Now, Morbidelli was starting to pull away from The Doctor. On Lap 12 the gap was creeping up towards a second as Bagnaia and Rins continued to make formidable progress. Miller was clearly starting to struggle and the rapid duo was swarming all over the tailpipes of the GP20, as Rins produced the classic Turn 2 Misano move to grab 4th from the number 43. Then, heading down into Turn 8, Pecco was through on his teammate. Now, Rins and Pecco had Rossi 1.8 seconds up the road, with The Doctor, in turn, losing touch with Morbidelli. The gap between the Italians was 1.1 seconds – and rising – with Mir now the fastest man on track. With 12 laps to go, Morbidelli slammed in a 1:32.7 to see his lead rise to 1.7 seconds over Rossi, with the latter seeing his gap to Rins and Pecco come down lap by lap. 11 laps to go and the gap was down to below a second as the podium scrap started to bubble up in the San Marino sun, and a lap later Rins and Pecco were just half a second down on the nine-time World Champion.