News & Multimedia

MotoGP Race Preview: Grand Prix Of San Marino

A preview of the Grand Prix of San Marino MotoGP World Championship event Sept. 16:

Race: Grand Prix of San Marino
Date: Sunday, Sept. 16
Round: Thirteenth of 18 races in 2012
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, Italy
Distance: 28 laps on 16-turn, 2.626-mile circuit
2011 Winner: Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha
2012 Points Leader: Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha
U.S. Riders: Nicky Hayden, ninth, 84 points; Ben Spies, 10th, 66; Colin Edwards, 17th, 17.
TV: MotoGP: 8 a.m. (ET) Sunday, Sept. 16, SPEED. Moto2: 4:30 p.m. (ET), Sunday, Sept. 16, SPEED. Moto3: Noon (ET) Tuesday, Sept. 18, SPEED.
Web: www.motogp.com
Twitter: @MotoGP

LAST RACE

Dani Pedrosa edged championship rival Jorge Lorenzo by .178 of a second to prevail in a scintillating last-lap duel Aug. 26 in the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Automotodrom Brno. Pedrosa trimmed Lorenzo’s lead in the MotoGP World Championship to just 13 points with six races remaining
The victory was the third of the season for Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa, who also won the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Spaniards Pedrosa and Lorenzo rarely were separated by more than a second during the 22-lap race.

WHO’S HOT

Dani Pedrosa: Pedrosa has won two consecutive races on his Repsol Honda to pull to within 13 points of series leader and fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa will start from the pole at this event after edging Lorenzo by .018 of a second in qualifying Sept. 15. He won the last time he started from the pole, on Aug. 19 in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jonathan Rea: Northern Irishman Rea is getting the career opportunity of a lifetime, replacing injured World Champion Casey Stoner on a Repsol Honda in his MotoGP debut. This race could be an audition for a Honda satellite ride in MotoGP next season for World Superbike race winner Rea, who qualified ninth for this race.

WHO’S NOT

Valentino Rossi: A season of despair continues at Ducati for seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi. He has finished in the top five only once since placing a season-best second in May at the Grand Prix of France. Rossi never has found a solution for poor front-end grip on his Ducati and is leaving the team after this season to rejoin Yamaha.

Nicky Hayden: 2006 World Champion Hayden is attempting a comeback at this event from a broken right hand and concussion suffered in a big accident during qualifying last month at his home event, the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. He qualified 10th for this race, indicating his hand lacked strength and was in pain.

NEWS and NUMBERS

Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea will replace the injured Casey Stoner at Repsol Honda at this event. Rea, making his MotoGP debut, is a World Superbike race winner for Honda this season … Two riders who missed the Czech Republic Grand Prix on Aug. 26 due to injury, Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera, will return to ride their Ducatis at this event … This is the first MotoGP race at Misano, located just a few miles from the home of Marco Simoncelli, since Simoncelli’s tragic death in a racing accident last October at Sepang, Malaysia … Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, locked in a battle for the World Championship, have traded the top two finishing positions in four of the last five races this season … Cal Crutchlow became the first British rider in 12 years to finish on the podium in a premier-class race by finishing third Aug. 26 at the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic. The last podium finisher before Crutchlow was Jeremy McWilliams, who was third in 2000 at the British Grand Prix … American Ben Spies is scheduled to make his 50th career MotoGP start at this event.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP Race Preview: Grand Prix Of San Marino
 
MotoGP Race Preview: Grand Prix Of San Marino
A preview of the Grand Prix of San Marino MotoGP World Championship event Sept. 16.
Read More
Related Media
Doug Boles
 
IMS, INDYCAR Retain Ties with Purdue Grand Prix
So many go-kart team participants who competed in Saturday’s 60th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing” at West Lafayette, Indiana, have an ambitious eye toward the future. Be it drivers or team members, these Purdue University engineering students aspire to be a part of the Indianapolis 500, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Read More
Fernando Alonso
 
Alonso Begins Indy 500 Learning Process with Visit To Barber
If nothing more can be gleaned from Fernando Alonso’s visit today to Barber Motorsports Park – and his plan to race in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28 – it’s that racers share one goal: to be faster than the rest, no matter the car or venue.
Read More
Fernando Alonso
 
Formula One Champion Alonso To Test May 3 at IMS
Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will begin on-track preparation for his Indianapolis 500 debut with a test session Wednesday, May 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Fernando Alonso
 
'Triple Crown' Remains Moon Landing of Motor Racing
Seven-hundred and ninety-two drivers have strapped into a car on Race Day since 1911 to attempt to win the Indianapolis 500. At least that many drivers have raced on the public roads and long straights of Le Mans, France, with its fields of 50-plus sports cars. And hundreds of Formula One drivers have dared to race on the narrow, unforgiving streets of the principality of Monaco.
Read More
JW Marriott
 
JW Marriott To Celebrate 'Greatest CITY in Racing' with Huge Indy 500 Message
The Indianapolis skyline will again celebrate the Month of May and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, with a JW Marriott façade installation greeting residents and visitors from across the globe with a special, larger-than-life message.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,504
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
@ccsmith1989 That does sound right, actually!
about 4 hours ago