Times were tight in the premier class again as the smallest of margins hid the potential of Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl during a day of improvements.

The torrential rain showers of Thursday were replaced by idyllic conditions as the sun shone high in the sky above the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. It was another day of close action as the majority of the MotoGP field lapped within a second of each other, the Repsol Honda Team working well to keep pace throughout the day.

Pol Espargaro was competitive once again in Misano as he spent much of Free Practice 1 circulating towards the top of the time sheets. Finding almost a second between the two sessions, Espargaro ended Friday’s on-track action with a best time of 1’32.301. This left the #44 in 11th on the combined timesheets, missing out on a provisional Q2 spot by less than a tenth of a second. A conservative strategy with the tyres for his flying lap in FP2 may have meant Espargaro left some time on track, but did provide important information if the conditions change.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Stefan Bradl was also able to find significant gains as he began his eighth weekend racing the Honda RC213V in 2022. 0.7s back from his teammate, Bradl would end the day in 21st with a top 15 position less than half a second away. The German’s objective is to continue along this line and make further gains with improvements to bike setup.

Today also saw the confirmation that Marc Marquez will travel to Misano with the intention of riding at the post-race test to further assess his physical condition. Marquez will again join the team at the circuit from Saturday to assist in the development of the RC213V.

Pol Espargaro

11th 1'32.301

“It was not a bad first day, especially since I think we made a bit of a mistake with the tyre choice for our time attack. I went with a safer option but even like this we were able to get a lot of good information for tomorrow. Even like this we were really close to the top ten, so this is a positive way to start the weekend. There’s a small amount of time between all the riders, we need to find some time tomorrow but the situation has potential.”

Stefan Bradl

21st 1'32.978

“We worked a lot on the setup today and we were able to improve our lap time over the course of the day. It was a very normal Friday honestly, getting information about tyres and trying some things. The plan is to keep working along this path and close the distance to some potential points. There’s time to find and a few tenths will make a big difference this weekend.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 14   San Marino

San Marino Grand Prix Practice Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1'31.517
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.114
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.185
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.320
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.326
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.365
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.412
8 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.649
9 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.674
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.725
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.784
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.813
13 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.841
14 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.848
15 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.901
16 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.049
17 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.139
18 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1.156
19 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.232
20 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.377
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.461
22 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.683
23 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.042
24 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 2.091
25 Watanabe Kazuki 92 JPN Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 4.502
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 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)