A 77th career victory makes Marquez the fourth most successful rider in Grand Prix history, bringing fans to their feet on his way to winning a thrilling San Marino GP as Jorge Lorenzo claimed more points.
After a promising morning Warm Up session where Marc Marquez finished first and Jorge Lorenzo finished 1.5 seconds behind, the Repsol Honda Team entered the 27-lap San Marino Grand Prix with confidence.
Marc Marquez made a flying start to the race and moved to fourth by the first corner, quickly progressing up to third just a few corners later. Muscling past Viñales on lap four, the World Championship leader set about closing down the almost one-second lead of Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman’s advantage was soon reduced to just two tenths, Marquez electing to wait for his moment to attack. As the laps ticked down, the reigning champion began to edge closer and put increasing pressure on the young French rider.
The start of the last lap saw Marquez’s RC213V roar past Quartararo heading into Turn 1, the pair briefly sparring before Marquez made the move stick later in the lap. Crossing the line 0.903s ahead of Quartararo, Marquez returned to the top step of the podium after back-to-back second place finishes. The win moves him 93 points clear of title rival Andrea Dovizioso in the MotoGP World Championship standings with six races remaining. Taking the 77th win of his career, Marquez also moves ahead of Mike Hailwood to cement himself as the fourth most successful rider in Grand Prix history.
Jorge Lorenzo was author to a consistent race, able to steadily advance up the order. Ultimately taking 14th, Lorenzo marks his return from injury with back-to-back points finishes. The five-time World Champion was unable to achieve his target of finishing within 30 seconds of the race winner due to reduced grip come the race on Sunday. Suffering from less discomfort after the race was an encouraging sign for Lorenzo who will look to fight back in Aragon.
Honda leave Misano extending their advantage in the Manufacturer Championship to 60 points over closest rivals Ducati while the Repsol Honda Team close the deficit to the Ducati Team in the Team Championship to just 25 points. With Round 14, the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon, taking place on September 22 the Repsol Honda Team are keen to carry their momentum forward as they return to Spanish soil.
San Marino Grand Prix Race Results
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||42'25.163|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||20||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.903|
|3||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||16||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1.636|
|4||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||13||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||12.660|
|5||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||11||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||12.774|
|6||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||10||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||13.744|
|7||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||9||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||20.050|
|8||Mir Joan||36||SPA||8||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||22.512|
|9||Miller Jack||43||AUS||7||Pramac Racing||Ducati||26.554|
|10||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||6||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||31.456|
|11||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||5||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||32.388|
|12||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||4||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||34.477|
|13||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||3||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||35.325|
|14||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||2||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||47.247|
|15||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||1||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1'02.280|
|16||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1'07.831|
|17||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1'24.666|
|18||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||+1 Lap|
|19||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||DNF|
|20||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|21||Rins Alex||42||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||DNF|
|22||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
Close to the city of Rimini, the Misano Adriático circuit was constructed in 1972 and has since undergone an array of modifications. A regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007.With updated facilities, track and grandstands, the Misano… read more.
|Length||4.226 kilometres / 2.626 miles|
|Longest straight||0.565 kilometres / 0.351 miles|
Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", Via Daijiro Kato, Misano Adriatico, Rimini, Italy - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m31.065s (167.0 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m32.242s (164.9km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||41m48.305s (163.7 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|