Morbidelli lands maiden win at Misano as Quartararo loses championship lead

Franco Morbidelli scored a dominant maiden MotoGP victory on the San Marino Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo’s pricey crash noticed him give up the championship result in Andrea Dovizioso.

Italian Morbidelli was a well-liked native winner at Misano in entrance of a restricted variety of spectators, who have been allowed at a race for the primary time in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The spectacular Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) flew via the pack from sixth on the grid to take second behind Morbidelli, holding on for a primary profession podium amid a frantic closing lap on his first race again since getting back from a critical knee harm.

Valentino Rossi (Monster Power Yamaha), who grew up within the close by city of Tavullia, seemed as if he had carried out sufficient to lastly land a landmark 200th profession podium in third.

However Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) had implausible race tempo all through and handed Rossi – who will need to have felt bittersweet as Morbidelli and Bagnaia are graduates of his academy – on the ultimate lap to snare a memorable podium, with each males in pursuit of Bagnaia.

It was a day to overlook for Quartararo, although, because the Frenchman – many individuals’s pre-race favorite – tumbled with 14 laps remaining after going too large at Flip 4.

To compound a depressing day, Quartararo – who had struggled proper from the off – later got here off the bike once more shortly after getting back from the pitlane as Dovizioso to moved high of the standings by six factors regardless of ending again in seventh.

Maverick Vinales had began on pole after a record-breaking lap on Saturday however as soon as once more struggled to produce qualifying tempo on Sunday.

The Spaniard was jumped on the road by Morbidelli, who celebrated with the Italian flag on a really gradual quiet down lap, and Rossi earlier than falling again via the pack and ending sixth.

Printed 13 Sep 2020, 18:38 IST

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