Jorge Lorenzo got his championship back on track with a commanding win at Misano – Lorenzo won by a comfortable 7 second margin. Lorenzo’s day was made even better with Dani Pedrosa taking second place from Casey Stoner, meaning that Lorenzo was able to take a 9 point bit out of Casey Stoner’s champioship lead. The gap between Stoner and Lorenzo at the top of the championship standings is now down to 35 points.
Lorenzo took the lead from the start, but Stoner was soon tucked behind in second place and looked like he had the speed to challenge Lorenzo in the early laps.
Despite his strong start, Stoner started losing time in the second half of the race allowing Pedrosa to catch him. Pedrosa eventually overtook him for second place on lap 22. After the race Stoner stated that he was suffering from fatigue and lacked the strength to enable him to push for victory.
The factory Ducati team had a mixed race with Valentino Rossi managing a respectable finish that saw him start from 11th and end in 7th, but Nicky Hayden once again suffered a crash at Misano and was forced to retire.
Loris Capirossi, who announced his intention to retire at the end of this season, had an unhappy final race in Italy and was forced to pit early in the race to have the chain changed on his bike. Capirossi went back out, but retired only a few laps later.
MotoGP race results from Misano:
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 44’11.877
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 7.299
3 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 11.967
4 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini 17.353
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team 17.39
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 18.092
7 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 23.703
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 30.678
9 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 37.502
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 37.72
11 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini 39.548
12 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 40.506
13 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 53.349
14 Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team +1’02.366
15 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP +1’20.156
Loris CAPIROSSI Pramac Racing Team 20 Laps
Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 26 Laps
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