2022 Misano MotoGP Test Day 2 Final Result: Bagnaia Leads Ducati Onslaught At End Of First Day

Pecco Bagnaia leaves pit lane at the Misano MotoGP test

Pecco Bagnaia has finished the first day of the MotoGP test at Misano at the top of the timesheets. Despite not having a great deal to test, the Ducatis spent a lot of time on track, Bagnaia ending the day fastest. Luca Marini set the second fastest time of the day, ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia.

It was a relatively quite day in terms of new parts being tested, with most teams appearing to spend most of their time working on setup for the remaining 6 races of the 2022 season. Marc Marquez tried a new aero package, resembling the wings on the Aprilia, with a lower fairing with a similar bulge. Marquez is the only rider left who can still homologate another aero package, the rest all having taken the maximum permitted two sets of aero during the season.

In the Honda test garage, Stefan Bradl took the new aluminum swingarm out for its first run, the swingarm being manufactured by Moto2 chassis makers Kalex. That is likely to make an appearance on the bikes of Nakagami and Marquez on Wednesday.

Suzuki had the least to do, MotoE and World Supersport champion Dominique Aegerter getting a run on the GSX-RR, with a view to possibly replacing Joan Mir if Mir is not fit for Aragon. Aegerter set a very respectable 1'33.907, 2.6 seconds off Bagnaia. Suzuki packed up on Tuesday afternoon and headed home. 

Dominque Aegerter riding the Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP bike at the Misano test

Andrea Dovizioso was also present, though he was conducting test work for Alpinestars, trying their new helmet. Alpinestars have been venturing into helmet production in the past few years, but concentrating on off-road. They are close to releasing their first street helmet, and Dovizioso is putting the finishing touches to the product.

Marc Marquez did not ride in the afternoon - though his team had to gently remind him that it was not the plan for him to do that. He racked up a total of 39 laps, concentrating on his feeling with the bike. The good news was that he had no pain at all from the bone, though his muscles needed to readjust to riding a MotoGP bike. He will return to the track tomorrow, before making a decision about racing. Speaking to the media, he sounded cautious.

Testing continues on Wednesday.

Overall times from day 1:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:31.292    
2 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:31.473 0.181 0.181
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:31.531 0.239 0.058
4 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:31.554 0.262 0.023
5 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:31.557 0.265 0.003
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:31.588 0.296 0.031
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:31.591 0.299 0.003
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:31.606 0.314 0.015
9 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:31.707 0.415 0.101
10 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:31.741 0.449 0.034
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:31.916 0.624 0.175
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:31.936 0.644 0.020
13 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:31.950 0.658 0.014
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:32.048 0.756 0.098
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:32.145 0.853 0.097
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:32.336 1.044 0.191
17 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:32.395 1.103 0.059
18 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:32.395 1.103 0.000
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:32.408 1.116 0.013
20 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:32.467 1.175 0.059
21 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:32.562 1.270 0.095
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:32.634 1.342 0.072
23 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1:32.739 1.447 0.105
24 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:32.739 1.447 0.000
25 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:32.820 1.528 0.081
26 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:33.379 2.087 0.559
27 77 Dominique Aegerter Suzuki 1:33.907 2.615 0.528
28 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:34.897 3.605 0.990

Results of afternoon session:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.292    
2 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'31.473 0.181 0.181
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.554 0.262 0.081
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'31.591 0.299 0.037
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.606 0.314 0.015
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.656 0.364 0.050
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.792 0.500 0.136
8 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'31.816 0.524 0.024
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.916 0.624 0.100
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.043 0.751 0.127
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.048 0.756 0.005
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.145 0.853 0.097
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'32.146 0.854 0.001
14 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'32.243 0.951 0.097
15 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'32.395 1.103 0.152
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.408 1.116 0.013
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.411 1.119 0.003
18 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.467 1.175 0.056
19 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.689 1.397 0.222
20 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'32.739 1.447 0.050
21 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'32.893 1.601 0.154
22 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'33.311 2.019 0.418
23 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'33.577 2.285 0.266
24 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.578 2.286 0.001
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  4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha      
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki      
  77 Dominique Aegerter Suzuki      
  93 Marc Marquez Honda      
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Sheezus, Dovi and his Astars helmet were slow. Kinda altogether weird eh? Makes little sense.

9 min video mid day review from Crafar

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cpQEURgUWbA

Slow motion porn from Sunday

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gL9c-Nrkh_o

All eyes on Yamaha drag race and the 2023 Honda news. Marc too, and he looks good! Successful return. Kalex alum swingarm, interesting choice.

El Marc es feliz y fuerte.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5QVCmqdUKIo

Suzuki brought nothing, just a smiling #77. Rins sat out afternoon?! Huh. Odd to you? 

Rumor has it KTM brought a lot to test. Let's keep an eye out. 

Please share observations and thoughts. Important test. We have a lot of pooled knowledge here. 

Nothing to test, the CEO’s assurances of continued support for a competitive season must seem hollow to riders and crew alike, just more broken promises. What a disappointing, shameful end to Suzuki’s participation in MotoGP. 

They currently sit 9th and 13th in the points. They aren't racing next year. I'm not sure if it is compulsory to turn up at the test. Pushing money into developments to ensure a great finish would be an epic waste of money. Mir has 6 DNF, Rins has 3 and a DNS. I'm not sure how many of them can be attributed to a lack of support from the factory. The only way they will win a race is through unusual circumstances which do not depend on the bike.

My post was about the sad end to a famous racing brand, but hey, ho. But since I’m on, I’m sorry to disagree so comprehensively with you, but it matters that people do what they say they will do. Regardless. Yes, regardless. Cost irrelevant. Say nothing, Mr Suzuki, unless you mean what you say. And as long riders are risking their health in your employment and crews working all hours because that’s their job, then everyone in the chain has a moral and contractual responsibility to do the same. In my view there’s no way Mir would be struggling and now injured or Rins’ performance would have risen and fallen sharply away if the bike was the finished article. My opinion, of course, but I think their past performance suggests this may not be far out. No one, thanks for the straw man, is suggesting the bike can be quickly turned into a race winner. But then Suzuki promised support for competitiveness not victories. No one made him promise that support, remember. Sadly, it seems it matters more to me - than you, much as I respect your data - that Mr Suzuki should be held accountable. 

They are at the test with the bike they have. They can work on their bike I guess. That is support. I don't know. Suzuki could give them all the support possible and they will be as they have been for all except Mir's 2020 season....up and down the lower half of the top ten with the occasional podium. The 'inline with power' is as was in terms of competitiveness. Mir's finishes have been usual too. Rins is actually performing better this year. They have both, especially Mir, crashed too much. Other than the non-finishes they are pretty much as competitive as they have been.

Considered the best bike on the grid by DE and others are the outset, performance has fallen away while other bikes have improved. And I hold Suzuki responsible for that. We have presented our arguments. And we are not going to agree on this. Let’s agree to disagree. 

Yes it was. It was a legend of a bike, like a two stroke 250, best handling bike, the most beautiful bike etc.

I have a boring excel sheet, took a look. Average points grab per race, rounded. In brackets the same but only counting when a rider is classified so it ignores non-finishes. Suzuki came back for the last race of 2014 so it starts in 2015 end in 2021 with comparison.

2015:

Aleix 6 (7), Mav 5 (6). First season.

Lorenzo 18 (19), Rossi 18 (18), Marc 13 (20), Dani 13 (13). Spot the crasher.

2016:

Mav 11 (12), Aleix 5 (8).

Marc 17 (18), Rossi 14 (18), Lorenzo 13 (16), Dovi 10 (13).

2017:

Ianonne 4 (5), Aleix 5 (5).

Marc 17 (20), Dovi 15 (16), Mav 13 (14), Dani 12 (14).

2018:

Rins 9 (13), Ianonne 7 (10).

Marc 18 (20), Dovi 14 (16), Rossi 11 (11), Mav 11 (12).

2019:

Rins 11 (13), Mir 5 (7).

Marc 22 (23), Dovi 14 (16), Mav 11 (14), Fabio 10 (13).

2020:

Mir 12 (15), Rins 11 (13).

Franco 11 (14), Dovi 10 (10), Pol 10 (12), Mav 9 (10).

2021:

Mir 12 (13), Rins 6 (8).

Fabio 15 (16), Peco 14 (16), Miller 10 (13), Zarco 10 (12).

 

The first year is a rookie year, ok forget it.

In 2016 Mav produces 11 points per race and that's just about nearly as good as it gets.

2017 they got the engine wrong and had a bad year but then it's 12 points give or take a shaky 2018.

I think in that turbulent year of 2020 the Suzuki was the perfect tool to ride the storm. Usually not the fastest bike, very consistent from Mir but still 12 points per race. No other title in that time was won with 12 points per race. I know it's a very dodgy comparison in many ways, Marc hits 22 but that's Marc, he didn't win in 2015 despite averaging 20 per finish because he only managed 13 per race (still greater then Mir's 2020). Titles are won with total points but it shows his and Honda's pace relative to the rest of the field.

This year, for finishes, it's Mir 11, Rin 10...Fabio 16, Peco 18, Aleix 13, Enea 14. Maybe they've dropped a little but I think it's more likely a result of the increase in the number of competitive Ducati. The DNF are an issue and could be related to a bike with corners instead of the beautiful well rounded '250 like' bike of previous years....the 'powerful inline' ? They haven't dropped in pace by much if at all. In terms of pace, compared to the other manufacturers, they are still, in my opinion, as they have been since 2016.

If they had a Marquez or kept Mav (and Mav was happy) or grabbed Fabio then who knows. I do think Mir is top class though. I hope the rest of the season is better. Sorry for the dodgy stats.

 

The best times were as good as Q2 so no big leaps in performance. We’ll have to see what rolls out tomorrow. Marc looked very smooth in the morning videos as if he wasn’t going to push hard until there was something worth really testing then declined to ride in the afternoon.

 

Yeah, not gonna lie, I'm pretty surprised. However - I do acknowledge that he has given probably 40 years of his life to motorcycle racing pretty much full time, and having a breather from that space must feel amazing. I do expect we'll see him back in the paddock every race weekend in 5 or 6 years time. I bet the VR46 sponsors are a bit miffed though

Digressing completely, I just watched a 1935 movie called No Limit. It’s a British comedy starring ukelele playing George Formby, a familiar name to “older” Brits, but it’s set around the 1935 Isle of Man TT. Completely silly but it has some great footage of the TT and some crazy stunt riding of the era. I guess it would be on YouTube so check it out.