After a rain interrupted British Grand Prix, now moto machines looms for Round 13 of Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini track with prevailed championship standings after Spielberg. In today’s session, current points leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has been joined by home hero Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) – after missing 2017 race due to injury, three-time Misano MotoGP™ winner Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), with his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Moto2 Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46).
Marquez, previously has met the Pope Francis on Wednesday, heads into this weekend curiously and explains, “Everyone was disappointed to not race at Silverstone but safety conditions weren’t ready to race.
“But now in Misano we’re leading by 59 points, and 71 and 72 points ahead of the Ducatis. The target is to increase the advantage, try to attack…we know they tested here a couple of weeks ago so maybe at the start we’ll be a bit far but we’ll try to bring passion and work hard for Sunday.”
In the interim, Valentino Rossi returns to his home turf after last year’s absence and says, “I’m very, very happy to be back at Misano! It’s the most important race of the season, together with Mugello, the most special for the fans.”
“This one maybe even a bit more because it’s so close to my house and last year it was a great shame, it wasn’t easy to follow it from home!”
Also, he’s optimistic about his factory Yamaha and reckons, “Aragon was an important test for sure, because it’s always a difficult track for me and Yamaha. But we’ll have to see at the ‘real’ weekend with all the fast guys to understand our ‘real’ level…”
The quite important clash between the sport’s iconic stars since the year 2015 and with more tussling in the following years and, notably, this year’s Argentina GP has featured the bit opposite of 2015 incident. Both riders has now experienced to take each other out. Owing to Marquez’s following interview of making peace with Doctor, Rossi responded, “I hear this, but I don’t know... It sounds to me a bit strange, because in reality we don’t have any problem between me and Marc.
"So I don’t know why we have to make peace. For me it's okay."
Then, Rossi and Marquez were asked to shake hands, as in the past.
Marquez claims, "For me it's nice [to hear Rossi say there is no problem] and of course if it's no problem [for him], for me no problem… "
The number 93, eventually, offered the handshake, but Rossi hasn’t given the consent instead he shook his head from side to side.
Rossi, then, said, "We don’t need to shake the hand. We are okay. We don’t have any problem."
When it comes to racing, this event heats up the competition as it’s a vale’s home race.
Jorge, who crashed his Ducati last year in a difficult track condition, hoping for a dry race, “Misano is one of my favourite tracks, I’ve more or less always been on the podium since 2008 and we arrive here in good shape, very strong with quite a bit of experience with the bike – including the test here a month ago where we were very competitive.
“But let’s see about the weather as well, tomorrow it looks like it will rain, and Saturday, but we hope after the practice! And we’re hoping for a dry Sunday,” added.
On the other hand, Dovizioso never had best result in this circuit so far but remains positive, “I think it was more about the technical side. It’s not my best track but we’ve struggled, but now we’re in a different situation, especially after the test we did here. I felt so good. The grip was good but it was very hot, but the speed was really good."
Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone feels more confident and says, “Racing at home is a special race for us, it’s big motivation for me and for the team because most people in the garage are Italian guys – for sure it’s an important weekend for us. It’s interesting because last year I had a good feeling with the bike but we didn’t have good speed. I want to confirm a different situation this year.”
Lastly, Moto2 rider Francesco Bagnaia, who also visits his home crowd, leads the category’s championship with small margin aims to have a positive race.
“At Silverstone I was strong, I was to start on pole and Miguel was in P23, and in the wet it would have been difficult for him to recover the gap but safety comes first. Just three points is the gap here and it’s a track I like, it would be positive to be in front of him, we’ve been here a lot to train and it could be a positive weekend for us!”
Furthermore, asked how it feels to race at track filled with exuberant crowd of VR supporters,
Marquez replies, "I'm just feeling that I'm leading the championship and riding really well. I feel in a sweet moment."
Ducati’s Lorenzo concludes, "If I was looking in the grandstands, I would not be a MotoGP rider! So it's okay."
Other Important News:
Misano MotoGP has been extended its deal until 2021.
Tito Rabat, who had a horrific crash at Silverstone, will be replaced with rookie French rider Christophe Ponsson, as he says, "I'm super happy and excited." Ponsson said."
Karel Abraham confirmed his move from Angel Nieto team to Reale Avintia Racing for two next years.
Check out the first session of this weekend gets off by 09:55 local time(GMT +2)!