Last weekend marked the fifth win for Spanish MotoGP™ driver, Jorge Lorenzo! The San Marino Grand Prix took place on Sept. 13-15, on the Misano World Circuit, where more records were broken and underdogs came out on top.
Records are Made to be Broken
The weekend kicked off with an unforgettable qualifying round. Marc Marquez not only claimed his sixth pole position of the season, but he broke Casey Stoner’s two-year record at that circuit. To give fans some background, Casey Stoner is a retired Australian MotoGP™ driver, who is a two-time world champion in the sport – winning in 2007 and 2011. This made Marquez’s record break even more astounding.
Misano qualifying times:
1. Marc Marquez - Spain - Repsol Honda - 1'32.915
2. Jorge Lorenzo - Spain - Yamaha - 1'33.428
3. Valentino Rossi - Italy - Yamaha - 1'33.573
4. Dani Pedrosa - Spain Honda - 1'33.726
5. Cal Crutchlow - Great Britain - Yamaha - 1'34.014
6. Aleix Espargaro - Spain - Aspar ART - 1'34.028
7. Stefan Bradl - Germany - LCR Honda - 1'34.098
8. Alvaro Bautista - Spain - Gresini Honda - 1'34.230
9. Andrea Dovizioso - Italy - Ducati - 1'34.338
10. Nicky Hayden - USA - Ducati - 1'34.362
Spanish Drivers Fight for the Title
While many MotoGP™ fans were expecting another victory for Marc Marquez after his record-breaking qualifying round, another Spanish driver pushed himself past the rookie to take the lead… and the San Marino Grand Prix title.
Jorge Lorenzo, part of both strong MotoGP™ forces as a Spanish Yamaha team driver, took another win at Misano for his fifth championship win this season! He topped Marquez’s final time by 3.379 seconds, while Marquez only outdid his qualifying time by .513 seconds.
As the Spanish duo Lorenzo and Marquez keep leading the boards in each race, so do several other Spanish drivers, who took nearly half of the top 10 spots in the qualifying and final round of the championship. These drivers include Dani Pedrosa, Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro.
San Marino Grand Prix results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo - Spain - Yamaha - 44:05.522
2. Marc Marquez - Spain - Repsol Honda - +3.379 seconds
3. Dani Pedrosa - Spain - Honda - +7.368
4. Valentino Rossi - Italy - Yamaha - +15.062
5. Stefan Bradl - Germany - LCR Honda - +22.355
6. Cal Crutchlow - Great Britain - Yamaha - +22.599
7. Alvaro Bautista - Spain - Gresini Honda - +31.059
8. Andrea Dovizioso - Italy - Ducati - +42.702
9. Nicky Hayden - USA - Ducati - +44.858
10. Michele Pirro - Italy - Pramac Ducati - +47.818
As the MotoGP™ Championship season goes on, the gaps in between standings are growing for many drivers, but coming incredibly close for others. Lorenzo and Pedrosa are neck-and-neck in the series with 219 points, only 34 points behind Marquez. These three drivers are the only ones in the series who have passed 200 points and have won more than one championship race. These Spanish stars are followed closely by Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi (Italy) and Cal Crutchlow (Great Britain) – which makes up what I like to call the “Fab Five.”
Top 5 Championship Standings
Driver - Points - Wins
Marc Marquez - 253 - 5
Jorge Lorenzo - 219 - 5
Dani Pedrosa - 219 - 2
Valentino Rossi - 169 - 1
Cal Crutchlow - 146 - 0
Let’s see what the current top three MotoGP™ athletes had to say after their outstanding run at the San Marino Grand Prix.
@lorenzo99: I am so happy with our 5th victory this year. Thx SUPERTEAM! #Misano2013
@marcmarquez93: We take 20 points from Misano!! ;)
@26_DaniPedrosa: I want to thank all of the fans here or away from home, pushing as one team. GRACIAS
Next up: The Grand Prix of Aragon on Sept. 27-29