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

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

The spectacular Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) flew by way of the pack from sixth on the grid to take second behind Morbidelli, holding on for a primary profession podium amid a frantic remaining lap on his first race again since coming back from a critical knee damage.

Valentino Rossi (Monster Vitality Yamaha), who grew up within the close by city of Tavullia, regarded as if he had finished sufficient to lastly land a landmark two hundredth profession podium in third.

However Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) had incredible 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 vast 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 coming back from the pitlane as Dovizioso to moved prime 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 sluggish quiet down lap, and Rossi earlier than falling again by way of the pack and ending sixth.

Revealed 13 Sep 2020, 18:38 IST



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