After the transatlantic dash to the United States, MotoGP headed straight back to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in San Marino for the sixteenth Grand Prix of ’21 and another weekend trying to set the pace around the flat, coastal track in chilly autumnal conditions. The KTM quartet had crucial technical data after completing round fourteen of the series at Misano, as well as a post-race test, prior to the flight to the USA.
Friday began in wet conditions for Free Practice 1 and 2. Come Saturday morning and the skies were still murky and damp. The asphalt was tricky to judge as it started to dry in some places but further unstable weather produced a difficult and precarious set of sessions.
Brad couldn’t quite find a rapid lap and his small mistake and crash in Q1 meant the South African will start the Grand Prix from 20th place.
“It was a difficult day today with the conditions. It was wet pretty much all day. It was only at the end of FP4 where we were able to get out on slicks. I felt quite confident for Q1 but unfortunately ended up crashing halfway through and that was my session done. We can still turn our weekend around but starting P20 tomorrow will be a challenge. We need to get a good start, settle into a rhythm and try to get past people as quick as we can.”
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