The intermediate class took full advantage of their final practice session and quickly challenged the hierarchy from Friday. Sam Lowes was most eager to put his name at the top of the timing screens, where it sat for a considerable amount of time, until title contender Enea Bastianini went faster and fastest for the final seven minutes of FP3. No one else could challenge the Italian’s lap record until the checkered flag, Lowes settling for second, a tenth and a half off.
After so many laps on the grippy surface of the Misano circuit, the intermediate class keeps getting faster and faster, with championship leader Luca Marini improving the all time lap record at the checkered flag in FP2. While posting the only 1:35 time of the weekend, the home favourite was only nine hundredths of a second faster than rookie Aron Canet, who seemed to have learned a lot from a challenging first weekend in Misano. Marcel Schrotter picked up the lead early on and remained inside the top three despite a tumble in the final three minutes of the session.
The intermediate class returned to the Misano World Circuit just as quick as last time out and with some new names joining the list of contenders. Enea Bastianini putting his name at the top of the timesheets for the final couple of minutes of FP1 – a tenth off lap record – won’t come as much of a surprise, but the man who pushed him hardest was class veteran Tom Luthi, who picked up the pace to finish second, less than two tenths off top spot.
VR46 Academy On Top Of The World
As days go, Sunday was just about perfect for the VR46 Academy. Franco Morbidelli became its first ever MotoGP race winner, Francesco Bagnaia backed him up in second and Sky Racing VR46’s Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi scored a fairly comprehensive one-two in the earlier Moto2 outing.
All four are supremely talented riders. But the countless hours of testing at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli begged the question: should riders be limited in terms of how often they test at one of the tracks on the MotoGP calendar?
Such track experience was even more crucial this year as the track was resurfaced in March. Despite much improved grip levels, bumps all around the track remained. On Sunday Jack Miller noted, “It makes me worry and I said it also in the Safety Commission on Friday afternoon, 'if you guys knew the track was this bumpy, nobody said a single thing leading up to this. You guys are riding here once a month a least'. Anyway it just shows practice can help I think.”
Moto2 standings after the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Misano:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Misano:
In usual Moto2 fashion, Friday’s benchmark did not last long into FP3, with Marco Bezzecchi posting the fastest time of the weekend in the first ten minutes of the session, but there was plenty of action for the rest of the top 14 places in the final time attack. Luca Marini had his teammate’s back, eighth hundredths of a second off Bezzecchi, while Remy Gardner snuck ahead of Sam Lowes late on, both of them two tenths off the lead.
In a warm Misano afternoon, Enea Bastianini truly felt at home and picked up the lead of the second practice session in its final couple of minutes. Sam Lowes started FP2 much like FP1 and spent the session at the top of the timesheets but eventually got demoted to second by his Italian rival, who was a mere six hundredths of a second faster. Augusto Fernandez seems to be enjoying better days in Italy, only a tenth off the lead and in third place.