San Marino provides first full wet day of 2014 season
For the first time this season, the MotoGP riders have endured a fully wet day on track in both FP1 and FP2 at a very greasy Misano circuit.
With nine riders falling in the FP1 session, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa showed caution as they took to the rain drenched track aboard their Honda RC213V machines. Marc completed only seven laps and finished second fastest with a time of 1’52.003 (lap six) with Dani recording just six laps and finishing 10th with his time of 1’54.450 on lap five.
The rain persisted into the afternoon session and due to the poor grip level of the Misano tarmac in the wet conditions, Bridgestone made more soft compound wet tyres available to the riders. Dani improved by over four seconds from FP1 and finished second fastest with his time of 1’50.356 recorded on his final lap of twelve, placing him third for the day in the combined times. Marc improved by 1.484s and ended FP2 in third place with 1’50.519 on lap six of seven, placing him fourth for the day.
"Today we were only able to put in a few laps because the track was so slippery. The tyres didn't have any grip in the morning and we had to change from the intermediate to the soft compound - and even then the problem wasn't resolved. Tomorrow we will see if we have dry conditions and can get more grip, but I'm sure that this will also be difficult."
"Today was a strange day, as it looks like the rest of the weekend will be totally different; there is a chance of some rain tomorrow afternoon, but the race is forecast to be dry on Sunday. So today was a day for doing our homework and only staying out for as long as strictly necessary, because it was very risky and you have to avoid these kinds of situations, at least in my case. I felt good putting in only five or six laps in each run, and as I felt confident I decided not to do much more than that."
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)|