2015 Mugello MotoGP Race Result: Three From Three Equals Six

Results Below:

Jorge Lorenzo won his third consecutive MotoGP race in emphatic fashion Sunday, seizing the lead on the first lap and immediately gapping the field and making the Mugello race a contest for second place. That prize went to Ducati's Andrea Iannone who fought a half-race battle with Marc Marquez and held off a hard-charging Valentino Rossi at the end. Rossi, who has finished on the podium every race this year, climbed through the pack for third after a poor start left him in ninth early in the race.

A resurgent Dani Pedrosa -- who also didn't have a great start -- took fourth with Bradley Smith holding fifth another five seconds back and just ahead of Pol Espargaro (6th).

Maverick Viñales had his best finish in MotoGP ever in seventh followed by Michele Pirro (8th), Danilo Petrucci (9th) and Yonny Hernandez (10th)

Marc Marquez crashed out the contest -- his second zero-points race of the season -- at turn three with with six laps remaining. The front end of his Honda washed fighting for second with Iannone, bringing to a close what had been a diffcult weekend for the current world champion. Cal Crutchlow, too, crashed out late while running in fifth place. 

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 41'39.173
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 5.563
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 6.661
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 9.978
5 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 15.284
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 15.665
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 23.805
8 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 29.152
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 32.008
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 34.571
11 45 Scott REDDING Honda 38.553
12 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 42.158
13 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 44.801
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 50.435
15 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 53.06
16 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati +1'15.265
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda +1'15.381
18 33 Marco MELANDRI Aprilia +1'41.840
Not Classified
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 3 Laps
  93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 6 Laps
  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 10 Laps
  6 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward 20 Laps
  69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 20 Laps
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 21 Laps
  43 Jack MILLER Honda 21 Laps
  15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 21 Laps
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6
2015
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Total votes: 54

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So many stories in this race. I feel really bad for Marquez, that was one of the best starts and first few laps I've ever seen. It's such a shame he lost the front there.

Also this doesn't look good for the championship. Even if Rossi qualifies better he can't keep up with Lorenzo anymore it seems. And with Dovi losing so many points this race I can't see him get back up there either.

Honorable mention for Iannone, the man of the race for me.

Total votes: 102

.....must be having anxiety attack! They have been passed, not only by Yamaha, but by Ducati. I called it 'The Stoner Conundrum': our bikes great, as we're winning! Opps.... Be real interesting what they do for 'next' year. I cant see Jorge making mistakes, or having mechanical issues. The only thing we can hope for is Ducati getting the rear to last alittle longer.

The race: hats off the Crazy Joe. What a gutsy race! Hope Cal's OK. And at the moment, Jorge is running about purrfect!

David, any word on Dovi's bike issue?

Total votes: 73

Official broadcast said Dovi's bike was chattering badly.

Total votes: 66

His explanation after the race was that his rear sprocket was destroyed.

Total votes: 75

I knew it was bullshit when they said it was "chatter". I'm sure a destroyed sprocket would cause some chatter though :)

Total votes: 77

It was reported that the teeth were breaking off the sprocket. I couldn't figure out why he could no longer pull away on the straight. Then he kept falling behind and soon in the pits. Bad day for Dovi.

Total votes: 85

Lorenzo excellence could not be matched by anyone in the field. Total domination. He open a .9 second gap over Marquez in 1 lap, I believe.

Both riders who chose the hard front tire lost the front (Crutchlow and Marquez), and it was a bit frustrating to see Rossi catch the battle for second quickly, only to struggle mightily to get by Pedrosa. Strange.

The elephant in the room, though, is the Iannone jump start. The overhead camera shot seemed quite clear.

Total votes: 87

Looking at it frame by frame, Iannone left before everyone else but his bike didn't leave the box before the red light went out. Everyone else's start (except for Abraham's) shows normal "lights-out/reaction-time delay/ bike movement. Either Joe got some other-worldly inspiration with respect to timing or goofed just a bit and got lucky. Given that his bike balked a bit on take-off, I'm guessing it was the latter.

Not sure how anyone can claim the overhead view shows he jumped the start the overhead replay did not include the start lights which are critical to making a jump-start determination.

Total votes: 76

Refer to page 35 of the sporting regulations. The purpose of looking at the top down view is to determine whether or not he came to a complete stop, after anticipating the lights.

He didn't stop. If he had stopped, race direction would have the option to waive or enforce a penalty depending upon competitive advantage gained. It seems they gave themselves discretion under the rules, though Iannone never stopped after anticipating the lights.

I prefer for jump start penalties to be at the sole discretion of race direction based upon competitive advantage, but that's not how the rules are written.

Total votes: 77

But... did he leave at the moment the lights went out (getting lucky and no delay for individual reaction time) or did he actually move prior to that? Without a view that's higher in resolution than what comes over the net, I can't tell for sure. If it's the former, he got lucky and if it's the latter, the marshalls gave him a break. They do that some times.

Total votes: 76

my first impression of the start was as well that Iannone jumped it... MotoGP tv's commentators doubted it as well, and the French commentators on LaDeux...
How did he get away with this?

Total votes: 73

Race Director Mike Webb say Iannone was "the luckiest guy in the world" after super slo-mo replay showed the light was on and he was stopped in one frame and in the next the light was out and he was moving.

Total votes: 83

In collegiate and higher track and field competitions there are sensors on the starting blocks that detect when the runner pushes off to start. The runner's reaction time has to lag the starter's pistol by a few hundreds or tenths of a second (I forget the exact timing and am too lazy to look it up) so that a runner can't anticipate the gun and get away with a perfectly timed jump start.

It appears the same is not true for MotoGP, which I find odd. It was awesome to see Iannone do so well, especially considering his physical condition, but a bit disappointing if Mike Webb all but conceded that he got away with a jump start.

To be fair I don't think that start likely made a difference to the race outcome, and technically I guess Iannone was playing by the rules, gambled (or inadvertently jumped the lights) and consciously or not he exploited the rules to his benefit.

Total votes: 81

you're right, read that article after having commented. He got away with it... by being lucky :)

Total votes: 69

Iannone clearly jumped the start, question is under 2015 rules did he gain an advantage?

If Lorenzo or Dovi had led into the first corner the answer would have been no, but Iannone led from pole so the decision not to punish him must have been marginal.

Personally I would have awarded the penalty on this occasion, but I only saw the one camera angle, race direction have several to compare, so what do I know........

Total votes: 80

Official broadcast said Marquez and Crutchlow were 2 of only 4, not the only 2. I misheard.

Total votes: 72

Change Rossi to Petrucci and the list of 4 on hard fronts is right. Sorry for the bad steer earlier :)

Total votes: 82

I looked at the data from 2014 and this year, and last year's race was faster - Lorenzo won in a total time of 41:39 this year; Rossi ran 41:46, about 7 seconds behind. Last year, Lorenzo ran 41:38, and Rossi ran 41:40. So Lorenzo was 1 second slower and Rossi, 6 seconds slower. Marquez of course crashed, but was way behind Lorenzo - the only one of the "top 4" (if those are the top 4) faster than last year was Pedrosa.

This is curious to me. Qatar was 5 seconds faster. COTA was slower for some reason, Argentina was 5 seconds faster, Jerez was almost 30 seconds faster, Le Mans almost 15 seconds faster.

Tires, I guess?

Anyway, watching this race and looking at the times etc. it seems that if the softer option works, then Lorenzo is very, very hard to beat. If the harder option works, then Rossi is very, very hard to beat. We'll get to test this theory in Barcelona where it looks to be 10 degrees F warmer than in Mugello this weekend.

And man - I'm not really high on Marquez mind you - but his first lap was absolutely incredible. That was one of the best pieces of motorcycle riding I've seen especially because he didn't quite go over the limit. That was amazing. Rossi's save wasn't bad either - out of Marquez's playbook actually.

Total votes: 79

That was the real shame of Marc's race. He was riding well, and clean, despite the (valid) pre-race concerns that he would leave a trail of downed riders in his wake on his way to the front. A completely lacking in drama front end washout was just a gut wrenching end for him.

Total votes: 83

Incredible first lap by MM but a much better race by Iannone. Impossible for MM to get by him, even with a dislocated shoulder and broken elbow. When that guy gets healthy, we are really going to be in for some good racing.

Total votes: 75

He was over 8 secs faster than the rest and he finished 5.5 secs ahead so he slowed down on the last lap waving and playing otherwise he would have finished 2 or 3 secs faster than last year.

Total votes: 84

Everyone else was slower, though - and we know the Yamaha is significantly faster than it was last year. Probably just a slow track / tire combo today, and Lorenzo was indeed amazingly fast. I just found it curious that Rossi et. al. were slower where generally they've been considerably faster.

Total votes: 82

Down and was waving at the crowd. Had he had his head down and pushing his time would have been faster.

Total votes: 82

vote less than 5 for the statement above? All it does is state the simple truth. Sometimes I'm simply amazed at this group, both good and bad. Watch Lorenzo on the last lap. SMH

Total votes: 87

... I've come to the realisation that the Motomatters readership isn't what it used to be, despite the ongoing presence of plenty of 'early adopters'.

Still the best site, though. Supporter donation on the way (usually I buy the calendar but time to step it up).

Total votes: 113

Keep in mind that not only do people have their own rating criteria, but that anyone coming in late isn't seeing comments in the order they're posted, and thus lose a lot of context...particularly if the commenter has replied to an earlier post without actually hitting "reply."

Personally, in this case, if I hadn't realized that he was actually replying to the statement buried in an earlier comment some distance up the page, I'd probably have given it a 3...purely average; factual but not particularly insightful or germane to any major discussion on the article.

I don't think you can infer anti-Lorenzo sentiment from that rating.

Total votes: 83

a ride by JL really impressive. from lap 1 i just knew mm was gonna crash and it took longer then i thought it would. Cal again running his mouth when he said he had podium pace and mm wil finish on the podium.
AI did a good race but i wouldnt expect anything else after the test they had and the special engine.
vr damage limitation. need to improve QP alot and be faster the first laps.

Total votes: 89

and his result was well beyond reasonable expectations, considering that he raced with a broken bone and a shoulder injury.

Hmmm, somehow that statement just doesn't do justice to what AI actually achieved in Mugello. It may in fact have been the performance of the 2015 season to date.

Total votes: 69

The famous band of haters would have now got another reason to hate lorenzo........why people are so jealous of his success since he is one of the most hard working riders out there and not to mention he trains the hardest off track.

Total votes: 83

..got his Mojo back. Whatever he tells you can see throu his body language that he is geting back at his best. Iannone is riding at his best as well besides his injuries. Rossi is paying the price for bad quali. Dani is riding great after the surgery. Unlucky Dovi... Crazy Cal... And Marc?! Marc is cracking under pressure with a bike that doesn't follow his talent. And he has enormous talent. He almoust hit Pedrosa at the start but after that he was flying on the asphalt, leaving his heart on the tarmac....and in the gravel at the end. We all knew that Marqurz would either won that race or fall... Unfortunately it was latter as we saw. A great race in the end, and a great season...

Total votes: 89

that MM is "cracking under pressure." I see a supremely talented rider overriding the bike to make up for it's deficiencies. With a great machine, it brings world championships. With a flawed machine, it brings the gravel trap. He is now using that amazing talent to keep from barging into other people. I sometimes watch the lines that MM takes and wonder how in the heck does he make it work?
This from a JL/NH69 fan.

Total votes: 69

I really cant listen to another race broadcast of his.

1. Iannone had a dislocated shoulder and a fracture in the elbow. Not a fractured shoulder.

2. Stop referring to Lorenzo as a 'party-pooper," what are we, like 12?

3. Are we even looking at the same screens? Passes seem to go completely unnoticed, both from the timing screens and the broadcast, yet you cant even double check your positions before mouthing something out.

4. Stop exaggerating meaningless words.

5. Every race is going to be "a real cracker!". WE KNOW.

Total votes: 77

Colin Edwards (seriously, I'd love to see Colin in the box)
Ben Spies (he did one or two days with the Eurosport guys and could pick what was going to happen miles off)
Julian Ryder

Total votes: 73

How about Toby Moody and/or Dennis Noyes? Even Steve Martin would be better at this point ... Colin Edwards if a rated R version were ever viable. *haha*

The amount of errors Nick Harris is making during live races have become a distraction. Doing the live coverage requires quick thinking and accuracy which he just doesn't have in him anymore. It happens ...

Total votes: 63

Considering that there are two other guys in the booth (along with the two commentators) whose job it is to watch multiple screens and alert the commentary team to stuff, it's a pretty dismal performance each race.

I'm over it too. I sit there and correct him, with liberal use of sentence enhancers, and it really does detract from my enjoyment of the race. This is the peak of the sport, surely we deserve better.

Total votes: 74