The 2017 MotoGP season moves into its final third with the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this weekend, and never before has the title chase been so tight, with the top five riders in the MotoGP Championship covered by only 35 points after 12 races.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are among them, Marc in second place, nine points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso, with Dani in fifth. After a tough race at Silverstone, Marc and Dani look forward to again fighting at the front this Sunday at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, a track where they both have great records and where, on 20 August, they spent their fifth and final allotted day of private testing for the year.
At the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (held at Misano)
Marc Marquez has 4 wins, 1×125 (2010), 2xMoto2 (2011, 2012), and 1xMotoGP (2015), plus 1 podium and 3 pole positions.
Dani Pedrosa has 2 wins in MotoGP (2010, 2016), plus an additional 4 podiums and 2 pole positions.
“We’ll try and have a great weekend in Misano, putting the last race behind us. The important thing is that lately we’ve been competitive at all kinds of tracks, so now we go to Misano, which has a twisty, tight layout, with the same approach and mentality that have worked very well for us so far. We’ll look to be as strong as possible, not with victory as the only target but ready to fight for it if we have the opportunity to do so. We’ll work to get the best result possible. We had a positive test there in August, so we’ll go there ready to start well beginning on Friday morning.”
“I’m looking forward to the Misano race and it’s a track I like. There are always a lot of fans there, and an incredible atmosphere. I have good memories there and I’ve enjoyed some strong results, so I hope to be able to work well in every session. A couple of weeks ago we had a test there that went quite well, and hopefully that will help us to get things going in the right direction right from the beginning of the weekend.”
|1||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||183||Ducati Team|
|2||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||174||Repsol Honda Team|
|3||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||170||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP|
|4||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||157||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP|
|5||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||148||Repsol Honda Team|
|6||ZARCO Johann||5||FRA||109||Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
|7||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||90||Ducati Team|
|8||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||89||LCR Honda|
|9||FOLGER Jonas||94||GER||77||Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
|10||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||75||Octo Pramac Racing|
|11||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||58||Pull&Bear Aspar Team|
|12||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||45||Octo Pramac Racing|
|13||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||43||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini|
|14||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||43||Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS|
|15||BAZ Loris||76||FRA||39||Reale Avintia Racing|
|16||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||33||Team Suzuki Ecstar|
|17||ABRAHAM Karel||17||CZE||28||Pull&Bear Aspar Team|
|18||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||27||Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS|
|19||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||26||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing|
|20||BARBERA Hector||8||SPA||23||Reale Avintia Racing|
|21||RINS Alex||42||SPA||19||Team Suzuki Ecstar|
|22||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||8||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing|
|23||PIRRO Michele||51||ITA||7||Ducati Test Team|
|24||KALLIO Mika||36||FIN||6||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing|
|25||LOWES Sam||22||GBR||2||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini|
|26||GUINTOLI Sylvain||50||FRA||1||Team Suzuki Ecstar|