The MotoGP Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini saw Movistar Yamaha MotoGP claim their first one-two finish of the season as Jorge Lorenzo finished second – behind victorious teammate Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo made a strong start from pole position to lead for the opening laps at Misano, but Rossi passed the Spanish rider early in the race. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez then crashed on lap ten as Lorenzo began to chase him down.
It was a lonely race for the Majorcan who finished 1.578s down on Rossi and 2.698s ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). The choice of a hard front Bridgestone tyre allowed for constant front end feel, but lacked edge grip meaning that Lorenzo was unable to fight as hard as he would have liked.
This marks the Yamaha rider’s fifth consecutive podium after a tough season opening. Lorenzo was able to continue his result of wins or second at Misano, having never finished below the second step of the podium since moving up to MotoGP™ in 2008.
Lorenzo commented, “I’m a little disappointed with my race, I expected to fight a little more, maybe not win. But I’m happy for the Yamaha one-two! It has been a long time without this result. I knew from Warm Up that Valentino would be very fast, I expected to be faster than last year, but I was actually slower!”
“I liked the hard tyre yesterday but today I had no edge grip. The tyre was constant but worse than yesterday. I pushed at the limit but today Valentino was strong and he deserved the win. In Brno we chose a different tyre and it worked well, here we made a mistake, especially in the first laps. Rossi had good pace all weekend and even without a problem on the front it would have been a very tough fight with Valentino. Four second places is good, but we hope for the victory!” he reflected.