Preview: San Marino GP
On the upcoming weekend the team of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT will compete in this year´s „Gran Premio Tribul de Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini“ in Misano, Italy. After the difficult the German squad will be facing a very busy weekend.
The previous races of the second half of the season didn´t turn out as expected. Despite the good results in the practice sessions the squad couldn´t show it´s potential during the qualifying. As a good qualifying result is crucial for a good race the team will assail this task in San Marino.
The 4.2 kilometre-long “Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli” is a technical track with a total of 16 corners of that six left and ten right corners and three straights.
Following a complete remodelling in 2007 the track runs clockwise now. As part of this the facilities and grandstands were updated as well. Now the facility holds a maximum capacity of 60.000 spectators. In 2012 the former Misano Adriatico Circuit was renamed Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in honour of the late motorcycle racer.
Located at the Adriatic about 25km from Rimini the San Marino Grand Prix provides – next to the Italian motorsports euphoria – total holiday feeling with its long beaches and sea view.
However the pilots of the Moto3TM don´t have time to admire this atmosphere for too long as they start with their First Free Practice on Friday, 9am. As per usual the race will be held on Sunday at 11am.
Time Schedule Moto3TM San Marino Grand Prix:
|Friday, 08 September:||09.00 – 09.40||Free Practice 1|
|Friday, 08 September:||13.10 – 13.50||Free Practice 2|
|Saturday, 09 September:||09.00 – 09.40||Free Practice 3|
|Saturday, 09 September:||12.35 – 13.15||Qualifying|
|Sunday, 10 September:||08.40 – 09.00||Warm up|
|Sunday, 10 September:||11.00||Race (23 laps)|
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“I am looking forward to Misano. I had a good weekend there last year and got a good result in the race so of course it is nice to come back. They track in San Marino is completely different than all the other circuits in the calendar especially compared to Silverstone. I hope I can take this good performance up and we can achieve a good result. As in every race I want to attack the points and show the best performance possible. The circuit has one very long straight so we need to see how it goes. I am sure it will be a really busy weekend because there are always a lot of fans coming to an Italian race and it is always a big event.”
“San Marino is another track I have been racing before. I think it´s quite difficult but you can also learn a lot there. The race last weekend was not too bad and we were working in a good direction so for the San Marino GP I hope we can continue like that. I want to do my best and show that we can still improve and get better. Between the two race weekends I have been in the gym a lot and I did an endurance race in Finland which was good so I am motivated to go racing again.”