Dani Pedrosa sits on pole at Misano Red Bull


Dani Pedrosa suffered cruel disaster at Misano, being knocked off on the 1st lap of the San Marino Grand Prix. The Red Bull athlete had brilliantly qualified on pole and looked poised to take his 3rd victory in a row and take another chunk out of Jorge Lorenzo's championship points lead when a string of misfortunes robbed him of the chance. Arch rival Lorenzo cantered to victory and extended his lead to 38 points with 5 races remaining.

Just as the lights were about to go out to start the race Karel Abraham held his hand up to signal that his Ducati had stalled and the starter hit the yellow lights instead of the red going out. That caused a rerun of the start procedure but there was a problem with Pedrosa's tyre warmer coming off the Honda wheel as they were due to go out again. He started the warm up lap behind the safety car and thus was forced to form up on the back of the grid.

That would have been enough of a handicap as Lorenzo had qualified 2nd on the Yamaha but things got worse. Pedrosa made his usual great start and quickly began to cut through the field. He had got ahead of Hector Barbera on the Pramac Ducati but Barbera decided that he could take on Pedrosa as they arrived at the first looping left hander. Pedrosa had his bike knocked from under him and the race was over.

Lorenzo soon got the pit board 'Pedrosa out' and had no trouble easing away from Valentino Rossi who greatly pleased the partisan crowd with 2nd and his first dry podium of the year on the Ducati. In the early laps Rossi had to work hard to stay ahead of Red Bull athlete and MotoGP rookie Stefan Bradl but the pace of the satellite team Honda faded in the 2nd half of the race.

Alvaro Bautista picked up a good 3rd place on a similar machine fending off a great last lap thrust by Andrea Dovizioso on his satellite team Yamaha. Bradl crossed the line 6th, having been passed by Ben Spies on the 2nd of the factory Yamahas in the closing stages.



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