Consistent hard work from Alex Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team was rewarded today as the rookie returned to the top ten and achieved his best MotoGP result to date.
The morning of race day started in ideal fashion for Alex Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team as the MotoGP rookie topped Warm Up. A 1’32.402 was three tenths faster than Nakagami’s session-topping time from Warm Up one week ago and an impressive seventh tenths faster than Alex’s own previous Warm Up time. Leading his first session in the premier class provided a boost in confidence and confirmation of Alex’s strong pace ahead of the 27-lap Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
This speed and confidence were clear to see when the lights went out, Alex steadily working through the pack from 17th on the grid. Within just a handful of laps the young Spanish rider found himself inside the top ten as those around him faltered and made mistakes. Producing steady and consistent times, Alex edged his away forward and held off the experienced Andrea Dovizioso. From his first flying lap of the race to the finish, Alex’s pace only moved from the low 1’32s to mid 1’33s on three occasions with a best lap of 1’32.865 on lap 19.
Alex and Takaaki Nakagami spent the final laps fighting for sixth place and top Honda honours. Crossing the line in seventh and 11.929 seconds back on winner Viñales, Alex rounds out a strong weekend with his best premier class result to date. Alex also closes the gap to Brad Binder in the Rookie of the Year contest.
There’s little time before Alex and the Repsol Honda Team return to track for the Catalan GP in Barcelona on September 25 – 27. Stefan Bradl is set to join the Repsol Honda Team again alongside Alex Marquez.
GP Dell'Emilia Romagna e Riviera di Rimini
|1||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||25||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||41'55.846|
|2||Mir Joan||36||SPA||20||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2.425|
|3||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||4.528|
|4||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||13||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||6.419|
|5||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||11||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||7.368|
|6||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||10||LCR Honda||Honda||11.139|
|7||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||9||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||11.929|
|8||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||8||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||13.113|
|9||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||7||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||15.880|
|10||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||6||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||17.682|
|11||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||5||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||23.144|
|12||Rins Alex||42||SPA||4||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||24.962|
|13||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||3||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||30.008|
|14||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|15||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|16||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||DNF|
|17||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|18||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|19||Binder Brad||33||RSA||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|20||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||DNF|
Close to the city of Rimini, the Misano Adriático circuit was constructed in 1972 and has since undergone an array of modifications. A regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007.With updated facilities, track and grandstands, the Misano… read more.
|Length||4.226 kilometres / 2.626 miles|
|Longest straight||0.565 kilometres / 0.351 miles|
Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", Via Daijiro Kato, Misano Adriatico, Rimini, Italy - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m31.065s (167.0 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m32.171s (165.0km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||41m48.305s (163.7 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winners||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021) || Marc Marquez (Honda, 2021)|