Valentino Rossi has won the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano which the first win in 2014 for the 35-year-old Italian. The 9-time champion hasn’t won in Italy in five years and the win was a welcome return to the top step.

On the tenth lap, point leader and current world champion, Marc Marquez had a rare crash at Rio corner which handed the win to Rossi. Marquez and Rossi were battling on the first nine laps with Rossi holding every challenge and re-passing Marquez with that Rossi panache.

The only threat after Marquez went down was Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo who finished second on  harder front tire option that didn’t pay dividends.

An interesting new story came out of the Misano weekend with the series announcing they were instituting a software freeze at the end of June 2015 to prepare for the new regulation bikes to come. The statement said:

“After that date manufacturers will not be permitted to update their software except for minor bug fixes that might affect safety,” said a statement from the commission.

From then on the current manufacturers will collaborate on developing what is being referred to as the “unified” software for 2016. This will be based on the control ECU used by Open runners.

An exception will be made for returnees Suzuki and Aprilia, both of which will be back in MotoGP next year.

“Manufacturers not currently participating may continue to use and develop their own software throughout 2015 but may also be invited to participate in the development of the unified software,”

The win for Rossi pushes the 2014 title decider back for another race as Marc Marquez still leads handedly in the championship.  Rossi’s win moves him just a single point behind Dani Pedrosa. It’s great to see Valentino back on the top step and team Yamaha take the fight to Honda’s Marc Marquez.

 

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 44m14.586s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.578s
3 Daniel Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 4.276s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 5.510s
5 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 11.771s
6 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 18.999s
7 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 23.100s
8 Alvaro Bautista GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 36.458s
9 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Team Ducati 38.480s
10 Yonny Hernandez Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 45.878s
11 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 54.765s
12 Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar Honda 56.775s
13 Scott Redding GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 1m02.734s
14 Alex de Angelis NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1m13.546s
15 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1m15.948s
16 Leon Camier Drive M7 Aspar Honda 1m20.760s
17 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1m26.422s
18 Broc Parkes Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1 Lap
19 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki 1 Lap
Aleix Espargaro NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha Retirement
Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP Honda Retirement
Danilo Petrucci IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia Retirement
Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 289
2 Daniel Pedrosa 215
3 Valentino Rossi 214
4 Jorge Lorenzo 177
5 Andrea Dovizioso 142
6 Pol Espargaro 98
7 Aleix Espargaro 92
8 Andrea Iannone 92
9 Stefan Bradl 74
10 Bradley Smith 74
11 Alvaro Bautista 64
12 Scott Redding 54
13 Cal Crutchlow 47
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 43
15 Yonny Hernandez 38
16 Karel Abraham 33
17 Nicky Hayden 29
18 Colin Edwards 11
19 Michele Pirro 11
20 Broc Parkes 7
21 Mike Di Meglio 4
22 Danilo Petrucci 4

Hat tip: AUTOSPORT

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Rapierman
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So, somebody DOES have something for Marc Marquez. :-D

Tom Firth
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Enjoyed the first part the race, the battle between Marquez and Rossi was incredible, in some ways it’s a shame Marquez fell because it put the race into abit of a procession, however I was so very happy that Rossi was on his way to victory that I didn’t particularly care.

The crowd reaction after it also made me remember why this sport is so special,with the amount of passion and happiness from the fans at Misano and globally that goes into a race, between two very popular professional riders/athletes.

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*nod* Being a huge Rossi fan, I kinda wanted to see the battle for the entire race, but I’d be lying if I said that I was completely disappointed when Marquez crashed out. Well, that was my reaction when we came back from commercial to see that we had missed the crash and I got to watch it on replay …