MILLER AT THE TOP AT WET MISANO

By Dan McCarthy

Australian Jack Miller dominated the timesheets on a very wet Friday on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli riding his factory Ducati machine.

Miller was comfortably faster than the rest of the field, setting a time almost 1 second faster than the rest of the field.

It was a very muddled order at the end of Practice 2 with many key names and leaders ending the day outside the top 10 positions including championship leader Fabio Quartararo, defending champion Joan Mir and most recent winner. of the Marc Marquez race.

In fact, nine MotoGP race winners in total failed to finish the day in the top 10 positions.

Rain is expected again this evening and could mean that if conditions in p3 are worse they may have to fight for a place in the second qualifying segment.

In front, Miller clocked 1m41.305s, almost a second faster than Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco.

The Frenchman was the fastest runner in Practice 1 by far and improved that time later in the day in Practice 2 as conditions improved slightly, Zarco set a time of 1m42.232s.

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was buried in the field for much of the day, but on his final lap pulled one out of the bag to end the session just 0.059 seconds shorter than Zarco.

Iker Lecuona was one of the many drivers who excelled in the wet - Photo: Motorsport Image

Iker Lecuona was one of the many drivers who excelled in the wet – Photo: Motorsport Image

It was a day of surprises with declared World Superbike-linked rider Iker Lecuona on his KTM satellite in fourth position ahead of out of shape KTM rider Miguel Oliveira.

In front of his home fans, the Italian Luca Marini was next, from his compatriot Lorenzo Savadori, who returns to a factory Aprilia as a Wildcard after showing excellent form in wet weather in the past.

Championship contender Francesco Bagnaia had a day to forget, falling at Turn 5 late in Practice 1, he seemed to lack confidence in the rain, but he was still comfortably ahead of championship leader Fabio Quartararo.

Danilo Petrucci finished ninth, 1.47 seconds behind Miller, while Jorge Martin completed the top 10.

Suzuki factory rider Mir missed a top 10 spot by 0.029 seconds, knocked out after the checkered flag by Aleix Espargaro and Enea Bastianini.

The Marquez brothers of Alex and Marc finished outside the top 10, Alex Marquez suffered a premature fall in practice 1 but recovered to finish the day 13 ahead of the six-time champion Marc.

Alex Rins then edged championship leader Quartararo on his factory Yamaha, while KTM’s Brad Binder collapsed early.

In particular Valentino Rossi in his last home grand prix finished 22nd last night.

For more on the latest MotoGP news, check out the current issue of Auto Action. Also make sure to follow us on Facebook social media, Twitter, Instagram or our weekly email newsletter for all the latest updates between issues.

About Todd Wurtsbach

Check Also

Thinking of the title “ridiculous”, says Jonathan Rea before the penultimate round of the World Superbike in Indonesia

The six-time champion leads Alvaro Bautista by 98 points with six races to go and …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.