MotoGP Misano: Pedrosa charges through to beat Rossi at home

Dani Pedrosa denied local hero Valentino Rossi victory in the San Marino Grand Prix with a masterful performance, becoming MotoGP's eighth different winner in eight races

MotoGP Misano: Pedrosa charges through to beat Rossi at home

Pedrosa has endured a tough 2016 season with MotoGP's new Michelin tyres, but he came to life in the hot conditions at Misano.

One of only two riders on the grid to decide to race with the softest of the three front tyre compounds, Pedrosa moved up from eighth to sixth off the line, then put moves on Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso in the first third of the race.

At the front, Rossi got past polesitter Jorge Lorenzo and edged away to lead by 1.25 seconds after eight laps and while Lorenzo responded briefly, Rossi then established that advantage.

Then Pedrosa's march really started.

With a string of laps in the low-1m33s barrier, he caught the lead pack and put a move on Honda team-mate Marc Marquez at Turn 14.

He followed that with the fastest lap of the race, a 1m32.979s the next time around on lap 15, and moved past Lorenzo with an identical move on lap 17.

At that stage, Rossi was still 1.240s up the road, but Pedrosa took 0.268s and 0.520s out of the Italian on consecutive laps.

Pedrosa then moved into the lead with an aggressive move on Rossi at Turn 4 on lap 22, seven laps from home.

Rossi stuck with him briefly and looked to respond, but Pedrosa was untouchable on the run home.

He built his lead all the way to the line to take his first victory since last October's Malaysian Grand Prix by 2.837s.

Lorenzo eventually crossed the line in third, 1.522s behind Rossi, while Marquez faded to finish fourth, 9.569s adrift of his team-mate.

Marquez still leads the championship, though, by 43 points over Rossi and 61 over Lorenzo with five races remaining.

Suzuki was again quiet in hot conditions, with Vinales finishing fifth and eventually comfortably clear of Ducati's Dovizioso, despite having to relinquish the position for a track-limits infringements mid-race.

Michele Pirro was seventh on what was the other factory Ducati in the race after Andrea Iannone was ruled out due to injury, while Cal Crutchlow crossed the line in eighth for LCR Honda as the top satellite rider.

Crutchlow was handed a 1.5s penalty post-race for exceeding track limits, which dropped him to ninth behind Tech3 Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro, however the penalty was later withdrawn after a review.

SAN MARINO GP RESULT

Pos Rider Team Laps Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 28 43m43.524s
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 28 2.837s
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 28 4.359s
4 Marc Marquez Honda 28 9.569s
5 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 28 15.467s
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 28 19.676s
7 Michele Pirro Ducati 28 22.936s
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 28 25.702s
9 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 28 27.155s
10 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 28 33.968s
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 28 39.206s
12 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 28 39.967s
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 28 42.997s
14 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 28 49.450s
15 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 28 54.879s
16 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 28 1m05.072s
17 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 23 5 Laps
- Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 17 Retirement
- Xavi Fores Avintia Ducati 15 Retirement
- Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 7 Retirement
- Andrea Iannone Ducati 0 Withdrawn
- Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 0 Withdrawn

RIDERS' STANDINGS

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 223
2 Valentino Rossi 180
3 Jorge Lorenzo 162
4 Dani Pedrosa 145
5 Maverick Vinales 136
6 Andrea Dovizioso 99
7 Andrea Iannone 96
8 Cal Crutchlow 94
9 Pol Espargaro 88
10 Hector Barbera 81
11 Eugene Laverty 69
12 Aleix Espargaro 60
13 Scott Redding 55
14 Danilo Petrucci 50
15 Alvaro Bautista 47
16 Stefan Bradl 43
17 Jack Miller 42
18 Bradley Smith 42
19 Michele Pirro 32
20 Tito Rabat 27
21 Loris Baz 24
22 Yonny Hernandez 13
23 Alex Lowes 3


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