MotoGP: Pedrosa charges through to beat Rossi at home

    Pedrosa has endured a tough 2016 season with MotoGP's new Michelin tyres, but he came to life in the hot conditions at Misano.

    Published On Sep 12, 2016 11:14:00 AM


    MotoGP: Pedrosa charges through to beat Rossi at home

    Dani Pedrosa denied local hero Valentino Rossi victory in the San Marino Grand Prix with a masterful performance, becoming MotoGP's eighth different winner in eight races.

    Pedrosa has endured a tough 2016 season with MotoGP's new Michelin tyres, but he came to life in the hot conditions at Misano.

    One of only two riders on the grid to decide to race with the softest of the three front tyre compounds, Pedrosa moved up from eighth to sixth off the line, then put moves on Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso in the first third of the race.

    At the front, Rossi got past polesitter Jorge Lorenzo and edged away to lead by 1.25 seconds after eight laps and while Lorenzo responded briefly, Rossi then established that advantage.

    Then Pedrosa's march really started.

    With a string of laps in the low-1m33s barrier, he caught the lead pack and put a move on Honda team-mate Marc Marquez at Turn 14.

    He followed that with the fastest lap of the race, a 1m32.979s the next time around on lap 15, and moved past Lorenzo with an identical move on lap 17.

    At that stage, Rossi was still 1.240s up the road, but Pedrosa took 0.268s and 0.520s out of the Italian on consecutive laps.

    Pedrosa then moved into the lead with an aggressive move on Rossi at Turn 4 on lap 22, seven laps from home.

    Rossi stuck with him briefly and looked to respond, but Pedrosa was untouchable on the run home.

    He built his lead all the way to the line to take his first victory since last October's Malaysian Grand Prix by 2.837s.

    Lorenzo eventually crossed the line in third, 1.522s behind Rossi, while Marquez faded to finish fourth, 9.569s adrift of his team-mate.

    Marquez still leads the championship, though, by 43 points over Rossi and 61 over Lorenzo with five races remaining.

    Suzuki was again quiet in hot conditions, with Vinales finishing fifth and eventually comfortably clear of Ducati's Dovizioso, despite having to relinquish the position for a track-limits infringements mid-race.

    Michele Pirro was seventh on what was the other factory Ducati in the race after Andrea Iannone was ruled out due to injury, while Cal Crutchlow crossed the line in eighth for LCR Honda as the top satellite rider.

    Crutchlow was handed a 1.5s penalty post-race for exceeding track limits, which dropped him to ninth behind Tech3 Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro, however the penalty was later withdrawn after a review.


    1Dani PedrosaHonda2843m43.524s
    2Valentino RossiYamaha282.837s
    3Jorge LorenzoYamaha284.359s
    4Marc MarquezHonda289.569s
    5Maverick VinalesSuzuki2815.467s
    6Andrea DoviziosoDucati2819.676s
    7Michele PirroDucati2822.936s
    8Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda2825.702s
    9Pol EspargaroTech3 Yamaha2827.155s
    10Alvaro BautistaAprilia2833.968s
    11Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati2839.206s
    12Stefan BradlAprilia2839.967s
    13Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati2842.997s
    14Eugene LavertyAspar Ducati2849.450s
    15Scott ReddingPramac Ducati2854.879s
    16Yonny HernandezAspar Ducati281m05.072s
    17Tito RabatMarc VDS Honda235 Laps
    -Aleix EspargaroSuzuki17Retirement
    -Javier ForesAvintia Ducati15Retirement
    -Alex LowesTech3 Yamaha7Retirement
    -Andrea IannoneDucati0Withdrawn
    -Jack MillerMarc VDS Honda0Withdrawn


    1Marc Marquez223
    2Valentino Rossi180
    3Jorge Lorenzo162
    4Dani Pedrosa145
    5Maverick Vinales136
    6Andrea Dovizioso99
    7Andrea Iannone96
    8Cal Crutchlow94
    9Pol Espargaro88
    10Hector Barbera81
    11Eugene Laverty69
    12Aleix Espargaro60
    13Scott Redding55
    14Danilo Petrucci50
    15Alvaro Bautista47
    16Stefan Bradl43
    17Jack Miller42
    18Bradley Smith42
    19Michele Pirro32
    20Tito Rabat27
    21Loris Baz24
    22Yonny Hernandez13
    23Alex Lowes3

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