Aprilia’s Espargaro tops Day 2 of Misano MotoGP test

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro has set the pace on the second and final day of MotoGP’s Official Test at Misano.

Espargaro was fastest in the morning session with a 1:31.599s, and then again in the afternoon when he eventually got down to a 1:31.584s.

The Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco Bagnaia was thus fastest for the test overall with a 1:31.524s on Day 1 and, despite not running in the latter afternoon session, was second-quickest on Day 2 with a 1:31.664s.

The second day of the test also saw future Tech3 KTM rookies Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez ride a MotoGP bike for the first time.

While the Moto2 front-runners had initially been promised half a day each, they ended up taking over the bikes of incumbents Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona completely.

Fernandez ended the day 22nd-fastest with a 1:33.988s in the morning and 1:34.360s in the afternoon while Gardner, who had a crash along the way, was 25th on the timesheet courtesy of a 1:34.641s and then 1:35.086s.

At the pointy end of the timesheet, only 0.214s covered a top five of Aleix Espargaro, Bagnaia, Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda), and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team).

Aleix Espargaro worked with new aerodynamics and other new parts for 2022, when Aprilia takes its team in-house, while new team-mate Maverick Viñales pounded out 100 laps, his best of which was a 1:32.002s which was good enough for eighth on the day.

Mir and Alex Rins tried a new Suzuki chassis with a carbon bond at the top, the former lapping as quickly as a 1:31.707s, with the Hamamatsu marque also testing its 2022 engine again.

Nakagami’s fastest was a 1:31.735s while Miller clocked a 1:31.798s in the morning session and was as fast as a 1:32.166s in the afternoon.

The top 10 for the day was rounded out by Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda), Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha), Viñales, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM), and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).

Once again, Honda was a talking point due to new bikes.

After the older Marquez brother and test rider Stefan Bradl rolled out with a significant evolution of the RC213V on the Tuesday, Pol Espargaro piloted that model on the Wednesday.

Marc Marquez, however, was on another new bike again, in addition to cutting laps on a new bike with the aerodynamic package which was introduced midway through the current season.

Brother Alex, who wound up 13th, experimented with weight distribution on his Castrol LCR Honda entry, according to team boss Lucio Cecchinello.

There was slight drama for Enea Bastianini, who crashed on each day and sat out the rest of the Wednesday due to the latter of those spills.

Nevertheless, the Avintia Esponsorama Ducati rider, who finished on a podium for the first time in MotoGP just days earlier, is said to be OK.

New Monster Energy Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli crashed twice on Day 2 but was also uninjured and finished the day 17th-fastest.

Attention now turns to Round 15 of the season, the Grand Prix of the Americas, on October 1-3 (local time).

Day 2: Misano Official Test Combined

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Fastest lap Sess Gap 1st/Prev
1 41 A.ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:31.584 FP4  
2 63 F.BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:31.664 FP3 0.080/0.080
3 36 J.MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:31.707 FP3 0.123/0.043
4 30 T.NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:31.735 FP4 0.151/0.028
5 43 J.MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:31.798 FP3 0.214/0.063
6 44 P.ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:31.926 FP3 0.342/0.128
7 20 F.QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:31.959 FP3 0.375/0.033
8 12 M.VIÑALES ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.002 FP3 0.418/0.043
9 88 M.OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.136 FP3 0.552/0.134
10 93 M.MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.151 FP4 0.567/0.015
11 10 L.MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1:32.156 FP3 0.572/0.005
12 33 B.BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.175 FP3 0.591/0.019
13 73 A.MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:32.259 FP4 0.675/0.084
14 51 M.PIRRO ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:32.331 FP4 0.747/0.072
15 42 A.RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:32.352 FP4 0.768/0.021
16 89 J.MARTIN ESP Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.412 FP3 0.828/0.060
17 21 F.MORBIDELLI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:32.635 FP3 1.051/0.223
18 04 A.DOVIZIOSO ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:32.830 FP3 1.246/0.195
19 46 V.ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:32.842 FP3 1.258/0.012
20 26 D.PEDROSA ESP KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.959 FP4 1.375/0.117
21 23 E.BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1:32.975 FP3 1.391/0.016
22 25 R.FERNANDEZ ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:33.988 FP3 2.404/1.013
23 32 L.SAVADORI ITA Aprilia Factory Racing Aprilia 1:34.043 FP4 2.459/0.055
24 50 S.GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:34.141 FP3 2.557/0.098
25 87 R.GARDNER AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:34.641 FP3 3.057/0.500
  6 S.BRADL GER Team Honda HRC Honda   FP3  

FP3: Morning session, FP4: Afternoon session

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