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First victory for Morbidelli, Quartararo misses

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 13, 2020

Franco Morbidelli finally holds it! For his third season in MotoGP, the 25-year-old Italian clinched his first victory this Sunday at the Misano circuit in San Marino. The Petronas rider offers another success to the Yamaha team, which started as favorites after placing four riders in the first four places on the grid. Starting from pole, Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy) saw Franco Morbidelli get a much better start than him, and take the lead in the first corner, followed by Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy), who also had an excellent start. Jack Miller (Pramac) slipped behind the duo, ahead of Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas), who started third, and the Top 5 remained the same for six laps. But the race took a bad turn for the French driver, when at turn n ° 4 of the seventh lap, when he had just passed Vinales, he suffered a fall! After starting 20th, Fabio Quartararo did not manage to overtake any driver and returned to the pits nine laps from the end, before falling on the next lap, at turn 6! What a terrible Grand Prix for the leader of the championship!

Mir takes Rossi off the podium on the last lap

Meanwhile, Francesco Bagnaia, back after his broken tibia, who had started sixth, continued his comeback to climb back up to second place with seven laps remaining, finding himself between Morbidelli and Rossi. But “The Doctor” lost his place on the podium on the last lap, to the benefit of Joan Mir (Suzuki), author of an excellent second part of the race, and who finished ahead of his teammate Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales, decidedly not in on this Sunday. Far behind, Johann Zarco (Ducati) takes 14th place. With no points scored during this San Marino Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo gives up first place in the drivers’ world championship standings to Andrea Dovizioso. Thanks to his seventh place on the finish line, the Ducati rider is now six points ahead of the Frenchman while Jack Miller completes the podium with a thirteen point delay.

Marini and McPhee other winners of the day

In Moto2, the podium is 100% Italian, as Luca Marini dominated his Sky teammate Marco Bezzecchi, and Enea Bastianini (Italtrans), who finished in the same second. He therefore consolidates his lead in the general classification, with 17 points ahead of Bezzecchi at eight Grands Prix to go. In Moto3, Briton John McPhee (Petronas) won the third Grand Prix of his career, making the difference in the last lap. The leader of the championship, Albert Arenas (Aspar), remains at the top of the general classification, even if he suffered a fall two laps from the finish. He is only five points ahead of Ai Ogura (Honda), second this Sunday.

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