MISANO. Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) mastered the soaking conditions at Misano to take his second ever Grand Prix victory, under pressure from title challenger and compatriot Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) throughout until pulling away over the final laps to take the first win on a Suter since Valencia 2014. That was a headline, and the San Marino GP wrote a few more as Championship leader Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) crashed out of the lead early on, meaning Lüthi hops up to only nine points off the top of the standings after his second place finish. Completing the podium was another newsworthy performance as Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) put his wet weather pace to good use to join the first ever Swiss 1-2 celebrating on a rainy rostrum.
Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) kept calm and carried on in torrential conditions for another incredible rookie result to take fourth, with reigning Moto3™ Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) another newcomer with a top result as he completed the top five. Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) came back with a solid sixth after a tough weekend.
Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40) took an impressive seventh as another top rookie, although the Frenchman was served a short time penalty and had crossed the line ahead of Cortese. Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) was next over the line despite late drama – crashing at the final corner but able to get it to the flag in eighth.
Khairul Idham Pawi (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) took his best ever result in ninth position, with Jesko Raffin (Garage Plus Interwetten) a good margin back to complete the top ten. Eleventh was Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), winner at Silverstone, after the Japanese rider was another late crasher but remounted to take points.
Alex De Angelis (Dynavolt Intact GP) crashed twice but scored as he took P12 in his home GP, with a similar story for Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing) in thirteenth and Tetsuta Nagashima (Teluru SAG Team) in fourteenth. Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing) completed the points.
Simone Corsi: 8th
“It was a really long and hard battle. There was very little grip and the rain seemed to be getting stronger, for this reason a lot of us crashed. I’m sorry becauseI missed the fifth place right at the last turn, but I’m happy I finished eighth and earned 8 points in the overall standings".
Augusto Fernandez: NC
“I do not know what to say, I’m obviously very sorry for today. I had a good pace, I was riding well and fast recovering lap by lap. It was the first time I was in Top Ten in race, I felt I could do well today and finally achieve my first goal, the points. Now I only want to forget what happened and concentrate on the next Grand Prix of Aragón".
Andrea Locatelli: NC
“We knew the race was going to be very difficult due to extreme weather conditions. Unfortunately I was unable to find the right feeling since the start. I gained positions but it was really hard to keep the pace of the front group and at the end I crashed. I'm sorry because it could have been a good race".
Xavier Siméon: NC
“The conditions were really difficult but I was feeling really good with the bike and I knew I had the possibility to do a good race in the wet. Unfortunately it's a pity the way it ended; after the crash I could have restarted immediately, because the bike had no issues, but I was convinced that I already lost too much time. At the end all the riders able to finish the race gained points. It has not been an easy weekend but the shoulder was good and I would be able to be at 100% in Aragon".