2022 Assen MotoGP FP3 Result: Aleix Espargaro Holds Off Quartararo

The collective prayers thankfully paid off and the Cathedral of Speed was a dry place of worship by Saturday morning, allowing the premier class to immediately challenge Friday’s benchmark. The stars of FP3 were the Aprilias, with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales trading top spot throughout the session and the elder statesman eventually securing the lead despite a late tumble at turn three. Espargaro’s crash was one of a handful that caused a burst of yellow flags in the final few minutes of the session, halting progress for Aprilia’s challengers and seeing quite a bit of movement in the top 10 due to cancelled lap times. Fabio Quartararo managed to avoid all that to stay second, as the Aprilias’ main challenger throughout the session, ending the morning only four hundredths of a second behind the leading Spaniard.

A yellow flag infringement for Viñales dropped him to seventh, allowing Alex Rins to inherit third position and helping Takaaki Nakagami into fourth, as the sole Honda representative in the top 10. With Pol Espargaro withdrawing from the weekend due to pain and discomfort from the injuries suffered in Germany and Alex Marquez joining Stefan Bradl at the bottom of the top 20, Nakagami will be hoping to carry the Honda flag as close to the top as possible and make a solid bid for saving his seat.

Marco Bezzecchi was a consistent feature at the top end of the timesheets and ended the session fifth, only two tenths off top spot and as the lead Ducati rider, just ahead of Pecco Bagnaia. Friday’s leader was one of the late improvers on the timing screens, focusing on pace early on but eventually re-joining the top 10 in sixth position. Viñales’ penalty dropped him to seventh, ahead of the Pramac duo of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco, with Jack Miller rounding out the top 10 positions.

Joan Mir started the session looking pretty strong, despite some early bodywork-going-rogue issues, but eventually missed out on a direct placement in Q2 by eight hundredths of a second and will join a competitive Q1 together with the likes of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini – both teammates’ placement affected by late crashes – as well as the KTM duo of Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira and the Ducati of Luca Marini, whose session was affected by an early tumble at turn 10.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:32.164    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:32.205 0.041 0.041
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:32.320 0.156 0.115
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:32.355 0.191 0.035
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:32.382 0.218 0.027
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:32.440 0.276 0.058
7 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:32.487 0.323 0.047
8 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:32.592 0.428 0.105
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:32.726 0.562 0.134
10 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:32.878 0.714 0.152
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:32.962 0.798 0.084
12 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:32.999 0.835 0.037
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:33.036 0.872 0.037
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:33.128 0.964 0.092
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:33.148 0.984 0.020
16 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:33.177 1.013 0.029
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:33.261 1.097 0.084
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:33.281 1.117 0.020
19 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:33.346 1.182 0.065
20 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:33.605 1.441 0.259
21 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:33.639 1.475 0.034
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:34.180 2.016 0.541
23 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:34.623 2.459 0.443
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:34.957 2.793 0.334
Round Number: 
11
2022
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Just excellent !

That first sentence deserves some praise of its own :-)