The Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini was set for an interesting main race, with championship leader Marc Marquez sitting on fifth on the grid and Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo on pole. At the start Marquez managed to leapfrog to third, but Lorenzo and Jack Miller kept their slots to take the lead.

However it was left to the other Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso to bring the battle for leadership. By the end of the first few laps, Dovi had managed to pick off Marquez and Miller, with Miller crashing out on lap 14 later on, and then it was Lorenzo with the Dovi-Marquez battle on behind with Alex Rins, Cal Crutchlow and Rossi establishing themselves behind the trio.

Dovizioso shot past his teammate with 22 laps to go and from that point the battle for second was between Lorenzo and Marquez as the former first got overtaken and then tagged on to the Honda rider’s tail making a few attempts to overtake, finally managing the move and then going off after Dovizioso, now with Marquez two seconds behind. But it wasn’t to be a one-two on the podium as Lorenzo skid off the track with a lap to go. He recovered his bike and completed the race, but his hopes of repeating his Austria run were shattered.

While Marquez enjoyed the points his second place finish brought, it was Cal Crutchlow who was best rewarded for a consistently run race with a brilliant third place ahead of Alex Rins who just couldn’t keep the lead over the Brit. The next two places were taken by Maverick Viñales and Dani Pedrosa.

Andrea Dovizioso San Marino GP

Andrea Dovizioso voiced his satisfaction, “I wanted this win so badly, because here at Misano Ducati and I have always struggled in recent years. In the test in August however we realized that we had made an important step forward and we could be competitive in the race. We worked really well during the weekend, in very different conditions, but both Jorge and Marc are very strong here so to win I had to do a perfect race. I started off in the right frame of mind, fully focussed on the race strategy, and when I took the lead, I pulled out a small advantage and then managed the situation until the finish. I’m really pleased, because winning here at Misano was very important for Ducati but also for me. Years ago it seemed like an impossible dream, but now we’ve done it and it fills me with so much satisfaction.”

Meanwhile the Moto2 race was hit with an ugly track incident where Romano Fenati was shown the black flag for trying to pull the brake lever of Stefano Manzi (Forward Racing team). The Marinelli Rivacold Snipers rider has been suspended for two races and will start his next race with a six grid position penalty. The incident is linked to the two riders clashing on a prior corner with both running wide. There have been calls from senior riders like Cal Crutchlow to ban Fenati altogether.

2018 MotoGP Riders

Bike NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
93Marc MarquezRepsol Honda246298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati174261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha159208
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha130230
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda119112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac119124
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3112174
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar10870
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar9259
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda87210
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac6882
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto6475
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3255
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS31 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia2962
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech324 
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM1829
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda18 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1264
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto532
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda333508
Ducati304398
Movistar Yamaha289438
Suzuki Ecstar200130
Alma Pramac187188
LCR Honda137112
Monster Yamaha Tech3136258
Angel Nieto69107
Red Bull KTM5084
Aprilia4167
Reale Avintia3573
EG 0,0 Marc VDS31117

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Thailand7-Oct   
Spain (Aragon)23-SepMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoAndrea Iannone
Italy9-SepAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezCal Crutchlow
Britain26-Aug   
Austria12-AugJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezAndrea Dovizioso
Czech Republic5-AugAndrea DoviziosoJorge LorenzoMarc Marquez
Germany15-JulMarc MarquezValentino RossiMaverick Viñales
Netherlands1-JulMarc MarquezAlex RinsMaverick Viñales
Spain (Catalunya)17-JunJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Italy3-JunJorge LorenzoAndrea DoviziosoValentino Rossi
France20-MayMarc MarquezDanilo PetrucciValentino Rossi
Spain (Jerez)6-MayMarc MarquezJohann ZarcoAndrea Iannone
United States22-AprMarc MarquezMaverick ViñalesAndrea Iannone
Argentina8-AprCal CrutchlowJohann ZarcoAlex Rins
Qatar18-MarAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Japan21-Oct   
Australia28-Oct   
Malaysia4-Nov   
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   

 

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