MotoGP: The wet/dry San Marino MotoGP produced several great stories

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  • Valentino Rossi scored his worst result of the season but extended his championship lead.
  • At one point during the race Bradley Smith was down in 20th lapping 15 seconds off the pace. Incredibly, he eventually finished 2nd! By the time most riders had pitted for wets, Smith figured it was already too late for the switch so impressively stuck it out on slicks during the shower.
  • Scott Redding found himself off his bike and in the gravel trap on Lap 6. Thankfully he got the bike restarted because some well-timed pitstops helped him recover all the way to 3rd.
  • Loris Baz also timed his pitstops well to score a career best 4th place. That’s a mega result for an open-class bike and the 13 points Baz received vaulted him into the lead of the open-class championship. In a contest where the leading rider is scoring an average of 1.7 points per race, 13 points in one race is a massive jump.
  • Jack Miller was hamstrung by a serious gearbox problem over the final 7 laps and also believes that he lost around 30 seconds during the pitstop cycle due to his inexperience swapping bikes. With that in mind, Miller only finished 28 seconds off the podium so a stunning result could’ve been within his grasp. Then again, you could’ve probably said the same for most riders on Sunday…
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