Eugene Laverty and Yonny Hernández were both in the points for the second successive race at Silverstone and will look to make it a third at Misano.
The countdown to the end of the MotoGP World Championship is underway now, with the chequered flag having fallen twelve times already and with just six races remaining. The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli plays host to round thirteen of the season and, fittingly, it will this Thursday be the venue for a ceremony held by Dorna to retire the iconic number 58 of the legendary Italian racer.
Marc Marquez goes into the final third of the season with a 50-point advantage at the top of the standings, with Valentino Rossi now his closest pursuer at the equivalent of two race victories adrift. The 2016 season has proved to be the most open for decades, with seven different winners now on record including for the first time the likes of Jack Miller, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Viñales. Will there be an eighth at Misano?
Both Pull&Bear Aspar riders have been in the points at the last two races, a positive trend they are determined to continue throughout the remainder of the season. Eugene Laverty finished his home race at Silverstone just behind his team-mate Yonny Hernández at the end of an incredible weekend that saw him fight for pole position and briefly run second in the race.
The Irishman remains in the battle for the top ten in the championship but requires another positive result this weekend at Misano, where he scored points during his days in the 250cc class. Hernández arrives in Italy after repeating his best result of the season at Silverstone, giving him the confidence to mount a strong finish to the season. The Colombian did not finish the race at Misano last season but is aiming for a repeat of his top ten finish there in 2015.
Eugene Laverty: “It is nice that we get to race again so soon. Just a few days rest and then we go again, which is perfect for me. I expect the temperatures will be very hot at Misano, so it will be a very different weekend to Silverstone! The track is also very different, it is tight and twisty, which is the opposite to Silverstone. There are some aspects of the track that could be very good for us, for the Ducati, and we always ride better in the hotter conditions so I am looking forward to seeing some summer weather again.”
Yonny Hernández: “We saw at Silverstone that the recents steps we have made helped us to achieve a good result. With these improvements, and if we can continue in the same way, we can have a great race at Misano. We have a lot of work ahead of us with the electronics but we are building our pace and I want to continue to do that so that we finish the season in strong form. Misano is a circuit I like so we are confident everything will go well there.”