Valentino Rossi | MotoGP | Grand Prix of San Marino

Valentino Rossi | MotoGP | Grand Prix of San Marino

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi was hailed as a hero this afternoon on the podium of his home Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli after securing a strong second place. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo completed the celebration of the team by bringing his YZR-M1 home in third position, making it a double podium for Yamaha.

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+2.837 / 28 LAPS

+4.359 / 28 LAPS

Grand Prix of San Marino
Misano Adriatico, Italy, 11th September 2016

Thousands of passionate Italian fans at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli were on the edge of their seats as they cheered on their Movistar Yamaha MotoGP hero. Valentino Rossi delivered a strong performance and led for most of the race to ultimately take second place in the ‘Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini’. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also held a fast pace throughout the 28 laps, to take third place.
Starting from second on the grid, Rossi entered the first corner side-by-side with Maverick Viñales, but was quick to leave the Spaniard behind when he flicked his bike left into turn 2 as he wanted to prevent his teammate from clearing off at the front. After the first lap there was just 0.202s between them and only a lap later the Doctor leaped past Lorenzo in turn 14, reversing the order. He followed it up with two fastest laps of the race that far, 1‘33.672s on lap three, and a 1‘33.384s on lap five, increasing his lead to over 0.8s.
The local hero continued to push and was able to extend the margin to 1.2s, but Dani Pedrosa had overtaken Lorenzo and was chasing the Doctor down with eleven laps to go. The pair got involved in a fight for first place three laps later. Making his Yamaha as wide as possible, Rossi defended his lead tooth and nail but with seven laps to go Pedrosa made an aggressive pass at turn 4. Determined to fight to the very end of the race Rossi put in a personal best lap of 1‘33.025s, three laps to the end, but he was unable to catch his rival and took the chequered flag in second place, +2.837s from the front.
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Starting from pole Lorenzo had an ideal launch off the line, taking the holeshot. He opted for his traditional strategy to break away early with a few hot laps, but his teammate was on his tail. The pair briefly touched when Rossi moved past a lap later in turn 14, but Lorenzo wasn‘t going to give up on the win easily. The Mallorcan increased his pace steadily but a threat was coming from behind.
Pedrosa was on the charge and with 13 laps remaining the two compatriots battled for second place. Lorenzo kept pushing to cut a chunk of time out of his disadvantage to Rossi, but two laps later he had to let Pedrosa through. Lorenzo continued to shadow the two frontmen, but came just short to be able to cut down the margin and join the fight at the front. He finished in a solid third place, +4.359s behind the winner.

Race Results

1. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) | Repsol Honda | 43’43.524
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) | Movistar Yamaha MotoGP | +2.837
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) | Movistar Yamaha MotoGP | +4.359

8. Pol Espargaro (SPA) | Monster Yamaha Tech3 | +27.155

Valentino Rossi

“I tried the maximum to race against Marquez. When I saw that my rhythm was enough to win I was very happy, but later Pedrosa arrived and he was too fast. I tried the maximum but there was no way, he had a better pace. Anyway, it‘s second place. It‘s a shame here in Misano, it‘s a race I especially tried to win, but today it wasn‘t possible. Thank you to all the fans that were at the track, it was great.

Jorge Lorenzo

“I can‘t be very happy, because I expected a bit more from the race. I tried hard for the victory but today I simply didn‘t have the best pace. Especially Dani had a better pace and Rossi had one tenth on some laps. Little by little they were going away, so I tried my best to stay there but they went ahead. Honestly they were faster.”

Massimo Meregalli
Team Director
“I thought we could win today, especially after a good start by Vale and Jorge. Vale was riding very hard, leading the race superbly until there were just seven laps to go when he had to relinquish the lead to Pedrosa and settle for an important second place. Jorge had his typical strong start and worked hard all race to keep in contact with the front guys, finishing in third place. A double podium at our home race is a great result. Over the last three races we have continuously gained on points in the championship standings to the leader. We are confident to continue this trend at the next round in two weeks’ time in Aragón, which is also sponsored by the team‘s title sponsor, Movistar.

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Rossi‘s 20 points gives him a total score of 180, keeping him in second position in the championship standings, with a 43 point margin to the leader. He is 18 points ahead of Lorenzo in third place, who has collected 162 points so far this season.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team will take a short break before the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón in two weeks’ time.

Date Race Venue Location Lorenzo Rossi
Mar 20 Grand Prix of Qatar Losail International Circuit Qatar 1st
25 pts
13 pts
Apr 4 Grand Prix of Argentina Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo Argentina NC
25 pts
33 pts
Apr 10 Grand Prix of the Americas Circuit of the Americas Austin, TX 2nd
45 pts
33 pts
Apr 24 Grand Prix of Spain Circuido de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 2nd
65 pts
58 pts
May 8 Grand Prix of France Circuit de ls Sarthe Le Mans, France 1st
90 pts
78 pts
May 22 Grand Prix of Italy Autodromo del Mugello Scarperia, Italy 1st
115 pts
78 pts
Jun 5 Grand Prix of Catalunya Circuit de Catalunya Montmeló, Spain NC
115 pts
103 pts
Jun 26 Grand Prix of the Netherlands Circuit de ls Sarthe Assen, Netherlands 10th
121 pts (2nd)
103 pts (3rd)
Jul 17 Grand Prix of Germany Sachsenring Saxon, Germany 15th
122 pts (2nd)
111 pts (3rd)
Aug 14 Grand Prix of Austria Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Austria 3rd
138 pts (2nd)
124 pts (3rd)
Aug 21 Grand Prix of Czech Republic Automodrom Brno Brno, Czech Republic 17th
138 pts (3rd)
144 pts (2nd)
Sep 11 Grand Prix of San Marino Misano World Circuit Misano Adriatico, Italy 3rd
162 pts (3rd)
180 pts (2nd)
Sep 25 Grand Prix of Aragón Motorland Aragón Aragón, Spain
Oct 16 Grand Prix of Japan Twin Ring Motegi Tochigi, Japan
Oct 23 Grand Prix of Australia Phillip Island Circuit Phillip Island Victoria, Australia
Oct 30 Grand Prix of Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Selangor, Malaysia
Nov 13 Grand Prix of Valencia Ricardo Tormo Valencia Cheste, Spain

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