0.012s split the Repsol Honda Team pairing of Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez as dry weather returned to Misano, Marquez walking away from two falls.

Friday’s rainstorms were nowhere to be seen as the sun beat down on the San Marino Grand Prix, riders eager to use Free Practice 3 to improve their previous times. The MotoGP field continued to tighten over the course of the day as the premier class extracted the maximum performance from their machines.

Pol Espargaro diligently went to work in Free Practice 3, the #44 determined to finish the morning session in the top ten after his positive feelings early on Friday in the dry. A steady session of constant improvements saw Espargaro accomplish just that, lapping the Misano circuit in 1’32.416. Free Practice 4 was used by Espargaro and his squad to experiment ahead of the race on Sunday, gathering useful data for the future. Then in Q2, Espargaro  left his run late and secured sixth on the grid with his final lap of the session, improving his FP3 time by another half a second for the second row of the grid. This is now Espargaro’s third straight top-ten result in Qualifying.

An important Free Practice 3 session began for Marc Marquez as he started the day’s work, building his speed throughout the session. Unfortunately, Marquez suffered a fall in the last minutes of Free Practice 3 at Turn 14, although unharmed he was unable to improve his time and entered Q1. The eight-time World Champion did all he needed to do in the first 15-minute session, passing into Q2 to join his Repsol Honda Team teammate. With a provisional fourth place in his pocket after his first run of the second session, Marquez went out looking for more on his final run but suffered a second fall, this time at Turn 9. Again unharmed, Marquez will start at the head of the third row in seventh. Despite the falls, Marquez is pleased with his progress on Saturday.

Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix will begin at 14:00 Local Time, the race running over the course of 27 laps. Before that, the Repsol Honda Team will have 20-minutes of morning Warm Up to confirm their settings for the race with the weather still looming as a question mark.

Pol Espargaro

Sixth 1'31.923

“We had an interesting day and made the most of the dry track time today. We still have one or two things to confirm in Warm Up but I am satisfied overall today. Sixth position is good but our distance to Bagnaia is a bit too big for my liking. Tomorrow will be a hard race because Ducati look to have something extra here, but I think we can fight behind them in the race. It can be very difficult to overtake here so starting on the second row is really important. Let’s make a good start, fight and see what’s possible – tomorrow is a new day.”

Marc Marquez

Seventh 1'31.935

"I’m happy about today because in Free Practice 3 we found ourselves struggling a lot. Q1 is always really difficult but with HRC we made a really nice strategy, so I want to say thank you to HRC and Bradl because he was the guy to open the track. In Q2 I pushed again and I was able to make a good lap, I’m happy because I have been struggling at this circuit a lot. We are not very far from the top considering this."

MotoGP 2021
Qualifying Round 14   San Marino

San Marino Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Dry
Humidity
56%
Track Temp
37°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'31.065
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.249
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.302
4 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.598
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.771
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.858
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.870
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.872
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.952
10 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.056
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.361
12 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1.396
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.334 Q1
14 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 0.411
15 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.413
16 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.420
17 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.551
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Team HRC Honda 0.563
19 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.600
20 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.605
21 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.945
22 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.015
23 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.091
24 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.222
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 1m32.171s (165.0km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)
Race Time 41m48.305s (163.7 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)
2021 Race Winners Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021) || Marc Marquez (Honda, 2021)