Rossi Returns to Form at Misano: MotoGP Race Report

What Happens When The Doctor Gets it Done

1:43am EST — Despite a bad start, Valentino Rossi took a decisive win in front of his home crowd at Misano Sunday.  This win brought back five points lost to teammate and title challenger Jorge Lorenzo after Rossi’s crash at Indianapolis one week ago.  Lorenzo finished second, with Dani Pedrosa rounding out the starting-to-become typical top three.

Rossi started on pole, but was soon swallowed by Pedrosa and Tony Elias, who led into the first turn.  Further back, Alex de Angelis attempted to make a great start, but ran into the side of Colin Edwards, who clipped Lorenzo and slid out, taking Nicky Hayden with him.  Hayden was starting from sixth, one of his very best starts this season on a Ducati with whom he has not seemed to get along.  Hayden then proceeded to tell and show de Angelis what he thought of his maneuver.  Corner workers kept the American back, but he went back for another go.  Fisticuffs did not ensue.

Pedrosa and Elias opened a small gap on Rossi, who also had a small lead on Lorenzo, who managed to escape the de Angelis debacle unscathed.  Just behind were Loris Capirossi and Andrea Dovisioso, just beginning a race-long scrap.  Elias momentarily took the lead from Pedrosa still on the first lap, but was re-taken by the Spaniard, reminiscent of many 250 and 125 battles between the two.  At the beginning of the second lap, Lorenzo went past Rossi for third.  Dovisioso passed Capirossi for fifth on that lap.  Lorenzo and Rossi had completely caught up Pedrosa and Elias by the end of the second lap.  At Turn 8, Elias had a go for the lead, but went a bit wide and Pedrosa barely kept first.  On lap 3, the top four looked like a snake curving through the turns, personifying a diagram of lean angles.

As Pedrosa began to pull out a small gap on Elias, Rossi went through on Lorenzo and Dovisioso caught up the Mallorcan.  Rossi then went to second around Elias.  Lorenzo also moved up to third, all on lap 4.  Rossi then went to work reeling in Pedrosa.  Both Pedrosa and Rossi wiggled their way out of the last turn, with Pedrosa leading.  On lap 9, Rossi slid through and gained the lead.  He had pulled out a noticeable but small gap within a lap. Rossi would not be caught.  Around this time, Capirossi had made his way through on Dovisioso.

They stayed that way, Rossi, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, for a few laps, but Lorenzo simply could not get around Pedrosa, until lap 13, when Pedrosa went too deep in an attempt to defend his line, and Lorenzo finally gained second place.  Rossi set the fastest lap of the race, 1:34.746, with his teammate behind him on lap 16.  By lap 19, Rossi had a 2.647 second lead on Lorenzo, who lead Pedrosa by another three seconds.  Dovisioso  was twelve seconds behind third, with Capirossi just under a second behind him, and Elias had a similar gap between himself and fifth place Capirossi.

With five laps to go, the Capirossi-Dovisioso battle heated up, with Capirossi close behind Dovisioso.  Capirossi went through at Turn 8 quite easily on lap 24.  On the last lap, Dovisioso used Turn 8 to get around Capirossi, and while Capirossi tried to fight back, the fourth place went to Dovisioso.  Rossi had powered to victory at Misano after some early traffic, with teammate Lorenzo second, and Dani Pedrosa, whose bike stopped on the cool-down lap, third.

Final Misano Race Results (courtesy of

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 44’32.882
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 44’35.298 2.416
3 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 44’45.282 12.400
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 44’59.212 26.330
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 44’59.421 26.539
6 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 45’01.168 28.286
7 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 45’03.066 30.184
8 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 45’04.639 31.757
9 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 45’04.791 31.909
10 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 45’11.229 38.347
11 44 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 45’19.555 46.673
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 45’24.923 52.041
13 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 45’36.080 1’03.198
14 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 45’55.229 1’22.347
Not finished first lap

Championship Standings After GP of San Marino (courtesy of

1 ROSSI Valentino ITA 237
2 LORENZO Jorge SPA 207 -30
3 PEDROSA Dani SPA 157 -80
4 STONER Casey AUS 150 -87
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea ITA 133 -104
6 EDWARDS Colin USA 123 -114
7 CAPIROSSI Loris ITA 97 -140
8 DE ANGELIS Alex RSM 88 -149
9 DE PUNIET Randy FRA 88 -149
10 MELANDRI Marco ITA 87 -150
11 VERMEULEN Chris AUS 84 -153
12 ELIAS Toni SPA 80 -157
13 TOSELAND James GBR 78 -159
14 HAYDEN Nicky USA 73 -164
15 KALLIO Mika FIN 51 -186
16 CANEPA Niccolo ITA 35 -202
17 GIBERNAU Sete SPA 12 -225
18 TALMACSI Gabor HUN 12 -225
19 TAKAHASHI Yuki JPN 9 -228
20 ESPARGARO Aleix SPA 8 -229

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