2014 Misano MotoGP Results | San Marino Grand Prix

2014 Misano MotoGP Results | San Marino Grand Prix
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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:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
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
Not Classified
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):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 289
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 215
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 214
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 177
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 142
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 98
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 92
8 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 92
9 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 74
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 74
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 64
12 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 54
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 47
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 43
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 38
16 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 33
17 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 29
18 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 11
19 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 11
21 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia FRA 4
23 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha RSM 3
24 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 2
25 Hector BARBERA Avintia SPA 2
26 Leon CAMIER Honda GBR 1


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