2022 Assen MotoGP Qualifying Result: Another Lap Record Falls

Premier class qualifying got underway with a sense of urgency, even more than usual, with darkening cloud cover gathering over the Dutch circuit. However, rain never made a significant appearance and the enthusiastic crowds got to see Pecco Bagnaia secure back-to-back pole positions with a new all-time lap record around Assen. The Italian could even afford to sit out the final couple of minutes of Q2 without anyone being able to retaliate. Fabio Quartararo did manage to close the gap to one tenth of a second, but his final flying lap was compromised by a moment at turn five and the world champion had to settle for second on the grid. Jorge Martin was the early pacesetter, the youngster attacking the lap record straight out the gates but eventually dropping to third, not helped by a late tumble at turn five.

The Ducati deja-vu continued on the second row of the grid, where Marco Bezzecchi and Jack Miller sandwiched Aleix Espargaro. The impressive rookie ended the session less than three tenths of a second off pole and ahead of title contender Espargaro, while Miller could not improve on sixth following a late tumble at turn three and with another penalty possibly incoming, for impeding Maverick Viñales on his final flying lap.

Johann Zarco adds a Ducati to the third row of the grid as well, ahead of Q1 graduate Miguel Oliveira and a subdued Alex Rins, while Q1 leader Brad Binder shares fourth row with Viñales and the lonely Honda of Takaaki Nakagami. The factory KTMs looked like the overwhelming favourites throughout Q1, so the likes of Luca Marini, Joan Mir and Fabio Di Giannantonio had to settle for a fifth row start, with Mir also joining the generous crash list at turn five.

Q1 got off to a pretty disastrous start for Enea Bastianini, who abandoned his machine with a technical issue just after exiting pitlane and having to jog back to his garage. Although the Italian was able to rejoin for the final half of Q1, the best he could do on his second machine was to match his teammate and start 16th, opening sixth row in the rather unfamiliar company of Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:31.504    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:31.620 0.116 0.116
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:31.708 0.204 0.088
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:31.796 0.292 0.088
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:31.868 0.364 0.072
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:32.124 0.620 0.256
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:32.175 0.671 0.051
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:32.272 0.768 0.097
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:32.307 0.803 0.035
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:32.367 0.863 0.060
11 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:32.424 0.920 0.057
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:32.967 1.463 0.543
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Q2 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:32.485    
Q2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:32.550 0.065 0.065
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:32.787 0.302 0.237
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:32.898 0.413 0.111
15 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:32.912 0.427 0.014
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:33.005 0.520 0.093
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:33.009 0.524 0.004
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:33.029 0.544 0.020
19 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:33.093 0.608 0.064
20 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:33.096 0.611 0.003
21 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:33.113 0.628 0.017
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:33.467 0.982 0.354
23 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:33.652 1.167 0.185
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:33.998 1.513 0.346
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Fabio took the record, and then moments later Martin, who was using Fabio for a tow, gets the record and a front row start. My fanboi is showing...

You're right ! I missed it completely. 31.718 compared to Mav's 31.814. It was kind of like making a good start, leading on the way to T1 and losing the lead on the brakes into T1. Let us hope...this time....no Taka attack...no dropping it early on...full distance...Pecco versus Fabio, with a side serving of Martin, Aleix and Bez.

Honestly think Pecco is a little overrated ….Fabio is doing things on that M1 ….nobody else can …not even close …

Honestly think Pecco is a little overrated ….Fabio is doing things on that M1 ….nobody else can …not even close …

People ask me sometimes where "breadcrumbs" come from for the crystal ball. I just now smelled one, so here is an example. Team Manager's mid season presser, at 33:30 thru 33:40 you get an unintentional tell that Ducati has Bastiannini over Martin for Red seat #2 (interesting question David). There was a good bit interesting in the presser if you look with intention. Puig reiterated how he and Honda don't have responsibility for Marc being safe with a rideable bike, not making friends as usual. 

Also interesting, Ducati/Gresini bike spec plan as per Red: they start w last yr's bike. Factory bikes sort. Mid season the updated parts are provided making the Lavender bikes THE SAME as the Factory ones. Isn't that interesting? I don't think we have ever heard that. And, good for Red unifying their armada, this year having 3 to 4 bike specs has been unhelpful, and there is an unanswered question of what they have been doing. We knew more about the previous situation when the 2019's were basically a customer bike, and for two seasons since the 2021 Factory bike WAS a 2020 but a yr of evolution. This yr was a transition yr. Next year should be STRONGER for Red. Yamaha, your 2021 bike is your 2022 bike with wheelspin cured via set up and electronics. If you care to do that again, you are shitting in your own soup. An F1 ringer engineer has been brought in to help design the bike. Do you need that? How? I will guess it is in the computer modeling side, Ala Ducati's push at the 2020 bike. Tire management simulation. Integrating the dynamics of the current complexities. Unfortunately I think, laptop geeks are now a step more central. Such is the state of things. F×ck you shapeshifters and mega aero. And stale front Michelin tire too. Those go together horribly. 


Half a season on last years bike may even be the better approach. Look at this years Ducati, first races kaput. Now looking better. Next you take this years sorted bike, beat the new bugged bike, then accept the new sorted bike and thank the factory riders for their testing duties.

...in your convivial home cooked Team environment. No public relations crap, little management pressure. Small is beautiful. That bike, but with this team? Ideal. Hope there are good performance bonuses for more hams.

Exactly! The script has been flipped. Poor Herve, going from customer abandonment from Yamaha, to shared misery with Orange. The Ponch must be so familiar with suffering, yet is the smiling paddock paterfamilias. Surely he can taste what Gresini, Pramac and VR46 are feasting on. Even fresh Raz got Aprilias. Herve has been such a "good boy" doing everything right all these years. Back through yellow bikes and Dunlop tires doldrums, to the same now. He can be proud of what he has done. And yet, yearn. Envy is bitter. The Paddock can be nasty. And then, also beautiful. Ask the VR46 Academy riders. Bezzecchi could win the Championship next year. Really! I would put him above Mir and Rins. There WILL be a consistent pointy end Ducati racer soon, just sheer math looking at Bagnaia, Bastiannini, Martin, Bezz, Zarco, DiGi, Marini and (A.Marquez). If not, it will be insanity at Red.