The 2017 MotoGP season moves into its final third with the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this weekend, and never before has the title chase been so tight, with the top five riders in the MotoGP Championship covered by only 35 points after 12 races.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are among them, Marc in second place, nine points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso, with Dani in fifth. After a tough race at Silverstone, Marc and Dani look forward to again fighting at the front this Sunday at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, a track where they both have great records and where, on 20 August, they spent their fifth and final allotted day of private testing for the year.

At the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (held at Misano)

Marc Marquez has 4 wins, 1×125 (2010), 2xMoto2 (2011, 2012), and 1xMotoGP (2015), plus 1 podium and 3 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 2 wins in MotoGP (2010, 2016), plus an additional 4 podiums and 2 pole positions.

Marc Marquez

“We’ll try and have a great weekend in Misano, putting the last race behind us. The important thing is that lately we’ve been competitive at all kinds of tracks, so now we go to Misano, which has a twisty, tight layout, with the same approach and mentality that have worked very well for us so far. We’ll look to be as strong as possible, not with victory as the only target but ready to fight for it if we have the opportunity to do so. We’ll work to get the best result possible. We had a positive test there in August, so we’ll go there ready to start well beginning on Friday morning.”

Dani Pedrosa

“I’m looking forward to the Misano race and it's a track I like. There are always a lot of fans there, and an incredible atmosphere. I have good memories there and I've enjoyed some strong results, so I hope to be able to work well in every session. A couple of weeks ago we had a test there that went quite well, and hopefully that will help us to get things going in the right direction right from the beginning of the weekend.”

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 1m31.629s (166.00 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m32.678s (164.1km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 42m05.426s (162.6 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)