Overnight rain and brief showers throughout the morning made for a late start to the post-race Misano Test, Pol Espargaro the only Honda rider out before the lunch break and completing just two laps.
Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro would eventually head out at 14:00 Local Time after the lunch break when the weather had cleared. The pair made maximum use of the available track time and completed 112 laps between them. Espargaro spent the first day of the two-day test working on his riding style and testing various parts for the Honda RC213V. He completed a total of 65 laps, a best time of 1’31.631 putting him second overall and 0.107s behind Bagnaia who topped the timing sheets. The time was 0.3s faster than his Q2 time.
Repsol Honda Team teammate Marc Marquez had an equally productive day across his 47 laps of the Misano circuit. After finishing fourth in Sunday’s race, the #93 worked through his testing plan and set a best time of 1’32.448 on his last lap. The time put him 0.8s from Pol Espargaro and 0.924s from the top time of Bagnaia.
Stefan Bradl also ran at the test earlier in the day as he helped Honda HRC assess various options and evolutions.
Marquez and Espargaro will return to the circuit tomorrow for the second and final day of the Misano test before heading to Austin.
Misano Test - Day One
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||1m30.390s (168.3 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1m31.791s (165.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Time||41m33.421s (164.7 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Jorge Martin (Ducati)|
|2023 Race Winner||Jorge Martin (Ducati)|