MotoGP San Marino: the determination of Zarco.MotoGP | Yamaha | Valentino Rossi | Rossi | Vinales | Zarco | M1 | Championship | Grand Prix | Yamaha Movistar | World | San Marino | Riviera di Rimini | MotoGp 2017
He wondered how Rossi would be exasperated on the wet pavement of the Misano track! Unfortunately in the absence of the nine-time World Champion and with a Vinales apparently coming fourth in nearly 17 seconds from the winner, the real hero of the three-door house is (again) the Tech3 team's Frenchman, who remained without gasoline hundreds of meters from the finish when he was in seventh position, fell from his M1 to push it to the finish line by finishing fifteenth and picking up the last available point! And the emblematic image of what happened was Johann's exhausted effort for the tank, while the checkered flag waving over his helmet and the commissioners came to help him back up his M1.
Folger also struck Yamaha fans when he was excluded from qualifying in Q2 for having exceeded (little) the track limit during his best lap in Q1; the German, back in the grid, closed ninth. In contrast, Vinales (poleman on Saturday in the sun) was unable to exploit the climatic changes of Sunday and was out of the race for the podium appearing colorless and in difficulty with the trailing back rear. Nevertheless, the Spaniard was good at finishing a big prize where many other riders were unable to stay in the saddle and took advantage of Marquez's victory, which in fact limited the Dovizioso world-class flight. Maverick is third to 16 points by Marc and Andrea (both at 199) and with five big prizes to win nothing is lost. But it is the victory that Spanish has been missing for too long.
On the other side of the box Rossi's absence (which will be replaced by Van der Mark in Aragon) has made him feel and cast a dark shadow over the possibilities for Italians to return to fight for the world, not so much for amount of points he will lose during his convalescence rather than merely pragmatic reasoning. In fact, since Vinales could be the only Yamaha pilot able to fight for the title and place the team and motherboard would push to help him in the business, it would make sense of the development of the M1 towards the Spaniard rather than meeting all 'Italian, with all the consequences of the case.
"I'm happy with the result because it's the best we could do," said Vinales. "Honestly, we asked for 100% of the bike. We have to continue working the same way, because on Sunday there was a good improvement over the wet race at Sachsenring, especially for handling the bike. We still need traction to the rear, so we have to move on. I think we can close the gap of 16 points against our rivals: with the drying of the track we have been very fast and I'm happy that we made another step forward here in Misano. I hope I can do the same at Aragon. "
These are Zarcò's statements that are in the general rank sixth: "It was difficult but difficult for everyone. With the heat I saw that I was not as strong as I wanted, but at the start of the Grand Prize I felt well, I saw that the other riders were not much faster than me and I was focused; when I saw Crutchlow and Lorenzo fall, who are dangerous to me in the championship, I understand how difficult the conditions are for everyone. The race was long but step by step was getting wet, though not quite dry, and this gave me some confidence, but not as much as I expected. I was focused and eventually managed the gap from Redding and I thought everything was in order for the last lap but I noticed I did not have enough gas. I did my best to keep the fuel up to the last curve, but then the bike stopped and I had to push it. Some riders have passed me and it's a shame but I've been able to get to the bottom because it's the spirit of the race. I finished fifteenth which is equivalent to a championship point and is better than nothing. "