2019 MotoGP – Round 13 – Misano
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy this weekend hosts the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, round 13 on this season’s MotoGP calendar. Ahead of what promises to be a ripping weekend lets have a quick look at an update on the MotoGP Statistics.
MotoGP Statistics Update
Alex Rins’ win at Silverstone was the fourth for Suzuki since the introduction of the MotoGP class back in 2002, along with Chris Vermeulen at the French GP back in 2007, Maverick Viñales at the British GP in 2016 and Rins’ win in Texas earlier this year.
Alex Rins became the 12th Suzuki rider to win more than once in the premier class of Grand Prix racing. This was Suzuki’s second win in the MotoGP class at Silverstone since 2002, along with Maverick Viñales in 2016. Overall, Suzuki have had six premier class wins at the track. Salzburgring (7 wins) and Assen (9) are the only other tracks where the Japanese manufacturer has had more than six wins in the premier class.
“I’m feeling really good about coming to San Marino GP after the great race in Silverstone. After the victory we were back to work with two days of testing in Misano, where we worked on a few little improvements with the bike. I’m really motivated to attack this weekend, especially after a little bit of time to relax and train since the British GP.”
In the MotoGP era (post 2002), this is the first time that Suzuki have won more than once in a single season. The last time Suzuki had more than two premier class wins in a season was in 2000 with Kenny Roberts Jr. on his way to clinching the title.
Following the British GP, Suzuki have scored 166 points in the Constructor’s World Championship classification, which is the highest points accumulated after the opening 12 races by Suzuki since 2007, when they had 171 points at this stage of the season.
Marc Marquez’ second-place finish at Silverstone was the ninth successive race he has finished on the podium. The last time he had nine successive podium finishes was last year between Catalunya and Japan.
At Misano, Marc Marquez will be aiming to finish on the podium at 10 successive races for the first time since he finished on the podium 12 times in a row from the last two races of 2013 through the opening 10 races of 2014.
“We arrive at Misano in a good way after some strong races for us and after a productive test. During the test we were able to try many things and get a good understanding of how the Honda is working around Misano this season. I am confident for the weekend but we will face strong opposition as always, especially after the test. Our approach doesn’t change, we have our own plan and we will work towards it and see what happens on Sunday.”
Marc Marquez is leading the Championship by 78 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso; this is the highest margin after the opening 12 races of the season in the premier class since 2014 and the 89-point margin between Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa after the British GP.
Maverick Viñales stood on the podium for 60th time in his Grand Prix career at Silverstone, one less than soon-to-be MotoGP Legend Jorge “Aspar” Martinez, Tom Lüthi and Pier Paolo Bianchi.
In addition, this is Maverick Viñales’s fourth podium finish of 2019 so far, one more than last year at this stage of the season, and his 20th overall since he stepped up to the premier class in 2015.
“We‘ve had a two-week break again, but we have never stopped working during that time. We‘ve been preparing in order to come to Misano in a good physical and mental shape. We are very happy with the positive results of the last races and we have to remain focused to finish the season in a good position in the general classification. Being the first Yamaha is my goal, as always. The test in Misano was useful because we tried many things, not only for next year but also for this current season. The San Marino GP is a kind of home GP for Yamaha and we will have many fans supporting us here, so I can’t wait to get back aboard my M1 and fight for the podium, spurred on by the amazing atmosphere.”
Silverstone was the fourth time since Marc Marquez stepped up to the MotoGP class in 2013 that he was the oldest rider on the podium, along with the Assen last year and Spain this year, also with Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales, and Assen this year with Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo.
Following the British GP, Ducati have scored 211 points in the Constructor’s World Championship classification, which is the lowest points accumulated after the opening 12 races by Ducati since 2016 when they had 172 points at this stage of the season.
At the San Marino GP, Ducati, who won last year with Andrea Dovizioso, will be aiming to become the fifth manufacturer to reach the milestone of 50 premier class wins along with Honda (303 wins), Yamaha (228), MV Agusta (139) and Suzuki (93).
Only one rider has now scored points in all 12 of the MotoGP races in 2019: Danilo Petrucci, who crossed the line in seventh place at Silverstone as the highest-placed Ducati rider.
“Racing in Italy is something unique and if you do it with an Italian bike like Ducati it’s even more special. In the last few races we’ve been some way off the podium but after the good feeling I had in the test a few days ago here at Misano I can say that I’m ready to do a weekend at the top. It won’t be easy because also our rivals did a couple of days of testing and they will surely be ready, but I was really satisfied with the feeling I found with the bike and so I’m very confident. Let’s see if the track conditions are similar to the ones we had in the test, because it’ll be vitally important to be able to interpret them in the best possible way and also the tyre wear”.
Jack Miller finished eighth at the British GP and he is now leading the Independent Team rider classification, two points ahead of Fabio Quartararo and six ahead of Cal Crutchlow.
Despite crashing on the opening lap at Silverstone, Fabio Quartararo is still leading the fight for the Rookie of the Year with 92 points ahead Joan Mir (39 points), who remained sidelined through injury at Silverstone after a crash at the Brno test, Francesco Bagnaia (29) and Miguel Oliveira (26), who crashed out at Silverstone with Johann Zarco.
The only one of the four rookies in the MotoGP class this year to have previously won at Misano in any of the smaller classes is Francesco Bagnaia, who won last year in the Moto2 class on his way to clinching the title.
Along with Francesco Bagnaia (2017 and 2018 in Moto2), Joan Mir (2016 and 2017 in Moto3) and Miguel Oliveira (2015 in Moto3 and 2018 in Moto2) have stood on the podium at the San Marino GP. Bagnaia is the only one who has qualified on pole position at the track.
At the San Marino GP, Franco Morbidelli, who equalled his best result across the line in the premier class at Silverstone in fifth place, is scheduled to make the 100th start of his Grand Prix career.
Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing at Misano
This is the 23rd time that Misano has hosted a Grand Prix event and below are some facts and statistics related to the previous GP events:
The first Grand Prix event to take place at Misano was in 1980; the 500cc race was over 40 laps of the circuit that measured 3.448 km and ran in an anti-clockwise direction. It was won by Kenny Roberts.
The Misano circuit hosted a GP event for a total of 10 occasions between the years of 1980 and 1993.
Misano did not have a Grand Prix event for 13 years following the accident that ended the career of Wayne Rainey in 1993.
When Grand Prix racing returned to Misano in 2007, it was on a revised 4.18 km layout running in the opposite direction.
There have been 21 previous San Marino Grand Prix events. The first San Marino Grand Prix was held at Imola in 1981. Three different circuits have hosted the San Marino Grand Prix–Imola twice (1981 & 1983), Mugello four times (1982, 84, 91 and 93) and Misano on 15 occasions (1985, 86, 87 and from 2007 onwards).
A total of 48 races for solo motorcycles have been held at Misano for the San Marino Grand Prix since 1985 as follows: MotoGP –12, 500cc–3, Moto2 –9, 250cc–6, Moto3 –7,
The MotoGP race this year will be the 350th Grand Prix race in Italy since the first Nations Grand Prix held in 1949 at Monza.
Since Grand Prix racing returned to Misano in 2007, Yamaha is the most successful manufacturer with six wins: three with both Valentino Rossi (2008, 2009 and 2014) and Jorge Lorenzo (2011, 2012 and 2013).
Honda have had four wins in the MotoGP class at Misano, the last of which was in 2017 with Marc Marquez.
The win for Marc Marquez in 2015 was the first for Honda at Misano since 2010 and followed by four successive wins for Yamaha at this circuit.
Ducati have had two wins at Misano in the MotoGP class, in 2007 with Casey Stoner and last year with Andrea Dovizioso. Along with Stoner and Dovizioso’s wins, Ducati have had four more podium finishes at this circuit with Toni Elias, who was third in 2008, Valentino Rossi, second in 2012 and Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso, who were second and third in 2017.
“After the incident in England I’m lucky to be able to take part in the San Marino GP without any physical problems, because my Silverstone crash was a really big one and the consequences could have been much worse. During the two days of testing I was still not 100% fit, but now I’m fine, I feel in shape and am really anxious to race at this circuit, which for me is special, close to my home and where I’m sure that the support of the fans will be fantastic. The aim is to repeat the results of the last two seasons when we got onto the podium and we were competitive all through the weekend”.
Three Italian riders finished in the top five at Misano in 2017, all riding a Ducati, which was the first time that three Italian riders on Italian bikes finished in the top five in the premier class since Imola 1972 when Giacomo Agostini, on an MV Agusta, won from team-mate Alberto Pagani, with Ducati rider Bruno Spaggiari completing the podium.
Suzuki has had two podium finishes in the MotoGP era at Misano circuit, both of which came in 2007 when Chris Vermeulen finished second and John Hopkins third. Since 2007, Rins’ fourth-place finish last year was the best result for a Suzuki rider at Misano.
The best result for an Aprilia rider in MotoGP at Misano is a 10th-place finish with Alvaro Bautista back in 2016.
In 2017, Bradley Smith crossed the line in 10th place at Misano ahead of his team-mate Pol Espargaro, which is the best result for KTM at this track in the premier class.
The most successful rider at Misano since Grand Prix racing returned to the circuit in 2007 is Marc Marquez with five wins: 1 x 125cc, 2 x Moto2, 2 x MotoGP. Jorge Lorenzo is his closest rival with four: 1 x 250cc, 3 x MotoGP.
“Each day I am feeling stronger and able to train harder than the previous day and the time between races has helped. I am looking forward to getting back on the bike and seeing how I feel physically on the RC213V. Despite not completing the full test, we were able to find some good information to be able to start the weekend well. In the past Misano has been a good circuit for me so I am hopeful that this weekend we can continue to close the gap.”
Since 2007, only three riders have won the MotoGP race after qualifying on pole position: Casey Stoner (2007), Valentino Rossi (2009) and Dani Pedrosa (2010).
The nine Moto2 races that have taken place at Misano have been won by eight different riders: Toni Elias (2010), Marc Marquez (2011 and 2012), Pol Espargaro (2013), Tito Rabat (2014), Johann Zarco (2015), Lorenzo Baldassarri (2016), Tom Lüthi (2017) and Francesco Bagnaia (2018).
The seven Moto3 races that have taken place at Misano have been won by six different riders: Sandro Cortese (2012), Alex Rins (2011 and 2012), Enea Bastianini (2015), Brad Binder (2016), Romano Fenati (2017) and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (2018).
MotoGP Championship Points Standings
Misano MotoGP Time Schedule (AEST)