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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Move On to San Marino GP

Following the Catalan GP, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled straight to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for this weekend’s Round 12 of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship, the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.
Misano Adriatico (Italy), 6th September 2023
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team go full steam ahead this week. Not only are they greatly looking forward to this weekend’s Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini – which they view as a home GP – they are also gearing up for the Misano MotoGP Official Test held on the Monday after the race event.

Fabio Quartararo enters the beloved circuit as 11th in the overall standings. The Misano track holds a special place in his heart, as he secured the MotoGP World Championship Title here in 2021. However, he doesn’t have much time to reminisce this weekend because he is keen to continue building on the progress that was made on the Sunday of the Catalan GP. The Frenchman enjoys riding his YZR-M1 at this venue, as evidenced by the two second places he scored here, in 2019 and 2021 (San Marino GP), so he is looking to continue in that vein this weekend.

The Misano track also plays a significant role in Franco Morbidelli’s career. Not only did he ride his very first Grand Prix there in the Moto2 class in 2013, but he also secured his first MotoGP victory at this circuit in 2020. The Italian is currently holding 12th place in the championship standings and is hoping to make the upcoming race weekend a strong round for him in front of his home fans.

The Misano circuit, constructed in 1972, was a regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s. The 4.2 km track is ridden clockwise since a radical renovation was done to meet MotoGPs safety regulations in 2007 that put the circuit back on the MotoGP calendar. The upgrade also included a chicane, resulting in the current lay-out of six left and ten right corners and giving the track increased race excitement.

In this week’s MotoGP eSport video, Lorenzo Daretti (aka Trastevere73) discusses some key techniques needed at the Misano track.
Massimo Meregalli

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

Misano is special to us. The San Marino round always feels like a ‘home GP’ to our team and it’s also Franky’s home race, so everyone is full of motivation. At the Catalan GP, we made a step with Fabio on the Sunday, and the changes we made are worth exploring further this weekend. We also have an extra day thanks to the Misano Test, so we are confident that we can collect valuable data here. We just hope that the riding conditions remain consistent throughout these four days so we can do a deep dive into the data.
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

The Race in Barcelona was a positive way to end that GP. We want to try our Sunday set-up also in Misano. I think this will give us more information, and it will confirm whether we are working in the right direction or not. Misano is also a nice track. Riding here for four days – because we also have the test – is quite nice. I know my team are working as hard as they can, so we will do our best to make another step this weekend.
Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

The Catalan GP on Sunday didn’t go as we had hoped. For the San Marino GP, we’ll still try to improve on Friday and hope for a smooth Saturday and Sunday. I’m happy that we’re riding in Misano this weekend. It’s my home race, and I know this track very well. I like this circuit a lot, it’s a nice track, and I’m also happy that my family and friends will be there supporting me – so I’m going into this weekend with a positive mindset. We have a lot of work to do, though, so we need to be focused and work step by step to keep improving.