An encouraging first day for the Repsol Honda Team at the Misano Test as Marc Marquez returned to a MotoGP machine 100 days after his operation and Pol Espargaro showed his and the bike’s potential.

The Adriatic Coast produced another beautiful day as action resumed at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. It was a significant day as Marc Marquez made his return to the Repsol Honda Team for the first time since the Italian GP in late May. Starting just after 09:30 Local Time, the eight-time World Champion completed a brief first run to initially assess his right arm. With all signs being positive, he and the Repsol Honda Team switched into work mode and began their testing programme.

Completing a total of 39 laps before stopping for the day during the lunch break, the #93 ended his first day back on the bike with a best time of 1’32.395 – good enough for 11th on Sunday’s San Marino GP grid. Although lap times were not the focus, Marquez was sstill able to end the day 1.1s behind the fastest rider.

It was an equally positive day for Pol Espargaro who set a best lap of 1’31.707, some 1.1 seconds faster than his time from Q1 on Saturday. Limiting his running due to lingering pain in his right wrist from Sunday’s crash, the #44 was still able to complete 50 laps and stopped just before 16:30 Local Time. Espargaro and his team ran through a number of setting options and improve his feeling aboard the Repsol Honda. Even with the limited laps, Espargaro was satisfied with the day.

Testing resumes tomorrow, Wednesday 07, at 09:00 Local Time. The Repsol Honda Team are aiming for another productive day before preparing for the Aragon GP and the flyaway races.

Marc Marquez

18th 1'32.395

“After 100 days away, wow – these bikes are fast! It’s the same as when you arrive at the first test after winter, it takes you some time to adjust. It was really good to be back, to ride this bike again and to be with my team. Step by step I felt faster and more comfortable, but I need to work more to gain the strength for longer runs. I was able to try some items for Honda after a few runs because I was feeling good. Honda is working a lot, it’s clear. Our target today wasn’t times, it was to do 40 laps and understand our situation. We decided to stop early to try and ride tomorrow. Tonight, I will do a lot of work with physio, ice and stretching to help with the recovery of the arm.”

Pol Espargaro

Ninth 1'31.707

“On Monday I woke up with a lot of swelling in my rest, but with a lot of ice I have been able to ride today. It’s not as many laps as I would normally do because I am aiming to also ride tomorrow. Even with less laps we have been able to find out some good things, we worked a lot on finding the differences between Qatar and now. It looks like we have found something that could help us get our speed back a bit. The real test for this will be when we arrive in Aragon, but for now it’s good to be on the bike and making laps.”

MotoGP 2022
Testing   San Marino

Misano Test - Day One

Dry
Humidity
54%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
30°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'31.292
2 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.181
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.239
4 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.262
5 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.265
6 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.296
7 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.299
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.314
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.415
10 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.449
11 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.624
12 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.644
13 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.658
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.756
15 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.853
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.044
17 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.103
18 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.103
19 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.116
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.175
21 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1.270
22 Bradl Stefan 6 GER HRC Test Team Honda 1.342
23 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.447
24 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA KTM Test Team KTM 1.447
25 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.528
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 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)