Another exciting weekend with the Ducati MotoGP and Superbike bikes taking to the track

The first Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be held in Misano, with the return of the Ducati Grandstand, while the Catalan Round will be held in Barcelona

Seven days later, the MotoGP once again finds itself at the same circuit, hosting a new race on the same track. 

Andrea Dovizioso will tackle the Emilia Romagna GP among the championship’s leaders after finishing seventh last weekend. And while this last race wasn’t an easy one for Andrea, the fact that he has finished each race is bearing fruit. Danilo Petrucci also had a difficult time in Misano. Danilo wasn’t able to find a track alignment that satisfied him throughout the entire weekend, and his performance in the race wasn’t the best. 

Now we need to capitalize on what was collected during the first Grand Prix in terms of data and sensations in order to make the necessary performance improvements. The bikes also took to the track once again on Tuesday for a day of testing, which will further help in this regard.

Going back to the first race in Misano, we certainly shouldn’t forget the extraordinary qualifying run by Pecco Bagnaia, who made his return to the podium after the terrible accident he suffered in Brno. The rider for Pramac Racing is showing considerable talent, and will be one of the protagonists once again this weekend.

With Dovizioso leading the world championship and Bagnaia fighting for a top spot, the Ducati Grandstand could not have made its return on a better occasion. In fact, fans at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be able to watch the race from the grandstand located along the Carro curves, complete with all the benefits reserved for Ducati Grandstand ticket holders. 

Emilia Romagna GP
Circuito Marco Simoncelli (Emilia Romagna GP)
Circuito Marco Simoncelli
General Info

Built in 1972, the Misano circuit was a venue for GP races in the 80s and 90s before dropping off the calendar for fourteen years. After a number of modifications to improve the infrastructure and a change in the track direction, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007. As always for a ‘home’ round, the Ducati Team riders can count on the support of numerous fans present in the Ducati Grandstand.

Circuit data

The Superbike World Championship makes its debut at the Barcelona Catalunya circuit. In fact, while the Spanish track had never before hosted a round of the world championship, it was included among the circuits on this year’s calendar from the very beginning. The teams won’t be arriving entirely in the dark, however, as several tests were conducted here before the season resumed in Jerez. 

Despite being ranked second, Redding didn’t have a very good weekend during the second stage in Aragon. The British rider described the last weekend of racing as up and down like a roller-coaster, and his results reflected that. In Aragon, Scott slid during the first stage, then won the SuperPole race, and then finished third in Race 2. And while the distance from the top of the championship standings has unfortunately increased, nothing has been lost either. In Barcelona, Redding will have the opportunity to take advantage of his MotoGP experience, during which he competed on this track for several years. 

It wasn’t a great weekend for Chaz Davies either, who had been very consistent up until now. The Welshman hit the podium in Race 1, and put on a respectable fourth place performance in the short race, but suffered a crash in Race 2, which cost him third place in the standings. To win it back now, he’ll have to close the ranks and go back to consistently racking up points.

Many have agreed that the time was ripe for young Michael Rinaldi of Rimini to earn his first Superbike podium, but perhaps even Rinaldi himself wasn’t entirely convinced that he could have another weekend like the last. Michael placed consistently among the top three throughout the three days, and clinched his first Superbike win on Saturday. 

In the end, it’s going to be a full weekend. And whether you’re in Misano enjoying the show from the Ducati Grandstand, or watching the MotoGP or Superbike championships from the comfort of home, remember that the battle cry is always Forza Ducati!

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Catalunya Round
Circuito di Catalunya (Catalunya Round)
23 September - 25 September 2022 Circuito di Catalunya
General info

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on building a state-of-the-art race track for one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Located twenty or so kilometres north of Barcelona, the circuit opened for business in September 1991 and welcomed its first international event that same month with the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. It went on to host the European Motorcycle Grand Prix and in 1995 became home to the Catalan GP. Starting from 2020 the event is part of the WorldSBK calendar.

Circuit data
  • Length 4.657 Km
  • Turns 14
  • Fastest Lap 1'41''493
  • Laps number 20
  • Avarage speed 165.186
  • 23 September
    • Free practice 1 UTC
    • Free practice 2 UTC
  • 24 September
    • Free practice 3 UTC
    • Superpole UTC
    • Race 1 UTC
  • 25 September
    • Race UTC
    • Race 2 UTC