2012 Misano MotoGP Result: Incident-Packed Start Wreaks Havoc In MotoGP Race

Results and summary of an incident-packed MotoGP race at Misano:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken an otherwise easy victory in a bizarre and incident-packed race. Chaos at the start resulted in Dani Pedrosa being forced to start from the back of the grid, and with Pedrosa gone, there was no one left to challenge the Yamaha man. Lorenzo's win puts him in a very strong position for the championship, now leading Pedrosa by 38 points with five races left.

The events on the grid before the start would play a key role in the result. A problem with the bike of Karel Abraham saw the first start canceled with the red lights already holding the riders on the grid. The start was called off, though Jonathan Rea had already crept forward. The second attempt to start the race proved almost as troublesome; this time the victim was Dani Pedrosa, whose front wheel had locked on the grid, necessitating the bike being taken off the grid to have it checked. Removing the bike from the grid after the one minute board had been displayed means that the rider must start from the back of the grid, and so Pedrosa was directed to the rear of the grid once he finished the warm up lap. With Misano a crucial race for fuel consumption, race distance was reduced by one lap 

When the lights finally went out at the second attempt, it was Jorge Lorenzo who got the drop. And with no competition, Lorenzo was gone. The Spaniard soon built up a gap, which he managed all the way home. It was a near-flawless display, the only error a big moment on lap 3, when he nearly completely lost the front. His lead was never in danger, and the win he secured extended his lead to 38 points over Pedrosa. 

While Lorenzo was untouchable up front, behind him, things were not as clear cut. Valentino Rossi took advantage of the absence of Pedrosa and his second row grid position to get one of the best starts of his career, diving into 2nd in the first corner. He was followed by Stefan Bradl, the German rider putting in an outstanding display on the LCR Honda. Bradl hounded Rossi for two thirds of the race, before the LCR Honda man's pace started to flag. Rossi's, however, did not, an important step forward for the Italian, allowing him to score his second dry podium on the Ducati, this one much more in his own hands than the previous one at Le Mans. In front of his home crowd, many of whom had made the morning pilgrimage from Tavullia, and after such a long dry spell, it was gratefully celebrated, by both Rossi fans and Ducati fans alike.

Bradl's hopes of a podium faded after two this distance, the German falling back into the clutches of Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso. Bautista, in particular, was impressive, making up for a slow start before charging through the field to battle for the podium. By lap 24 both Bautista and Dovizioso were past Bradl, and Dovizioso was closing on the San Carlo Gresini man. Dovizioso arrived just a fraction too late: in a last-minute do-or-die move, Dovizioso attempted to take Bautista in the final corner, running way wide on the exit but getting better drive. The two men crossed the line almost equal. Almost, but not quite, Bautista squeaking ahead of Dovizioso by just three thousandths of a second. It was an emotional podium for Bautista, his team and the crowd, seeing the San Carlo Gresini Honda on the podium at the home grand prix of their much lamented rider Marco Simoncelli, for whom the Misano circuit is named.

Dovizioso was disappointed in 4th, while Ben Spies came home in 5th, not what he had hoped for, but happy to have finished a race in one piece and recovered some of his confidence. Stefan Bradl eventually crossed the line in 6th, having lost a lot of ground in the last 8 laps. Nicky Hayden rode a brave race to come home in 7th, riding through the pain of a broken hand, while Jonathan Rea finshed his first ever MotoGP race just a few seconds behind Hayden, who he had set as his target for the race.

Dani Pedrosa's race was over before it even really got going. After picking his way carefully through the CRT riders, he passed Hector Barbera on the exit of Turn 6. On the entrance to Quercia, Barbera closed too hard on the brakes and touched Pedrosa's wheel, taking the Repsol Honda man out of contention entirely. Pedrosa's day ended in disaster, and the bad luck that seems to always keep Pedrosa from winning his first world title struck again. Now 38 points down to Lorenzo, Pedrosa will need help to take points from the Factory Yamaha man. In the absence of Casey Stoner, unlikely to return for at least two more races, it is hard to see who could do that for him. Lorenzo took a big step towards his second world championship at Misano.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 42'49.836  
2 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 42'54.234 4.398
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 42'55.891 6.055
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 42'55.894 6.058
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 42'57.379 7.543
6 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 43'03.108 13.272
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 43'30.743 40.907
8 56 Jonathan REA HONDA 43'32.998 43.162
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 43'59.463 1'09.627
10 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 44'03.441 1'13.605
11 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 44'06.531 1'16.695
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 44'08.909 1'19.073
13 77 James ELLISON ART 44'09.244 1'19.408
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER 43'22.121 1 lap
15 44 David SALOM BQR 43'43.915 1 lap
Not Classified
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 37'26.098 4 laps
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 6'25.782 23 laps
  54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'44.540 26 laps
  8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI    
  26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA    
  17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI    


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It could have been such a great race. Add the extra drama of Ducati and Rossi being second plus the first podium for Alvaro (with SuperSic team) .... but I am very sorry for Dani. It seems there is a spell on him for motogp.
I remember Rossi many years ago saying that to be WC you need a lot of luck. Well apparently Pedrosa used it all up the lower classes....

Side note Rea last name is missing in the results.

It looked like Simoncelli's ghost was somewhere over the grid messing things around, how it'll be in Sepang? Bautista on podium - great, Rossi on podium - great, rea 8th - cool, anyway rather boring race to forget with so many key players off the track but mostly because Misano after reverted direction isn't interesting at all. Fortunatelly Aragon, P.Island and Valencia are coming. There're tracks in MotoGP which breaks all the show even with grid full of Rossi type riders.

Somehwere Simo is smiling. As for it being boring? No action up front like last year, but i thought it was a good fun watching the fight midpack with Bautista earning 3rd. Reminiscent of last year with Dovi, Spies, and a San Carlo Honda mixing it up. Of course, the track direction the other way round would be better and even Rainey said they should change it back

Though he's still 43 seconds off the front pace, today that was good enough for 8th. Very impressive showing for your first GP race. Congrats to him!

Alvaro is doing himself a real favor with THAT result, with THAT team, in THAT place... ;)

Seeing Rossi on the podium, and with that pace, was admittedly very refreshing. Hope he's found something in his setup for the rest of the season. If he can win a race before the end of the year, it would cap off the relationship nicely...

He's buddy Rossi 2nd and Bautista 3rd on his bike...?

Could do nothing bout' Lorenzo, nothing on heavens nor earth can stop him tho'

Interesting though that Rea was on the "Repsol" Honda and finished 43 seconds back while last year Josh Hayes finished 33 seconds back at Valencia on the Tech 3 satellite bike. For reference both circuits are 2.5 miles in length at the track record times are 2 seconds difference so very similar circuits and weather for each weekend. Also Hayes had no testing prior to Valencia as Rea has and he was already done with his season in AMA. I think Hayes deserves a chance to move up before Rea does.

There were 3, perfectly dry practice sessions for Hayes to get a good setup in. Rea will probably be a lot quicker in Aragon, and last year the front runners were slower because of the continuous dicing and the conditions at the front. If Stoner was on his own then it may have been a different story. Rea may be as close as 30 seconds to the winner at Aragon. Not that it matters now, Bautista will have got that ride pretty much secured now that he got that podium.

I don't like the 2 factory 2 satellite rule at all, because I would have thought that next season Honda would have had at least 3 leased out, same with Ducati. Ducati maybe even 4-5.

Without the restrictions, I would have seen things like this:

Repsol - Marquez, Pedrosa
Gresini - Bautista, Rea
LCR - Bradl
Factory - Rossi, Lorenzo
Tech 3 - Crutchlow, Smith
Factory - Hayden, Dovi
Marc VDS - Redding, Iannone
Cardion - Abraham
Pramac - Barbera

Maybe Aprillia would be encouraged to provide a full factory effort?

CRT's would be out, and no need for spec ECU. Job done? All that would be needed would be a standard satellite lease fee.

I talk too much?

No at least according to his own words (if he was speaking the truth). He said that he was almost down on turn 1 and was very scared and he had some issues with the front the whole race and at mid race he was a little worried because Rossi made up few tenths (well he said he would have been scared if they were increasing).
Surely he hadn't race to the full limit but he also said on telly that very likely Dani would have catched me since he could have been faster today.

25-0 it cannot get any better than that!

My Mistake regarding the practice sessions, but Hayes still had much more time to setup and get everything ready then Rea did, and Lorenzo did not know that Pedrosa was out, he read the pit board as Bautista. That is what he said on the BBC anyway.

No one said Hayes did a bad job, so is your point is that by comparing the two Josh is more deserving of a ride or is the better rider? Valencia 2011 was a wet race, meaning its far easier to find the limit on a MotoGP bike than it is in the dry so comparisons of lap or race times are completely irrelevant.

The fact is both these guys have done a good job on their wild card stand-in rides. It's a far tougher task to jump in for a one off ride than it is to start your first ever MotoGP race after full a pre-season testing learning how to ride the bikes, and learning tyres with characteristics far removed from anything they've ever ridden before. At least it is far better to watch these complete class rookies try their hand than watch a Japanese test rider cruise around four or more seconds off the pace. Credit where credit is due, a little respect would not go amiss either.

In all fairness Rea had testing time that Hayes didn't have. I don't mean to discredit him but the fact is that some race fans seem think he deserves a MotoGP ride solely cause he's British meanwhile in WSBK he get's beaten consistently by MotoGP has beens.

This was not an end of season do or die ride. Don't forget Jonnie had a responsibility to his sponsors and team not to bend himself, so he can go back and perform for them again at the next SBK round. Also he had a responsibility not to knacker the bike (or more importantly it's engine) either, and knows he has a couple more chances to get to grips with the bike and tyres, so was without doubt riding cautiously. A very mature ride, I would say.

Josh Hayes may be a great rider, but he has left it far too late if he had any ambitions in MotoGP.

Hayes is 37.
Rea is 25.
Do you really think teams are going to spend dollars and time on someone Josh's age when there is so much talent coming up through the established talent development systems (Moto2/Moto3)?????

"I think Hayes deserves a chance to move up before Rea does."

Don't think there's anything wrong with my comprehension, sport. Maybe it's your expression that needs some tightening then......

So...Is Ducati still a bumbling, incompetent isolated little Italian manufacturer who can't even build a decent Japanese motorcycle?? Or is Ducati now the tiny little band of geniuses who have figured out how to build a European masterpiece that is up to challenging the Industrial Giant that is Yamaha/Honda?? Or is it all down to the GOAT and JB???

There are more possibilities that I need help understanding...is the GOAT finally trying so that he precious image will be preserved? Or did he finally figure out how to ride this beast? Or did he and JB get lucky because of the lack of free practice? There appear to be a whole series of assumptions about the GOAT and Ducati which are challenged by the results today. Please help me out!!!

The bike, for sure has improved, but even as a #46 fan, it looks to be mostly because they went to Misano and tested, unlike the others.

Missing riders, lack of track time, and Ducati testing there recently (so they already had a valid setup) means that they had an advantage they would not normally enjoy.

However, you have to capitalise on opportunity when it's offered, and that's exactly what Rossi and Ducati did.

If they can reproduce it at Aragon, then they really will have something to celebrate - but I wouldn't be opening the bubbly stuff just yet.

Only 1 post out of 11 talks about the Pedrosa disaster....the biggest news of the entire weekend

There will be a Honda mechanic committing seppuku as we speak.........
Great pity as it allowed Jorge to run away with the win, and showed the paucity of quality bike/rider combinations existing in the premier class at the minute. The championship is now Jorge's to lose. Disappointing to see it looking sewn up this early in the season.
Hopefully Casey will be back soon to at least throw a (competitive) cat amongst the pigeons.

Speaking of cats, Dani needs to find that black one he crossed, and dispose of it quickly. :-)

Ducati had setup after testing at Misano a little earlier this season, let's see how they go at rounds where they have no recent setup.
At least it proves Vali may still be competitive on a decent bike, so there is hope that next year it will at least be a three man battle, with Vali replacing Casey in the top echelon.

is a good one. LMAO!!

will Crutchlow learn how to make decent starts and have good early pace? Something weird with the clutch after the first start? Not sure I buy that one. All the hard work in qualifying for a front row wasted with another poor getaway and then Cal allows his team mate to mug him again on the first lap. It seemed that after that he got rattled and frustrated and just made a silly mistake. Perhaps another year on a Tech 3 instead of a works Ducati isn't such a bad thing, because compared to Dovi he still has a thing or two to learn. The speed is certainly there, hopefully his (motoGP level of) race craft will improve with another year. Better luck in Aragon.

He's going to have to get near Lorenzo first...

(...Now ducking away from the approaching flames...:))

I found myself wishing Lorenzo would crash. I am more of a Lorenzo fan than Dani fan but that was a cruel break. Dani seems to have really come a long way both in personality and riding and you can't help but feel for him. Also, it surely takes the excitement out of the championship, it was looking very exciting till Misano. I agree, they should reverse the direction. They did it after Rainey's crash for safety? But Tomizawa's death surely proved that making that track (or any track) is a pipe dream.

The race was a bit boring but but the mid-pack battle kept it interesting. They missed the pass by Bautista on Dovi and also the crash by Cal. I thought I would see some desperate moves at the end but it was not to be. Much of the excitement for me was waiting for Johnny Rea to crash. I would have rather seen Spies on that bike next year.

Bautista rode well, as did Rossi. A couple of feel good stories there, nearly balancing out the horror of Dani's day.

I have yet to clearly understand why Dani had the initial mechanical issue with his front wheel. Locked front wheel caused by a tire warmer? Wow, that's a big mistake by a mechanic and it all went downhill from there.

Sorry, had to chime in here because I think that comment is a bit inappropriate.
Nobody who experienced a motorcycle crash first hand would ever "wish" for any rider to crash. And if you experience excitement in "waiting for Johnny Rea to crash", you're certainly into Motorcycle Racing for the wrong reasons. I myself had three bike crashes that got me into hospital and while I'm always hoping for exciting races and battles right at the limit, I also think the less crashes, the better!

Hi all, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall that in order to access EU funding to upgrade, widen and lengthen the circuit, they reversed the direction - which meant it qualified for funding as it was technically a "different" race circuit (sneaky eh?). Rainey's crash was 1993, the direction was changed in 2006 and world championship races were held again from that time (e.g. 2007 MotoGP).

David - Honda's press release indicates that Dani's front brake jammed, rather than the tyre warmer getting stuck. Any idea which is true? :P

The pressure must be getting to a lot of people - an amazing number of mechanical faults, oversights and failures this year.

which probably explains a lot about their decision and yes, if Hayes is that 'old' then he's not so much a man of the future either..perhaps in WSB.
Honda's options were limited and if this was more than just standing in for Stoner then their decision was understandable.
There are now a few American passports in MGP next year/2014 too after the earlier fears of a drought.