Jorge Lorenzo for the second race in a row reminded the paddock that there are other Spaniards capable of race wins in MotoGP with an emphatic wire-to-wire victory at Italy's Misano circuit. Marc Marquez, after a mid race battle with teammate Dani Pedrosa, took the number two slot nearly four seconds back with Pedrosa in third.
Valentino Rossi, who was third for much of the early part of the race, came home in another lonely fourth -- his fourth fourth-place finish in a row. Stefan Bradl passed Cal Crutchlow on the final lap to take fifth after a race-long skirmish with the Tech Three rider. After Alvaro Bautista's seventh, it was the Ducati subclass taking the final three, top-ten slots: Andrea Dovisioso (eighth), Nicky Hayden (ninth) and substitute rider Michele Pirro (tenth).
Colin Edwards finished as the top CRT after Aleix Espargaro was assesed a 20-second ride-through penalty for jumping the start.
The race could not have played out any better for Lorenzo. The current world champion bolted out to the front almost immediately after a bad start by current points leader and pole-sitter Marquez. Pedrosa slotted in second with Rossi in third and Marquez in fourth. Lorenzo began increasing the pace in the toward the middle of the race and started to to open a gap to Pedrosa.
With 15 laps to go, Marquez began turning some of the fastest laps of the race and slipped by Rossi. With 10 laps to go, he put a block pass on Pedrosa only to lose the position again a lap later. The second time Marquez passed his Repsol teammate -- a lap later -- he made it stick. But the battle with Pedrosa came at a cost; It allowed Lorenzo to open a considerable gap which he held until the race's end.
The finish moved Lorenzo into a tie with Pedrosa for second in the championship as it chipped away at Marquez's points lead. Both Lorenzo and Marquez have five wins each with Pedrosa at two wins and Rossi one. The gap now stands at 34 points between Marquez and second place with five races remaining.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|12||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||+1'03.154|
|16||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||+1'29.655|
|17||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||+1'33.990|
|67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||4 Laps|
|8||Hector BARBERA||FTR||7 Laps|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||ART||19 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||ART||21 Laps|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||25 Laps|
|52||Lukas PESEK||Ioda-Suter||25 Laps|