There was no shortage of sunshine at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, temperatures steadily climbing throughout the day as Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl began their preparations for Sunday.

The full Repsol Honda Team had their first taste of the recently re-surfaced Misano circuit as round seven of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship commenced. It proved to be a physically demanding day as the track temperature climbed to 43°C during Free Practice 2 for the premier class and bumps around the fast part of the circuit added yet more challenge.

With 15th position in Free Practice 1, Alex Marquez started his day on solid footing. In the afternoon Alex focused on his feeling for Sunday and the long 27-lap race, this meant the MotoGP rookie finished Friday down in 21st position. Working with his Repsol Honda Team, the reigning Moto2 World Champion is confident of improvements coming on Saturday as his ideal time was several tenths faster.

Stefan Bradl was able to take some benefit from testing in Misano as he started Free Practice 1 in and amongst the top runners. Improving his time from FP1 to FP2 by 0.7s moved the German to within 1.5 seconds of Quartararo’s fastest lap. Like many others, Bradl felt the affect of the bumps on the circuit as he worked on bike setup.

Both riders will return to the circuit tomorrow, Saturday September 12, for Free Practice 3 at 09:55 Local Time. The weather is once again expected to nudge 30°C ambient temperature.

Stefan Bradl

20th 1'33.631

“We have been working on the setting of the bike today and we have been trying to find the balance. The circuit is quite bumpy, as we saw in the test. I think some other riders are finding it a bit difficult too, especially since the bumps are in a fast part of the track. I was able to improve my time a decent amount today so we will keep working tomorrow and see what comes.”

Alex Marquez

21st 1'33.806

“We knew that today would be a little difficult at the start as some others have done more testing here. In the end I don’t think we are too far and we need to keep improving as we have been previously. Over one lap still we are missing something, but our rhythm and overall feeling is a lot better than our position shows. Today we weren’t fully focused on one lap and when you combine all my sectors it is a 1’33.5. We are starting here with a better feeling than in Austria even with the bumps on the faster part of the circuit.”

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 7   San Marino

San Marino GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
52%
Track Temp
43°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'32.189
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.009
3 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.178
4 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.287
5 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.486
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.543
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.636
8 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.731
9 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.746
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.747
11 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.756
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.786
13 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.826
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.860
15 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.935
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.055
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1.179
18 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.211
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.349
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.442
21 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.617
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.734
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 1m31.077s (167.0 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Lap 1m32.319s (164.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2020)
Race Time 41m55.846s (163.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2020)
2020 Race Winners Race 1: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) || Race 2: Maverick Viñales (Yamaha)