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

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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.

Read Also:

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

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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

 

shares
comments

Related video

Rossi: MotoGP in Italy will be fine "without me"
Previous article

Rossi: MotoGP in Italy will be fine "without me"

Next article

Lecuona ‘pissed off’ to be benched at MotoGP test for rookies

Lecuona ‘pissed off’ to be benched at MotoGP test for rookies
Load comments
Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve Plus

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

MotoGP
Jan 17, 2022
The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022 Plus

The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022

OPINION: MotoGP will get its own Drive to Survive-style series in 2022, airing on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a much-needed grab at the mainstream for MotoGP, but a paradigm shift in the series highlighted by one of its leading stars must be embraced and not overshadowed by a desire to replicate DTS’s popcorn drama

MotoGP
Jan 10, 2022
Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Plus

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

MotoGP
Jan 4, 2022
How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Plus

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Eight different riders won races across an ultra-competitive 2021 MotoGP season. Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and the world championship's returning king. Autosport picks out the year's 10 best riders

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2021
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

MotoGP
Dec 7, 2021
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Plus

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Plus

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Autosport’s pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021