2022 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Result: The New God Of Thunder

The glorious sunshine of Saturday morning was replaced by rain and thunder by the time the premier class came out to fight for pole, injecting some extra adrenaline into Q1 and adding a red flag, a dramatic background and a surprise Ducati on pole in Q2. It’s not often than the same rider headlines both qualifying sessions but Fabio Di Giannantonio did just that on Saturday afternoon, the rookie taking on the dodgy conditions of Q1 on slick tyres and then answering every challenge posed by his rivals to secure a maiden pole position in the premier class on home soil. Even without Rossi in the picture, the home crowd still got a dream front row headed by two rookies, Di Giannantonio ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and with Luca Marini joining them in the parc fermé limelight.

As expected, Ducati machines locked-out the top five in qualifying, albeit not in the order they perhaps predicted, with Johann Zarco and Pecco Bagnaia down on the second row, about three tenths off pole. The five men were the featured actors in Q2, the rest of the cast demoted to occasional cameos or mere extras, but never threatening pole position. Fabio Quartararo was best of the rest and will be starting from the back of the second row, while a frustrated Aleix Espargaro had to make do with seventh place, on third row and in the company of Takaaki Nakagami and Pol Espargaro as top Hondas.

Although only half a second off pole, Enea Bastianini had to settle for fourth row, ahead of Jorge Martin, both riders unable to match the pace of their sister machines. If the two went a bit under the radar throughout qualifying, Marc Marquez didn’t enjoy much anonymity, first robbing Miller of a Q2 place with a perfect tow and then causing a red flag at the start of Q2, with a big high-side-turned-Honda-barbeque at turn two. Thankfully unharmed, Marquez was able to rejoin the action but all the shaking and wobbling on his spare machine did not make him any quicker than 12th. However, he will start from the middle of the fourth row, promoted one position by a 3-place grid penalty for Martin, after impeding another rider in FP3.

The penalty also promotes Jack Miller to fourth row, the Australian quick in Q1 but with Marquez and Di Giannantonio hot on his tail and robbing him across the finish line. Martin drops to the middle of fifth row, in between Michele Pirro and Miguel Oliveira. Although Brad Binder was the trendsetter in Q1, as the first rider to brave going out on slicks while rain flags were waving, he eventually got demoted to 16th on the grid – still not as bad as the Suzukis, with Joan Mir in 17th, Alex Rins in 21st and neither looking like a threat for Q2 positions.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:46.156    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:46.244 0.088 0.088
3 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:46.327 0.171 0.083
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:46.383 0.227 0.056
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:46.471 0.315 0.088
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:46.506 0.350 0.035
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:46.507 0.351 0.001
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:46.561 0.405 0.054
9 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:46.667 0.511 0.106
10 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:46.679 0.523 0.012
11 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:47.223 1.067 0.544
12 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:47.468 1.312 0.245
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:47.219    
Q2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:47.294 0.075 0.075
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:47.621 0.402 0.327
14 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:48.209 0.990 0.588
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:48.231 1.012 0.022
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:48.255 1.036 0.024
17 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:48.732 1.513 0.477
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:48.846 1.627 0.114
19 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:48.907 1.688 0.061
20 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:49.471 2.252 0.564
21 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:50.266 3.047 0.795
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:50.270 3.051 0.004
23 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:55.369 8.150 5.099
24 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:56.479 9.260 1.110
25 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:57.106 9.887 0.627
26 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:57.671 10.452 0.565
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MM93 having surgery after Mugello. No timetable for a return.

Hasn't meant much in recent years. Portimao 2020. Oli Tech 2, Franco Petronas, Jack Pramac. Previous to that was the previous round - Franco, Jack, Taka LCR. Brno 2020 - Zarco Esponsorama, Fabio Petronas, Franco.

looking at quali for moto2. 

There is only 1 alien now, that's for damn sure.

Surgeon's will always tell you that surgery is the answer. 

The question that must be answered now is who will cross over and become the first world champion to win an IOM TT since Mike Hailwood? Of the current crop of champions and former champions I'd say Mr. surgery is the only one for the job. We might even see one of those saves on the knee at Quarterbridge.

that call. The double moto2 world champion is perhaps better able to fit in as well.

that call. The double moto2 world champion is perhaps better able to fit in as well.

Tomorrow is going to be crazy. Weather is forecast to clear before the premier class races, and the grid will be jumbled.

Hold on to your hats!

One thing I noticed earlier, but it was more obvious to me today, is the fact that Marc 'needs' a tow to set a proper lap time.

Before he would use the tactic to get inside his rivals head and of course to find out where they were fasters but then he could also go on his own and be fast. In the last few races he had to get a tow to set a lap time. For me that has not much to do about his arm strenght, as the force to throw the bike around for one fast lap can't be that much different when he's 20 metres or more behind a rider he's using as a reference or to do the lap by himself.

The difference is in speed perception, something that someone like Marquez, or any rider in this category, should not have any issue with.

That makes me believe that the vision issue he's been dealing with might still be hindering him. It does not mean it's a huge issue but to see that in Q2 Marc was so on the ragged edge again while going slower than in Q1, where he was smooth as he trailed Jack and used him to adjust his corner entry point/speed, makes me think it's enough to just put him off a bit.

I also think it might have been a factor that helped him to make the decision to call it quit on this season, to go under the knife and regroup.

Maybe we'll get to see him again at full fitness in the future. He'll need it to get back up to the front as the level keep going up.

Bonne chance MM93

Marc put on quite a show, if not a clinic at COTA. Not that he was short on reference points ahead of him that day, it's more that he had to pick new ones as he passed thru...

It's not an unusual to see riders looking for a tow or reference. Each Q brings a few trains. The commentators focus on Marc and his victim but not so much the four riders following the one. If there is a benefit to it I think Marc would seek it out even if he had won the last 20 races sitting side-saddle.

Now THAT is the right stuff! Two rookies and a sophomore on the front row. At their home GP! Those guys are so happy. Teams too. Gigi has been making a lot of visits to parce firme this year to congratulate riders not dressed in red. Successful engineering.