08 Sep San Marino Grand Prix: Home from home for Ducati and Dovizioso
Did you know…?
– Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati return to the World Championship overall classification lead for the second time this season, with 9 points over Márquez, 13 over Viñales and 26 over Rossi.
– Andrea is a native of Forlimpopoli, in Forlì, a town located just 65 km from the Misano circuit, making this his home GP.
– Dovizioso’s best result at the San Marino GP is 4th position which he has managed to obtain on four occasions.
– Dovizioso has four wins this season, making him the second Ducati rider with the most wins in a single year. Ahead of him is only Stoner with the record of 10 wins in 2007.
– Andrea Dovizioso is the rider who has had the most victories this season. Behind him are Viñales and Márquez with three each, while Pedrosa and Rossi have just one apiece.
– Dovizioso’s first victory at a race track was in Misano in 2000 in the National Championship.
– Jorge Lorenzo has 4 wins at Misano, one in 250cc (2007) and 3 in MotoGP (2011, 2012 and 2013), and he has stood on the podium 9 times.
– The fastest lap at Misano was by Jorge Lorenzo, with a time of 1’31.868 which gave him pole position last year.
– 299.50 km/h is the maximum speed at Misano, achieved by Dovizioso’s Ducati in 2015.
– Casey Stoner won the 2007 race which is the one and only Ducati victory at the San Marino GP.
– No rider has repeated a victory at Misano in the last 4 years. Lorenzo won in 2013, Rossi in 2014, Marquez in 2015 and Pedrosa in 2016.
– The San Marino GP is not actually held in the small independent republic of San Marino, but on Italian soil, specifically at the Misano Adriatico circuit, located 20 km from the country that gives its name to the race.
– In 2011, the Misano track was renamed Circuito Marco Simoncelli, in honor of the Italian rider who died the same year during the Malaysian GP, and who lived 11 km from the track.
– The most difficult braking occurs in corner #8, known as the Quercia, in which a braking distance of 246 meters is needed, over a span of 5 seconds, applying a pressure on the brake lever of 6.9 kg, to go from 295 km/h, to 75 km/h.