San Marino MotoGP: Valentino Rossi takes first win of the season

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi claimed his first win of the season at the Misano circuit

Valentino Rossi won his first MotoGP in 15 months with victory at his home track in San Marino.

The Yamaha rider finished ahead of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo with Honda's Dani Pedrosa in third.

Championship leader Marc Marquez suffered an early crash and finished down the field in 15th. His overall lead was reduced to 74 points from 89.

Rossi's win at Misano was the Italian's 81st career victory and took his MotoGP points total beyond 5,000.

British riders Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow finished seventh and ninth respectively.

MotoGP championship standings
Marc Marquez (Spa) Repsol Honda289 points
Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda215 points
Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha214 points
Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha177 points
Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati142 points

The Misano circuit is located near nine-times world champion Rossi's home town of Tavullia.

His last win came at Assen in the Netherlands in June last year and the victory saw an end to Honda's 100% winning record this season.

"It's a really great win and with Marquez in such amazing form it's not like it happens often," said Rossi.

"It was the right moment and I took advantage of it, thanks to a Yamaha which was better than the Honda."

Rossi, 35, had qualified third on the grid, behind Spain's Lorenzo and Italy's Andrea Iannone, with Marquez starting from the second row for the first time this season as he looked for his 12th win in 13 races.

Marquez and Rossi battled from the start, until the young Spaniard fell on lap 10.

He lost control of his bike with 19 laps to go with the machine slipping out from beneath him under braking.

"Winning was the main aim of the season and I did," Rossi added.

"I knew I could do it and I continued to push and believe in it always, regardless of everything.

"I kept telling myself that it would happen one day - that Marquez wouldn't be at 100% and I had to be ready."

The next race is in Aragon, Spain, on 28 September.

San Marino MotoGP result:

1. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 44'14.586secs

2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha +1.578

3. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda +4.276

4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati +5.510

5. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati +11.771

6. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha +18.999

7. Bradley Smith (GB) Yamaha +23.100

8. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda +36.458

9. Cal Crutchlow (GB) Ducati +38.480

10. Yonny Hernandez (Col) Ducati +45.878

Mike Di Meglio
French rider Mike Di Meglio was stretchered off the track following an early crash
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo
Rossi's victory took his career MotoGP points tally beyond 5,000
Mark Marquez
Championship leader Marc Marquez had to be helped back on his bike after falling on lap 10

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