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 Honda321298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati220261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha195208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha193230
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar14959
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3149174
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda148112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac144124
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar13370
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda106210
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto10575
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac9182
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS50 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia4462
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech340 
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3555
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM3029
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda23 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1564
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto1032
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
6Stefan BradlLCR Honda3
30Nakasuga KatsuyukiLCR Honda2
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia1 
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda427508
Movistar Yamaha388438
Ducati363398
Suzuki Ecstar282130
Alma Pramac235188
Monster Yamaha Tech3189258
LCR Honda174112
Angel Nieto102107
Red Bull KTM6584
Aprilia5967
EG 0,0 Marc VDS50117
Reale Avintia3673

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   
Malaysia4-NovMarc MarquezAlex RinsJohann Zarco
Australia28-OctMaverick ViñalesAndrea IannoneAndrea Dovizioso
Japan21-OctMarc MarquezCal CrutchlowAlex Rins
Thailand7-OctMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoMaverick Viñales
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

 

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