09/17/2021 at 6:04 PM CEST
The Spanish Maverick Viñales (Aprilia RS-GP) surprised this Friday with his first provisional pole position by taking advantage of the good conditions of the first free practice session of the San Marino Grand Prix and the Rimini Riviera, on the “Marco Simoncelli” circuit in Misano Adriatico, to set the best time. Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) dominated the second free practice session, but the fastest was Spanish Maverick Viñales with his new Aprilia RS-GP.
Like I’ve been waiting for the moment The rain began to fall on the asphalt of the Adriatic circuit when the Moto3 riders went to their workshops and all the MotoGP riders entered theirs to start the second batch of the day. It was only a few minutes but it rained with enough intensity to leave the asphalt completely wet again, which prevented the exit, no “premier class” rider could lower his personal best marks.
In these extreme conditions of the track, the Spanish Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16) initially stood out, who heads the last third of the season as a MotoGP rider to go to the Superbike World Championship in 2022, although in the last third of the session he suffered a fall, when his motorcycle was thrown into the air, in the first curve of the track.
After Iker Lecuona, he was succeeded at the head of the table by the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), a true specialist in water, as well as the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), who succeeded him in the times table and between them was He started his particular fight for the first place, far from the best times of the morning.
Other specialists in wet conditions like the Italian Danilo petrucci (KTM RC 16), who will leave the MotoGP category to compete in the Dakar Rally 2022 as the official KTM rider, they were climbing positions throughout the second round, until reaching the fourth place, ahead of the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), although the final section of it reflected some changes.
The winner of the Motorland Aragón race, the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), was also one of those who climbed to first place in the final stage of the session., ahead of Miller and Zarco, although the Frenchman regained first place on his last lap.
After Zarco were placed Miller, the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) and Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), with the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) behind them, while the world leader, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) was not very successful in these conditions and finished in a delayed eighteenth place, behind Maverick Viñales and ahead of Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V).
In any case, the valid results of the day ended up being those of the morning, when it was possible to roll on dry asphalt and then the fastest was Maverick Viñales, followed 80 thousandths of a second by Joan Mir, with Bagnaia third at 135 thousandths of a second and Jack Miller fourth at 193 thousandths of a second.
Up to four more Spaniards were classified in the top ten, with Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), fifth, ahead of Pol Espargaró, Fabio Quartararo, German Stefan Bradl (Honda RC 213 V), Honda test rider, Marc Márquez and Aleix Espargaró. Swiss Thomas Luthi (Kalex) ended up being the fastest in Moto2 by just 28 thousandths of a second ahead of Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex).
The Australian Remy Gardner (Kalex), world leader, was not very successful in the difficult conditions that were lived in this first day and finished in a discreet twenty-second position, with everything better than his greatest rival, his teammate, the Spanish Raúl Fernández, twenty-fifth. The Italian Dennis Foggia (Honda) emerged as the dominator of Moto3, where the world leader, the Spanish Pedro Acosta (KTM), improved notably and finished second.