The Misano route receives from this Friday the fourteenth round of the MotoGP season under the label of a Grand Prix of San Marino. Before that there was an Austrian Grand Prix where Francesco Bagnaia won for the ninth time in MotoGP and for the fifth time since the start of the season. He thus became the third Ducati rider to win five or more victories in a single MotoGP season along with Casey Stoner in 2007 (10 wins) and 2008 (6), and Andrea Dovizioso in 2017 (6). This is Bagnaia’s third victory in three successive MotoGP races, becoming the second Ducati rider with this series of victories, with Casey Stoner having done so twice: in 2008 (from the British GP to the GP of Germany) and in 2007 (from the United States to the San Marino GP). This Sunday, he will try to become the first Ducati rider to claim four victories in four successive MotoGP races.
In addition, Bagnaia became the first driver to claim three (or more) wins in three successive premier class races since Mark Marquez in 2019, which has fielded five in a row from San Marino to Australia. Since the introduction of MotoGP in 2002, Bagnaia is only the sixth different driver to claim three (or more) wins in three (or more) successive races in the category, along with Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.
The leader of the championship, Fabio Quartararofinished second at the Austrian GP, which is the best result by a driver Yamaha at the Red Bull Ring in MotoGP. It is also the 27th MotoGP podium of Quartararo with Yamaha and he is still seventh on the list of Yamaha riders with the most premier class podiums, one less than MotoGP legend Max Biaggi (Valentino Rossi leads with 142 premier class podiums with Yamaha).
Jack Miller finished third at the Red Bull Ring for his fifth podium since the start of the season with the Americas (P3), France (P2), Germany (P3), Great Britain (P3), and his 20th overall in MotoGP. Since his debut in MotoGP in 2015, Miller never got more than five podiums in a single season (he got five in 2019 and 2021). With Bagnaia and Miller, this is the 19th successive MotoGP race with at least one Ducati rider on the podium, extending the Bologna factory record in this category.
At the Austrian GP, Luca Marini finished fourth for his best MotoGP result so far. Since its debut in the category last year, Marini has always finished the race. Alex Marquez finished 14th in Austria with the best Honda. Since the opening race with Pol Espargaro in third position, none Honda hasn’t finished on the podium for 12 consecutive races, which is the longest streak without a podium in the premier class since the Japanese manufacturer’s full-time return to the premier class in 1982.
Yamaha and Marc Marquez are the most successful at Misano
At the Austrian GP, Marco Bezzecchi finished ninth as top rookie ahead Fabio Di Giannantonio (P11). He is still leading the fight for the title of Rookie of the Year with 68 points ahead of Di Giannantonio (23 points), Darryn Binder (10), Remy Gardner (9) and Raúl Fernández (5). At the San Marino GP, Andrea Dovizioso should make its last appearance in GP. He will retire after 346 starts in GP (including 326 successive starts from Japan/2002 in 125cc to Portugal/2020 in MotoGP). He is the driver with the most starts in GP after Valentino Rossi (432), and with 248 starts. In the premier category, he is the second driver with the highest number of starts after Rossi (372).
Only one of the five rookies in MotoGP this year won a Grand Prix race at Misano in the lower grades: Raúl Fernandez in Moto2 at the San Marino GP last year (from pole position). However, with the exception of Darryn Binderall the other rookies have already reached the podium in smaller categories on this circuit: Di Giannantonio (P3 in Moto3™ in 2017 and 2018, and P2 in Moto2™ in 2019), Bezzecchi (P2 in both Moto2™ races in 2020), Fernandez (P1 in 2021/1) and Gardner (P2 in Moto2 in 2021/1). On his side, Joan Mirwho will miss the San Marino GP, will celebrate its 25th birthday on Thursday before the GP.
Finally, Yamaha is the most successful manufacturer at Misano with eight victories: three with Valentino Rossi (2008, 2009, 2014) and Jorge Lorenzo (2011, 2012, 2013), and one each with Franco Morbidelli (2020/1) and Maverick Vinales (2020/2), who also qualified on pole position in 2019, 2020/1 and 2020/2. But the most successful driver on this track since 2007 is Mark Marquez with seven victories (1 x 125cc, 2 x Moto2, 4 x MotoGP).
The presentations made, all that remains is to consult the program to take advantage of this event at Misano which will undoubtedly be subject to a number of twists and turns from this Friday, the day of the free practice sessions…
Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino and Riviera di Rimini
Friday, September 2:
08:25 – 08:45: MotoE, FP1
09:00 – 09:40: Moto3, FP1
9:55 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.: MotoGP, FP1
10.55 a.m. – 11.35 a.m.: Moto2, FP1
12:35 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.: MotoE, FP2
1:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.: Moto3 FP2
2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.: MotoGP FP2
15-10 – 15h50: Moto2 FP2
4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: MotoE, Qualifying 1
5:10 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.: MotoE, Qualifying 2