The MotoGP World Championship arrives in Emilia-Romagna this week for the San Marino Grand Prix. The fastest rider on Friday was Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati), with a time of 1:30.846. He was followed closely on the time table by Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) and Dani Pedrosa (KTM), closing the Top 3 in Misano in his second wildcard appearance of the year.
The riders who have rounded off the Top 10 and who will go directly into Q2 were: Jorger Martín (Ducati), Luca Marini (Ducati), Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda), Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), Álex Márquez ( Ducati), Brad Binder (KTM) and Raúl Fernández (Aprilia).
On Saturday the riders will have a free practice session at 10:10am (CEST) before qualifying from 10:50am. Later, at 3pm, they will participate in the San Marino GP sprint race.
Step forward for Repsol Honda Team
The Repsol Honda Team riders continued to work on their Honda machines and improving in a race weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix. In the morning session, Marc Márquez finished in 21st position and Joan Mir in 23rd.
In the afternoon session which decided who would make it into Q2, the two Repsol Honda Team riders used the runout as a test to develop their pace for the weekend. Márquez managed to complete a great lap in the final stages, sneaking into Q2 with sixth position.
Joan Mir finished in 21st position, which means he will go into Q1 on Saturday to fight with the rest of the riders for a place in Q2.
San Marino GP Practice Results
|1. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||1:30.846|
|2. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+0.126|
|3. Dani Pedrosa||KTM||+0.255|
|4. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+0.331|
|5. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+0.341|
|6. Marc Márquez||RESPOL HONDA||+0.371|
|7. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||+0.374|
|8. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+0.401|
|9. Brad Binder||KTM||+0.410|
|10. Raúl Fernández||APRILIA||+0.690|
|21. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+1.295|
“Ultimately today was a positive day because we achieved our target for the weekend: qualifying in the top 12. I need to keep on working on my feeling with the bike, it’s still not quite there but we were able to do the lap time. It was a calm day because at the start I was not getting the feedback from the bike, the tyres, the track that I wanted but we worked to improve it. In the last part of the afternoon session, I really pushed for a time and we were able to make a step, especially with used tyres. I then got a good lap behind Dani – he was super-fast. Tomorrow is another day.”
“The day started a bit more difficult than what we thought. I started today with the base from Montmelo and I was struggling with turning but we kept working and the feeling improved. We made a big step and I think I had a 31.7 in me if we were able to put a whole lap together without yellow flags etc. Then if you can catch another rider for the slipstream, you gain even more time and are able to challenge for the top ten. Our situation is better than what the results show and overall we take it as a positive day because we understood a lot.”