2022 Buriram MotoGP FP2 Result: Zarco Leads Bagnaia As Bastianini And Aleix Espargaro Miss Out Of Q2

Johann Zarco ends the session fastest, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia, with a lot of yellow flags at the end of the session. That meant a number of riders could not improve their times, including Marc Marquez, Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller, Alex Rins, and Franco Morbidelli.

Enea Bastianini and Aleix Espargaro missed out on a spot in provisional Q2. They will be hoping for dry weather on Saturday morning, and a chance to improve.

Combined times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:30.281    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:30.299 0.018 0.018
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:30.471 0.190 0.172
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.523 0.242 0.052
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:30.555 0.274 0.032
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:30.588 0.307 0.033
7 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:30.594 0.313 0.006
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:30.608 0.327 0.014
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:30.641 0.360 0.033
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:30.765 0.484 0.124
11 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:30.790 0.509 0.025
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:30.881 0.600 0.091
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:30.892 0.611 0.011
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:30.964 0.683 0.072
15 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:30.996 0.715 0.032
16 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:31.004 0.723 0.008
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:31.007 0.726 0.003
18 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:31.059 0.778 0.052
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:31.113 0.832 0.054
20 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:31.325 1.044 0.212
21 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:31.367 1.086 0.042
22 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:31.390 1.109 0.023
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Honda 1:31.927 1.646 0.537
24 9 Danilo Petrucci Suzuki 1:32.706 2.425 0.779

Results of FP2 alone:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:30.281    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:30.299 0.018 0.018
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:30.471 0.190 0.172
4 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:30.594 0.313 0.123
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:30.608 0.327 0.014
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.714 0.433 0.106
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:30.892 0.611 0.178
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:30.961 0.680 0.069
9 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:30.963 0.682 0.002
10 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:30.964 0.683 0.001
11 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:30.996 0.715 0.032
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:31.088 0.807 0.092
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:31.102 0.821 0.014
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:31.113 0.832 0.011
15 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:31.155 0.874 0.042
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:31.177 0.896 0.022
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:31.308 1.027 0.131
18 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:31.330 1.049 0.022
19 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:31.367 1.086 0.037
20 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:31.390 1.109 0.023
21 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:31.651 1.370 0.261
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Honda 1:31.927 1.646 0.276
23 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:31.966 1.685 0.039
24 9 Danilo Petrucci Suzuki 1:32.890 2.609 0.924
Round Number: 
17
2022
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Comments

Cal highside, hurt his old ankle injury. Not broken, just battered.

Marc GREAT, top non Duc, pushing full bore. Feeling better each Round re strength. Finished Japan strong and smiling!

Quarty says he's overriding to be where he is. Ominous? He and Yamaha are lucky Pecco has had FIVE dnf's. 

Danilo Petrucci is very happy! Loves dearly the inline 4 handling. On the rear group pace despite yellow flags and a mistake meaning he didn't complete a time attack. Kid at Christmas, sorting braking later.

Brad has headshake tossing his brake pads out. Had a few moments. 

Aprilia struggling for drive grip. Ducati ruling the roost.

Marini criticized for tailing Quartararo for a tow on the FP2 fast lap. Not news, let him be? Oliveira is a surprise in FP2! 

Re conditions, early in FP1 riders were going down after touching paint/curbing. They were slippery. It rained alot in the morning. Forecast said wet Saturday.

I think that if the decision to follow FQ (or any other rider) is made by the team or individual rider then fair play, it's hardly anything new - but if there's factory orders to bug a particular rider (which is POSSIBLE given DiGi followed #20 out on the next run) than I think it starts getting a bit insidious. Obviously no other manufacturer has "spare" bikes to throw at such a tactic. Perhaps I'm being paranoid, but something to watch for?

I watched FP1 with the BT feed and FP2 with Matt Birt and Simon Crafar commentating. As well as the fact that the BT crew were giving our own Mr Motomatters much love, it was also interesting that the discussion around Aprilia's performance was so different. BT focusing very much on the different tire compound/carcass provided for Buriram (and Austria), world feed talking only about the difference in the bike itself with no mention of the different tire. Whichever it is (likely both) here's hoping Aleix comes through with something special in FP3/Q/Race to keep their championship hopes alive.