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Marquez Amazing in Misano

Marc Marquez perfectly mastered yesterdays very tricky wet conditions at Misano, taking his fourth win of the season and the 59th in his career, putting him back at the top of the Championship standings, equal on points with Andrea Dovizioso (with Marquez ahead by virtue of more second-place finishes).

Marc started well from the front row, taking second place behind Jorge Lorenzo at the end of the first lap. After his fellow countryman crashed out of the race on lap seven and Danilo Petrucci took the provisional lead, Marc began a close chase of the Italian, controlling his advantage over Dovizioso just behind him.

Marc waited until the final lap to make his move and overtook Petrucci in turn one, then set the fastest lap of the race at 1’47.069” and earned the win, his fifth across all classes at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Dani Pedrosa had a very tough race, as he struggled to put temperature in the tyres and could not push as he wanted. Dani had to finally settle for the fourteenth place.

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Today’s result gave Honda the lead of the Constructor Championship while the Repsol Honda Team tops the Team Classification before heading to Aragon in two weeks.

Marc Marquez: “This was one of the best races of my career. It gave me an amazing feeling because it required incredible concentration to manage the tension the whole time. It was very easy to make a mistake, and that’s why I decided to attack only on the final lap. That lap was amazing; I took many risks, but with such a close season, it was worth trying to get the five extra points for the win. Of course I was thinking about the Championship the whole race. At the beginning the feeling wasn’t so good, probably because there was so much water on the track, and I had a couple of very scary moments. Lorenzo was amazingly fast early on, and so was Danilo later when he took the lead after Jorge’s crash, but I was able to follow him and finally to attack. Thanks to the team for the great job. I’m happy for everyone after what happened at Silverstone. We always try to be ready for every situation, so because we knew that changing the setup from wet to dry takes quite a long time at this track, we agreed that if I felt the track was drying, and there was even a small possibly of a flag-to-flag race, I would signal the team. So I did, and even if in the end that didn’t happen, it was right to do so as we got close to it. This Championship is amazing; anything can happen, but now we’ve returned to the top, equal on points with Andrea. The last five races will be very tough, but we’ll keep pushing and give it our 100%. Finally, I wish to congratulate Toni Bou for his 22nd title, it’s just amazing. Keep doing like that, Toni!”

Race Classification

1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team 50’41.565
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 20 Octo Pramac Racing 1.192
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team 11.706
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 16.559
5 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 11 Ducati Test Team 19.499
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS 10 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 24.882
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 Octo Pramac Racing 33.872
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA 8 Team Suzuki Ecstar 34.662
9 Folger Jonas 94 GER 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 54.082
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 57.964
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’00.440
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 4 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1’17.356
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 LCR Honda 1’35.588
14 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 2 Repsol Honda Team 2’02.212
15 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 1 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1 lap
16 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Reale Avintia Racing 1 lap
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1 lap
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 9 laps
19 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar 12 laps
20 Lowes Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 13 laps
21 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 15 laps
22 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing 17 laps
23 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 0 Ducati Team 22 laps