A race weekend and a two-day test in Misano presents Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl with five days of track activity to fine tune the Honda RC213V.
The work continues inside the Repsol Honda Team box as the World Championship rolls into San Marino for Round 14. The Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini was host to a stunning one-two finish for the Repsol Honda Team in 2021, Marc Marquez winning just ahead of Pol Espargaro – who achieved his best MotoGP finish to date. This year’s objective is simple: make progress. Both Espargaro and Bradl will be looking to make the most of the track time to do just that.
Espargaro arrives at the San Marino GP after a tough Austrian weekend but with his trademark determination and never give up attitude. In 2021, the races on the Italian coast were a turning point in the season and Espargaro was able to end the year consistently challenging towards the front of the grid. He and the Repsol Honda Team will be looking to find this boost in performance again and continue the #44’s run of five top-ten finishes in Misano, including two podiums.
Familiar with the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli not just from testing, but also from frequent wildcards over the last few years, Stefan Bradl is again hunting improvements. Recent rounds have seen the German close the gap to the regulars on the MotoGP grid, frequently gaining seconds of time between each session. Bradl is hoping his experience at the Italian circuit will help him to make another step and fight further ahead this weekend.
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||1m31.868s (165.6km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Time||41m43.199s (164.0 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|