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Misano Friday round up – MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE

MotoGP 2023

Round 12 – Misano

MotoGP Friday Practice

Marco Bezzecchi was hot to trot from the start at Misano on Friday despite pain in his left thumb, a consequence of last Sunday’s crash in Catalunya.  By the end of proceedings Bezzecchi had set a new outright Misano benchmark at 1m30.846. 

Marco Bezzecchi – P1

A tough day, but I’m happy, the track record, then here at home, is always a great result. My hand hurts more than expected, especially from a race perspective, while on the flying lap it didn’t bother me. I thought I would struggle in the central part of the track, but instead the point where I suffer the most is T1. I’ll try to manage my energy as best as possible tomorrow, it’s a very long day, between qualifying and the race, but overall the sensations are more than positive and I won’t give up.”

Marco Bezzecchi

Maverick Vinales had stunned earlier when he broke into the 1m30s, the first man ever to do so, but ultimately the Aprilia man was usurped by the VR46 rider in the closing stages of the session.

Maverick Vinales – P2

I am truly happy with the day today. It’s a pleasure to be able to ride like this. I felt at ease from the very first lap, with the same good sensations as the previous GP races and this consistent performance helps me to build more and more confidence. We already have a good pace and we were also fast in the time attack, so that makes me optimistic for qualifying tomorrow. The goal is the front row.

Maverick Vinales

The evergreen Dani Pedrosa was quick from the outset, trialling a new version of the RC16, and using that to great affect.  Pedrosa relishing his opportunity to mix it up with the young guns, and getting great respect from them in return. Third quickest a stunning performance from the ‘retired’ racer.

Dani Pedrosa

Jorge Martin also had taken his turn atop the timing monitors but ultimately ended up fourth quickest just ahead of Luca Marini, Marc Marquez and Pecco Bagnaia. That quartet covered by four-hundredths of a second, how’s that for close company…  Marquez had been well down the order before tucking in behind for a tow late on from Dani Pedrosa that helped him leap up the order.

Luca Marini – P5

“It went definitely well today: we immediately found a lot of grip on the track, I didn’t consider it. Yesterday there were MotoE tests and the asphalt was more rubbery than expected. In the afternoon I wasn’t perfect, with the temperature I struggled more, I used two warmed tyres, then the yellow flags. I achieved the Q2 at the end and I’m happy, a crucial piece for the weekend.”

Luca Marini
Marc Marquez – P6

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.”

Marc Marquez thanking Dani Pedrosa for his tow
Pecco Bagnaia – P7

Honestly, I’m so happy, when I arrived at the box after what I had been through, it was one of the best moments of the season for me. Today wasn’t easy. I’m struggling a lot to move my leg on the bike, and I had to change a bit my riding style in the right corners. This morning it was already a good test for me, and this afternoon we did a better step in front in terms of feeling on the bike. The lap times we were doing with the used tyres were good, the pace was incredible, and the time attack went well. It will be tough for sure, but I don’t want to think too much about the races, I just want to stay calm and enjoy the moment.”

Pecco Bagnaia

P8 went the way of Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP), as Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Raul Fernandez (CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team) seal P9 and P10 – the latter gaining Q2 entry for the first time in his MotoGP career despite a small crash in Practice.

Alex Marquez – P8

Things went quite good. We improved consistently in a Friday that was definitely different from Montmeló, where we made some mistakes. We didn’t have a great feeling with the medium tyre, but things went better with the softer option. We surely have to do something in the first split where we lose a lot, but we know where to work on.

Alex Marquez
Raul Fernandez – P10

Honestly, I’m really happy because we were always close to going into Q2 directly, and today we managed to get it. But it was still difficult. I did the first run with new tyres and then I saw the yellow flag again and we needed to close the gas. On the second try, I arrived on the last part of the third sector and saw that everyone was in the middle, I tried not to lose a lot of time but unfortunately I crashed. In the end, I’m happy, I had a good pace all day and that is really important for tomorrow. Getting that Q2 is positive for the mind and for the work we have to do tomorrow during FP3. My team and I have been working really well in the last three, four races, we just needed to improve on the fast lap and the lap with new tyre, and today we improved on that. In the end I think the pace is there and that’s a good thing.”

Raul Fernandez

A late crash from Aleix Espargaro, who had been suffering from chatter issues throughout Friday, saw him slip out of the top ten amongst a gaggle of well credentialled riders who are also destined for Q1. Brother Pol Espargaro had hit the deck earlier in the session as had Marc Marquez and Jack Miller, also a victim of chatter issues.

Riders that will have to contest Q1 include Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing)… the list goes on.

Pol Espargaro – P11

I am a little upset with today’s outcome. I was struggling a bit at the beginning of Practice, but then I was catching up with the rhythm lap after lap. I rode a decent lap, but I was expecting to improve it because it was not perfect. Unfortunately, I made a mistake later on, maybe because I was waiting a bit too much in my first lap, and my front tyre cooled down, but I lost the front and could not avoid the crash. That was the end of my session unfortunately.

Pol Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro – P12

Unfortunately, it was a bad crash. My neck is in a lot of pain and it was certainly not the best start to the weekend. I did not have a good feeling today. There were a lot of vibrations that kept me from riding cleanly. I was pushing to get into the top ten and get the day back on track, but it wasn’t enough. Now I’ll try to get as much rest as possible and I’ll do everything I can to be back on the track tomorrow morning.

Aleix Espargaro
Fabio Quartararo – P13

We tried many things today, but I think maybe it was a bit too much. We have to keep working and try to keep improving. Trying to get into Q2 tomorrow will be super important. We will give our best and fight for the best possible position on the grid.

Franco Morbidelli – P14

I can‘t be satisfied with today. We didn‘t achieve our aim, which was to get directly into Q2. I could just do one time attack and unfortunately I couldn‘t get a top-10 spot. I did a 1‘31.7s, and that was not enough to get into Q2. It‘s a pity.

Jack Miller – P17

Was going alright until time attack time, felt good on the used tyre but on the softs I found the limit, I pushed a little too hard and it got away from me. Went back to the box and got the other bike but couldn’t seem to get the second tyre to go and didn’t have a tidy lap. Need to find some more for tomorrow, we’re not far away.”

Jack Miller

MotoGP Friday Practice Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Marco BEZZECCHI DUCATI 1m30.846
2 Maverick VIÑALES APRILIA +0.126
3 Dani PEDROSA KTM +0.255
4 Jorge MARTIN DUCATI +0.331
5 Luca MARINI DUCATI +0.341
6 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA +0.371
7 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI +0.374
8 Alex MARQUEZ DUCATI +0.401
9 Brad BINDER KTM +0.410
11 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +0.714
14 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA +0.864
15 Stefan BRADL HONDA +0.869
16 Michele PIRRO DUCATI +0.897
17 Jack MILLER KTM +0.935
18 Johann ZARCO DUCATI +0.939
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA +1.261
21 Joan MIR HONDA +1.295
22 Miguel OLIVEIRA APRILIA +1.508
23 Augusto FERNANDEZ KTM +1.767
Not qualified (Out 105%)

MotoGP Friday FP1 Resuts

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Michele PIRRO DUCATI 1m31.909
2 Luca MARINI DUCATI +0.115
3 Jorge MARTIN DUCATI +0.157
6 Dani PEDROSA KTM +0.341
7 Maverick VIÑALES APRILIA +0.366
8 Johann ZARCO DUCATI +0.392
10 Alex MARQUEZ DUCATI +0.440
11 Brad BINDER KTM +0.481
12 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA +0.486
13 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +0.495
14 Jack MILLER KTM +0.600
16 Stefan BRADL HONDA +0.629
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA APRILIA +0.650
19 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA +0.662
20 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI +0.690
21 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA +0.765
22 Augusto FERNANDEZ KTM +1.292
23 Joan MIR HONDA +1.319
Not qualified (Out 105%)
NQ 7 Takumi TAKAHASHI HONDA +5.985

MotoGP Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
1 Bagnaia 260
2 Martin 210
3 Bezzecchi 189
4 Binder 166
5 Aleix Espargaro 154
6 Zarco 141
7 Marini 125
8 Viñales 113
9 Miller 104
10 Marquez 102
11 Quartararo 82
12 Morbidelli 67
13 Fernandez 58
14 Oliveira 55
15 Rins 47
16 Di Giannantonio 43
17 Nakagami 35
18 Bastianini 25
19 Marquez 22
20 Fernandez 14
21 Pedrosa 13
22 Savadori 9
23 Folger 9
24 Pol Espargaro 8

Moto2 Friday Practice

Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) topped the timesheets on Friday and the young phenom was half-a-second clear of the field.

Celestino Vietti (Fantic Racing) heads the chasing pack at his home round ahead of Jake Dixon (Inde GASGAS Aspar Team). Fresh from his Barcelona victory, the Brit started his weekend in third on combined times.

Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

Alonso Lopez (+Ego SpeedUp) finished just 0.010s away from the top three in P4 ahead of Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) who made a big step in Practice 2 to jump up to the top 5. Ai Ogura (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) struggled to improve in Practice 2, but did consolidate P6 with his P1 time, ahead of Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing), Filip Salač (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2) and Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team).

Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) crashed twice in Practice 2 and subsequently failed to improve. However, the Thai rider’s P1 time was enough for him to secure a top 10 ahead of Aron Canet (Pons Wegow Los40), who also hit the deck in P2.

Fermin Aldeguer (+Ego SpeedUp), Jeremy Alcoba (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2) and Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) provisionally sit in the final provisional Q2 spots with Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) all the way down in 18th.

Aussie teenager Senna Agius, once again standing in for the injured Darryn Binder, was 24th on day one, a second outside of the top ten.

Moto2 Friday Practice Results (Combined)

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 P.Acosta KALEX 1m35.921
2 C.Vietti KALEX +0.541
3 J.Dixon KALEX +0.701
4 A.Lopez BOSCOSCURO +0.711
5 S.Lowes KALEX +0.737
6 A.Ogura KALEX +0.758
7 J.Roberts KALEX +0.786
8 F.Salac KALEX +0.881
9 B.Bendsneyde KALEX +0.972
10 S.Chantra KALEX +0.982
11 A.Canet KALEX +1.003
12 F.Aldeguer BOSCOSCURO +1.012
13 J.Alcoba KALEX +1.081
14 M.Gonzalez KALEX +1.084
15 B.Baltus KALEX +1.149
16 M.Pasini KALEX +1.201
17 S.Garcia KALEX +1.211
18 T.Arbolino KALEX +1.213
19 A.Arenas KALEX +1.229
20 M.Ramirez KALEX +1.390
21 D.Foggia KALEX +1.540
22 I.Guevara KALEX +1.578
23 Z.Vd Goorberg KALEX +1.675
24 S.Agius KALEX +1.831
25 R.Skinner KALEX +1.889
26 A.Surra FORWARD +2.219
27 L.Tulovic KALEX +2.259
28 B.Gomez KALEX +2.277
29 K.Nozane KALEX +2.405
30 S.Kelly FORWARD +2.500
31 T.Hada KALEX +2.942

Moto2 Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
1 ACOSTA Pedro 186
2 ARBOLINO Tony 164
3 DIXON Jake 142
4 CANET Aron 116
5 LOPEZ Alonso 100
6 VIETTI Celestino 86
7 ALDEGUER Fermín 84
8 SALAC Filip 84
9 CHANTRA Somkiat 79
10 LOWES Sam 74
11 GONZALEZ Manuel 74
12 OGURA Ai 64
13 ARENAS Albert 59
14 GARCIA Sergio 58
15 BALTUS Barry 38
16 ALCOBA Jeremy 33
17 ROBERTS Joe 32
19 BINDER Darryn 13
20 FOGGIA Dennis 13
21 TULOVIC Lukas 12
22 PASINI Mattia 5

Moto3 Friday Practice

Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) made it two Fridays in a row on top as he pipped Ayumu Sasaki (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) to the top at Misano, just 0.075s separating the two. Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) rounded out the top 3, with the Championship leader Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Tech3) struggling for form in P13.

Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing)

David Alonso (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team) had another strong Moto3 showing. The Colombian rookie finds himself in P4 on Day 1 with just 0.134s covering the top four. Ivan Ortola (Angeluss MTA Team) rounded out the top five, with Joel Kelso (CFMOTO Racing PruestelGP) in P6.

Stefano Nepa (Angeluss MTA Team) bagged P7 to kick off his home Grand Prix ahead of Kaito Toba (SIC58 Sqaudra Corse) and Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with Romano Fenati (Rivacold Snipers Team) rounding out the top 10.

Moto3 Friday Practice Results (Combined)

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 J.Masia HONDA 1m42.154
2 A.Sasaki HUSQVARNA +0.075
3 D.Öncü KTM +0.129
4 D.Alonso GASGAS +0.134
5 I.Ortolá KTM +0.277
6 J.Kelso CFMOTO +0.279
7 S.Nepa KTM +0.317
8 K.Toba HONDA +0.398
9 J.Rueda KTM +0.403
10 R.Fenati HONDA +0.461
11 T.Suzuki HONDA +0.473
12 C.Veijer HUSQVARNA +0.581
13 D.Holgado KTM +0.604
14 T.Furusato HONDA +0.634
15 D.Muñoz KTM +0.647
16 S.Azman KTM +0.722
17 X.Artigas CFMOTO +0.735
18 J.Whatley HONDA +0.771
19 R.Rossi HONDA +0.834
20 F.Farioli KTM +0.916
21 S.Ogden HONDA +0.924
22 D.Moreira KTM +0.988
23 M.Bertelle HONDA +1.136
24 D.Salvador KTM +1.240
25 R.Yamanaka GASGAS +1.619
26 L.Fellon KTM +1.654
27 M.Aji HONDA +1.669
28 A.Carrasco KTM +2.019

Moto3 Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
1 HOLGADO Daniel 161
2 SASAKI Ayumu 148
3 MASIA Jaume 129
4 ÖNCÜ Deniz 128
5 ORTOLÁ Ivan 124
6 ALONSO David 115
7 MOREIRA Diogo 94
8 RUEDA José Antonio 81
9 NEPA Stefano 67
10 ARTIGAS Xavier 60
11 MUÑOZ David 53
12 YAMANAKA Ryusei 52
13 SUZUKI Tatsuki 49
14 TOBA Kaito 49
15 VEIJER Collin 47
16 ROSSI Riccardo 33
17 SALVADOR David 31
18 FENATI Romano 23
19 OGDEN Scott 20
20 BERTELLE Matteo 20
21 KELSO Joel 19
22 MIGNO Andrea 17

MotoE Qualifying

MotoE Friday Combined Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Q Time/Gap
1 Mattia CASADEI DUCATI Q2 1m40.731
2 Nicolas SPINELLI DUCATI Q2 +0.073
3 Hector GARZO DUCATI Q2 +0.078
4 Andrea MANTOVANI DUCATI Q2 +0.178
5 Jordi TORRES DUCATI Q2 +0.331
6 Kevin MANFREDI DUCATI Q2 +0.402
7 Kevin ZANNONI DUCATI Q2 +0.495
8 Alessandro ZACCONE DUCATI Q2 +0.670
9 Miquel PONS DUCATI Q2 +0.753
10 Matteo FERRARI DUCATI Q2 +2.054
11 Eric GRANADO DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.064
12 Randy KRUMMENACHE DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.528
13 Tito RABAT DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.579
14 Mika PEREZ DUCATI Q1 (*) 1.070
15 Hikari OKUBO DUCATI Q1 (*) 1.337
16 Alessio FINELLO DUCATI Q1 (*) 2.036
17 Maria HERRERA DUCATI Q1 (*) 2.699
18 Andrea MIGNO DUCATI Q1 (*) 3.531

Misano Grand Prix Schedule
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Time Class Event
1640 Moto3 FP3
1725 Moto2 FP3
1810 MotoGP FP2
1850 MotoGP Q1
1915 MotoGP Q2
2015 MotoE R1
2050 Moto3 Q1
2115 Moto3 Q2
2145 Moto2 Q1
2210 Moto2 Q2
2300 MotoGP Sprint
0010 (Sun) MotoE R2


Time Class Event
1745 MotoGP WUP
1900 Moto3 Race
2015 Moto2 Race
2200 MotoGP Race



2023 MotoGP Calendar

Rnd Date Location
1 Mar-26 Portugal, Portimao
2 Apr-02 Argentina, Termos de Rio Honda
3 Apr-16 Americas, COTA
4 Apr-30 Spain, Jerez
5 May-14 France, Le Mans
6 Jun-11 Italy, Mugello
7 Jun-18 Germany, Sachsenring
8 Jun-25 Netherlands, Assen
10 Aug-06 Great Britain, Silverstone
11 Aug-20 Austria, Red Bull Ring
12 Sep-03 Catalunya, Catalunya
13 Sep-10 San Marino, Misano
14 Sep-24 India, Buddh (Subject to homologation)
15 Oct-01 Japan, Motegi
16 Oct-15  Indonesia, Mandalika
17 Oct-22 Australia, Phillip Island
18 Oct-29 Thailand, Chang
19 Nov-12 Malaysia, Sepang
20 Nov-19 Qatar, Lusail
21 Nov-26 Valenciana, Valencia




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