2022 Buriram MotoGP Qualifying Result: The Magic Ten

The big battle for pole got underway in front of the enthusiastic local crowds and there was sugar, spice and everything nice (but mostly spice) from the very start of Q1. Although it was no surprise to see the Ducatis headlining the show, there was still room for a new record, with the 10th different pole sitter of the season. The honour went to Marco Bezzecchi, the rookie securing a maiden pole position, as well as the all-time lap record at Buriram. Having been a consistent fixture at the top end throughout qualifying, Jorge Martin tried to retaliate and reclaim the lead, but came two hundredths of a second short, while Pecco Bagnaia in third was just a tenth off pole.

Fabio Quartararo was once again confronted with a gaggle of Ducatis and limited the damage with a second-row start, but surrounded by more Bologna bullets, with Johann Zarco and Enea Bastianini joining him on the second row. Jack Miller was a frontrunner early on, but an issue on his second outing saw him return to pitlane without posting another fast lap and the Australian got demoted to seventh on the grid. After spicing things up in Q1, Marc Marquez had to make it work with only one fresh soft tyre left and the Honda man was on course for a front row when a moment at the final corner slowed him down and only gained him eighth place on the grid. Luca Marini’s solid weekend continues with a third row start, about half a second behind his leading teammate. Alex Rins opens row four for Suzuki, ahead of the factory KTM machines, with Miguel Oliveira escaping Q1 to then finish ahead of teammate Brad Binder.

The big heartache in Q1 was Aleix Espargaro having to admit defeat by a tenth of a second and equalling his worst qualifying of the season in 13th position. The Aprilia man will share fifth row with the improving Yamaha duo of Franco Morbidelli and Cal Crutchlow, while Raul Fernandez impressed in 16th position, having missed FP3 due to a stomach ache. Much less impressed was Maverick Viñales, who spent almost as much time off track as he did between the white lines and finished a disgruntled 17th on the grid, in between the Tech 3 machines of Fernandez and Remy Gardner.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:29.671    
2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:29.692 0.021 0.021
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:29.775 0.104 0.083
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:29.909 0.238 0.134
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:29.963 0.292 0.054
6 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:29.988 0.317 0.025
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:30.106 0.435 0.118
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.133 0.462 0.027
9 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:30.214 0.543 0.081
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:30.337 0.666 0.123
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:30.485 0.814 0.148
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:30.542 0.871 0.057
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.038    
Q2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:30.099 0.061 0.061
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:30.202 0.164 0.103
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:30.528 0.490 0.326
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:30.542 0.504 0.014
16 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:30.566 0.528 0.024
17 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:30.578 0.540 0.012
18 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:30.602 0.564 0.024
19 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:30.641 0.603 0.039
20 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:30.692 0.654 0.051
21 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:30.794 0.756 0.102
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Honda 1:31.331 1.293 0.537
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:31.356 1.318 0.025
24 9 Danilo Petrucci Suzuki 1:31.604 1.566 0.248
Round Number: 
17
2022
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Great job by Marco & Martin trading late laps with Pecco being a bit surprising after looking off the pace most of the weekend. Marc running carbon in FP1 then settled with the Kalex for the rest of the weekend with front row potential tucked up behind Enes, but not without the bike fighting him every step of the way. There's also been some interesting dynamics between he and Marini which will be worth keeping an eye on with them lining up together tomorrow. 

Mental midget Mav is back unfortunately. He just can't handle setbacks, no matter how small. AE handled himself a little better considering the poor performance and what's at stake.

Also, shout out to the camera geeks. The heli-shots here have been amazing.

Either its a major putdown for AE or a huge ovation to MV (AE "a little better"). I can't tell which. One thing is for sure - Aprilia are struggling this weekend.

DP, the man whom everyone around here seems to love, makes up the bookend. Too bad in this era a rider can't make the difference. Oh, wait, the bottom 2 bikes on the grid suddenly transform themselves to podium contention in the hands of an FQ or MM. I love champions.

If we could've had Rea on that Suzuki it would not just be making up the numbers out back. Fantasy-island I know.

^ And so Toprak should get Morbidelli's spot! Fingers crossed.

Petrucci is at least on the basic pace right off, not an easy or given thing. These guys are fast!

Bezzecchi?! Didn't see that one coming. As rubber gets down the Aprilia should improve. First two sectors need braking and drive grip it is not best at. 

Ducati track?

(We ALL used to say it often, "We are coming to a Yamaha track"). Now you have to say what you mean "fast and flowing, less stop - start."

Most tracks may be Ducati tracks now. It turns! God help us if Yamaha doesn't bring wick way up on that F1 motor or Honda can't sort this revolution bike. Orange could get theirs that next step too via a combo of aero, electronics and setup...both Binder and Oliveira have just upped their game. So has soon to be Orange Miller! Pol return, fresh Moto2 Champ...not counting KTM out. 

Especially if we finally get the new front tire. If factory Ducati can have trouble getting heat into a rain tire last Round, you know the heat dispersion carcass is biased towards reducing the pressure increase following another bike. The issue is Honda and KTM need a stiffer tire carcass on the front to load up. Especially Brad and Marc, they both brake like fooking monsters and have built their riding style around that focus from Moto2 to these short V4's.

My bike has geometry very close to the Kalex, good neutral balance then a bit front focused. The narrower triple Triumph engine brought more lean angle, and torque, better electronics too. The Honda Moto2 was more Marquez, ending the polite era and Jorge dominance. This one? See Bastiannini compared to Miller on the same bike. Less movement, further off the bike w the hips, elbows down more. 

-- Why have our rookies on Herve's short V4 Honda-like KTM struggled so badly? Darren Binder even dismally worse? Some may be this front tire forcing bigger change in style from Moto2 Dunlops. Bezzecchi is on POLE, where is D.Binder?

New F tire please and thank you. Except Yamaha, the last lone tuning fork 250GP riding bike out there. And only a lonely one of them challenging the front! No damn way is Michelin going to make another front tire construction with this bias!! It came in what, 2017? Then updated recently to disperse heat. 

Quartararo is getting dropped a peg on my 2023 tipping even with the motor. He will have to Lorenzo style lead from starts now, or be stuck behind the Red armada.

v Grazi mtberio 

Imagine if Petrux had stuck the Suzuki in the middle of the front row, in 2nd.

Now, imagine the loveable lad going on to win the race.

That’s exactly what Bayliss did back in 2006 under similar circumstances away from Motogp.

Kinda sad that it seems a more remote possibility now than then. Engineering is the new God.

Viva Bayliss!

We went NUTS. Gorgeous. ^ It's the current F tire balance?

Not long ago, when Raz "ReallyNotFan" of Yamaha switched to Black...and before when Gresini went Ducati. AND when Suzuki didn't add a 2nd Team, and (ok, you get it) I was agreed with here that VR46 was the best fit for a Yamaha 2nd Team. 

Italy based Test Team now, Yamaha obviously was obviously Rossi's spiritual home and VR46 bike supplier. 

Blue needs the rider pipeline! Ducati didn't have any from Moto3/Moto2, they have a near monopoly shared by KTM! It used to be Honda, now they just have the Japanese rider stable. 

Think about how big a deal it was. And still is, losing Malaysian money and market via Raz! 

Yamaha is fooked. We are all getting Duked. Tide has changed, and it is RED.

Today was tough because I felt like we had a great potential especially for the pace," said Quartararo. "I went out with old tyres and felt quite fast and the time attack I gave my best, but we know we are engine limited in a lot of places. 

Quartararo after Q

"We know how much we lose in the straights and even if I had a slipstream from one to three and three to four, even from the last corner to the next lap [it might not have made a difference]. Anyway, I gave my maximum. Last corner is the only one I can do and I felt really good,” said Quartararo when discussing if he can overtake. 

 

"Especially [turns] nine, ten - corner ten I can carry a lot of speed and prepare something in the last corner just for the last lap. I think it’s the only place where I can try something."

^ Ouch! He is being gracious. Imagine if it was one of the Aprilia riders! Grip is low here now, even w high temps.

Sunday Pecco gains points, Aleix may be in an incident from hunger-->risk. Fast riders have little to lose/much to gain all round them. 

Interesting! (Luck to local favorite Chantra in Moto2!)

In the future there will be only Ducati racing and nobody watching.

Love the guy, always will. But he had help winning that race because Nicky didn't have to. If Rossi hadn't fallen and Nicky had to win the race to secure the championship, you can bet Nicky would have beaten him or crashed trying to.

^ You make me sing!

Olli is not excelling in WSS. The Red bikes are outgunned by the R6, Kawi 600 AND triples. He's better than this (no, I'm not Australian...just cheering for mini Troy!)

Ducati may win MotoGP and WSBK this yr, plus WSS if/when there are power chops per the formula. DOMINATION. The Panigale is a game changer, thanks to the WSBK and MotoGP gains since the old bikes. Superleggera? Super "take both my legs" era! I want one.

... on how well you knew the situation with Bayliss during his MotoGP years. When he switched to MotoGP he desperately wanted to take his WSB squad with him, but Ducati said no. His results were therefore not reflective of his potential - something we can probably assume of a lot of rookies who have to work with new people - even though he almost beat Hayden to the Rookie of the year title.

In 2006 he was allowed to bring his title winning squad over for the Valencia race, and we know the rest. Also there was no way he would have tried to challenge Hayden for the victory if Hayden needed the points; in fact he would have ridden wingman to hold Rossi off.

I'd put Bayliss and Hayden around even on talent and work ethic, pity they never got to really go head to head ala Bayliss vs Edwards.

Lol. What? 

Was he angling for a Repsol ride? I don't think so. 

Hayden wasn't one to win many races, and try as he might (and he always did), it was Bayliss' day. I don't think Bayliss would have dive-bombed Hayden with a sketchy last-corner pass, but I don't think he was going to be Hayden's wingman. 

Same thoughts towards Hayden, pure class.

No disrespect intended, Bayliss out qualified Hayden and had the speed all weekend, something Hayden was struggling for.

Hayden was a warrior, no doubting he gave it everything. He was right up there, in the mix, but outside the US he only recorded the one win at that epic race with Colin Edwards at Assen:

Assen 2006

But it’s all could shoulda woulda: “if if’s and buts were candy and nuts every day would be Christmas…”

Oh yeah, big (pre-Panigale) Ducati fan here but Fabulous is my boy, hang in there son, bring it on home!

 

From the numbers that were being displayed during Q2, Martin hit 334, Q 331 and Marc 329. 3 kph down for Q isn't that much, or did I miss other numbers? 

I was surprised to hear Crafar (I think) at another track talking about how the location of the speed measurement device impacts the top speed differences. I had assumed previously that it was measured by GPS or similar and was therefore an absolute top speed, but he explained that it was top speed at the point of the measurement device placed at X point on the track. At that particular location (pretty sure it was Aragon) they had placed it at a point where one manufacturer would still be winding up (or was it starting to wind down) while the other would be wide open throttle - because of the difference in the ways the bikes corner -  so it made Yamaha look closer to Ducati in top speed but it wasn't the case at all in terms of absolute top speed at the track. Perhaps something similar in play here?

I think we should say it...

Monster nerve piss soda is killing Red Bull now. ALL the VR46 kids?! Not as good a return as being on Herve's backmarkers! 

Italy/Monster vs Spain/Red Bull?

Viva 

More praise for Jack Miller, adapting to Honda CRT AND Ducati after zero Moto2. His hips do a Doohan relative to Pecco and Bastiannini. Rear wheel riding vs balanced F/R (The Marc started it skating under braking).