The MotoGP San Marino GP began with riders waiting on the weather at Misano. The previous two races at the circuit today had been dry, but clouds overheads threatened rain.
Eventually, the clouds held off, and a dry contest saw Jorge Lorenzo take off quickest. The Spaniard attacked vehemently from the start, setting fastest laps and extending his advantage to between 2 and 3 seconds. He took the victory –his second in a row- to keep up his fight for the title.
Dani Pedrosa, Marc Márquez and Valentino Rossi were left in his wake, but had some entertaining passes between them to up the excitement. Márquez placed second, with Pedrosa third and Rossi off the podium at his home race.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró managed to get up into fourth place in the MotoGP race on the opening corners at Misano. In a scene reminiscent of Valencia 2012, in which the Spaniard led in the wet, Espargaró was high up the order in the early going. He dropped down to seventh, but his race was to turn on its head when he was called in for a jump start by Race Direction.
Espargaró completed his ride through penalty on lap five, rejoining the race in last place. From then on, the POWER ELECTRONICS rider moved up from twenty-second to thirteenth in the race, claiming three World Championship points.
13th Aleix Espargaró:
“I feel bad about the jumpstart. I knew that I had made a mistake, as my finger had slipped a little. Knowing that, I wasn’t surprised when I saw the pit board telling me about the penalty. It is a shame, because I had the pace to have a good race and was aiming to finish in the top eight. After completing my penalty I pushed as hard as I could to move back up the order, and I had a lot of fun passing the other riders, but I wanted to catch Colin and finish as the top CRT. I want to apologise to my team for my mistake and look ahead to Aragón, which is a track that I love. We will try to put things right there.”
Source: Aspar Media
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