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.
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:
|13||49||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Ducati||1:31.950||0.658||0.014|
Results of afternoon session:
|14||49||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Ducati||1'32.243||0.951||0.097|
|No time set|