Fabio Quartararo leaves Misano with the fastest lap in the history of the circuit, and good feedback on the development of the new Yamaha. Marc Marquez has completed one hundred laps and should be able to participate in the next Grand Prix.
When, in September 2023, the MotoGP riders come to Misano to compete in the San Marino Grand Prix, the official circuit record will still be the 1’31.065 set by Francesco Bagnaia in 2021. But the unofficial record, not officially set in stone – since only the times of the Grands Prix are recorded – but well signed this Wednesday, September 7, will be different. Nothing, since 11 thousandths faster, but different all the same: 1’31.054, owned by Fabio Quartararo.
The fastest man in the history of the Italian track, the Frenchman dominated the second and final day of the test, even coming close to slamming the first 1’30 of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. He is 118 thousandths ahead of his rival for the title, Francesco Bagnaia, whose benchmark was set earlier in the morning. The Ducati rider didn’t have a long list of things to test, unlike Fabio Quartararo who tried the engine in preparation for 2023, along with a new chassis. The feedback is positive and invites the Yamaha clan to optimism.
Aprilia, which has given its pilots new aerodynamic devices, places Maverick Viñales (3rd) and Aleix Espargaro (5th) in the top-5 of the test. The second city left his box earlier than expected, due to a small fracture of the little finger (the little finger of the hand) left following a fall. However, he reassures that he should not suffer from it at the Aragon Grand Prix, in about ten days.
Future ex-KTM rider, Miguel Oliveira (8th) acts as the brand’s best representative, but the gaps are tight since his teammate Brad Binder (16th), who rode today with what Dani Pedrosa (21st) tested on Tuesday , is only two tenths behind. The Austrian manufacturer is putting the means on the table to turn the tide, after a 2022 season where the KTM RC16 rarely plays the leading roles.
Marc Marquez concludes his return to the track with a record of 100 laps completed, he who spent a hundred days without his Honda RC213V following his right arm operation. The Spaniard is already the best representative of his brand, in 13th place, and has begun to set the direction for the development of the 2023 prototype. His time, 1’31.642, is worthy of qualifying at Misano. He still needs to work on his physical condition, but the speed is there.
Next stop for the MotoGP paddock: MotorLand Aragon, which will host the 15th Grand Prix of the season from September 16 to 18. The 2023 models of the machines will come out on the track in November, at the Valencia test which will follow the last event of the season.
Misano Test – Combined D1 + D2:
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