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.
San Marino Grand Prix Practice Results
|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|
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)|