2012 Grand Prix of San Marino | Bad luck for Pedrosa, confident 8th place for Rea in Misano

The Repsol Honda team endured a bizarre race in the San Marino Grand Prix this afternoon, with Dani Pedrosa being taken out on the first lap.

A last minute yellow flag displayed due to issues with Karel Abraham's bike, created confusion on the grid as teams regrouped to prepare for a restart. When Dani's crew went to remove his front tyre warmer the wheel was locked, causing delay for the Spanish rider. The brake issue was resolved only after the permitted time and for this reason Dani had to start from the back of the grid.

Title contender Dani had a strong start from 21st and had climbed to 8th position in few corners, when Hector Barberá crashed in turn 6 and unfortunately wiped out his fellow countryman.

Dani's Repsol Honda team-mate Jonathan Rea avoided any such drama and found himself in clear space for much of the race. Jonathan, taking part in his first MotoGP race, took this opportunity to progress his already rapid learning curve on the Honda RC213V. As his confidence grew, he gradually closed in on Nicky Hayden but was unable to catch him. He finished in 8th position and scored his maiden points in the premier class.

The next race takes place in 2 weeks in Aragon. Dani will be looking to recover some important points on Lorenzo and Jonathan will continue to gain experience on the Honda MotoGP machine at a track he has already tested at in early September.

### JONATHAN REA ### 8th ### World Championship Standing: 23rd with 8 points

"It was a tough race and I just wanted to get into a rhythm and maintain it. I'm still nowhere near the limit, I'm not really having any moments, just a few mistakes running wide, it's a matter of trust and I'm still acclimatising to the machine. I'm really happy with the progress I made throughout the race and I learnt so much that you simply can't pick up in testing about race distance, how the tyre wear goes down, the fuel load and how the bike behaves differently. In the beginning Nicky pulled a gap and I was catching him but in the end it wasn't enough. To finish 8th is ok, but the gap to the front is a little frustrating. In general I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to the next challenge in Aragon. I want to thank all the Repsol Honda team for their hard work and support they've given me and to all the fans back home".

### DANI PEDROSA ### DNF ### World Championship Standing: 2nd with 232 points

"It's was total chaos and many things happened at the same time. It all began with the restart because the procedure was not at all clear. Nobody knew if it was one minute, three minutes, warmers on or off… We were also getting different information about the number of laps, 26, 27… Then suddenly we were told it was 1 minute to the start of the race, with no board signage, nothing. The mechanics were rushing to prepare and when they tried to take off the warmers my front wheel was somehow locked, they tried to unlocked it but they weren't able to and due to the 1 minute warning - where they are not allowed to touch the bike anymore - they put me to the back of the grid. I tried to remain focused, not make any mistake on the first lap, make clear moves to overtake riders and I was 8th or 9th by the sixth corner when Barberá hit me from behind, and that was it. I'm very upset because even it's easy to say now, I think I could have had a chance to win this race, even starting from the last place on the grid. Now the Championship is obviously more uphill for me, but I will continue the same way. We have done everything we could so far, the bike is working well and I'm riding well, too. So it's not over for me; there are still 5 races to go and we will do our best".

### Race Result - Round 13
1 Jorge Lorenzo 42'49.836 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Valentino Rossi +4.398 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
3 Alvaro Bautista +6.055 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
4 Andrea Dovizioso +6.058 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Ben Spies +7.543 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Stefan Bradl +13.272 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Nicky Hayden +40.907 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Jonathan Rea +43.162 GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Randy De Puniet +1'09.627 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
10 Michele Pirro +1'13.605 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Colin Edwards +1'16.695 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
12 Yonny Hernandez +1'19.073 COL BQR-FTR BQR
13 James Ellison +1'19.408 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
14 Danilo Petrucci +1 lap ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
15 David Salom +1 lap SPA BQR-FTR BQR
16 Aleix Espargaro DNF ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
17 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
18 Mattia Pasini DNF ITA ART Speed Master
19 Hector Barbera DNF SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
20 Dani Pedrosa DNF SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
21 Karel Abraham DNF CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
### Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 270 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 232 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 186 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 163 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 122 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 120 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 118 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Stefan Bradl 115 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 93 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 77 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 60 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Randy De Puniet 48 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro 45 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Yonny Hernandez 25 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
15 Karel Abraham 25 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
16 Michele Pirro 24 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Colin Edwards 22 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 James Ellison 17 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
19 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
20 Danilo Petrucci 11 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
21 Ivan Silva 11 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
22 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
23 Jonathan Rea 8 pts GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
24 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
25 David Salom 1 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
26 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
27 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
28 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech
### Circuit information
First race 1980 (Modified 2007)
GPs held 15
Laps 28
Race distance 118.328km / 73.528miles
Track length 4.226km / 2.626miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 0.600km / 0.37miles
Corners 16 (10 right, 6 left)
Pole position Left
Grandstands capacity 5,000
Circuit total capacity 75,000
### [Circuit records
Pole position 1m33.138s (163.344Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m33.906s (162.008Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2011)
Race time 44m11.877s (160.633Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2011)
MotoGP Wins 2 (Valentino Rossi 2008, 2009)
2010 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
2011 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

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