09/21/2021 at 7:40 PM CEST
First day of MotoGP test at the Misano track. The big news was the premiere of the new prototype of the Honda RC213V, which proved Stefan bradl in the morning and Marc Márquez and afternoon. They also brought new things to light for Suzuki and Ducati, although the red bullets only tested specific parts. Francesco Bagnaia, which is still in a cloud, was the fastest of the afternoon session – only eight riders rode in the morning and on very complicated conditions – ahead of the Honda of Pol Espargaró and Takaaki Nakagami.
The morning session was of little use, with only eight riders who marked a launched lap on the wet asphalt of the San Marino circuit. Water made an appearance until practically the midday break and it was only possible to ride with ‘slicks’ in the last section of the morning. He led the French of the Pramac Ducati, Johann zarco with a time of 1’33.895.
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Bradl, Pedrosa, Pol Espargaró, Savadori, who returned to the Aprilia, Quartararo, Mir and Viñales, were the rest of the pilots who tested the Marco Simoncelli circuit before starting the afternoon, where they all rode except for the same Bradl and Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki test driver who comes from winning the Bol d’OR.
Much more profitable was the second part of Tuesday at Misano, with no rain and no water on the asphalt. The Italian ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia set the best time of the day (1’31.524) despite suffering a crash at Turn 10. Fabio’s main rival – who was eighth in the test – did not get on the new bike, but he did tried some parts that arrive as a novelty for 2022.
The riders of Honda and Suzuki. Marc Marquez, for his part, he was able to experience that he sits on the back of the new Honda, with great changes in the aerodynamics, dome and wings. Cervera’s was fifth, behind Pol Espargaró and Nakagami, who with their usual Honda, were second and third.
Fourth was Joan Mir, who together with his partner Àlex Rins (14th), also enjoyed their new Suzuki GSX-RR. The Catalan, who finished on the floor in the San Marino Grand Prix, was the pilot who gave the most laps in the afternoon, with a total of 71.
Fifth was Aleix Espargaró and 16th Maverick Viñales, on a day where Aprilia was attended by its third rider, Lorenzo Savadori. Also came back Dani Pedrosa as the fifth KTM rider. The Catalan was 23rd, just ahead of the Aprilia provador. Tomorrow it will be the turn of Raúl Fernández and Remy Gardner, the two mainstays of Aki Ajo in Moto2, who will ride a MotoGP for the first time on the second and last day of testing at the Marco Simoncelli in San Marino.