2022 Misano MotoGP Test Day 2 1pm Result: Quartararo Fastest As New Yamaha Shows Speed

Testing continues at Misano, though the paddock is slowly starting to empty. Teams have moved on from working on the 2022 setting, and shifted focus to 2023. There is good news for Fabio Quartararo, as not only is he fastest on track - his 1'31.116 is just 0.05 off the outright lap record set by Pecco Bagnaia last year - but the 2023 Yamaha M1 appears to have real top speed. Quartararo is currently third on the top speed charts, with a best top speed of 298.3 km/h. That is 1.6 km/h faster than the best of 296.7 km/h he set during qualifying.

Quartararo is behind Jorge Martin and Maverick Viñales, with Martin the only rider to hit 300 km/h on Wednesday morning. But that is a fraction slower than the 300.8 km/h that Martin set during the race weekend. Quartararo pronounced himself happy with the new engine yesterday, and the speed trap heading into Curvone confirms this impression.

Elsewhere, Marc Marquez has done another 39 laps on Wednesday morning. Promisingly for the Spaniard, he is fastest Honda, with a time of 1'31.614, despite still not really pushing for a quick lap.

The test concludes this afternoon, at 6pm local time.

Times at 1pm on Wednesday:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.116    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.172 0.056 0.056
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'31.189 0.073 0.017
4 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.260 0.144 0.071
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.333 0.217 0.073
6 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.439 0.323 0.106
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.585 0.469 0.146
8 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'31.605 0.489 0.020
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.614 0.498 0.009
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'31.642 0.526 0.028
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.841 0.725 0.199
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'31.864 0.748 0.023
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.927 0.811 0.063
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.962 0.846 0.035
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.070 0.954 0.108
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.160 1.044 0.090
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.275 1.159 0.115
18 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'32.308 1.192 0.033
19 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'32.346 1.230 0.038
20 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'32.433 1.317 0.087
21 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'32.852 1.736 0.419
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.037 1.921 0.185
23 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'33.647 2.531 0.610
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  4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha      
  10 Luca Marini Ducati      
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki      
  72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati      
  77 Dominique Aegerter Suzuki      
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.... 1/2 sec back and not pushing for a lap...yet. Interesting.

Marc sets fastest time, returns to garage, stirs Pol's coffee with his index finger, snaps towel at Bradl's bum, asks Puig if they've found anyone to ride LCR's bike in front of Nakagami, etc.

Ha! Probably doesn't even do that, just tells Santi to send all the data to the other crew chiefs so Pol, Taka, Alex and Stefan can look at it and feel inadequate

Positive comments coming from the Yamaha guys about the new engine. Morbidelli said the engine improved exactly where they need it, and that he has other steps of the engine to test.

Now to make sure it's reliable. They had more horsies this year too but weren't confident it would last the season so went with 2020 version.

Looks like Yamaha is ahead of schedule for next year. I don't recall them ever bringing a new engine this early. And there was chatter that Morbidelli had a first taste back at the Catalunya test. Even the new frame shows promise. Maybe Yamaha will go in two different development directions for their factory riders, as Aprilia has stated they are doing.

As far as I see this is our first look at the 2023 Yamaha engine. Blue also yesterday had a new chassis (might be used at Aragon) and new aerodynamics. Morbidelli buzzed his head, might need a thicker helmet pad! Hope he continues his Misano Round step up in form but doubt it. Cal may give him a challenge. 

It is a very big deal this Yamaha motor obviously. Fingers still crossed. A 2nd Yamaha team demands it be born, don't you think? Carmelo will change his tune soon re demanding the last two grid spots be a new Manu. There isn't one around, and he just got Gas Gas to satiate him a bit. It is in the script. I thought it was VR46, but was wrong. It is a new Team moving up. Is there a chance Gresini surprises w a change? I can't see it. Raz's decision? A good one don't you think?

Suzuki packed up and left last night. Poetic. I've accepted it, largely via Aprilia filling their boots and our TV screens so very well. Forgiven. 

Marc Marquez did a full day today. He is back, and bike fit enough to race Aragon. He, Taka, Bradl and HRC are hard at work. Expecting a blossom. Mir will outperform Pol. Rins is a solid step up from A.Marquez. Some shakeup has begun in management. Marc changing managers is an interesting move, he is pushing back at the Factory. The Honda program is looking really good right now. I think Marc bags a counter clockwise win before Winter. 

Any news on specifics Tested by KTM? I dreamt last night that I was at the Test. I gave Dani affectionate praise. I encouraged Marc to follow him around the track, and KTM to have him race a wildcard. I was physically smaller, and sat on the KTM admiring it. And the Aprilia which felt quite compact. It felt like I have personal friends but I've never met these guys. Used to have a repetitive dream that Rossi was a personal friend. Odd. Anyhoo...

So much grip and rubber down today at Misano that it skews the picture a bit. 

Thanks Mr Emmett 

Great mid day lunch break 11 mins w Crafar. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2t95JzoFy4A

It will be more informative when the 2023 Yamaha stretches its legs on longer straights than that of Misano. Looks like Fabio is going to need all the ponies Iwata can muster when Marquez returns. He did 100 laps over the two days. I can see him returning at Aragon. KTM tested 2023 parts with Binder and Pedrosa. Oliveira worked with stuff he can use this year.

I imagine that Dorna may still be feeling the financial hit from the pandemic, and are reluctant to subsidize another independent team.

What's that old saying, be careful what you ask for, you might get it. Fabio only wants Marquez back if one of the following 2 things happens. Marquez beats Bagnaia, or Fabio beats Marquez. If MM finishes between FB and FQ with FB ahead, sad to say, sayonara.

I doubt Cal will be faster than Morbidelli, but we shall see. As far as the Yamaha motor, the sad thing to me is, this could be the motor they wanted to start the year with, had reliability issues and then shelved. As someone stated, once next season starts, it Yamaha are not careful, they will be slowest again unless they continue to develop the motor past this current new spec.

 

Yamaha aren't using the two year old 2020 engine this year! They're using a brand new 2022 engine this season, slightly improved from previous seasons. But not at full capacity for reliability reasons, to not blow a engine like last year.

 

Next's seasons Yamaha engine looks like a decent speed boost while also keeping the good characteristics of the current iteration. 

I bet the new engine still won't be enough when the season opens next year....

I personally reckon the 2023 Yamaha engine will be a good enough boost for Quartararo to challenge in the Ducati and Honda dominated long straight tracks like USA, Misano etc.

 

Obviously not going to be as powerful a engine as Ducati, Honda, KTM but it will close the gap. Honda and KTM have they're work cut out much more than Ducati, Aprilia, Yamaha to deliver a good all round bike for 2023! 

He needs that one lap speed for quali. Ducati’s are killing it with their power…..

It looks like Fabio used a tow to get his top speed but was still slower than the Ducati ahead of him!