MotoGP: Round # 13 Repsol Honda Race Preview - Misano

Marco Simoncelli Circuit Shot

Repsol Honda Press Release:

After a difficult weekend in Silverstone, caused by adverse weather on race day, this weekend the MotoGP paddock is en route to San Marino for round thirteen of the 2015 World Championship.

Misano, renamed in 2012 as the 'Marco Simoncelli Circuit', underwent a major modification for the 2007 season, when the racing direction changed from clockwise to counter-clockwise, and it was resurfaced this year before the Repsol Honda team were testing there in July. Popular with both riders and spectators, it's 4.18km in length and features five left turns and nine rights.

Despite last year – when he finished 15th after losing the front but was able to rejoin the race – Marc has an incredible record here in Misano, taking victory in 2012 and 2011 (Moto2) and also in 2010 (125cc) and finished 2nd in his maiden visit on the MotoGP machine (2013). Dani has also enjoyed good results here with one victory (2010) a 2nd place (2011) and a three 3rd places (2014, 2013, 2009).

Marc Marquez Race Action Shot

Marc Marquez #93

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 3RD - 159 POINTS

"Obviously I’m disappointed to have crashed out of the race in the UK, but I was pushing and this can happen when the weather is like that. Of course the Championship is getting further away from us but we were back fighting at the front and this is definitely a positive. Now we head to Misano which is a pretty small and slow track. We were testing there before the Summer break so I hope the data from that test can help us with the setting this weekend. It’s a delicate balance getting the bike right to suit the demands on braking at this twisty track and let’s hope the weather is nice after last weekend!"

Dani Pedrosa Race Action Shot

Dani Pedrosa #26:

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 7TH - 102 POINTS

"Silverstone wasn’t the race I - or anyone - was expecting. I felt positive over the course of the weekend, but on Sunday - in the rain - I struggled to find a good feeling. We finished the race, which is important, but this weekend I hope to make another step forward to fight at the front. Misano is a special place and always has a great atmosphere. Let’s hope the sun comes out and we have good weather all weekend so we can start working hard from Friday. It’s a short lap but intense with many overtaking points and it's quite bumpy, so set up is key. Let’s hope that the work we did there in testing will assist us."

MotoGP 2015 Tuesday, September 8th 2015 - Rider Standings:

1     ROSSI Valentino 46     ITA     236     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha

2     LORENZO Jorge     99     SPA     224     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha

** 3     MARQUEZ Marc     93     SPA     159     Repsol Honda Team     Honda**

4     IANNONE Andrea     29     ITA     150     Ducati Team     Ducati

5     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4     ITA     120     Ducati Team     Ducati

6     SMITH Bradley     38     GBR     115     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha

** 7     PEDROSA Dani     26     SPA     102     Repsol Honda Team     Honda**

8     PETRUCCI Danilo 9     ITA     83     Pramac Racing     Ducati

9     ESPARGARO Pol     44     SPA     81     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha

10     CRUTCHLOW Cal     35     GBR     74     LCR Honda     Honda

11     VINALES Maverick 25     SPA     67     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki

12     ESPARGARO Aleix 41     SPA     60     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki

13     REDDING Scott     45     GBR     47     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS     Honda

14     HERNANDEZ Yonny 68     COL     41     Pramac Racing     Ducati

15     BARBERA Hector     8     SPA     23     Avintia Racing     Ducati

16     BAUTISTA Alvaro 19     SPA     22     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia

17     BAZ Loris     76     FRA     15     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha

18     MILLER Jack     43     AUS     12     LCR Honda     Honda

19     HAYDEN Nicky     69     USA     12     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda

20     BRADL Stefan     6     GER     11     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia

21     PIRRO Michele     51     ITA     8     Ducati Team     Ducati

22     LAVERTY Eugene     50     IRE     7     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda

23     AOYAMA Hiroshi     7     JPN     5     AB Motoracing     Honda

24     DI MEGLIO Mike     63     FRA     4     Avintia Racing     Ducati

25     DE ANGELIS Alex 15     RSM     2     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha

For more information: www.hondaracingcorporation.com

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