Posted: 17 Sep 2012
Jorge Lorenzo has clinched victory at Misano this weekend, breaking Dani Pedrosa’s winning streak in the 2012 MotoGP World Championship so far. Spaniard Pedrosa had won the previous rounds at Brno and Indianapolis, but couldn’t maintain his run of victory at the San Marino circuit after crashing out of contention and enabling fellow Spaniard Lorenzo to take the top spot on the podium.
In a problematic start to the race, Karel Abraham stalled his Ducati on the grid leading to the cancellation of the original race start. When preparing for the new start, Pedrosa struggled with the front wheel of his Honda RC213V when a tyre warmer became jammed. He was subsequently penalised for a "start procedure infringement" and was forced to start the reduced 27-lap race from the back of the grid. Pedrosa then suffered further disappointment when, despite a good start off the line, his back wheel was touched by Hector Barbera’s Ducati on the first lap. He was unable to re-join the race, leaving Lorenzo to dominate the event from start to finish.
Meanwhile, multiple MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi stormed to a superb second place finish from sixth place on the grid, while Spaniard Alvaro Bautista claimed the final step of the rostrum. Bennetts-supported Cal Crutchlow crashed out of contention on the fifth lap, and was unable to re-join the race after damaging his machine.