Morbidelli triumphs in Misano and Dovizioso is the new leader of the World Cup
The forecasts were not wrong. It was a race for Yamaha to win and it did. Franco Morbidelli took the victory in the San Marino Grand Prix contested on the Misano track in a race dominated from start to finish by the Roman driver who achieved his first victory in MotoGP.
One of the keys to victory was at the start. Before the gazes of some 10,000 spectators who were returning to a motorcycling grand prix, Viñales was not able to defend his pole and he saw how Morbidelli and Rossi surpassed him in the first few meters and placed themselves at the head of the race with the intention of opening a gap with the rest of the riders. Jack Miller, who also beat the Spaniard at the start, prevented, at first, the Italian duo from escaping.
Shortly after, Quartararo he also surpassed Maverick and placed fourth. The position did not last long, since in full fight he went to the ground and left the leadership of the world championship. Viñales’s difficulties were evident as he was getting further and further from the head and he saw how Rins, Bagnaia and Mir also surpassed him.
In the head, Morbidelli began to set a rhythm that Rossi was not able to follow to go sowing what was going to be an excellent and deserved triumph. Rins demanded prominence in the race beating Miller, placing himself in third position and launching himself up. Along with him was the Ducati de Bagnaia. Once they caught up with Rossi, the Italian placed second to get on the podium. When everything pointed to the fact that between Valentino and Rins the third position appeared Joan Mir on the last lap to beat both.
Dovizioso, new leader
After a new race it is still difficult to glimpse a great favorite. Maverick Viñales wasted a good opportunity to present his candidacy for the World Cup after finishing sixth.
Too Quartararo’s initial might fades. After the double victory achieved in the first two races of the season in Jerez, the move to central Europe for the triptych in Brno and Spielberg turned the World Championship upside down and changed this script. Quartararo was only able to sign 20 more points and make a seventh, in Brno, as the best result. At Misano he ended up retiring with 7 laps to go in his second crash in the test. To forget his career.
The ‘Devil’ loses the rent on the Italian Andrea Dovizioso, who has not managed to be with the best either, finishing seventh, but placing himself as the leader of the World Cup.
The grid is preparing to repeat the race next week at the Misano track before reaching Montmeló.