SAN MARINO. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) secured an emotional victory for Paolo Simoncelli at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli as the Japanese rider produced a faultless race at the GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) picked up a sensational second with home rider Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) claimed P3, with yet more twists in the Championship occurring.
Masia claimed P4 as Dalla Porta was penalised three seconds for exceeding track limits – damaging for the Championship as he slipped to P8 on the race card. This lifted home rider Dennis Foggia (SKY Racing Team VR46) up to P5, with Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) crossing the line sixth having started in a lowly P16. Because of his teammate’s penalty, Silverstone winner Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) takes a P7 away from Misano, with Filip Salac (Redox PrüstelGP) and Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) rounded out the top 10.
Only 16 riders finished in a race of attrition at Misano, but only one thing matters for Suzuki – a maiden win, and doing it for the late Marco Simoncelli. Wonderful scenes at Misano and we get to do it all again next weekend at MotorLand Aragon. What does the Championship have in store at Round 14 – the last European round before we head for Asia.
Tony Arbolino: P2
"I am happy for this podium, doing the result in front of the home fans is always amazing. It was a difficult race, the grip with the rear was not good. At the beginning I was not sure about the tyre to use. At the end we decided for the soft as the feeling was better. We need to keep the focus race by race, without thinking to the championship, even if everything is possible".
Jaume Masia: P4
"It’s been a pity... Today, we were strong and confident, we did a great job with the team during the whole weekend but we lost the front in a couple of corners while fighting for the first position, afterwards my only thought were to push as much as I could and see where I could end. Happy with the 4th position and hoping to fight as well in Motorland"
Lorenzo Dalla Porta: P8
“It’s been a tough race. I’ve felt good this morning on the Warm Up with used tyres, but something has happened because I’ve struggled a lot during the race. At the last stages my front tyre was almost finished and on the rear end I had nothing. Therefore I haven’t been able to brake the way I wanted and that has jeopardized my race. Besides, we’ve seen many overtakes and a lot of contacts. And after all, the three-seconds-penalty due to exceeding the track limits hasn’t helped me either. In any case, we always like to see the positive side of every event, and the among all the things that have happened, we have increased our advantage on the Championship. That means we need to stay positive and think in Aragon, we'll be there in a few days. Many thanks to the team, they work a lot and deserve the best”.