Marini prepares for Sunday, Mir forced to retire from Sprint

Marini prepares for Sunday, Mir forced to retire from Sprint

Italy, 3rd June 2024: A day of positives and complications for the Repsol Honda Team, both Luca Marini and Joan Mir aiming for solutions and progress on Sunday.

Equalling his best grid position of the year, Joan Mir achieved his target of 1’45 to secure 17th on the grid. Providing a boost in motivation, the 2020 MotoGP World Champion lined up for the 11-lap Sprint ready to attack. Starting well, Mir soon encountered a worsening vibration issue which forced him to retire from the Sprint early. The Repsol Honda Team is currently investigating the cause to return to the track stronger on Sunday. Overall, Mir felt the aerodynamics upgrade had produced a step forward.

With a strong launch from the line, Luca Marini made up a handful of positions early on. A mistake at Turn 1 after several laps saw him lose touch with the group he had been fighting with before rallying to return to his race pace. Focusing on his own riding, the #10 completed his home race in 19th and collected important data after major setup changes to his Honda RC213V just ahead of the Sprint. Further work to refine the setting of his Repsol Honda Team machine is the primary focus for Marini and his team overnight.

Both riders will be back on the grid at 14:00 Local Time on Sunday, June 02 as they prepare for the Gran Premio d’Italia. 23-laps around the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello will be demanding for rider and machine, both Marini and Mir are up for the challenge.

Luca Marini (19th)

“It was nice to race in front of my home fans for the first time as a factory rider today. Unfortunately, it was a complicated day otherwise and we made some big changes to the bike after Qualifying and before the Sprint. This change helped my feeling, but we need to keep working on the setting to find a better bike for Sunday.”

Joan Mir (DNF)

“Looking at the positive points from today we can see that this new aero package is working better. It’s a small step forward which is welcome. We made a pretty decent Qualifying, matching our best from Qatar, and not so far from first. We wanted to put everything together in the Sprint, but we had some vibrations that prevented me from riding as they were getting worse and worse and I had to retire from the race. We are checking exactly what caused this so that we can show our full potential tomorrow.”

Gran Premio d’Italia – Sprint Result

 

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA 12 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 19:30.3
2 MARQUEZ MARC 93 SPA 9 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.469
3 ACOSTA PEDRO 31 SPA 7 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 4.147
4 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 ITA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati 5.421
5 VINALES MAVERICK 12 SPA 5 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 7.693
6 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 8.271
7 DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO 49 ITA 3 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 8.571
8 MARQUEZ ALEX 73 SPA 2 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 8.846
9 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 8.984
10 FERNANDEZ RAUL 25 SPA 0 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 10.085
11 BEZZECCHI MARCO 72 ITA 0 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 10.199
12 MILLER JACK 43 AUS 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 13.988
13 RINS ALEX 42 SPA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 14.137
14 ESPARGARO POL 44 SPA 0 KTM Test Team KTM 18.259
15 ZARCO JOHANN 5 FRA 0 LCR Honda Honda 18.309
16 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 19.374
17 FERNANDEZ AUGUSTO 37 SPA 0 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 23.06
18 SAVADORI LORENZO 32 ITA 0 Aprilia Test Team Aprilia 24.596
19 MARINI LUCA 10 ITA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 25.587
20 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA DNF Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
21 MIR JOAN 36 SPA DNF Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
22 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 ITA DNF Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati DNF
23 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 POR DNF Trackhouse Racing Aprilia DNF
24 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 FRA DNF Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF

 

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