Jorge Lorenzo claimed his second consecutive MotoGP win with a dominating victory during the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Sunday afternoon.
The reigning World belied the odds – Marc Marquez was highly tipped to win the race - by dominating uncontested the proceedings, from start to finish, with a punishing race pace.
Putting down the hammer, Lorenzo known for his mantequilla y martillo (butter and hammer in Spanish) riding style, immediately escaped and put more than 1.2 seconds between himself and the rest of the field in just the first lap, and by the end of the second he was more than two seconds ahead, breaking the lap record as he continued to set the pace until the chequered flag was waved.
Poleman Marc Marquez - he broke the 2011 qualifying record - dropped to third on the first lap struggling with a full fuel tank, but he recovered fast enough to chase after his team mate Dani Pedrosa with Valentino Rossi on his tail, however he than ran too deep and wide at turn 8, letting the Italian slip past and losing almost a second.
Re-grouping at the half-way mark of the 28 lapper Marquez began his charge to catch the veteran riders in front of him.
With his usual bold aggressive manner barged past Rossi at turn 10 and then began hunting down his team mate and latching onto to him picked him off at Turn 2.
Pedrosa wasn’t backing down and repassed him at the Tramonto, and with having barely time to take a breath, Marquez executed a strong block pass at the Carro, and the duel between the two Repsol Honda riders was over with veteran rider deciding to backing off due rear grip issues, and letting his cheeky team mate take second again.
Rossi finished a very lonely fourth, and for the fourth consecutive time, while satellite riders Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl duked it out on the final lap.
The struggling and injured British rider rode almost the entire rac in 5th, with the LCR Honda rider never straying from his exhaust pipe, but on the last lap pushed through to claim fifth, just two tenths of a second ahead of the Tech3 man.
Alvaro Bautista rode to seventh, while in the usual Ducati challenge Andrea Dovizioso beat his team mate Nicky Hayden for the eighth spot, while Ignite Pramac Racing’s Michele Pirro – and Ben Spies’ replacement – closed out the top ten.
For the first time this season Aleix Espargaro wasn’t the best CRT rider.
Espargaro had qualified a very impressive 6th on the grid, but he had a jump start and was punished with a ride through that left him down in 13th which gave Colin Edwards the honor of being the best CRT.
With just five rounds left in the season, Marc Marquez, who is already the 2013 Rookie of the Year, still leads the standings with 253 points, while Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo are tied in second with 219 points.
2013 MotoGP Misano race results:
- 01- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – 28 laps in 44’05.522
- 02- Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 3.379
- 03- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 7.368
- 04- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 15.062
- 05- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 22.355
- 06- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 22.599
- 07- Alvaro Bautista – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 31.059
- 08- Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 42.702
- 09- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 44.858
- 10- Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 47.818
- 11- Bradley Smith – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 48.011
- 12- Colin Edwards – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki – + 1’03.154
- 13- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 1’07.600
- 14- Hiroshi Aoyama – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR – + 1’15.528
- 15- Danilo Petrucci – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda Suter BMW – + 1’17.907
- 16- Claudio Corti – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki – + 1’29.655
- 17- Randy De Puniet – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 1’33.990
- 18- Michael Laverty – Paul Bird Motorsport – PBM 01 – + 1’36.860