Following a qualifying session that included many blistering laps on his Repsol Honda RC212V, pole-sitter Dani Pedrosa kept his rhythm solid Sunday, and won the Misano Grand Prix, Round 12 of the 2010 MotoGP Championship.
It was the Spaniard’s fourth win this season, and his first back-to-back victory after his first-place finish at the Indy GP. Pedrosa was joined on the podium by the Fiat Yamaha team of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, respectively.
Pedrosa was quickest in warm-up, and when the 28-lap race started, he got out front first, and led every lap in San Marino.
There was an accident at turn one, as Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden hit Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi, and both went down. Hayden would return, but didn’t finish. As for Capirossi, the Italian suffered a DNF during his 200th premier-class race.
While Pedrosa was out front, Ducati Team rider Casey Stoner and the nine-time world champion Rossi swapped the lead a few times until Rossi made it stick. A few laps later, Pedrosa’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso also passed the Australian to capture fourth. Stoner finished fifth.
Behind Stoner came the American duo on the Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards in sixth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Álvaro Bautista, Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) and Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini.
|1.||25||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||160.0||44’22.059|
|2.||20||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||159.9||+1.900|
|3.||16||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||159.8||+3.183|
|4.||13||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||159.6||+6.454|
|5.||11||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Ducati Team||Ducati||158.9||+18.479|
|6.||10||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||158.3||+28.385|
|7.||9||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||157.9||+34.934|
|8.||8||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||157.8||+38.157|
|9.||7||40||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Paginas Amarillas Aspar||Ducati||157.6||+40.943|
|10.||6||33||Marco MELANDRI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||157.5||+42.377|
|11.||5||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||157.3||+45.906|
|12.||4||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||Interwetten Honda MotoGP||Honda||157.3||+46.394|
|13.||3||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||157.0||+50.481|
|14.||2||58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||155.2||+1’23.143|
|36||Mika KALLIO||FIN||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||155.3||11 Laps|
|69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||122.9||25 Laps|
|65||Loris CAPIROSSI||ITA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||0 Lap|
MotoGP Championship Points (after 12 of 18 rounds)
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 271
2. Dani Pedrosa, 208
3. Andrea Dovizioso, 139
4. Valentino Rossi, 130
5. Casey Stoner, 130
6. Ben Spies, 120
7. Nicky Hayden, 109
8. Randy de Puniet, 81
9. Marco Melandri, 67
10. Colin Edwards, 66