Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa became the eighth different MotoGP winner in eight races today, taking a stunning victory at Misano, his 29th in MotoGP and the 52nd in his career, as well as the 120th for Honda since the start of the MotoGP era in 2002. Marc Marquez struggled with his front end but managed to score an important fourth-place finish, which allows him to keep an advantage of 43 points in the Championship standings.

Dani’s choice of a soft-front and medium-rear Michelin tyre combination proved to be the best one for today’s conditions and for his riding style, as it allowed him to charge through the field at an incredibly fast pace and to set a new track record of 1’32.979 on his way to the victory. Starting eighth on the grid, he was sixth at the end of the first lap and progressively improved his speed over the course of 22 laps, overtaking Dovizioso, Viñales, Marquez, Lorenzo and finally Rossi before crossing the line 2.8 seconds ahead of the Italian to became the fourth Honda rider to win a race this year.

Marc had a much tougher day as he struggled with his hard front tyre, even if he was able to keep a similar pace to frontrunners Rossi and Lorenzo in the first third of the race. Nonetheless, when teammate Pedrosa passed him on lap 14, he realized he couldn’t match his rhythm and wisely settled for the important 13 points that come with fourth place.

The Repsol Honda Team will remain in Misano tomorrow for a private one-day test.

Dani Pedrosa

1st

“It was a great race, and it has been a long time since I’ve had these feelings. Even I was surprised by the performance I put in today because I hadn’t expected to go so fast; we were fantastic. The key was the pace; I was able to fight my way through, especially in the final part, and being consistent allowed me to catch the riders at the front. It’s very nice for me to take a victory again, after all the effort made by those who have been with me in this challenging season so far: my family, my team and my fans. It has been very difficult, so I’m very happy for all of them. Today I enjoyed myself, although I was a little worried about the choice of front tyre because I hadn’t used it in hot conditions. In the end we were focused and everything went very well; it was an opportunity we had to take advantage of, and I think we achieved a great victory.”

Marc Marquez

4th

“Today’s race was complicated and it was perhaps not one of my better days. I went out with great desire and I felt strong, able to recover the ground I had lost in the first few laps and close in on Valentino and Jorge. Then I saw I had problems with the front tyre, because I was losing it a lot. When Dani passed me, I tried to follow him, but I saw that it was more likely that I would crash than finish on the podium, so I concentrated on finishing the race. We have to keep improving, but the positive thing is that we only lost a few points during a weekend that had been good but that we weren’t able to capitalize on in the race. Now we’re very motivated for Aragon.”

MotoGP 2016
Race Round 13   San Marino

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
59%
Track Temp
43°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43'43.524
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2.837
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 4.359
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda 9.569
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 15.467
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 19.676
7 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 9 Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 22.936
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 27.155
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 7 LCR Honda Honda 27.202
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 33.968
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 39.206
12 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 39.967
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 3 Avintia Racing Ducati 42.997
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 2 Aspar Team Ducati 49.450
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR 1 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 54.879
16 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Aspar Team Ducati 1'05.072
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 5 laps
18 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 11 laps
19 Fores Javier 12 SPA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati 13 laps
20 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 21 laps
Location Information

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
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.565 kilometres / 0.351 miles
Constructed 1969
Modified 2008

Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", Via Daijiro Kato, Misano Adriatico, Rimini, Italy - View in Google Maps

www.misanocircuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m31.629s (166.00 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m32.678s (164.1km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 42m05.426s (162.6 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)