Aprilia’s Espargaro tops Day 2 of Misano MotoGP test
Thursday 23rd September, 2021 - 9:08am
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|
|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|
|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