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#SanMarinoGP: MotoGP™ Race Guide

#SanMarinoGP: MotoGP™ Race Guide

All of the vitals stats any fan needs to know in a bite-sized portion ahead of the GP TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

The 28-lap race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli kicks off at 14:00 local time:

  • Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole for the third time in 2015. He has won on each of the previous two occasions he has started from pole this year – at Jerez and Brno. Lorenzo has finished on the podium on the last twenty-seven occasions he has started from pole.

  • Marc Marquez is on the front row for the eleventh time in 2015. Misano is one of just three current circuits where Marquez has not had a win in the MotoGP class, along with Motegi and Phillip Island.

  • Valentino Rossi is on the front row for just the third time this year. Rossi won at Misano last year from third place on the grid. Following his win at Silverstone two weeks ago, Rossi will be aiming for back-to-back race wins for the first time since he won in Catalunya and at the Dutch TT in 2009.  

  • Starting from the head of the second row is Dani Pedrosa, who is the only Honda rider to have won in the MotoGP class at Misano, in 2010.

  • In fifth place on the grid is the highest placed Ducati rider Michele Pirro – his best ever qualifying result in the MotoGP class. This is the best qualifying result by a wild-card rider in the MotoGP class since Ben Spies was fifth fastest qualifier at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in 2008 on a Suzuki.

  • Bradley Smith has qualified on the second row of the grid for the fourth successive race. Smith has scored points at the last eighteen races, a sequence that started with a seventh place finish last year at Misano.

  • In seventh place on the grid is Andrea Iannone, who will be aiming to get back on the podium for the first time since he finished second at the Italian GP at Mugello.

  • Andrea Dovizioso is in eighth place on the grid at Misano, which is one of just two current circuits where he has not had a podium in the MotoGP class, along with Jerez

  • In ninth place on the grid is Danilo Petrucci, who had his first GP podium finish two weeks ago at Silverstone.

  • In tenth place on the grid is Aleix Espargaro, who has not had a top ten finish in his eight previous grand prix starts at Misano.

  • Cal Crutchlow starts from eleventh place on the grid – his worst qualifying result since he was in 12th place on the grid at the opening race of the year in Qatar.

  • Loris Baz is the highest placed of the Open Class riders in qualifying for the second successive race, in 16th place on the grid.


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