Jorge Lorenzo ledet elegant løpet fra start til stopp og har dermed sikret seg sin tredje seier denne sesongen. Dani Pedrosa fikk andre plassen mens Casey Stoner ble den som kom inn som tredje mann på løpet i Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, i Misano.Av: Mona Forsnes
Alle tre førerne fra Repsol Honda kjempet hardt i de utrolig varme og fuktige omgivelsene i 28 runder. Jorge Lorenzo tok ledelsen tidlig mens Stoner og Pedrosa lå like bak. Australieren beholdt det lille gapet mellom de to i de første ti rundene men ble for sliten til å holde tempoet til førstemann og miste hundredeler for hver runde. Stoner prøvde å beholde plassen men klarte aldri å parere da spanjolen kjørte forbi han i runde 22.
Andrea Dovizioso var involvert i en liten kamp sammen med Simoncelli og Spies. Italieneren kjørte seg opp fra sjette til en flott fjerde i den første svingen men ble passert av Simoncelli i runde syv som klarte jobben med å holde han bak seg resten av løpet. Han avanserte til en fjerde plass da han passerte Simocelli i runde 25, noe Simoncelli tok tilbake i den siste runden.
Førerne får nå en uke fri, før de igjen skal kjøre. Det blir da den 14 runden i MotoGP mesterskapet.
Pressemelding fra Repsol Honda:
“I’m a little disappointed with the race because the bike didn’t feel as good as in practice. We wanted to make a change to the suspension to improve it but we had the opposite effect, sometimes it happens. From the first lap, I realised I couldn’t keep up with Jorge and Casey, at the beginning the bike was closing the front and then it was sliding in the rear. The second part of the race was good, Jorge had a perfect race today, but I was able improve my times lap by lap and catch Casey. I overtook him and had another second place in two weeks, which is not so bad. We’ve been lucky today as it was cooler than yesterday the rain didn’t come. It’s been two demanding races in a row and this one in particular was the toughest of the season so far – the circuit is challenging with so many hard braking areas and it’s been very hot again, also after Indy it’s been difficult to recover from the jet lag. Let’s hope we can get some rest and be stronger for Aragon.”
“At the beginning of the race I was cautious as there were a few spots of rain, once this cleared up I was pretty comfortable behind Jorge, I didn’t feel the need to push and then tiredness suddenly hit me. It was hard to find the braking points and change direction on the bike, there was nothing wrong with the tyres, nothing wrong with the bike, the team did a great job and gave me a fantastic package, I’m just worn out. I had to put in a lot more effort into Laguna and Brno, riding a lot harder than I normally would. This together with the neck injury from Assen has finally caught up with me. For the second half of the race I was just too tired, simple as that, I’m very grateful to have finished on the podium. All credit to Jorge, he had a fantastic race, hopefully by Aragon I’ll be fully fit and recovered.”
It was a tough race, I had to push hard and ride aggressively and we had to cut the power a lot due to fuel consumption issues. We suffered from this during the whole race weekend, but after the warm up I received the bad news that we had to cut even more power. This hasn’t been such a big issue this year and in fact it’s never been the case that I can’t match Simoncelli in acceleration. This is due to riding style and set up of the electronics, especially engine braking. I knew that with this cut in power it would have been impossible to fight for the podium, so this affected my motivation. We had a good battle with Marco and Spies; for the first time this season Marco beat me so congratulations to him. Our target was to gain some points on Lorenzo and we didnt manage it. We are still third in the Championship; we are confident and will continue working.