News 12 Sep 2016

Pedrosa edges Rossi for memorable Misano MotoGP win

Repsol Honda veteran back on top in San Marino Grand Prix.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Victory for Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has resulted in the most different winners in a single world championship season since it began in 1949.

Pedrosa became the eighth rider this year to win a race and he did so in convincing fashion. The Spaniard took his 29th premier class win and 103rd podium at the Italian track.

He fought back up from a tough qualifying position on the third row and in doing so kept his fantastic record of a race win in every year of his MotoGP career in tact.

After a tough season and then a corner turned at the post-race test in Brno, Pedrosa returned to the top step in spectacular style, taking first teammate Marc Marquez, then the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi as he charged for the flag and crossed the line with a healthy margin.

Lorenzo got the jump from pole, leading the field into turn one as the Mallorcan so often does, with front row starters Rossi and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) going head-to-head for P2 and the Italian coming out on top.

Pedrosa got an incredible start from P8 to move him up into the front group, joining Viñales, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in the squabble for P3.

Rossi soon struck back to sit up teammate Lorenzo at the final corner and push the reigning champion wide, taking the lead and leaving Lorenzo and Marquez to chase him down, with Pedrosa the fastest man on track and setting a new lap record. Making a move against his teammate look easy and getting down into the 1m32s, Pedrosa was on the charge.

Setting his sights on Lorenzo and slicing through, the number 26 fixed his crosshairs on the race leader in Rossi’s backyard before passing the Italian with an aggressive move to sit him up and concentrating on making a gap at the front.

Untouchable and back with a bang, the incredible ride through from P8 was completed as Pedrosa shook off a helpless Rossi to cross the line with a 2.837s margin, as history continues to be made with the eighth different winner in 2016.

Marquez suffered a tough race to head over the line in fourth, but retains a healthy 43-point lead in the title as the paddock head back to Spanish soil.

Viñales completed the top five, beating home rider Dovizioso and temporary teammate Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) to the honour. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) had a solid ride to cross the line eighth ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro, and it was a fantastic showing from Alvaro Bautista in Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s home race as the Spaniard completed the top 10.

Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) took a stunning Moto2 win in his first appearance on the top step, after a game of cat-and-mouse with Paginas Amarillas HP 40 title contender Alex Rins kept Misano on their feet.

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) completed the podium for his third rostrum in a row at the venue, as championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) found himself knocked down to fourth. Aussie Remy Gardner moved forward to 19th.

In Moto3, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) has won a stunning two-man tactical duel with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing), with Leopard Racing rider Joan Mir completing the podium after a storming ride for the rookie from 16th on the grid.