Marquez and Pedrosa miss front row by a fraction of a second
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will begin tomorrow’s San Marino GP from the second row of the grid, only the fourth time Marc has been off the front row in his MotoGP career and the first time since Catalunya 2013.
It was an intense day at the Misano track as the sun finally arrived and the riders had their first dry track time. With the limited time, neither rider found their optimum setup in time for qualifying but nevertheless both pushed to the maximum and with just 0.201 seconds separating the top six riders, a front row spot was highly contested.
Marc finished 4th with his time of 1’33.360 on his final lap of 9, and just 0.058s off the front row, with teammate Dani Pedrosa just 0.058s from Marc in 5th with his time of 1’33.418 on lap 7 of 8.
Both riders will be hoping to find something in tomorrow’s warm up session before the race begins at 14h00 local time.
“This is the first time this season that I've been off the front row, maybe because we haven't yet found the best setup for this circuit. However, we still have the warmup tomorrow in which to try things out and improve. Yesterday's practice sessions were both wet, so that is why today we found it a little difficult to find the optimal setup. Nevertheless, I am happy because I felt fairly comfortable on the bike - which is important for the race - but we will have to fight hard to finish on the podium.”
"I had a very good feeling today in Misano, although this isn't reflected by my position on the grid for tomorrow. The times today have been very close between everyone, but tomorrow in the end we start from the second row. I'll have to get a very good start and push on the opening laps. It will also be important to make the right choice with the front tyre, because that will be the key to the race. We will have to fight to the maximum, because this is a very long race."
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)|