The Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1) achieved his first victory in the MotoGP category and became the fifth winner of a grand prize in the 2020 season by winning with authority the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera at the “Marco Simoncelli” circuit in Misano Adriatico.
The French Fabio Quartararo, who arrived at Misano Adriatico as the MotoGP leader, suffered a fall first that took him away from the top positions, and a second one almost at the end, at turn six, which prevented him from finishing the race, and with that he lost first place World Cup for the benefit of the Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), despite the fact that it could only get a discreet seventh position.
The first casualty occurred before the start of the race, after the first day of practice, in which the British Cal Crutchlow (Honda RC 213 V), which had been operated on for problems with the “Compartment syndrome” in his right arm, in which it was tested, but the inflammation and accumulation of fluid in the affected area forced him to leave to try to recover for the race in Catalonia, in two weeks.
Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) did not hit the mark at the start, in which he was overtaken by the Italians Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1) y Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1) and even by the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) before the first lap of the competition concluded, with Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) behind them.
In just one lap Morbidelli, with Rossi glued to him, they managed to open a small gap with respect to Miller, who remained as a kind of bridgehead between them and the group led by Viñales and in which Quartararo and the two official drivers were. of Suzuki, the Spanish Alex Rins and Joan Mir, among others, like the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia and Andrea Dovizioso, both on Ducati Desmosedici GP20 trails.
Morbidelli and Rossi tried to pull ahead to escape, but they did not achieve a “clarifying” gap with respect to Miller and the rest of the pursuers, led by Viñales and Quartararo, who tried to overtake the Spanish in turn four but fell to the ground on the eighth lap and although he tried to quickly return to the asphalt, he did so already in very backward positions, which practically condemned him to lose the lead in the provisional world championship of the category.
Franco Morbidelli held the lead in the race, while Valentino Rossi was behind Jack Miller, and Maverick Viñales could not avoid being overtaken by Alex Rins first and “Pecco” Bagnaia shortly after.
Rins showed a very good mid-race pace, when he managed to overtake Miller at turn one at the start of the fifteenth lap to try to neutralize the lead of the second, Valentino Rossi, on the same lap in which Bagnaia, who was after Rins , also surpassed the Australian.
After this trio, a group of riders led by the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), did not want to lose “rope” and struggled to withstand the pull of Rins, who managed to get behind the slipstream of Australian Miller in just a few laps.
Ahead, Franco Morbidelli had already consolidated his advantage and was shooting solo, not so Valentino Rossi, who was thrown over by both Alex Rins and “Pecco” Bagnaia, who first beat Rins and then did the same with his “boss” from Rancho VR46, Valentino Rossi, and shortly afterwards also Joan Mir.
With Morbidelli as the clear winner in San Marino, the second place was fought by these four pilots, Bagnaia, Rossi, Rins and Mir until the same lowering of the checkered flag, under which Rossi was left without adding his 200th podium by not holding the final attack from Joan Mir, who in this way added his second podium of the season with Rossi fourth, Rins fifth and Maverick Viñales in sixth position.
Pol Espargaró (KTM RC 16) finished in tenth position while his brother Aleix finished thirteenth on the Aprilia RS-GP handlebar, ahead of Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16) and Álex Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 was seventeenth.