A trying day on the Italian coast for Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl as changeable conditions robbed both riders of a final flying lap in Q1.

Promising conditions and promising pace buoyed the Repsol Honda Team as Saturday’s action at the San Marino Grand Prix began. Pol Espargaro was looking especially strong in the morning session as he found another 0.3s to end FP3 in ninth. A crash at Turn 15 late in that same session meant the #44 was unable to crack the combined top ten and once again had to participate in Q1. Rain would ruin Espargaro’s chances of improving on his second run and he will therefore start in 19th.

Like his Repsol Honda Team teammate, Stefan Bradl authored further improvements in Free Practice 3 as he went another half a second quicker. With a best time of 1’32.838 before the rain arrived, Bradl will start just behind Espargaro in 20th place for Sunday’s 27-lap race. Bradl’s aim is again to make up positions and return to battling for the points, with a mixed forecast ahead there are still several unknowns for when the lights go out at 14:00 Local Time.

Marc Marquez made a welcome return to the Repsol Honda Team box in Misano, listening in during debriefs and working with Bradl and Espargaro to understand where the RC213V currently is. The eight-time World Champion was declared fit by MotoGP and circuit medical staff.

Pol Espargaro

19th 1'32.826

“Today was a day where we had a huge amount of potential but there were finally a lot of pieces which did not come together. We made a mistake with the FP3 strategy, my first lap – which was my fastest finally, did not feel that good to me. The second tyre felt much better but I crashed. In the afternoon I was cautious on my first flying lap and then the rain started, so we were really hurt here. Tomorrow is a new day and we will try our best to maximise what is possible in the race.”

Stefan Bradl

20th 1'32.838

“We have improved again today which is really good, we got very unlucky with when the rain arrived and it stopped us improving further. This can sometimes happen and it’s a shame because we couldn’t show our full speed. Let’s see what will happen tomorrow, our pace is better than some of the riders ahead of us but it can be tricky to overtake around Misano. We also have the weather to contend with.”

MotoGP 2022
Qualifying Round 14   San Marino

San Marino Grand Prix - Qualifying Results

Mixed
Humidity
69%
Track Temp
28°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'31.899
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.015
3 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.115
4 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.149
5 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.219
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.270
7 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.327
8 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.347
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.678
10 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.876
11 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.452
12 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.539
13 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.054* Q1
14 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.315
15 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.639
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.670
17 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 0.697
18 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 0.702
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.865
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.877
21 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.370
22 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.523
23 Watanabe Kazuki 92 JPN Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 4.328
24 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 12.729
25 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 14.771
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)