Both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro worked throughout the day to improve the feeling of their respective Hondas, tricky conditions hiding their progress.

Conditions were undoubtably wet as the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix began on Friday, rain steadily getting heavier throughout Free Practice 1. Both Repsol Honda Team riders got straight to work in the wet conditions as the forecast remains mixed for the remainder of the weekend. Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro were able to improve their times over the course of the session, going faster even as more rain fell.

Ending Free Practice 1 in second place, Marquez was able to again show the speed he’s had in the wet all year. Conditions would slowly but steadily improve as the day went on, the sun even making a brief appearance during Free Practice 2 but the circuit remaining wet. Improving his time by 0.9s, Marquez finished the second Friday session in 14th and 14th overall. The eight-time World Champion is confident that today did not show his full potential in the wet and is ready to work tomorrow to improve no matter what the weather decides to do.

Espargaro’s 1’45.204 from Free Practice 1 saw him end the morning in 15th, 1.4 seconds behind his teammate. A quick fall at Turn 13 saw Espargaro walk away unharmed, the #44 quickly returning to the Repsol Honda Team garage and heading out on his second RC213V. Even with the crash, the afternoon session saw massive gains for Espargaro who improved his best lap by over 1.5 second and more than halved the distance to Marquez. Still there is more to come from Espargaro who is eager to show his speed in Misano as he hunts more rear grip.

Action resumes at the Misano circuit on Saturday with Free Practice 3, a final chance to enter the combined top ten for a Q2 spot, starting at 09:55 Local Time. Forecasts are again calling for a high chance of rain, today’s lessons will need to be put into action once more.

Marc Marquez

14th 1'42.883

“The day started quite well and in the morning we had good speed, in the afternoon the session was a bit more complicated. I wasn’t able to find the perfect lap in the afternoon but even so, it seems our level in the wet is not as high as it normally is. I don’t think our true position is 14th in the wet but we need to understand what is happening more. It was important to make the most of today because the forecast for tomorrow and also Sunday remains uncertain.”

Pol Espargaro

19th 1'43.470

“Today was a little bit more difficult than we expected, also for all the Honda riders, the bike was missing some grip but we were able to make some improvements. When I crashed I was probably feeling the best I felt all day, my time was improving so it’s a shame to fall but we learned some things with it. At the end, we need to look to tomorrow and see what we can do. If it’s dry we will see what we can achieve because we had a really good test here. If it’s still wet, it gives us a chance to improve our current feeling.”

MotoGP 2021
Practice Round 16   San Marino

Gran Premio dell'Emilia-Romagna Combined Free Practice Classification

Wet
Humidity
75%
Track Temp
20°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'41.305
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.927
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.986
4 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.271
5 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.286
6 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1.296
7 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.310
8 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.364
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.470
10 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.504
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.537
12 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1.537
13 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.574
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.578
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.639
16 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.792
17 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.932
18 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 2.108
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.165
20 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2.280
21 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 2.374
22 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2.484
23 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 2.770
24 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 3.338
Location Information

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
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.565 kilometres / 0.351 miles
Constructed 1969
Modified 2008

Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", Via Daijiro Kato, Misano Adriatico, Rimini, Italy - View in Google Maps

www.misanocircuit.com

Records

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)