Misano MotoGP test: Bagnaia tops opening day for Ducati despite crash

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia topped the first of two days of MotoGP testing at Misano fresh from his San Marino Grand Prix, despite suffering a crash during the afternoon.

Misano MotoGP test: Bagnaia tops opening day for Ducati despite crash

The paddock has stayed behind at Misano for two days of official in-season testing following the San Marino Grand Prix, with 2022 developments and set-up work for October’s Emilia Romagna GP at the same venue the primary focus for teams.

Rain in the morning left the circuit saturated for the first three-and-a-half-hour session to begin the day, with only eight riders posting lap times.

Pramac’s Johann Zarco set the pace at the end of the morning session as it dried out enough for some slick running, the Frenchman taking to the top of the standings with a 1m33.895s.

When action resumed in the afternoon for the second four-hour session of the day, Ducati’s Jack Miller set the initial pace with a 1m32.116s.

This would stand as the benchmark for some time, with top spot eventually being taken over by his team-mate Francesco Bagnaia – fresh from his second-successive victory in 2021 last Sunday at Misano.

Bagnaia did have a crash at the Turn 10 right-hander at Tramonto around two hours into the afternoon session, but suffered no ill-effects from that off.

He re-joined the session soon after and took over at the top of the timesheets with a 1m31.801s with around 90 minutes of running left, before improving to a 1m31.524s as the clock clicked into the final hour.

Bagnaia’s lap would go unchallenged through to the chequered flag, the Ducati rider ending the day 0.107 seconds clear of Honda’s Pol Espargaro.

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

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Honda had numerous items to try, with a radically different-looking 2022 prototype making a public appearance – the front of the bike taking on a more Yamaha-esque look.

Marc Marquez was seen spinning some laps on the prototype bike, as did test rider Stefan Bradl – though only in the morning session.

LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami completed the top three ahead of Suzuki’s Joan Mir, who had a 2022 engine to test again – having done so during pre-season – alongside team-mate Alex Rins.

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was fifth fastest ahead of Avintia rookie Luca Marini, while his team-mate Enea Bastianini in 21st – fresh from his maiden podium in the San Marino GP last weekend – ended his day early after a crash.

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Jack Miller was seventh on the sister factory team Ducati ahead of championship leader Fabio Quartararo, who cut laps on Yamaha’s 2022 prototype alongside team-mate Franco Morbidelli down in 18th.

Morbidelli said afterwards that the 2022 bike didn’t really resemble the feeling of the 2019 bike he’d been riding since 2020 up until last weekend, while noting the 2022 M1’s base showed signs of improvement on the already solid 2021 bike.

Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Pramac’s Jorge Martin and the KTM of Brad Binder completed the top 10, while Valentino Rossi is showing no signs of slowing down despite his impending retirement as he completed 56 laps on his Petronas SRT Yamaha in 11th.

Early pacesetter Zarco slid down the order to 13th at the end of the day between Miguel Oliveira on the KTM and Rins, with Marc Marquez 15th ahead of Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales – who also suffered a tumble during the test.

Testing will resume on Wednesday at 9:30am local time.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:31.524   45
2 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:31.631 0.107 65
3 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:31.843 0.319 52
4 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:31.913 0.389 57
5 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:31.927 0.403 66
6 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:31.980 0.456 52
7 Luca Marini Ducati 1:31.998 0.474 53
8 Jack Miller Ducati 1:32.044 0.520 66
9 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:32.135 0.611 51
10 Brad Binder KTM 1:32.169 0.645 52
11 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:32.170 0.646 56
12 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:32.177 0.653 66
13 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:32.348 0.824 43
14 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:32.379 0.855 72
15 Marc Marquez Honda 1:32.448 0.924 47
16 Maverick Vinales Aprilia 1:32.590 1.066 36
17 Alex Marquez Honda 1:32.592 1.068 57
18 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:32.653 1.129 32
19 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:32.665 1.141 51
20 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:32.751 1.227 55
21 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:32.837 1.313 1
22 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1:33.526 2.002 46
23 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1:33.582 2.058 41
24 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:34.497 2.973 33

 

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