Marquez and Pedrosa take fifth and 12th on day one in Misano
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa started their Misano campaign taking the fifth and 12th places, respectively, in the combined standings.
After setting the 13th fastest time in FP1 while focusing as usual on working on his bike setup for the race, and with uncertain weather forecast for tomorrow’s qualifying day, Marc boarded his RC213V in the afternoon looking for immediate speed. He immediately set the provisional fastest time of the day, which ultimately proved quick enough to secure him a top-five place in the combined classification.
It was an opposite scenario for Dani Pedrosa, seventh in the morning and just 20 thousandths of a second from a top-10 position in the FP2, despite improving on his FP1 effort.
“I’m very happy today because we worked really well here starting with a good setup since the beginning and made a little step in the afternoon also. The other guys did a test two weeks ago so we just tried an be very precise in every step of our work and we’re already happy with our pace. I feel good with the bike; I can ride well. We didn’t put on a new tyre in the end because our target is mainly working for the race, like always. We’ll see tomorrow how things go; it seems like many riders are quite strong but we’re very equal already.”
“Today was bit complicated. Lap times are very tight because we were expecting rain and we had to push to try and be in the top 10. It was therefore difficult to concentrate on the work on the bike setup. Luckily we ultimately also had a full dry session in the afternoon and we managed to try something that’s going to be a bit helpful, but we missed a top-10 by a nothing. Hopefully it will be dry tomorrow and we’ll be able to improve. At the moment the second and the fourth sections are not my best, so we’ll look to improve especially there, to try and be faster.”
Combined Free Practice Times
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)|