The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team go full steam ahead this week. Not only are they greatly looking forward to this weekend‘s Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini – which they view as a home GP – they are also gearing up for the Misano MotoGP Official Test held on the Monday after the race event.
Fabio Quartararo enters the beloved circuit as 11th in the overall standings. The Misano track holds a special place in his heart, as he secured the MotoGP World Championship Title here in 2021. However, he doesn‘t have much time to reminisce this weekend because he is keen to continue building on the progress that was made on the Sunday of the Catalan GP. The Frenchman enjoys riding his YZR-M1 at this venue, as evidenced by the two second places he scored here, in 2019 and 2021 (San Marino GP), so he is looking to continue in that vein this weekend.
The Misano track also plays a significant role in Franco Morbidelli‘s career. Not only did he ride his very first Grand Prix there in the Moto2 class in 2013, but he also secured his first MotoGP victory at this circuit in 2020. The Italian is currently holding 12th place in the championship standings and is hoping to make the upcoming race weekend a strong round for him in front of his home fans.
The Misano circuit, constructed in 1972, was a regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s. The 4.2 km track is ridden clockwise since a radical renovation was done to meet MotoGP‘s safety regulations in 2007 that put the circuit back on the MotoGP calendar. The upgrade also included a chicane, resulting in the current lay-out of six left and ten right corners and giving the track increased race excitement.
In this week‘s MotoGP eSport video, Lorenzo Daretti (aka Trastevere73) discusses some key techniques needed at the Misano track.