Marquez captures masterful win at San Marino GP

  The San Marino Grand Prix saw Reigning Champion Marc Marquez power to a masterful victory ahead of the Satellite Ducati of Danilo Petrucci and championship rival Andrea Dovizioso. It was Marquez’s fourth win of the season and 59th career win.

With the win, Marquez is now level on points with Dovizioso at the top of the Riders’ Standings. The Repsol Honda ace tops the standings with more second place finishes. Honda now tops the Constructor championship while the Repsol Honda Team leads the Team classification.

Having started from the first row, Marquez slotted behind Jorge Lorenzo in the first lap. Lorenzo led the race until lap seven when he slipped off the track and retired. Petrucci who earlier overtook Maverick Vinales on lap 3 held the lead from Marquez after Lorenzo crashed out. Lap 8, it was game on as the Repsol Honda ace began a fervent chase to catch the satellite Ducati rider for the lead. Marquez held his nerves well to defend from Dovizioso, as well.

Dovizioso battled Marquez and Petrucci for the entire race, but had to settle for third a few laps from the end. The result confirmed his position at the top of the table on equal points with Marquez.

Marquez waited until the final lap to make his move and overtook Petrucci in turn one, then set the fastest lap of the race at 1:47.069 and earned the win, his fifth across all classes at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Petrucci was second, followed by Dovizioso.

Vinales struggled with rear grip for most of the race. He set consecutive personal best laps, but he had to keep an eye on his pursuers at the same time. He got into a fight with Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller, which lost him some valuable time, but the battle was short-lived. Crutchlow was soon caught out by the treacherous conditions of the race, allowing the number 25 rider to seize the opportunity.

Back in fourth position on lap 7, as Lorenzo crashed out of the lead, the Yamaha rider could pick up where he left off and started to better his rhythm again. He steadily broke away from Ducati wild card rider Michele Pirro and Miller, opening an over 2-second gap. Viñales had a lonely ride in the final stages of the race, though he didn’t stop pushing for even a second. He ultimately took the chequered flag in fourth place, 16.559 from first.

Pirro, who took part in his second wild-card race of the season, put in a good performance. The Italian, who started from row 4, recovered well to finish in fifth, just under three seconds away from Viñales. Miller, Scott Redding, Alex Rins and Bradley Smith completed the San Marino GP top ten classification.

The second Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa had a very tough race, as he struggled to put temperature in the tyres and could not push as he wanted. He had to finally settle for the fourteenth place.

MotoGP will be back on track again in two weeks’ time at the Motorland Aragón circuit near Alcañiz in Spain.

2017 MotoGP San Marino results

1 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 50’41.565
2 Danilo Petrucci Ducati ITA 00’01.192
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 00’11.706
4 Maverick Viñales Yamaha ESP 00’16.559
5 Michele Pirro Ducati ITA 00’19.499
6 Jack Miller Honda AUS 00’24.882
7 Scott Redding Ducati GBR 00’33.872
8 Alex Rins Suzuki ESP 00’34.662
9 Jonas Folger Yamaha DEU 00’54.082
10 Bradley Smith KTM GBR 00’57.964
11 Pol Espargaro KTM ESP 01’00.440
12 Alvaro Bautista Ducati ESP 01’17.356
13 Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR 01’35.588
14 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 01’38.857
15 Johann Zarco Yamaha FRA 02’02.212

Riders standings
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 199
2 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 199
3 Maverick Viñales Yamaha ESP 183
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 157
5 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 150
6 Johann Zarco Yamaha FRA 111
7 Danilo Petrucci Ducati ITA 95
8 Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR 92
9 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati ESP 89
10 Jonas Folger Yamaha DEU 84
11 Alvaro Bautista Ducati ESP 62
12 Scott Redding Ducati GBR 54
13 Jack Miller Honda AUS 53
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia ESP 47
15 Loris Baz Ducati FRA 39