Morbidelli triumph in San Marino: Rossi's puppies rule his house

Morbidelli triumph in San Marino: Rossi's puppies rule his house

Franco Morbidelli achieved the first victory of his career at the San Marino GP. He is the fifth different driver to win this year and the fourth to debut his record-

Morbidelli triumph in San Marino: Rossi's puppies rule his house

The MotoGP World Championship has been orphaned. The injury to Marc Márquez , champion six of the last seven seasons, has left a void that no one can fill. Franco Morbidelli took the triumph in the San Marino Grand Prix and with him there are already five different winners in the first six races of the course. Four of them had never won: Fabio Quartararo , Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira and the Italian himself.

Morbidelli ran away from the first lap with Valentino Rossi , his teacher. 'The Doctor' has guided his steps since he entered his academy and already warned after his second position in Brno that he was the “flagship” of the Ranch. the school in which he cultivates the promises of Italian motorcycling. “I'm here for Valentino. He believed in me when I was nobody,” Morbidelli has once said.

They ran away together but it soon turned into a monologue. What must have been going through Valentino Rossi’s head when he saw his pupil mark a rhythm that made him stand out. With the passing of the laps, 'El Doctor' was losing strength until he was swallowed by the group that was fighting behind for the podium.

And what a fight. Fabio Quartararo passed Maverick Viñales , his teammate for next season, but ended up on the floor. 'El Diablo' was called upon to fill the void left by Márquez, and seemed capable of doing so when he won the first two races at Jerez, but since then he has not gone beyond seventh place. In the second fall he decided to leave and hand over the leadership of the World Cup to Dovizioso .

Nor did Viñales do much better, starting from pole but did not manage to achieve the rhythms of the race head. And while Morbidelli headed for the victory and Rossi lost steam, Joan Mir, Álex Rins and Pecco Bagnaia drew a new fight for the Italian. The Italian, another of the outstanding students of the Ranch, was eating positions until finishing second, also ahead of his teacher.

Perhaps 'The Doctor' would have needed another of those little blue pills that he wears in his new helmet, as he finished off the podium: on the last lap, the Majorcan Joan Mir overtook him to add second podium of the season.

Bad luck for Arenas

Albert Arenas, leader of the Moto3 World Championship , crashed with only two laps to go. The Catalan not only ran out of a point, but also saw his two most immediate pursuers, John McPhee and Ai Ogura, finish first and second. The Japanese is only five points behind.

And in Moto2 Luca Marini took advantage of this weekend's gifts to win at Misano. The Italian had been third in the standings but started from pole because Sam Lowes dragged a penalty from the last Grand Prix and Remy Gardner suffered an injury in the warm up. Marini beat Bezzecchi and consolidates his leadership in Moto2.

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