MotoGP San Marino: Morbidelli secures maiden win as Quartararo crashes

Franco Morbidelli dominated a dramatic San Marino Grand Prix to claim his first MotoGP victory, while Petronas SRT team-mate Fabio Quartararo crashed twice

MotoGP San Marino: Morbidelli secures maiden win as Quartararo crashes

Morbidelli nailed his launch from second on the grid to lead Valentino Rossi on the factory team Yamaha into the first corner, while polesitter Maverick Vinales dropped to third and Quartararo to fifth.

Rossi tried to take the lead from his protégé at the Quercia left-hander, but Morbidelli slammed the door in his face, while Jack Miller demoted Vinales to fourth two corners later.

Morbidelli and Rossi opened up a half-second gap to Miller, with Quartararo eventually finding a way through on Vinales with a hard move at the Carro hairpin on lap seven.

As he tried to get close the gap to the front Quartararo crashed at the Rio corner at Turn 4.

He rejoined down in 20th, and after a trip to the pits on lap 20, Quartararo crashed for a second time on a cold front tyre at Turn 6 to cap off a miserable Sunday.

By lap nine, Morbidelli started to eke away from Rossi, with his lead up to over a second by the 14th tour.

And Morbidelli continued to ease away from Rossi, his lead standing at two seconds by lap 18.

Miller's run in third faded as Alex Rins on the Suzuki found a way through on lap 14, with Miller's injured Pramac team-mate Francesco Bagnaia in his first race since the Andalusian GP moving ahead on the same tour.

Bagnaia's charge continued with Rins on lap 20, before he scythed through on his mentor Rossi at the fast Curvove Turn 11 right on lap 21.

The battle for second closed up in the final laps, with Bagnaia, Rossi, Rins and Joan Mir on the sister Suzuki all gunning for the podium.

Rossi ran a defensive line at Turn 2 to keep Rins at bay lap after lap before Mir demoted his team-mate at the start of the final lap after Rins made a mistake at the penultimate corner.

Mir then went after Rossi, bravely carving his way up the inside at Turn 10 to grab third, with the Yamaha rider unable to find a way back through.

Morbidelli eased across the line having backed off his pace in the last laps to become the fourth new winner of 2020, while Bagnaia secured his maiden MotoGP podium in second.

Mir completed the rostrum, denying home hero Rossi his 200th podium finish.

Rins completed the top five ahead of Vinales, whose gamble to run the hard rear tyre appeared to backfire as he quickly faded from the podium battle and ended up sixth.

Andrea Dovizioso was seventh on the factory Ducati and takes a six-point lead in the standings after Quartararo's crashes, with Takaaki Nakagami top Honda rider but he was docked a place for exceeding track limits, moving Miller up to eighth with the LCR Honda rider ninth and KTM's Pol Espargaro in 10th.

Miguel Oliveira worked his way up to 11th after a poor start on his Tech3 KTM ahead of works rival Brad Binder, with Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, Iker Lecuona (Tech3) and Avintia's Johann Zarco taking the final points.

Lecuona was handed a long-lap penalty for failing to start from pitlane after stalling his KTM on the grid on the warm-up lap.

Tito Rabat (Avintia) crashed out late on, while Aprilia's Bradley Smith was 19th after an early tumble.

MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix results - 27 laps

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 42m02.272s
2 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 2.217s
3 Joan Mir Suzuki 2.290s
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2.643s
5 Alex Rins Suzuki 4.044s
6 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 5.383s
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 10.358s
8 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 11.155s
9 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 10.839s
10 Pol Espargaro KTM 12.030s
11 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 12.376s
12 Brad Binder KTM 12.405s
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 15.142s
14 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM 19.914s
15 Johann Zarco Avintia Ducati 20.152s
16 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 22.094s
17 Alex Marquez Honda 22.473s
18 Stefan Bradl Honda 37.856s
19 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1m18.831s
- Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Retirement
- Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Retirement
- Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Withdrawn

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