Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 13 Sep 2015
Marc Marquez took victory in a chaotic MotoGP race in Misano this afternoon, with most riders changing bikes not once but twice due to rapidly changing weather conditions.
Spots of rain on the grid left a question mark over the start of the race but the 30 lap battle got underway in relatively dry conditions with Lorenzo shooting off the line from pole position to assume the lead from Marquez and Valentino Rossi.
Three laps in the rain came down, forcing riders straight into the pits to swap to their wet set-up machines. Lorenzo continued to lead but Marquez put up a fight, with Rossi initially losing ground on the first few wet laps.
Finding his feet, Rossi began to reel in the leading Spaniards. A dry line began to appear as Rossi moved past both Lorenzo and Marquez, with some riders, including Loris Baz and Scott Redding, who had crashed in the wet on slick tyres, going back into the pits to change bikes for a second time.
Marquez was the first of the leading group to pit for slicks, but race leader Rossi refused to come in, with Lorenzo sticking behind him. By the time the pair came in, they re-joined the race behind riders who had opted to come in earlier, gifting the lead to Marc Marquez with Bradley Smith, who hadn’t changed tyres throughout the entire race, in a safe second.
Loris Baz held third in the closing stages but on a faster machine, Scott Redding saw his chance and fought hard to pass the Frenchman and take his debut MotoGP rostrum finish.
Lying in sixth after pitting for slicks, things went from bad to worse for Jorge Lorenzo as he dramatically crashed out of the race, meaning Valentino Rossi’s fifth position would be enough to see him extend his championship lead to 23 points.
Danilo Petrucci continued his run of good form to take sixth ahead of the factory Ducati pairing of Iannone and Dovizioso, with Dani Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaro completing the top ten.
Cal Crutchlow crossed the line 11th, just one spot ahead of team mate Jack Miller.
MotoGP Misano – Race Results