It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Repsol Honda riders, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.
Starting 7th on the grid, Dani lost a few places, briefly dropping down to 9th on the first lap. Marc, starting from 13th place – the first time he has not qualified on the first or second row in the premiere class – had a strong start moving up to 6th in the first few corners and up to 4th by the end of the first lap, with Dani in 8th.
Dani continued to advance, passing Cal Crutchlow, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith and found himself in 5th by lap four. Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo opened up a lead at the front as Marc battled with Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. By lap twelve Dani had reached the battle for second and the four riders swapped positions consistently over the course of the following five laps.
However, on lap eighteen after battling with Iannone, Marc made a small mistake and crashed out in turn three. This promoted Dani to third briefly, before Valentino Rossi passed him and demoted Dani to 4th which he secured, taking valuable points and positive feedback regarding his fitness.
Tomorrow Marc and Dani will be back on track for a post-race test with the new 2016 tyre supplier, before heading west for round seven in Barcelona in two weeks time.
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||25||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||41'39.173|
|2||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||20||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||+5.563|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+6.661|
|4||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||13||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+9.978|
|5||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||11||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+15.284|
|6||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||10||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+15.665|
|7||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||9||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+23.805|
|9||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||7||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+32.008|
|10||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||6||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+34.571|
|11||Redding Scott||45||GBR||5||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+38.553|
|12||Baz Loris||76||FRA||4||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+42.158|
|13||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||3||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+44.801|
|14||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||2||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+50.435|
|15||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||1||Aspar Team||Honda||+53.060|
|16||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+1'15.265|
|17||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||AB Motoracing||Honda||+1'15.381|
|18||Melandri Marco||33||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+1'41.840|
|19||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||DNF|
|20||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||DNF|
|21||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||0||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||DNF|
|22||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||DNF|
|24||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||DNF|
|25||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||LCR Honda||Honda||DNF|
|26||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||0||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||DNF|
Located 30km north-east of Florence in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Mugello is a modern circuit with excellent facilities. Bought by Ferrari back in 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest… read more.
|Length||5.245 kilometres / 3.259 miles|
|Longest straight||1.141 kilometres / 0.709 miles|
Mugello Circuit, Scarperia, Florence, Italy - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 46.208s (177.7 km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m 47.639s (175.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)|
|Race Time||41m32.126s (174.200km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2017)|
|2018 Race Winner||Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati)|