Exciting and complicated ‘flag to flag’ Misano race in which Marc Marquez used the best strategy to achieve his first victory in the San Marino GP in MotoGP.
The San Marino Grand Prix offered a totally unpredictable MotoGP race, in which Marc Marquez took advantage of opportunity to achieve his fourth win of the season, following victories at Austin, Sachsenring and Indianapolis. The current MotoGP World Champion managed the situation flawlessly when required to make two bike changes during the Misano round.
As it happened two weeks ago in England, rain appeared at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli just moments before the start of the MotoGP race. It did so timidly and all riders took the start on slicks, with Jorge Lorenzo, Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Pedrosa in the first four positions. However, only a few laps later the riders decided to come into the pits to change bikes –returning to the track with their machines for wet conditions.
On completely wet asphalt, the protagonists were the same, with Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Marquez at the front and Pedrosa losing ground after the bike change. However, the rain died down, the asphalt dried up quickly and several riders decided to change their bikes again. Marquez was the first of the trio to do so and achieved an advantage that proved definitive.
With this victory, Marc Marquez remains third in the World Championship with 184 points.
Marc Marquez: “It was a very strange race but I’m happy with the end result. It is difficult to explain everything that happened during the race but I think the key was the second tyre change – from wets to slicks. That was where we made a difference and – believe it or not – it was not me who decided everything! The team informed me of the situation with the pit board and helped me decide when to come in to change bikes, and I have to thank them! Also Honda, because we keep working and doing our best, even though our title chances are slim, so our target to the end of the year remains; The more wins, the better!”