2016 Misano MotoGP Race Result: A Fightback For The Record Books

Another race another record for a fantastic 2016 season. With a red hot track surrounded by a yellow sea, the Spaniards were in hostile territory and the least predictable of them stepped on the highest position of the podium. A majestic performance from Dani Pedrosa saw him fight his way from eight position on the grid to put the rest of the aliens in their place and take a victory for the history books. The Honda rider’s win makes it eight different winners in eight consecutive races, a unique feat that also ties him with Phil Read on 52 career victories.

Valentino Rossi made the stands smile for most of the race with a hard charge at the front but was eventually overpowered by the small Spaniard, the Italian finishing ahead of Marquez for the fourth race in a row yet needing more and more points per race to catch up with the leader of the standings.

The podium was completed by Jorge Lorenzo, the Yamaha rider falling behind Rossi early in the race and holding off Marquez’s charge halfway through.

The world champion got a dream start, Marquez pushed back by a hard charging Andrea Dovizioso, Pedrosa up to sixth place already, right behind his teammate. The Yamahas were already starting to build a gap over Maverick Viñales, the Spaniard getting a bit of a breather as Marquez and Dovizioso battled briefly behind.

Meanwhile, Rossi pushed past Lorenzo on the second lap to take the lead, the world champion quickly losing half a second, the same distance keeping him in front of the Viñales-Marquez fight. Marquez got in front on lap four, Dovizioso splitting the Spaniards soon after, with Pedrosa ending the little group and ready to pounce only a few turns later.

By the time the world championship leader dealt with the Suzuki, the Yamahas were a second ahead, the trio on a solitary ride for several laps.  Pedrosa had reached the front of the following group by lap seven and started pursuing his teammate, a second ahead on track.

Rossi pushed to stretch his lead to over a second as Marquez posted a string of fastest laps to close up on Lorenzo. The order was maintained for several laps, Rossi not running more than a second and a half ahead, Marquez not trying any moves on Lorenzo.

The soft front tyre came good for Pedrosa mid-race, setting red sectors after red sectors while chasing Marquez, catching up with his fellow Spaniard with fifteen laps to go and passing him for third. A hot 1:32 lap put him right on Lorenzo’s tail, leaving Marquez in no man’s land, three seconds behind them and six seconds in front of Vinales. A lonely final half of the race saw him finish fourth on the hard front tyre option, a choice only shared with the Suzukis.

Back at the front, it took the smaller Honda rider three laps to pass Lorenzo and try to make up one second on Rossi with twelve laps to go. Pedrosa chewed up that gap in barely two laps, waiting until seven laps to go to attack the Italian aggressively into turn four, with shades of Aragon 2015, but not shaking off the Yamaha right away. A couple more red sectors did the business, Rossi over one second back with three laps to go.

With gaps starting to appear halfway through the race, Dovizioso and Viñales were the only ones up for a fight for fifth place. Vinales copped a one-place penalty for the infamous track limit infringements but found his way back past the Ducati soon after. With Viñales fifth and Dovizioso sixth, seventh place went to Michele Pirro, Iannone’s impressive substitute for the weekend, Cal Crutchlow the first independent rider over the line, followed by Pol Espargaro in ninth position. Tenth place went once again to Alvaro Bautista, another good showing for Aprilia.

With Pedrosa snatching victory away from Rossi, the Italian only made up 7 points in the title battle, Marquez now 43 points ahead. Lorenzo is 61 down, with Pedrosa closing down on the Spaniard to trail him by 17 points and taking back fourth pace in the standings from Viñales.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 43'43.524
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +2.837
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha +4.359
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +9.569
5 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki +15.467
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +19.676
7 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati +22.936
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +25.702
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha +27.155
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia +33.968
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +39.206
12 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia +39.967
13 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +42.997
14 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati +49.450
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +54.879
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati +1'05.072
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 5 Laps
    Not Classified    
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 11 Laps
  12 Javier FORES Ducati 13 Laps
  22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 21 Laps

 

Round Number: 
13
2016
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Comments

What an incredible race from Dani. Well deserved. So...: Honda has finally turned things around? Both Cal and Dani seem on a very good path.
I'm very happy for Dani but I will quote VR and say " couldn't he wait just for one more race in his own country?" :)
His confidence and the way he passed the other 3 aliens who did not even try to fight back : that was his pace. Impressive.
VR was very very disappointed he gave all he could but Dani was better and faster. I'm puzzled about MM : of course he's securing his title.... but he's out of the podium again not sure it's good for his morale....can't wait for Aragon a Honda friendly track

I thought Rossi's pass was a textbook block pass. Yes, it was aggressive, but I didn't feel it was unsafe, as Lorenzo hinted at during the press conference--as if it's a new thing that a rider being passed might crash if they don't alter their line??

Anyhow, full credit to Pedrosa. It was the perfect situation for him, and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Faultless race on his part. 

Pedrosa has not used strakes today, Marquez did. I don't think he won because of that, just saying. Strakes look ugly to me. Awesome win for Pedrosa!

I agree.  They make the fastest bikes in the world look like catfish.

was what it was all about for Dani, this is what I'm loving about Michelin this season, they are providing options, actual options which is why we are seeing what we are-record breaking times, new winners every week and great viewing.

Lorenzo turned the post race presser into a joke, seriously-calling out Rossi like that was just pure hatred and bad sportsmanship-much like his behaviour at the end of 2015. Dani, Marc, Cal and Maverick all executed passes just like the one VR made on Lorenzo in this very race! For me Lorenzo is just plain not likeable at all. 

Not surprisingly he is miffed about being beaten yet again by his teammate, for whom he has only been faster than for 3 out of the 13 rounds so far in 2016. For a man who made sure it was known how much, and how many times he was faster than his teammate last season, I'm sure these numbers are starting to hurt.

As for Marc, well it looks like he could be stumblingly, seems to me that Rossi has the speed over him this season-will be an interesting run to the line.

Dani who??? I thought he retired years ago. Guess I'll have some crow to eat tonight.

Great race Cal Crutchlow. That's about the best a non factory rider can place on most race days. Put some of those 'aliens' on a non factory bike and we all know what happens to them.

Too bad about Ducati. They need better riders and imho (which has no influence over anything) they are going to have to wait two more years to get a better rider.

Frankly I thought Pirro had a better chance of winning today than D. Pedrosa. More crow to eat.