The Misano Grand Prix weekend in San Marino had a few surprises in store as a pole start counted for nothing in any of the classes.
Moto3 was a thrilling affair between the Estrella Galicia team-mates – Alex Marquez overtook long time leader Alex Rins on the penultimate lap only for Rins to do exactly the same with his Honda on the final lap to take victory – his second of the year and second in a row after also winning at Silverstone.
After a great start Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jack Miller lost his lead to the duo and fell down the order but skill and determination pushed the Australian back into third, but too far adrift to catch up. Marquez’s second cuts his Championship lead to nine points.
|Back in the driving seat- Rabat Photo:Marc VDS
Isaac Vinales took fourth for Calvo Team ahead of an exciting performance from Enea Bastianini, the Italian cutting through the pack for fifth, moving up twelve places from 17th position on the grid.
Top Mahindra honours went to Brad Binder in sixth for the Ambrogio Team after Miguel Oliveira crashed out from the leading group.
The experienced Alexis Masbou secured seventh for Ongetta-Rivacold finishing in front of the rather less experienced Andrea Migno, who replaced Arthur Sissis at Mahindra, who impressed powering up to eighth from 22nd on the grid.
A new lap record in the race helped Aspar’s Juanfran Guevara to ninth, with Efren Vazquez tenth for SaxoPrint-RTG.
Also in the points were Romano Fenati in 11th, the British pair of Danny Kent and John McPhee in 12th and 13th, Ongetta AirAsia’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin in 14th with Marc VDS’s Jorge Navarro taking the final point.
Moto2 saw Mika Kallio reeled in and passed by his Marc VDS team-mate Tito Rabat in the Misano sunshine as the pair once again gave the team a 1-2 finish, for the third time in a row.
After a dominant display aboard the Kalex when hitting the front Rabat chalked up his third consecutive win – he is only the third rider to achieve this in the highly competitive class.
Kallio settled for second but was frustrated by his tyre performance, which prevented him from keeping the challenge up.
Johann Zarco was a solid but distant third for AirAsia Caterham.
Maverick Vinales battled past Tom Luthi for fourth for Paginas Amarillas HP 40 leaving the Interwetten man in fifth.
Swiss charger Dominique Aegerter took the flag in sixth, Franco Morbidelli was seventh for Italtrans, one place ahead of his team-mate Julian Simon in eighth.
Axel Pons crossed the finish line in ninth for AGR and Taka Nakagami managed a top ten finish for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia.
The remaining points went to Tech 3 rider Marcel Schrotter in 11th, Sandro Cortese in 12th, Mattia Pasini in 13th, Randy Krummenacher 14th, with Luis Salom picking up the final point for the Paginas Amarillas Pons team.
Jonas Folger was in seventh before being handed a one place demotion for exceeding the track limits while around five seconds ahead of the riders behind him, he did not fall back in the allocated time and was instead given a ride through penalty leaving him 19th.
It was a tough day for the British riders with Birthday Boy Sam Lowes 18th and Gino Rea 22nd.
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