2013 Misano MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's round at Misano:

MotoGP family head to Marco Simoncelli circuit in San Marino

This week the Repsol Honda Team heads to Misano for the thirteenth round of the 2013 World Championship and the second visit of the season to Italy.

Close to the city of Rimini, the Misano Adriático circuit was constructed in 1972 and has since undergone an array of modifications. A regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007. It was renamed in 2012 as the 'Marco Simoncelli Circuit' in honour of the much loved Italian rider who passed away in the Malaysian GP in 2011.

Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are currently leading the Championship and will arrive in Misano full of confidence. Marc has won here the past three years (2010 125cc, 2011 and 2012 in Moto2), and Dani who was unfortunately taken out on the first lap last year (to no fau lt of anyone, just a racing incident) has enjoyed good results here with one victory (2010) a 2nd place (2011) and a 3rd place (2009).

Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 233 points

“I'm already feeling much better since my accident in Silverstone, so hopefully I'll be almost 100% by this weekend! I will arrive in Italy for the race weekend a little later than usual as I will use the time to have more physiotherapy on my shoulder. Misano has a lot of braking and is a smaller and slower track compared to others on the calendar, so it will be interesting to ride the MotoGP bike there. Once again, the aim is to start to work like always, focused on Sunday and prepare ourselves in the best way"

Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 2nd - 203 points

"I was slightly disappointed after Silverstone as we knew we had the speed and race pace to challenge for victory, anyway we must learn from the mistakes and move on. Misano is quite a tricky track and the grip level is always a challenge, but I enjoy riding there. I've had good results in the past even if last year we experienced a nightmare on race day! This year we arrive confident and looking to reduce the points to Marc in the Championship"

Second home race of season for Ducati Team

Having enjoyed a much-deserved weekend off following MotoGP’s recent summer tripleheader, the Ducati Team is preparing to return to the track for the GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, just down the road from the manufacturer’s Bologna headquarters.

The event—the second of two this season to be held on Italian soil—is also particularly important for Andrea Dovizioso, who was born in nearby Forlimpopoli, and this will mark the Italian’s first time racing there aboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP13. His American teammate Nicky Hayden also regularly bases himself in the area between races when he’s spending time in Europe. Although neither rider has a GP podium finish at the circuit, the team did score a runner-up result in last year’s race, at the hands of Valentino Rossi.

Constructed in 1972, the Misano circuit regularly hosted GP rounds through the ’80s and early ’90s before taking a fourteen-year hiatus from the championship. After undergoing safety-related upgrades and switching direction, it returned in 2007. As usual for the event, this weekend will see the Ducati Team riders being cheered on by supporters in the Ducati Grandstand.

Sunday’s race will be followed by a one-day IRTA test at the same circuit on Monday.

Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team

“We did a couple of days of testing there one month ago so we should be able to start with a good base and I think we can make a good race there. Misano is quite a slow circuit for the MotoGP bikes, but I like this track because it’s special for me. I made my first race there after moving up from minibikes, it went in a different direction than now, but for me Misano is always Misano!”

Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team

“Misano will be a bit bittersweet this year, as it’s my last GP in Italy for the Ducati Team. I can’t say I exactly love the track as I haven’t had great results there, but the atmosphere is great. It’s quite a difficult track because it’s pretty bumpy with average grip. We had a test there a couple months back, and maybe we can start the weekend off closer to the rest.”

Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager

“Misano is the second of our home races and is very important to us. It’s also one of our three test tracks; we’ve already done some tests there this year, so our riders know the circuit well. We were able to try some things with the setup, and we hope that work will give us the advantage that it did last year, when we had our best race of the year in dry conditions. We know our bike performs decently there, and our riders will certainly be very motivated by the fact that it’s our home race—particularly Andrea, who lives quite close to the track.”

Yamaha Head to Misano in Confident Mood

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 11th September 2013

Following a short but well-earned one-week break after an intense three consecutive race weekends, Yamaha Factory Racing now head to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the Grand Prix of San Marino on the 15th September.

Jorge Lorenzo arrives at one of his favourite circuits in confident mood after a stunning victory at Silverstone over Championship rival Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo’s results at the Misano circuit have been consistently impressive, winning for the last two years and taking three consecutive second-place finishes prior to that. He also claims a 250cc win in 2007 meaning he has finished on the podium at Misano every year since 2007.

Valentino Rossi returns to his home race looking forward to riding Misano again on a Yamaha. The nine-time world champion has two premier class MotoGP victories at Misano with Yamaha in 2008 and 2009 and two further podiums, finishing second last year and third in 2010.

Situated on the Adriatic coast close to the city of Rimini, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was first constructed in 1972 and was a frequent host to the Italian Grand Prix in the 80s and 90s. A leave of absence came to an end when the race returned in 2007, with Yamaha proving to be the most successful constructor since that year with four of the six race wins and an unbroken podium run.

Jorge Lorenzo

“I feel strong again like I was at Montmeló and Mugello before the crash. The performance at Silverstone was really good, the only weak point there was the top speed compared to our rivals, but at last we achieved a great victory against Marc. I thought it was pretty difficult to beat him when he overtook me but finally I could get the win and it was fantastic. Misano is a track I enjoy a lot and also the Yamaha is comfortable there. My next goal is to fight for the victory once more and think race by race, improving our pace step by step.”

Valentino Rossi

“Misano is next and it is my home Grand Prix and an important weekend. I like the track, I always go fast there, especially with the Yamaha and last year also I was able to do a very good race. In the past I was always on the podium with Yamaha. We will arrive very strong and we will try to do our best.”

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager

“After the last round in Silverstone we are of course quite motivated for the next race. Jorge likes Misano a lot; he did great races there in the past. I cannot say that our bike is better or worse than our competitors in Misano because finally last year we took the win and Dani had some problems. The most important thing is that Jorge is fit again and is feeling fine so I expect a great challenge at Misano.”

Massimo Meregalli - Team Director

“We are really looking forward to being in Misano. After the Silverstone race we got back a really good perspective and motivation. For me it could be another interesting race and hopefully we can get both riders on the podium. The bike is constantly improving and we are feeling pretty positive. Let’s see on Friday morning when we start the Grand Prix weekend.”


The Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini is a very special event for Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini. Just a few kilometres away from the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is the San Marino headquarters of the team's main sponsor GO & FUN, whilst even closer to the track is the Gresini Racing workshop. There could be no larger incentive for Alvaro Bautista and Bryan Staring then as they look to score positive results and in the case of Bautista continue an excellent run of form that started before the summer break at Laguna Seca. Despite some early problems in practice at Silverstone last time out the weekend finished in style for Bautista, who battled to the line with Valentino Rossi and missed out on fourth place to the multiple World Champion by just 0.065 seconds. Bautista's recent efforts on board the RC213V are a credit to him but also the fruit of a lot of hard work from the team, Showa, Nissin and Honda. Alvaro's goal is to continue in the same vein at Misano, a circuit that he likes and where he scored his first ever MotoGP podium just one year ago. It is also an important weekend for Bryan Staring, who is looking to end a disappointing recent run of results at a circuit he knows well.

Alvaro Bautista “We had another fantastic weekend at Silverstone, working hard with the team on the setting of the bike, which wasn't ideal on Friday. We managed to put together an excellent race, not far off the back of the lead group and I really enjoyed myself in another great battle with Valentino, who finally beat me by a matter of a few centimetres. Our current run of form is very positive so we have to keep doing the right things and this will keep us moving forwards. Misano holds some good memories for me and it is also my team's home track. I have been on the podium there many times, including my first in MotoGP last season after a big battle with a bunch of riders but especially with Dovizioso. This year it won't be easy because the level in MotoGP has gone up another notch but we will try our best to continue our excellent moment. The goal is to close the gap even further to the top three and try to break them if we can. It is not a great track for overtaking and overall it is quite slow, despite a fast section at the end. It will be important for us to concentrate hard from the start on finding a set-up with good stability under braking and plenty of acceleration out of the corners. This is a more important aspect at Misano than top speed.”

Bryan Staring “The Grand Prix of San Marino is an important event for me. I know the track well and with this being the team's home race I really want to give everything I can to make sure we celebrate with a good result. I want to put our recent disappointments behind us with a performance that sets us up for the final stage of the season. With the help of the team I think I can achieve the objectives we have set ourselves for the weekend ahead.”

Fausto Gresini “Misano is always a very special race for our team. It is an exciting event because it takes place just a few kilometres from our workshop and the track holds extra significance to us since being renamed in honour of our beloved Marco Simoncelli. It is a special weekend and we hope it sees a continuation of the 'magic moment' that began for us back at Laguna Seca. Alvaro and the RC213V are showing a good level of performance thanks to the work being done by the team, the engineers from Showa and Nissin and obviously Honda, who have given us a competitive package. A good result here would set us up nicely for the final stage of the season and would be a nice way to thank our main sponsor GO & FUN, who also have their headquarters just a few kilometres from the track. I am confident because the team are showing a very professional attitude.”


Misano, 12 September: the LCR Honda MotoGP Team returns to Misano (on the Adriatic Coast) for the crowded Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera this weekend. Stefan Bradl hopes to get closer to the front this weekend after a run of challenging races that followed a superb US Grand Prix where he scored his first MotoGP pole position and podium. Before taking to the track aboard his Linear branded RC213V, (Linear, founded in 1996, is a brand of the Italian company Unipol Gruppo Finanziario S.p.A. and it’s specialized in offering on-line and telephonic insurance services of high quality) Stefan and some colleagues enjoyed an evening of go-kart competition to raise money for the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.

“Misano is another exciting race track for me and it’s nice to remember Marco (Simoncelli, the late MotoGP star after whom the track is now named) and his talent once again. I like the atmosphere and this is a special weekend for my team, just like Mugello. I remember last year when we had two starts… it was a stressful moment for everybody. Now I have more experience and I aim to end this race near the front again. Actually we are facing some problems: we are very fast in practice but we cannot match the pace for the entire race so we will mainly concentrate on this matter”.


POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró aims to continue CRT dominance as Randy De Puniet picks up positive progress from Silverstone

After three consecutive weekends of racing the MotoGP teams and riders return from a much needed week off to continue their battle for honours at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this weekend. The Grand Prix of San Marino is the thirteenth round of the season and the second to take place in front of the passionate Italian supporters after the Mugello round back in June. After a victory for reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo last time out at Silverstone the chase for the title is far from over, with Dani Pedrosa also still fighting hard despite the advantage currently held by Marc Márquez.

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró showed no signs of weariness during the recent triple-header, finishing as the top CRT at Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone. It is a run he is determined to continue at Misano, a circuit that should also allow him to reduce the gap to the prototype machines. The Spaniard currently lies tenth overall in the championship on 68 points, a tally he is keen to add to this Sunday. After working hard to solve a host of set-up problems over the last three races Randy De Puniet is confident that he and his team found a way forward at Silverstone and even though the Frenchman wasn't able to show his best form in the race there he has renewed optimism for Misano, a track that saw him finish as the top CRT twelve months ago.

Aleix Espargaró: “We have been through an intense period of races and to be honest it was nice to spend a few days at home to disconnect. I haven't exactly been resting because I competed in the Barcelona 24 hour car race but mentally I was able to recharge my batteries and get ready for Misano. I am really looking forward to racing there after being at circuits recently where we have been losing out a lot to the prototypes, like Silverstone or Brno. I am sure that things will be closer at Misano, which is a fun track and a place where I have good memories from the last few seasons. As always our objective will be to do our jobs to the best of our ability and continue to be the leading force in CRT.”

Randy De Puniet: “I like Misano a lot. It's not a long circuit but it is quite technical. We had an interesting weekend there last year, when I finished as the top CRT, so hopefully we can find the same feeling with the bike this weekend and finish with another good result. At Silverstone We found some solutions to the problems we'd been having in previous races and although the last three races have not gone to plan we will continue to work with the same intensity and sooner or later our hard work will be rewarded. There are six races left and I want to give my best in every one of them to make sure we finish the season in the right way.”

Second home race for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team

The San Marino race track will be the scene for the 13th round of the MotoGP World Championship for the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team heads for the team’s second home race of the season at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

In MotoGP Colin Edwards wants to continue with the positive streak of the last few races in qualifying and get closer to the ARTs and fight for top CRT with his FTR – Kawasaki bike. Second home race for teammate Claudio Corti, who is now fully recovered from the crash suffered at Brno and is more motivated than ever for this weekend’s race at Misano.

In Moto2 our riders look forward to a good weekend at Misano with their SpeedUp bike: Simone Corsi aims for the podium after a fantastic race at Silverstone. Alex De Angelis is ready to deliver a good performance at his home race for his fans. Mattia Pasini and Ricky Cardús are both very hopeful for this race after the modifications done to their bike in the last few races, which could very possibly allow them to put up a good fight.

Colin Edwards

“Looking forward to Misano, second home race for the team and that’s always entertaining with some friends, sponsors rolling around. We had a good result there last year and now our package is better this year so looking to improve on that. We’ve have had a good run for the last few weeks so we just need to keep that momentum going and looking forward to it.”

Claudio Corti

“Second home race for the team and for me. I come from a difficult last race since I wasn’t able to finish the Brno race. At Silverstone I had trouble finding the right setting for the bike, probably also because I was not yet completely recovered from the crash. I have been training and have made a full recovery and feel ready for Misano. The track has been a bit more complicated for me since they decided to modify the direction in which we ride but it’s the same for everyone and we have to try and be as fast as we can. My goal is to recuperate the positive trend that we had up until Brno and finish in the points before we leave for overseas back-to-backs races.”

Abraham to test injured shoulder in Misano before decision about further medical treatment

Karel Abraham comes back to Misano after forced break due to his injured shoulder. The main aim of the Czech rider is to take part of the entire racing weekend and try the condition of his injured shoulder under complete stein.

Abraham underwent another medical examination that revealed original diagnosis-bruised shoulder was not exact. After an MRI doctors discovered that injury to the rider suffered after falling in Indianapolis, is more serious. „The shoulder shows symptoms of the tear of joint capsule. The priority is conservative solution but if it wont be effective, it will be necessary to proceed to surgery,“ said Igor Čižmář, chief of Traumatology department of the University Hospital Olomouc and specialist in hand injuries, elbow and shoulder, who operated Karel Abraham´s wrist after his injury in 2010 and with whom the rider consulted collarbone injury after Austin.

Karel Abraham said: „The condition of my injured shoulder has not become better as we expected. We have decided that I will try to manage all racing weekend without any diminishing of pain and than we will see. Misano is very tough and technical track, so if the injury won´t limit me here I should handle rest of the season. After the weekend we'll decide to continue with rehabilitation or to undergo surgery. In this case we would have to decided if I would underwent the surgery immediately or at the end of the season.“ Abraham outlined the fact that recovery from surgery would take several months so he will do everything possible to avoid surgery.

MotoGP heads back to Italy

After a well-deserved weekend break following the demanding summer tripleheader, MotoGP returns to the track at the Misano circuit for the 13th round of the 2013 World Championship.

Andrea Iannone and the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team are ready to face the second and final Italian round of the season. The Italian from Vasto, who finished third on the podium in 2010 and 2011 in the Moto2 category, has been taking advantage of the short break to work with his physiotherapist, with the aim of finding mobility and strength in his right shoulder which was dislocated during the German GP.

The Misano Circuit, built in August 1972 and designed under the aegis of Enzo Ferrari, today measures 4.226 km (2.626 miles) and is located a few kilometers from the town of Riccione on the Adriatic Riviera. The subject of numerous modifications since 1993, a number of important and radical changes were carried out before motorcycle racing could return to the track. These included a reversal in circuit direction from anti-clockwise to clockwise, a lengthening and widening of the track, and the construction of two new grandstands that increased the circuit capacity to around 52,000 spectators.

Andrea Iannone - Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“I'm pretty satisfied with the physiotherapy I did at home the last few days, and I feel better. I have more resistance and less pain so my strength has increased. We did a good job. This track is definitely less physical than Silverstone and I did a test here almost a month ago, but let's see how the weekend goes. I'm positive about it but will only be able to understand how I am physically in the next few days, even though yesterday we did a race with karts, and it was a kind of warm-up and rehearsal for tomorrow. As usual I will do my best and we’ll immediately try and do a good job in the box as we have done lately.”

MotoGP heads back to Italy

After a well-deserved weekend break following the demanding summer tripleheader, MotoGP returns to the track at the Misano circuit for the 13th round of the 2013 World Championship.

Michele Pirro, who once again finds himself inside the box of the Ignite Pramac Racing Team as a replacement for the Texan Ben Spies, has taken time during this week of rest to recover from bruises he suffered following his crash during the warm-up at Silverstone. Riding his Ducati Desmosedici GP13 Lab bike again however, makes Michele more confident and determined to tackle the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini.

The Misano Circuit, built in August 1972 and designed under the aegis of Enzo Ferrari, today measures 4.226 km (2.626 miles) and is located a few kilometers from the town of Riccione on the Adriatic Riviera. The subject of numerous modifications since 1993, a number of important and radical changes were carried out before motorcycle racing could return to the track. These included a reversal in circuit direction from anti-clockwise to clockwise, a lengthening and widening of the track, and the construction of two new grandstands that increased the circuit capacity to around 52,000 spectators.

Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team

“Here I will ride the 'lab' bike that I usually work with, and with which I have a better feeling. We also tested a lot on this track, at least seven days, for about 250 km per day. For sure it is a favorable circuit, we collected a lot of data but that does not mean too much. Now my shoulder does not hurt anymore, I worked on it a lot during this break, and tomorrow we'll be on the track and we’ll try to do our best. Most likely this will be my last race with the team, because during the Aragon week and in the same period as the non-European races, I’ll be busy with the Test Team. If needed I can come back in Valencia.”

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 13: Misano

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

Round thirteen of the 2013 MotoGP™ season sees the series return to Italy, with this weekend’s San Marino and Rimini Grand Prix taking place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli as the fight for the championship intensifies.

At 4.064 kilometres in length, Misano features a tight, stop-and-go layout, with a series of corner sequences joined together by short straights. The most challenging part of the circuit is from turns eleven to fourteen, starting with the flat-out Curvone which sweeps into progressively tighter right-hand corners that demand maximum commitment from the riders and good stability and grip from the tyres. The circuit requires good cornering feel but also strong acceleration and braking performance, so an optimal bike setup is important to get the best out of the tyres and to maintain a quick pace.

Overall, Misano is not overly demanding on tyres although the compound selection has to provide the best combination of grip, durability and heat-resistance as tyres spend a lot of time at large lean angles. With ten right-hand turns compared to just six left-hand turns, asymmetric slicks with harder rubber on the right shoulder are supplied. The rear slick compounds for the CRT riders are the soft and medium options, while the works riders have access to the medium and hard rear slicks. The front slick options at Misano are the medium and hard compounds.

The main wet tyre at Misano is the hard compound wet tyre, as the layout and tarmac of the circuit can cause high wear in wet conditions. All riders will have also have access to two front and two rear tyres in the alternative, soft wet tyre if cold and wet conditions are encountered.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Following the recent run of three back-to-back races, we are now well into the second half of the championship and it has been a truly remarkable season so far. I am looking forward to Misano as this race has often been a turning point in the championship, as evidenced by last year’s race where Jorge’s victory was a key moment in him securing his second MotoGP title. Jorge and Marc have a good record at Misano and Dani is in good form having been on the podium at the last three races so with the championship fight still wide open, I hope we are in for yet another thrilling race. Apart from the race, there is also a MotoGP test at the circuit on Monday which will provide a chance for the participating teams to test their latest developments and it will also be an important event for Bridgestone, as we will be supplying some new experimental tyres for the riders to evaluate.”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“The track surface at Misano is smooth and offers relatively low grip and it also has a twisting layout so the tyres spend a lot of time leant over. Ambient conditions for the San Marino Grand Prix are usually hot so harder compounds are selected to provide better durability and heat resistance. The sequence of right-handers starting with the fast Curvone corner is the section that puts the most strain on the tyres and this is where the rear tyres reach their greatest temperature, but generally the loads imposed on the centre, left and right shoulders are quite similar at this track. The front tyre requires a strong centre section to provide good stability in the frequent braking zones. A smooth riding style reaps benefits at Misano so as to not overwork the tyres as they have little opportunity to cool down during a lap due to the constant corners.”

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