2022 Misano MotoGP Test Day 1 1pm Result: Aprilias Lead As Marquez Makes Comeback

Marc Marquez at the Misano test, riding for the first time since the fourth operation on his right arm

Testing is underway at Misano for one of the most important tests of the year, where the factories roll out the first prototypes of their 2023 MotoGP machines. On the first morning of the test, however, most of the work done has been on this year's bikes, with only a few new parts making an appearance.

As the riders break for lunch, the Aprilias lead the way, Aleix Espargaro faster than teammate Maverick Viñales, both riders half a second off the outright lap record set by Pecco Bagnaia in 2021. Fabio Quartararo is third fastest, just ahead of Pol Espargaro, who once again proves his speed in testing.

The most prominent participant is Marc Marquez, making his return on a MotoGP bike for the first time since his operation after Mugello to straighten the humerus he damaged in the Jerez crash two years ago. Marquez had been optimistic after riding a Honda CBR600RR around the Motorland Aragon kart track, and so far, things appear to have gone well for the Spaniard. He has done 39 laps, in a sequence of 5 and 6-lap runs, on a par with the rest of the field. Marquez has tried a new aero package, but there is so far no sign of the new aluminum swingarm built by Kalex, in a breach with long-standing tradition in HRC to do everything in-house.

Marc Marquez does some exercise with his physio before starting the test at Misano

We are expecting to see the 2023 Yamaha M1 at some point, though given Yamaha's record, it will be difficult to see the differences. The biggest difference is the engine, which should have more power and more acceleration to allow Fabio Quartararo to take on the Ducatis more successfully.

The test continues this afternoon and on Wednesday, with more novelties expected. Photos and updates will follow over the next few days.

KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa on the 2023 KTM RC16 test mule at Misano

Times at the end of the first four-hour session:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.531    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'31.557 0.026 0.026
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.588 0.057 0.031
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'31.707 0.176 0.119
5 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.741 0.210 0.034
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.808 0.277 0.067
7 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.864 0.333 0.056
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.936 0.405 0.072
9 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'31.950 0.419 0.014
10 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'32.037 0.506 0.087
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'32.055 0.524 0.018
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.069 0.538 0.014
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.154 0.623 0.085
14 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.213 0.682 0.059
15 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.221 0.690 0.008
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.336 0.805 0.115
17 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.395 0.864 0.059
18 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'32.398 0.867 0.003
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.476 0.945 0.078
20 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.512 0.981 0.036
21 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.562 1.031 0.050
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.634 1.103 0.072
23 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'32.739 1.208 0.105
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'32.820 1.289 0.081
25 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'33.039 1.508 0.219
26 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'33.379 1.848 0.340
27 77 Dominique Aegerter Suzuki 1'33.907 2.376 0.528
28 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'34.897 3.366 0.990
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No idea what they are riding. It's testing. I don't think Marc is testing anything yet. Maybe Alex has something new and awful. It's only a tenth but you would expect Marc to be faster.

Where is Cal, and why is Dovi testing when he said that was it yesterday?

I would guess Dovi is there to help compare the new bike to the old, and maybe with him there and both factory riders there's not enough material to bring Cal too? Or, since Cal is going to be "racing" (as a factory test mule) the rest of the season including the flyaways he wants to limit the amount of time away from his family? 

Dovi was there for the morning only to test the new Alpinestars helmet.

Crutchlow has already tested the new bike in Japan and since he has two busy months ahead he took it easy (Meregalli's words more or less)

So nice to see him back on the bike. I'll be interested to see how long it takes him to get into 'race shape' and the direction HRC takes with the '23 bike.

For all his brilliance he is just showing us he is human as another brken arm if he goes too fast too soon and its Goodnight and thanks for the memories