It’s been almost a perfect day for Álvaro and the Gresini Team as he made them the best present for their home Grand Prix with his first ever MotoGP podium after a very strong battle and stealing third position from Andrea Dovizioso with a breathtaking photo finish.
The race got off to a very tense start as a problem with Karel Abraham’s bike interrupted the first attempt and the start procedure having to be repeated. While this added to the tension the riders were already under, it got even worse for pole sitter Dani Pedrosa who encountered serious problems with his bike, had trouble to start it and after briefly trying to repair it in pitlane he had to start from the back of the grid after failing to get back on his position ahead of the safety car, still having problems in the warmup lap. As if that wasn’t enough bad luck for the Spaniard who is fighting for the title with Jorge Lorenzo, he was then collected by Hector Barbera in the first lap after he had quickly made his way past the CRT riders, effectively ruining his championship chances as Lorenzo went on to win the race.
But behind Lorenzo it was Valentino Rossi who brought the biggest smile to the faces of the Italian fans as he took second place at his home Grand Prix, his best dry result on the Ducati, while Álvaro fought back strong after a bad start to enter a tense duel with Dovizioso in the last lap which he finally won by a whisker to take his first MotoGP podium, finishing an emotional weekend for the Gresini team in the best way possible and also setting himself up well to still fight for fifth place in the championship.
With that monkey now off his back and his confidence clearly improved after receiving some new suspension parts from Showa, Alvaro will aim to finish the season in the best fashion and also secure his ride for next season.
Pos. Rider Team Time/Gap
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 42’49.836
2 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team +4.398
3 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini +6.055
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +6.058
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing +7.543
6 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP +13.272
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team +40.907
8 Jonathan REA Repsol Honda Team +43.162
9 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar +1’09.627
10 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini +1’13.605
11 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing +1’16.695
12 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens +1’19.073
13 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport +1’19.408
14 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project 1 Lap
15 David SALOM Avintia Blusens 1 Lap
Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 4 Laps
Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 23 Laps
Mattia PASINI Speed Master 26 Laps
Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team 0 Lap
Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 0 Lap
Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 0 Lap