MotoGP Misano Results & Race Report: Pedrosa Never Gives Up the Lead


What Happens When a Pall Is Cast Over the Racing

8:52am — Dani Pedrosa dominated the MotoGP race from San Marino, with a gap nearly up to six seconds during the race over second place finisher Jorge Lorenzo while Valentino Rossi stepped up his game after returning with a still injured right leg to take the final position on the podium, eventually taking it from fifth place Casey Stoner, who dropped cback after fighting with Rossi and losing his fourth position to Andrea Dovizioso.  Loris Capirossi and Nicky Hayden crashed out in Turn 2, though Hayden attempted to continue racing, ending his race a few laps later.  Sadly, Shoya Tomizawa succumbed to injuries sustained during the Moto2 race earlier in the day, a sad ending to another MotoGP weekend.

Dani Pedrosa continued his good results from Indianapolis to take pole at Misano, despite some fast times from Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner throughout the session.  Lorenzo then Stoner were fastest early on, but Pedrosa took charge in the latter quarter of the qualifying session and only let go of pole occasionally as the other riders lost fast lap times in the third sector.  Valentino Rossi seemed to benefit from the home crowd, qualifying fourth and not crashing out as he did so often at Indianapolis.  Stoner did lose the front end but recovered after his crash to qualify third behind Lorenzo.  At the halfway point it was Stoner, Pedrosa, Rossi, Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Colin Edwards,  Andrea Dovizioso, Marco Melandri, Loris Capirossi, and Alvaro Bautista as the top ten with Nicky Hayden seemingly unable to find pace anywhere.  He languished outside of the top ten throughout the session and only qualified fourteenth.  Pedrosa continued his pace, stealing the fastest time from Lorenzo at the end of Sunday’s morning practice, where Dovizioso, Rossi, and Stoner rounded out the fastest five.

It was a darkened afternoon when the MotoGP bikes got away in San Marino, with Pedrosa leading into a very small turn one, with Stoner then Lorenzo following.  For the third time in a row, Hayden did not make it through Turn 1, crashing out with Loris Capirossi as Hayden slid outward into the Italian as he came back across the track.  It would end both of their races, though Hayden stuck it out for the first few laps.  Lorenzo took second from Stoner before the first half of the lap was over, though Pedrosa was already making a gap, Rossi was fourth with Andrea Dovizioso and Colin Edwards behind.  Spies had dropped to tenth while teammate Edwards also lost sixth position to Simoncelli.  Pedrosa continued to gain on the rest of the field as Lorenzo had nearly an equal gap back to Stoner, who had only a bit of space on Rossi. 

Soon enough, Stoner was away from Rossi and after Lorenzo, only three tenths behind the Spaniard on L4.  The running order had not changed by L5, with Pedrosa still leading, Lorenzo, Stoner, Rossi, Dovizioso, Edwards, de Puniet, Melandri, Spies, and Barbera as the top ten, all covered by eleven and a half seconds.  Pedrosa’s lead over Lorenzo kept growing as the laps ticked down.  Rossi was reeling in Stoner as Lorenzo regained his gap to Stoner, but continued to lose time to Pedrosa at the front.  Ten laps in and Pedrosa still led Lorenzo, Stoner, Rossi, and Dovizioso at the top five, though Rossi slid in on the inside in Turn 8 to take third, only to lose it again immediately.  Edwards was another nine second behind Dovizioso.

Rossi did not back down, remaining very close to Stoner, and taking the position on Turn 13, only to lose it to Stoner on the next corner, then re-take the final podium position from Stoner.  That gave Dovizioso a chance to be right behind Stoner, with the most interesting battle on the circuit more than five seconds off the lead.  Soon enough Dovizioso took fourth from Stoner.  Pedrosa still led Lorenzo with a safe gap between the two at the halfway point, with Spies having passed Edwards for sixth, then de Puniet, Barbera, and Melandri the top ten.

It looked close for Rossi with ten and fewer laps to go as Dovizioso was directly on Rossi’s back wheel.  Rossi had gotten a tiny bit more of a gap on Dovizioso as Pedrosa’s lead leveled out over Lorenzo.  The final few laps showed no change in the top five as Pedrosa began saving fuel and simply dominating as he had done from the start.  Lorenzo also rode smoothly, with Rossi having solidified his podium finish over Dovizioso, with Stoner continuing to lag behind after fighting over every position on his way back from second to fifth.  It was during the race that the news was reported that Shoya Tomizawa had succumbed to injuries sustained during the Moto2 race earlier in the day, a sad ending to another MotoGP weekend.  Scott Redding, who was also injured during the race, was apparently conscious and talking in the medical center.

Final Positions for the 2010 San Marino Grand Prix:
1. Pedrosa
2. Lorenzo +1.900
3. Rossi +3.183
4. Dovizioso +6.454
5. Stoner +18.479
6. Spies +28.385
7. Edwards +34.934
8. Bautista +38.157
9. Barbera +40.943
10. Melandri +42.377
11. Espargaro +45.906
12. Aoyama +46.394
13. de Puniet +50.481
14. Simoncelli +1:23.143

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