The Repsol Honda Team earned another double top-ten finish as both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro pushed until the finish line for fourth and seventh respectively, each pleased with how their Sundays played out.

After a calm and productive Warm Up session where Marquez and Espargaro finished 11th and 12th, everyone’s attention turned, as always recently, to the weather as clouds gathered. Light spits of rain fell as the MotoGP riders prepared to go to the grid but the rain would ultimately stay away and the 27-lap San Marino Grand Prix was run in the dry.

There was not a moment’s hesitation when the lights went out, Marc Marquez shooting forward on his RC213V and hustling himself into the top five. On lap four of the race Marquez moved past Aleix Espargaro and up into fourth position with Enea Bastianini launching an assault on the eight-time World Champion just a few laps later. Marquez stayed with the Ducati rider until mid-race when Alex Rins slipped past the #93, but Rins would fall on lap 17.

Steady pace in the latter stages of the race saw Marquez gain on Miller in fourth, the pair joined by defending World Champion Joan Mir as they fought it out to the line. A great final half of the lap saw Marquez gain an advantage on the back straight and used the power of his Honda RC213V to fire out of the last corner and lock in fourth place. This is Marquez’s first back-to-back top five finishes since his return from injury. He holds 92 points and ninth in the World Championship standings.

Pol Espargaro was also quick off the line from sixth on the grid, making up ground as the lights went out and beginning to battle with the top five through the opening corners. The start had him well placed to fight with Alex Rins as the pair chased down Espargaro’s Repsol Honda Team teammate just ahead in the early laps. Lapping in the 1’32s for almost every single lap of the race, Espargaro was able to continue the progress he has shown throughout the weekend as his understanding of and performance with the RC213V grows. On the last lap Espargaro moved past brother Aleix for seventh place, his seventh top ten result of the season. Pleased with the pace he showed in the race, Espargaro is eager for two more days on track. The result gives the #44 64 World Championship points, 14th overall.

All five Honda RC213V machines finished inside the points at the San Marino Grand Prix. The riders won’t have to wait long before they’re back on track as the Italian circuit will host a two-day test on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Marc Marquez

4th

“I am really happy with our performance today because honestly speaking I was not expecting this result today! At the start I was calm and honestly not riding very fast, but step by step we went faster and our feeling improved. The key point was staying calm in the first laps and pushing at the end, I’m quite proud about the last part of the race because I brought Mir with me. In practice it was a little different, I was following him, but in the race, he was following me and we caught Jack. In the last lap I didn’t feel like I could fight, but Mir and Miller went wide and I saw my opportunity! It was nice and now we get ready for a really important two-day test here.”

Pol Espargaro

7th

“At the end of the day I am surprised with the rhythm we had in the race because during the weekend I was struggling to get under the 33.0 time, but we did the race under this every lap. We were also able to finish just three seconds behind my teammate, of course the position is not what we are aiming for but this is a better situation than I was expecting. We started in the second row and finished seventh, a little off the top four and we should be happy with this result. We’ll carry the positive vibe into the Tuesday and Wednesday test and keep working. Of course there are still some things to work on and it will be a busy test but I feel like we have made a step and there’s more to come.”

MotoGP 2021
Race Round 14   San Marino

San Marino Grand Prix Race Results

Dry
Humidity
52%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 25 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 41'48.305
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.364
3 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 16 Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 4.789
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda 10.245
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS 11 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 10.469
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 10.325
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda 13.234
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 15.698
9 Binder Brad 33 RSA 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.129
10 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 6 LCR Honda Honda 18.519
11 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Test Team Ducati 20.373
12 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 4 Pramac Racing Ducati 21.066
13 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 21.258
14 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 2 Team HRC Honda 28.142
15 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 1 LCR Honda Honda 30.686
16 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 32.654
17 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 33.853
18 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 36.272
19 Marini Luca 10 ITA 0 SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 36.839
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 37.202
21 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 42.587
22 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
23 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
24 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
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)