Marc Márquez does not need many spurs to derail his appetite for victories, but running in Misano, with the pipos of the typhosi in the background and with a bite with Valentino Rossi in between, is an injection of stimuli so he wants to step on the goal before than anybody “The Saturday was an extra motivation,” Márquez conceded this Sunday after the race and referring to the encounter he had on the track with 46 when both were looking for the pole. The World Cup leader won the San Marino Grand Prix after beating Fabio Quartararo in the final lap.
A Marquez had swiped him victory in the last minute in Austria, Andrea Dovizioso, and Silverstone, Alex Rins, but this time was responsible for denying the rule that ensures that no two without three. “It is fantastic to win here in Italy,” he said, before admitting that his team had tried to calm him down in the hours before the race, but “the rage” he felt knocked out the precautionary advice. What ignited Márquez’s anger was Valentino Rossi. Before his yellow tide, 96,000 people attended the race, the Doctor could only finish fourth, ahead of Morbidelli and Dovizioso. Doubly bitter result for the Italian, being out of the podium before his audience and let it be Márquez who climbs to the highest drawer.
The most commented chorus during the morning in Misano’s paddock was that the asphalt of the circuit had little grip. The falls had happened in the Moto3 race, before the chute of joy that took Paolo Simoncelli, to see his disciple Tatsuki Suzuki win on the track that bears the name of his longed for Marco.
The MotoGP riders were prevented, but, when the traffic light turned green, the theories vanished at a stroke. The Yamaha of Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo, two pilots who are used to starting badly and who suffer when the adhesion is scarce, came out as a shot.
Marquez, warned during training that the motorbikes of the competition were going like clockwork, jumped like a lightning bolt behind the two Yamaha. Slower was Pol Espargaró, who started from second place (the best start of a KTM in MotoGP) and was losing bellows until finishing seventh. With the race launched, Quartararo soon assaulted the lead, advancing Viñales in the fast curvone of Misano.
He copied, soon after, Marquez. The one of Honda, as if it were the ant that decorates its helmet, was eating meters little by little to the French. The world cup leader and rookie of the yearthey took distance to make it clear that no more guests were admitted to the guateque, that the triumph was going to be a matter of two. Behind, Viñales propped up his third place and Alex Rins went to the ground.
Ten days ago, the legendary Wayne Rainey posted a reminder on his Twitter account. “It’s been 26 years since I played my last race,” published the Californian, who won three world titles before splitting his spinal cord in a fall. When he crashed, Rainey led the Misano Grand Prix. The Italian circuit was banned for thirteen years of the World Cup after the accident that put Rainey in a wheelchair and, since in 2007 the bikes returned to the Adriatic track, it rolls in the opposite direction as before.