MotoGP Misano – Day 2 Report

The second day in Misano saw more fantastic weather, and as usual the heat on the track was determined also by the great action from the riders. We had fantastic qualifying sessions and we ended up at Valentino Rossi’s press conference in the Fiat Yamaha Team hospitality area. So let’s start with the summary of the day:


At the very last moment in the QP session, Bradley Smith was able to grab the pole position from Marc Marquez with a time of 1’43.329 and a top speed of 198.4 Km/h.  The Bancaja Aspar Team rider looked comfortable throughout the session and managed to let his Aprilia fly away with a gap of 0.158 seconds from the championship leader, who definitely rode a very smooth ride.  Nicolas Terol and Pol Espargaro, third and fourth respectively, were able to stay up front and we can expect a very tight race from this four is without a doubt. Second row saw Tomoyoshi Koyama, Sandro Cortese, Efren Vazquez and Esteve Rabat.


Toni Elias was able to get the pole today in Misano, with a time of 1’38.991 and a top speed of 236.6 Km/h. The Gresini racing rider achieved his second pole position of the season ahead of Scott Redding, Julian Simon and Jules Cluzel.  Andrea Iannone opens the second row, followed by Simone Corsi, Alex De Angelis and Shoya Tomizawa.  A fantastic job was done by Mattia Pasini as a wild card, ninth position overall, that together with Gabor Talmacsi
were the only riders to stay within a second from the pole man. The series is growing and it is always a great show, probably the only concern for the race.


The Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, after a storm win at the Indianapolis circuit, was able to set the pole position and was the only rider to get under 1’34″ with a time of 1’33.948 and a top speed of 278.5 Km/h, so far the fastest bike around the track.  Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo changed his rhythm from yesterday and was the fastest rider in the morning and second fastest in the QP session. Third was Casey Stoner, who was able to get his Ducati in front of home rider Valentino Rossi.  Ben Spies and Randy De Puniet closed the second row, followed by Colin Edwards, Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli.

Valentino Rossi’s Corner

What do you think about tomorrow’s race?

Valentino Rossi: Well, we made a very good job I would have liked the first row but in the end is not a big difference to make third or fourth.  I tried my best with the second soft tyre but there was a lot of traffic and wasn’t able to make a clean lap. The key factor will be the tyre choice.  Especially for Dani Pedrosa, if he decides to go with the softer one it is going to be difficult to stay close to him.

Do you have something to say in reply to Casey Stoner’s words?

Valentino Rossi: No. I just can say that is better like that, I prefer to be honest with the other riders.

Is it going to be an exciting good race to watch?

Valentino Rossi: All the bikes can go very fast and we have a lot of electronics on them, unfortunately I don’t think that tomorrow is going to be a race different from the other ones.

Your thoughts on the WSBK? What about Marco Melandri riding a Yamaha next year?

Valentino Rossi: I thought he was going to BMW, wasn’t he? Anyway, Marco can do very well in WSBK. For the championship I think Max Biaggi deserve the victory, he was always very consistent.

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