 Broc Parkes 7 pts AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport

Top Image: Valentino Rossi brought the Italian crowd to their feet with a great win at Misano

Credit: Yamaha Racing

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