A tired but very satisfied Jorge Lorenzo sat in front of the media after his strong victory in Misano circuit. It has been his third consecutive win at the Italian track and second in a row, after having beaten young Marc Márquez two weeks ago in Silverstone. There, the pair battled each other until the very last corner; this time Lorenzo clinched a flag to flag victory. “To win this way is much more demanding physically and mentally that doing it fighting with a other rider. But the satisfaction is therefore bigger…I have won today like Wayne Rainey and Max Biaggi used to do, and that’s nice”, said Lorenzo with pride.
Jorge Lorenzo got a lightning...
Jorge Lorenzo got a lightning start and managed to pull away from the chasing Honda duo of Dani Pedrosa (26) and Marc Marquez (93).
And he had good reasons to feel like this, because less than 24 hours before his thinking were not focused on how to win, but how to try to not be humiliated by Marc Marquez. The practice sessions had been very confusing for him due traction and braking problems that his technicians didn’t manage to solve. Even though he surely was capable of finishing second to Marquez, the gap of over half a second drove him mad. “During the weekend we struggled to be competitive, especially under braking. I couldn’t stop the bike properly, and I was angry because we changed a lot of things (and nothing seemed to work).”
The veteran obviously knew that if he and his team didn’t find a solution to their problems, their chances to retain the world title would be gone at the end of the following day. In fact, before starting the GP, Lorenzo warned that his options were basically down to winning the next two races: Misano and Aragon.
So half of the job has been done, and it happened thanks to certain changes his team made on his bike for the Sunday morning warm up session. “Normally when you jump into a race after last minute changes on the bike, it doesn’t work. It happens probably in 9 of every 10 tries… This time it worked out for us. We definitely were lucky today,” said Lorenzo with a smile on his face. The overnight modifications regained the grip he was missing thus Lorenzo understood immediately that the new situation allowed him to change the strategy he had planned for the race. With the good feeling his M1 was transmitting, he could try to break away from the Honda duo of Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa. It was worth a try.
Lorenzo got a superb start, and it also allowed him to take advantage of a terrible start by Marquez. In fact, Pedrosa, starting from the second row, managed to arrive at the first turn second, just in front of him. Seeing the Yamaha pulling away, Marquez tried immediately to pass his teammate. But two mistakes on the same corner that almost resulted in a crash forced Marquez to back off. His two crashes during the weekend—the last one just earlier in the morning during warm-up—demonstrated that Misano’s surface wasn’t the kind to play with.
Valentino Rossi tried gamely...
Valentino Rossi tried gamely to hang onto the battling Marquez and Pedrosa, but soon had to settle for a lonely fourth place.
In front, Lorenzo took a two-second advantage in two laps, a gap that basically settled the race; he was able to manage it at will. With him comfortably out front, the attention went to the two Honda riders who engaged in a short but frenetic duel. Unlike previous races, this time Pedrosa showed some character and faced the Marquez attack, but after some clean passes, Marquez once again emerged ahead of his veteran teammate.
Lorenzo, Marquez, Pedrosa, is how they crossed under the checkered flag. Valentino Rossi, theoretically a possible challenger for the win, was once more relegated to a “boring” fourth place.
After Misano, Marquez’s advantage Lorenzo and Pedrosa was reduced to 34 points. Considering there are still 125 points to deal out, it isn’t a gap that invites racing conservatively. As Marquez said, “OK, it’s better to have this advantage than not having it, but I will keep racing as I have done until now.” And the words of the ambitious Marquez means that the “Marc Show“ will go on…lucky for us!
MotoGP Misano race results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha
2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha
5. Stefan Bradl (GER) Honda
6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha
7. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda
8. Andrea Dovisioso (ITA) Ducati
9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati
10. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati
11. Bradley Smith (GBR) Yamaha
12. Colin Edwards (USA) FTR/Kawasaki
13. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) ART/Aprilia
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) FTR/Kawasaki
15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Ioda/BMW
16. Claudio Corti (ITA) FTR/Kawasaki
17. Randy De Puniet (FRA) ART/Aprilia
18. Michael Laverty (IRL) ART/Aprilia
DNF Bryan Staring (AUS) FTR/Honda
DNF Hector Barbera (SPA) FTR/Kawasaki
DNF Yonny Hernandez (COL) ART/Aprilia
DNF Karel Abraham (CZE) ART/Aprilia
DNF Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati
DNF Lukas Pesek (CZE) Ioda/BMW