Rossi wins at Misano as Marquez crashes

Rossi wins at Misano as Marquez crashes

15th Sep 2014 8:08 am

With Lorenzo second, Yamaha was able to celebrate its first 1-2 in four years, while Rossi's victory was his first at home since 2009.

Valentino Rossi claimed his and Yamaha's first MotoGP victory of 2014 at Misano, as Marc Marquez crashed out while giving chase.

With Jorge Lorenzo second, Yamaha was able to celebrate its first 1-2 in four years, while Rossi's victory was his first at home in Italy since the same race in 2009.

Poleman Lorenzo was the only frontrunner to choose the harder front tyre, and although he held the lead at the start, he had Rossi and Marquez right on him from the outset.

As the trio broke away from the pack, Marquez and Rossi swapped second place repeatedly.

Lorenzo was unable to take advantage of this and escape, and instead was overtaken by both his rivals in quick succession.

They then began to creep clear, with Marquez sitting in Rossi's wheeltracks - until he lost the front of his Honda under braking and crashed in a race for the first time since the June 2013 Mugello event.

By then, Rossi had a two-second lead over Lorenzo, and he was able to maintain this to the finish, to the euphoric delight of the Misano crowd.

Dani Pedrosa salvaged a podium for Honda in third, just fending off Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati.

They had been part of the race's biggest gaggle at first, before Andrea Iannone - who equalled his career-best in fifth - and Pol Espargaro drifted away.

Stefan Bradl crashed from this group early on, with Aleix Espargaro also fell on the last lap while fighting with Alvaro Bautista and Cal Crutchlow for eighth behind Bradley Smith.

Espargaro's late incident and a last-gasp pass on Leon Camier meant Marquez was able to salvage a point in 15th, having rejoined a very distant last after his crash.

RESULTS - 28 LAPS:

PosRiderTeamBikeGap
1 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 44m14.586s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.578s
3 Daniel Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 4.276s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 5.510s
5 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 11.771s
6 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 18.999s
7 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 23.100s
8 Alvaro Bautista GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 36.458s
9 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Team Ducati 38.480s
10 Yonny Hernandez Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 45.878s
11 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 54.765s
12 Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar Honda 56.775s
13 Scott Redding GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 1m02.734s
14 Alex de Angelis NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1m13.546s
15 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1m15.948s
16 Leon Camier Drive M7 Aspar Honda 1m20.760s
17 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1m26.422s
18 Broc Parkes Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1 Lap
19 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki 1 Lap
- Aleix Espargaro NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha Retirement
- Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP Honda Retirement
- Danilo Petrucci IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia Retirement
- Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

PosRiderPoints
1 Marc Marquez 289
2 Daniel Pedrosa 215
3 Valentino Rossi 214
4 Jorge Lorenzo 177
5 Andrea Dovizioso 142
6 Pol Espargaro 98
7 Aleix Espargaro 92
8 Andrea Iannone 92
9 Stefan Bradl 74
10 Bradley Smith 74
11 Alvaro Bautista 64
12 Scott Redding 54
13 Cal Crutchlow 47
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 43
15 Yonny Hernandez 38
16 Karel Abraham 33
17 Nicky Hayden 29
18 Colin Edwards 11
19 Michele Pirro 11
20 Broc Parkes 7
21 Mike Di Meglio 4
22 Danilo Petrucci 4
23 Alex de Angelis 3
24 Michael Laverty 2
25 Hector Barbera 2
26 Leon Camier 1
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