The magical moment of Pecco Bagnaia continued on the first day of the MotoGP collective tests at the Misano circuit. 48 hours after his second consecutive victory, the Ducati rider was the fastest at the end of a day that in the morning was affected by the rain that fell during the night, which prompted very few riders to take the track.
To make up for the lost time, they all worked hard in the afternoon and in the end it was the Ducatista who watched everyone from above, even though he also ran into a crash without consequences at turn 10. After this, however, he was back in the saddle and signed today’s best reference in 1’31 “524. Among other things, as part of the 45 laps Pecco also brought to the debut a new aerodynamic look of the Desmosedici GP, which was also tested by Jack Miller, at the end eighth at just over half a second, and by Jorge Martin, who follows him in ninth position.
Behind the Piedmontese, the two Hondas of Pol Espargaro and Takaaki Nakagami shone, trailing by 107 and 389 thousandths respectively in second and fourth position. It must be said that the House of the Golden Wing was probably the one that attracted the most attention, because in the morning, despite the wet track, test driver Stefan Bradl brought a new prototype made in a 2022 key to its debut.
A bike that at first glance immediately showed important differences with the current RC213V: a decidedly more tapered fairing, with a vertical airbox. Even the wings then seem a middle ground between those of today and those of Yamaha. Indeed, in a certain sense, this prototype seems to be going decisively in the direction of the M1. In the afternoon Marc Marquez also had the opportunity to start evaluating it, who finished 17th at one second. However, we will have to wait until tomorrow to get the first feedback from the eight-time world champion because for the moment at HRC the mouths are sewn.
However, Aleix Espargaro’s day was also positive, as he was able to take Aprilia to third position. On the RS-GP today a new aerodynamics with slightly smaller wings was also tested, which should make it a little lighter especially when changing direction. In addition, test driver Lorenzo Savadori made his debut this morning with a new front fender with an air intake designed to keep the tire temperature low. It was not a particularly brilliant day, however, for Maverick Vinales, only 16th and also the protagonist of a crash at turn 15.
Continuing to scroll through the ranking, in fifth position is the reigning world champion Joan Mir, who like his teammate Alex Rins (14th) worked with the 2022 engine, also making adjustments in terms of electronics and set -up to try to explore its potential. Both completed the work program and seemed satisfied at the end of the day, as they believe the new engine is a step forward, without affecting the character of the GSX-RR. Tomorrow there will also be the basis of the 2022 chassis to be evaluated.
It is necessary to reach the sixth position to find the first of the Yamahas, which was that of the world leader Fabio Quartararo. Both he and Franco Morbidelli had the opportunity to taste the base of the M1 prototype 2022, but both were stingy with comments about it in meetings with the press. The Italian driver also made a few small steps forward with his left leg, that of the knee operation, even if he didn’t turn too much to save it for tomorrow and therefore he is only in 18th position.
Compared to the race weekend, Valentino Rossi seems to have taken a small step forward, who managed to set the 11th fastest time just over six tenths of a second. The “Doctor” didn’t have any particular things to try, so he should have mainly focused on the set-up of his M1 in what will be his only day of work. This also applies to Johann Zarco, who tested a new Ducati frame today and will have surgery in France tomorrow due to a compartment syndrome. The Frenchman finished 13th after being fastest in the morning and will be replaced tomorrow by test driver Michele Pirro.
Remaining at Yamaha, Andrea Dovizioso occupies the 19th position and has continued his work of adapting to the M1 “Spec B”, completing over 50 laps. The good news is that his best time came right at the last lap, even though his 1’32 “665 keeps him over a second from the top.
Luca Marini, on the other hand, made a significant step forward, who in the final managed to set the seventh fastest time, dropping under 1’32 “. An injection of confidence he needed after being overshadowed by his teammate Enea Bastianini The Avintia Esponsorama driver today had some news related to the gearbox to test, but he completed just a few passes before finishing wheels in the air at the corner and prematurely interrupting his program.
Miguel Oliveira also ended up on the ground at turn 1, 12th with his KTM. For the Austrian manufacturer, however, Brad Binder was faster, credited with tenth position. Mike Leitner revealed that there was some news on the bike of test rider Dani Pedrosa, who however remained in the support positions, without giving too much attention. At the end of the group we also find Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci, who tomorrow will sell their RC16s to the two 2022 riders of the Tech3 team, who are also the two contenders for the Moto2 title, namely Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez.
MotoGP Misano Test, Day 1: afternoon times