MotoGP 2023
Round 12

Right Back to Work as Marquez and Mir Arrive in Misano

sm Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Officially entering the second half of the season with round 11, the prospect of the San Marino GP delivers another weekend of potential for the Repsol Honda Team.

Right Back to Work as Marquez and Mir Arrive in Misano

The constant work continues as the Repsol Honda Team immediately packed up and drove the 1,200 kilometers from Barcelona to Misano for this weekend’s Gran Prix. Having regularly been on the MotoGP World Championship calendar since the 90s, the 4.23-kilometer-long circuit is popular with fans and riders alike. In 2021 it was the scene of the Repsol Honda Team’s most recent 1-2 finish when Marc Marquez won the race from Pol Espargaro.

Aside from his 2021 victory, the eight-time World Champion has claimed three additional victories and two podiums at the Italian seaside track. Arriving in 2023, Marquez has a different focus as he looks to put together another consistent weekend and continue development work on the Honda RC213V. Achieving two safe finishes in Barcelona, the #93 has been able to consistently build and fight for points after a run of DNFs.

Like his teammate, Joan Mir walked away from his home round with two safe finishes but continues on his quest for improved traction. On paper, the Gran Premio Red Bull di San Marino e della Riviera de Rimini should offer a boost in this department. The 2020 MotoGP World Champion took podiums in both editions of the San Marino race in 2020 on his way to the title.

After the race, Monday offers teams and riders a final in-season test – a chance to experiment with setup for the end of the year and sample what’s to come in the future.

Location: Misano World Circuit

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.With updated facilities, track and grandstands, the Misano Adriatico holds a maximum capacity of 60,000 spectators. In accordance with MotoGP safety regulations, the 4,200m track runs clockwise for the World Championship races.

Marc Márquez
Marc Márquez 93
Repsol Honda Team
Another race, another chance to keep on working. Misano is a circuit that is again a bit different to Austria and Barcelona, so continuing our work with testing here is important for the data. Personally, I have had some good races in the past in Misano, so let’s see what the situation is after the first session. We also have an interesting test scheduled for Monday, the last test during the season before we make a big push for the end of the year so we need to make the most of it.

Joan Mir
Joan Mir 36
Repsol Honda Team
Of course the objective is to be better here in Misano than last weekend. It’s a track that generally has more grip than in Barcelona, which I think will immediately give us some improvements. We need to keep working as a team and trying a few things to improve the feeling and challenge the other Honda riders like we have at various points in the year. Let’s have a productive weekend and avoid falls in order to be in a good condition for the test.

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