The Moto2 session was briefly red-flagged for a nasty-looking crash by Ratthapark Wilairot. The Thai rider was immobilized and transported to the medical center, where he was diagnosed with a suspected leg fracture. He was described as being "conscious, but confused", suggesting he took a good bang to the head in the crash.
Finally it stopped raining. The light drizzle that has plagued the Misano circuit since Friday morning petered out around lunchtime, making way for the sun to dry the track out. Though the riders were glad to see the back of the rain, it left them with an awful lot of work to do. The set up work from the three lost sessions all had to be squeezed into the single hour of qualifying, leaving space for the mad fifteen minute scramble for grid positions. "It was a pretty tight session," Dani Pedrosa said after qualifying.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for Sunday's race at Misano:
10 YEARS OF A COLLABORATION TO REMEMBER
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Misano:
Viñales faces another fight through the field tomorrow
Repsol rider hit by mechanical problems and places eleventh in qualifying. Oliveira finishes ninth, Rins seventeenth and Álex Márquez twenty-fifth.
MotoGP's test schedule for 2013 looks set to be almost identical to the test schedule from last year. Just as last year, there will be four official tests comprising eleven days of testing. Spain and Malaysia will once again be hosting the tests, with the Sepang circuit playing host to MotoGP, and Jerez and Valencia the location for Moto2 and Moto3 testing.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Misano:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Misano:
Dani Pedrosa has secured his fourth pole of the season, taking top qualifying spot after a fascinating battle for the top qualifying spot. The battle for pole started later than usual, the riders taking advantage of the first fully dry track of weekend so far to catch up on the set up work they had missed due to the damp conditions during free practice. It intensified with 15 minutes to go, reaching a crescendo with 5 minutes to go.
Results and brief summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Misano:
Simone Corsi has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class, the first session to be held under conditions approaching normal. The Italian was the fastest of a trio who all posted faster times in the end, taking charge at the top of the timesheets. Mika Kallio set the 2nd fastest time, the Marc VDS Racing rider having featured at the top of the timesheets throughout the session, while Marc Marquez made good progress through FP3 to end in 3rd. Less than a tenth of a second covered the top 3.
The weather at Misano is finally starting to improve, with the sun tentatively trying to poke its way through the clouds. The track dried out as the session went on, prompting riders to test out both slicks and wets, though the slicks only really started to work towards the end. It was Alvaro Bautista who made best use of the tires, lapping over a second faster than the 2nd place man Valentino Rossi, the Italian finally getting some track time after electing to sit out the awful conditions on Friday.
The weather is still the main topic of conversation at Misano, the Moto3 riders being sent out first to test the track, as always. Jonas Folger dominated the final session of free practice, fastest in all conditions as the track slowly started to dry. Sandro Cortese closed the gap towards the end, cutting his deficit to fellow German Folger to half a second, while Miguel Oliveira took 3rd. The sun is starting to break through the clouds now, though, and so the rest of practice should take place under dry conditions.
The main protagonist in Friday's action was the weather. Like a hormonal teenage girl, the rain simply could not make up its mind whether it was going to fall properly or not, light drizzle blowing in for ten minutes before blowing out again five minutes later. (Hormonal teenage boys, it should be noted, know exactly what they want, and apart from the obvious, what they want is the opposite of whatever they have just been told).
Friday press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Misano:
Rain disrupts Dovizioso and Crutchlow's Misano preparations
Intermittent rain and a slippery track surface prevented Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow from starting preparations for this weekend's GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini today.
Dovizioso and Crutchlow didn't complete a timed lap in both practice sessions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, renamed in 2012 in memory of the late Italian star.