2014 Misano MotoGP Results
Spoiler Alert: 2014 MotoGP Championship results from the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli listed below
First open in 1972, the 2.62-mile Misano World Circuit in San Marino provides a technical layout that presents many challenges.
In 2011, the circuit earned the extension “Marco Simoncelli,” paying tribute to the Italian racer who passed that year at Sepang during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Year after year, the circuit challenged the grid, with tire preservation key to winning. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo mastered the circuit, winning the past three consecutive years there. The two-time MotoGP Champion has not finished off the podium since 2007.
And he began this year’s San Marino Grand Prix in the most optimal position to make it four in a row after qualifying on the pole – his first of 2014 MotoGP. His biggest threat – the reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez – qualified fourth; this was the first time the Repsol Honda rider qualified off the front row in over a year.
But something very unusual happened – Marquez suffered a crash on lap 10 while battling up front. This took all the pressure off the front group, allowing a very unique name to finish on top of the podium – nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.
Competing just miles away from his hometown of Tavullia, this was Rossi’s first win since Assen last season, and his first on Italian soil since 2009 at the same circuit.
Before over 60,000 fans – many donning yellow VR46 apparel – Lorenzo took the holeshot of the 28-lap race, followed by Rossi – who qualified third – and Marquez.
Behind these three “aliens” were Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, and NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro.
An immediate three-way battle began up front between the factory Yamaha duo and Marquez. Three laps in, Marquez and Rossi swap the lead; Marquez gets Rossi in turn six, but Rossi counters in turn seven, keeping the crowds roaring.
Rossi keeps second, and with 25 to go, Rossi chases down Lorenzo. He and Lorenzo swap the lead four times, but Rossi is able to hold it. Behind, Marquez, who had just posted the fastest lap of the race, also passes Lorenzo for second. Further down the grid, Pedrosa passes Dovi for fifth.
As the race progresses, Rossi and Marquez pull away from Lorenzo. But the unthinkable happens on lap 10 – Marquez crashed! Pushing too hard, he tucked in the front at Rio Corner. He was not able to quickly restart his bike, and rejoined the grid dead last, over a 1 minuted behind.
With Marquez off, the battle for the win was between the factory Yamaha boys, and the battle for the final podium between Pedrosa and Dovi.
Rossi was challenged, but ran a smooth race reminiscent of Rossi during his golden years last century. The 35-year-old eventually took the win by 1.578 seconds ahead of Lorenzo. This was Rossi’s 107th premier-class victory in 247 starts, and he reached a milestone 5000 points.
Pedrosa was able to hold off Dovi for the final podium position, finishing 1.234 seconds ahead of the Italian. Taking fifth was yet another Ducati, the GP13 piloted by Iannone – Dovi’s future teammate on the factory team.
Rounding out the top 10 were Pol Espargaro, Smith, GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, Ducati Team’s Cal Crutchlow, and Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez.
As for Marquez, who won 11 out of 13 rounds, he finished 15th. Regardless, he still has 289 points – 74 ahead of Pedrosa. Rossi is in third, a single point behind Pedrosa.
As for crashes, Mike Di Meglio (Avintia Racing) wrecked early in the race, along with the Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo IodaRacing Team). Di Meglio suffered a displaced fracture of the fourth and fifth metacarpus of his left hand and will require surgery. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) also fell out of the top 10. Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) crashed on the final lap. All the riders other than Di Meglio were uninjured, MotoGP reports.
And Nicky Hayden – the sole American in MotoGP – did not race as he continues to recover from wrist surgery.
The series now breaks for two weeks before heading to Aragon for round 14 of 18.
2014 Misano MotoGP Results:
|1||25||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||160.4||44’14.586|
|2||20||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||160.3||+1.578|
|3||16||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||160.2||+4.276|
|4||13||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||160.1||+5.510|
|5||11||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||159.7||+11.771|
|6||10||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||159.3||+18.999|
|7||9||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||159.0||+23.100|
|8||8||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||158.2||+36.458|
|9||7||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Ducati Team||Ducati||158.1||+38.480|
|10||6||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||157.7||+45.878|
|11||5||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||Honda||157.2||+54.765|
|12||4||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||Drive M7 Aspar||Honda||157.1||+56.775|
|13||3||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||156.7||+1’02.734|
|14||2||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||RSM||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||156.1||+1’13.546|
|15||1||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||156.0||+1’15.948|
|16||2||Leon CAMIER||GBR||Drive M7 Aspar||Honda||155.7||+1’20.760|
|17||70||Michael LAVERTY||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||155.4||+1’26.422|
|18||23||Broc PARKES||AUS||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||154.5||1 Lap|
|19||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Racing||Avintia||154.5||1 Lap|
|41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||158.3||1 Lap|
|6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||158.2||22 Laps|
|9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Octo IodaRacing Team||ART||143.6||27 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||FRA||Avintia Racing||Avintia||0 Lap|
2014 MotoGP Point Standings (after 13 of 18 rounds):
|7||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||SPA||92|
|18||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||USA||11|
|21||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||FRA||4|
|23||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||RSM||3|