Despite flashes of promise throughout the weekend, the Repsol Honda Team leave the first of two races in Misano unrewarded despite the efforts of Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl.
Putting a difficult Saturday behind him, Alex Marquez showed his maturity as he approached Sunday with an open mind. A strong performance in morning Warm Up, ending ninth and only 0.321 off the fastest time set by Takaaki Nakagami, proved there was promise in his race pace. A steady start as the lights went out saw Alex make up a handful of places early, the MotoGP rookie spending much of the race working on getting past Petrucci. Matching the speed of the leaders during the closing stages, Alex was forced to settle for 17th – his qualifying position meaning he could do no more even with his speed at the end of the race.
Stefan Bradl pushed hard with gritted teeth as the German rider battled through right elbow issues. A strong start to the race saw his Honda RC213V shoot forward, making up a number of positions. But with the issue in his elbow, he was unable to match the pace he had shown during the weekend and entered damage limitation mode to bring the bike home in 18th.
Takaaki Nakagami took top Honda honours in ninth, his sixth top-ten finish of the 2020 season.
There’s little time to rest as Alex Marquez will be back out on track on Tuesday, September 15, before the Gran Premio dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini begins on Friday, September 18. With a week’s racing at the circuit under their belts, the Repsol Honda Team are determined to take their learnings and come back stronger next week.
Grand Prix of San Marino Race Results
|1||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||25||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||42'02.272|
|2||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||20||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2.217|
|3||Mir Joan||36||SPA||16||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2.290|
|4||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||13||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2.643|
|5||Rins Alex||42||SPA||11||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||4.044|
|6||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||10||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||5.383|
|7||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||9||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||10.358|
|8||Miller Jack||43||AUS||8||Pramac Racing||Ducati||11.155|
|9||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||7||LCR Honda||Honda||10.839|
|10||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||6||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||12.030|
|11||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||5||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||12.376|
|12||Binder Brad||33||RSA||4||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||12.405|
|13||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||3||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||15.142|
|14||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||2||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||19.914|
|15||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||1||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||20.152|
|16||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||22.094|
|17||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||22.473|
|18||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||37.856|
|19||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'18.831|
|20||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|21||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||0||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||DNF|
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||1m32.242s (164.9km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||41m48.305s (163.7 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|