MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2022 Catalunya World Supersport Race One Result: Red Flag, Sprint Race

With good weather setting up for the nineteen lap race, unfortunately the red flags would come out after just one lap.

Federico Caricasulo took the lead into turn one, ahead of Nicolo Bulega and Dominique Aegerter. Peter Sebestyen crashed out into turn one. Nicolo Bulega took the lead from Federico Caricasulo and as Aegerter slipped through for second, pushing Caricasulo off the apex, Can Oncu followed him through into third place. After one lap, the race was red flagged for Sebestyen's bike catching fire on the run off for turn one. The penalty run off was covered in fire extinguisher foam and burning bike, making it unsafe for racing.

The race restart would be twelve laps after a Quickstart procedure with the same grid as before.

Federico Caricasulo once again took the lead into turn one, ahead of Can Oncu who switched under Nicolo Bulega into turn one to take second place. Lorenzo Baldassarri pipped Dominique Aegerter to fourth place as Can Oncu and Caricasulo swapped back and forth a couple of times. 

Lorenzo Baldassarri took the lead into turn one as Can Oncu missed his turn and dropped back to sixth, taking fifth off Adrian Huertas in a typically aggressive manner.

Dominique Aegerter set the fastest lap, a 1'46.075, on lap two.Into turn one, Federico Caricasulo took the lead off Baldassarri as Dominique Aegerter in third place went wide, holding his position in spite of a slide. Can Oncu in fourth place set the fastest lap a lap later with a 1'45.944, and riders went into turn one almost four abreast as everyone behind Caricasulo in the lead tripped each other up fighting for second. 

At the start of lap five, Caricasulo led Aegerter until turn one and Oncu followed Aegerter to push Caricasulo to third. Nicolo Bulega made a move into fourth but he lost the front, almost saving it for what seemed like several minutes before he finally fell off. 

Once Dominique Aegerter took the lead, he set a fastest lap of 1'45.157, breaking free from Can Oncu with rabbit in his blood. Can Oncu was equidistant between Aegerter and Baldassarri with Caricasulo and Bahattin Sofuoglu on his heels. 

Seven laps of twelve down, Dominique Aegerter led Can Oncu by a second and a half with Lorenzo Baldassarri, Federico Caricasulo and Bahattin Sofuoglu within striking distance. A lap later, Aegerter's lead was two seconds as Oncu had to fight off Baldassarri and Caricasulo behind him. Oncu lost second place to Baldassarri on lap nine, but Oncu and Caricasulo passed Baldassarri into turn one, and a lap later Caricasulo took second place into turn one but Oncu held third place from Baldassarri. Baldassarri took third place a few turns later.

At the start of the last lap, Dominique Aegerter led Lorenzo Baldassarri by four seconds, with Can Oncu and Federico Caricasulo in his wake, having taken second place from the other two in the clean air behind them down the straight. Oncu tried a long outbreak manoeuvre into turn ten, but it was from too far back and he compromised the last sector of the lap.

Dominique Aegerter cut his lead to three and a half seconds as he showboated over the line, ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri. Can Oncu held the last podium spot from Federico Caricasulo a quarter of a second off second place. Bahattin Sofuoglu on the MV Agusta took fifth place almost a second behind.

After the twelve lap sprint race, Dominique Aegerter extended his lead by five points to twenty four points over Lorenzo Baldassarri who kept his title fight alive in second place. Can Oncu moved closer to third place in the title fight, taking advantage of Nicolo Bulega's DNF. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6  
2 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 3.472
3 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.245
4 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 0.140
5 54 B. SOFUOGLU MV Agusta F3 800 RR 4.697
6 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 5.122
7 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 8.388
8 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 8.536
9 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 8.790
10 9 S. JESPERSEN Yamaha YZF R6 10.661
11 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 11.391
12 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 0.955
13 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.068
14 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 12.436
15 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 0.069
16 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 13.431
17 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 13.646
18 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 14.805
19 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.099
20 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 0.057
21 23 I. VINALES Ducati Panigale V2 0.257
22 76 J. GIRAL Ducati Panigale V2 0.109
23 81 A. VIU Yamaha YZF R6 16.531
24 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 20.890
25 22 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 3.668
26 21 B. CURRIE Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.908
27 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.808
28 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 42.348
29 73 M. KOFLER Ducati Panigale V2 58.436
RET 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 8 Laps
RET 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 8 Laps
RET 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6  
Round Number: 
8
2022
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2022 Catalunya World Superbike Race One Result: The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly Nowhere Near The Track

As the rain over Barcelona avoids the track for the start of the race, the 21ºC sun shines over a twenty lap race with an unexpected grid lining up for a race famous for being punishing on tyres.

Alvaro Bautista got the lead in to turn one ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael Ruben Rinaldi who pushed Jonathan Rea aside for third place from the fourth row of the grid. Alex Lowes took third place from Rinaldi with Iker Lecuona in fifth place. 

Down the straight, behind Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu, Rinaldi clocked 330kmh down the straight as he battled with Lowes as Lecuona overshot the apex but held fifth place. Alvaro Bautista in the lead set a 1'42.167 on lap two under a third of a second ahead of Razgatlioglu. Scott Redding crashed out of the race as Rinaldi and Axel Bassani had to run through the long lap penalty route to avoid crashing. Axel Bassani managed to catch Lecuona and passed him as Bautista set a 1'41.926. Bassani missed the apex and once again had to use the tail end of the penalty road but held on to fifth place ahead of Jonathan Rea. A lap later, Alvaro Bautista set a 1'41.823 as he led Razgatlioglu by over half a second. 

Five laps of twenty complete, Alvaro Bautista led Toprak Razgatlioglu by under half a second with Iker Lecuona almost two seconds off the leading two, Lecuona powering past Alex Lowes down the kilometre-long straight into turn one. Axel Bassani and Jonathan Rea were within reach of Lecuona and Lowes with Garrett Gerloff and Andrea Locatelli a further half second behind. 

An incident between Luca Bernardi and Michael van der Mark that ended Bernadi's race in the early laps was put under investigation. Alvaro Bautista extended his lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu in the first half of lap eight, but Razgatlioglu was quicker in the later sectors. Rea and Bassani fought over fifth place, swapping places back and forth with Rea finally making one of his many passes stick in to turn one of lap nine. 

As the leading two escaped at the front, Alex Lowes put pressure on third-placed Iker Lecuona as Lowes's teammate Jonathan Rea closed up on their fight for the last step on the podium. Rea had Axel Bassani, Andrea Locatelli and Garrett Gerloff on his tail with Locatelli passing Bassani only to go so wide that Bassani and Gerloff pushed Locatelli back to eighth place. Locatelli's luck fell further as he missed an apex to fall I to the clutches of Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

At half race distance, Alvaro Bautista led Toprak Razgatlioglu by over two seconds with Iker Lecuona, Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea three seconds behind. Rea escaped from Bassani and Gerloff putting a second and a half between himself and the pair. Alvaro Bautista was lapping around half a second quicker than everyone apart from his teammate Rinaldi in eighth place. As Razgatlioglu dropped to four seconds off Bautista in the lead, Lecuona was lapping a couple of tenths of a second quicker than Razgatlioglu's Yamaha, closing to within two seconds of the world champion by lap fourteen. 

Jonathan Rea replaced Alex Lowes in challenging Iker Lecuona for third place, with Lowes giving Rea plenty of room to overtake into turn one. A lap later, Rea made the same move on Lecuona to take third, albeit not as easily as passing his teammate. 

When Jonathan Rea was in the last podium place in lap sixteen, he was just over a second behind Toprak Razgatlioglu and closing. Alvaro Bautista led by over seven seconds. By lap seventeen of twenty, Jonathan Rea had caught Toprak Razgatlioglu. Behind them, Garett Gerloff passed both Iker Lecuona and Alex Lowes as the three went into turn one three abreast.

Razgatlioglu went wide early in the lap and Rea wasted no time in taking advantage. As Razgatlioglu's tyre went off Garrett Gerloff was the next rider to take advantage to get into third place behind Rea. Razgatlioglu was lapping half a second off the pace with his rear tyre spinning up into corners, and right behind him, Michael Ruben Rinaldi passed Lecuona and Lowes and then passed Razgatlioglu  to start the last lap two seconds behind the fight between Gerloff and Rea. 

Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were the only two riders not suffering from tyres going off, with Bautista leading Rea by over ten seconds on the last lap. Jonathan Rea held off Garrett Gerloff's attack to hold onto second place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was forth, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu who skated around the last few corners to hold off Iker Lecuona and Alex Lowes for fifth place. 

Jonathan Rea tipped his hat to Bautista in parc fermé before shaking his hand as Garrett Gerloff had an emotional couple of moments in his return to the podium. 

Bautista's win from a second row start, his eighth feature race win of the year, extended his lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu to forty four points while Jonathan Rea closed up to eight points in third place. A hundred and fifty five points further back, Michael Ruben Rinaldi consolidated his forth pace ahead of Andrea Locatelli, Axel Bassani, Alex Lowes and Scott Redding whose DNF today dropped him back to ninth place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8.665
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 9.289
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1.494
5 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 2.785
6 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 13.655
7 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14.013
8 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 14.839
9 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 14.936
10 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 30.094
11 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 30.390
12 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 31.755
13 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 33.055
14 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.962
15 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 37.498
16 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 45.108
17 99 O. GUTIERREZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 46.958
18 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 55.315
19 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 57.534
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 12 Laps
RET 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 18 Laps
RET 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1
RET 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R  
Round Number: 
8
2022
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2022 Catalunya World Superbike Superpole Result: Will It Rain?

World Superbike Superpole opened with threats of rain and drops in sectors one and three at the start of the fifteen minute qualifying session.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi, fresh from announcing renewing his 2023 contract with Ducati, crashed out at turn one. Iker Lecuona set a 1'41.330 on his first timed lap, spending his qualifying tyre early in the session to avoid potential rain. After a second lap, riders pitted in to change tyres. Alex Lowes pitted in just a hundredth off Lecuona's time, quicker than Toprak Razgatlioglu and Xavi Vierge with Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea fifth and sixth quickest.

After the mid-session tea break, the first laps set by the majority of riders were on pole-beating times with Andrea Locatelli jumping to the top with a 1'40.991 until he was worked over by Iker Lecuona with a 1'40.766 and the Kawasakis of Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea. As the flag came out, the grid positions were an unusual mix of riders, headed by Iker Lecuona getting Honda's first pole position in six years. 

Iker Lecuona headed Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea on the front row with Andrea Locatelli leading Alvaro Bautista and Garrett Gerloff on the second row, but Toprak Razgatlioglu sat behind Axel Bassani and ahead of Xavi Vierge on the third row. Michael Ruben Rinaldi missed out on the front three rows in tenth place on the grid.

Iker Lecuona's first pole position was the first HRC pole position since 2002.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'40.766   325,3
2 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.789 0.023 320,5
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.983 0.217 322,4
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.991 0.225 315,8
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1'41.148 0.382 329,3
6 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.208 0.442 317,6
7 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'41.594 0.828 323,4
8 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.638 0.872 318,6
9 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'41.683 0.917 333,3
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'41.836 1.070 318,6
11 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.937 1.171 314,0
12 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1'42.028 1.262 323,4
13 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'42.038 1.272 319,5
14 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1'42.384 1.618 322,4
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.469 1.703 317,6
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'42.469 1.703 318,6
17 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'42.473 1.707 323,4
18 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.509 1.743 314,0
19 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 1'42.916 2.150 323,4
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.005 2.239 313,0
21 99 O. GUTIERREZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.075 2.309 310,3
22 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.182 2.416 310,3
23 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'44.128 3.362 315,8
Round Number: 
8
2022
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2022 Catalunya World Supersport Superpole Result: Rain In Sector Two

World Supersport Superpole qualifying was twenty minutes with warnings of rain, forcing everyone out early to try to get a decent lap in before conditions got too wet to record a good lap on slick tyres.

Lorenzo Baldassarri crashed out on turn twelve on his out lap without setting a qualifying time, riding his bike on the service lanes to get back to the garage. Dominique Aegerter knocked Can Oncu off the top with a 1'46.505 on his first lap, but a lap later, he had to concede the provisional pole to Oncu who set a 1'45.544, a third of a second quicker than Aegerter's second lap. 

Aegerter's third lap, a 1'44.946, put him ahead of Oncu by six tenths of a second. Federico Caricasulo and Andy Verdoia were third and fourth quickest as riders started to put in. The rain held off, in spite of drops landing in sector two, and with five minutes remaining, Lorenzo Baldassarri set out on a quickly fixed bike.

Glenn van Straalen, after losing a lap time for exceeding track limits, jumped up to second quickest as Niki Tuuli saved a slide on the last corner to improve his time. Lorenzo Baldassarri set a time that put him in provisional seventh place, but Dominique Aegerter slapped down an incredible 1'43.983 lap, a new lap record, a second quicker than second-placed Can Oncu's fastest lap. Lorenzo Baldassarri clawed his way to fourth place as the flag came out, but he was over a second slower than Dominique Aegerter's pole position.

Dominique Aegerter took pole position ahead of Can Oncu and Federico Caricasulo, but Lorenzo Baldassarri recovered from a crash to head the second row, alongside Adrian Huertas and Raffaele De Rosa. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.983   282,7
2 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.061 1.078 279,8
3 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'45.189 1.206 285,0
4 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.196 1.213 279,1
5 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.239 1.256 282,0
6 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'45.240 1.257 279,8
7 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1'45.265 1.282 279,8
8 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.290 1.307 281,3
9 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.338 1.355 281,3
10 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'45.404 1.421 281,3
11 9 S. JESPERSEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.601 1.618 279,8
12 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.659 1.676 273,4
13 54 B. SOFUOGLU MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'45.690 1.707 279,8
14 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.734 1.751 274,1
15 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.766 1.783 280,5
16 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.788 1.805 278,4
17 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'45.855 1.872 282,7
18 76 J. GIRAL Ducati Panigale V2 1'45.912 1.929 279,8
19 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.017 2.034 276,2
20 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.082 2.099 279,1
21 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.252 2.269 274,8
22 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'46.264 2.281 273,4
23 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'46.278 2.295 280,5
24 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.296 2.313 276,2
25 23 I. VINALES Ducati Panigale V2 1'46.432 2.449 282,0
26 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.466 2.483 282,7
27 73 M. KOFLER Ducati Panigale V2 1'46.643 2.660 277,6
28 21 B. CURRIE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.738 2.755 282,0
29 81 A. VIU Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.888 2.905 276,9
30 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.064 3.081 279,1
31 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.744 3.761 276,9
32 22 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 1'47.848 3.865 279,8
Round Number: 
8
2022
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2022 Motegi MotoGP Qualifying Result: Ring The Alarm

Saturday in Japan was full of surprises, some more enjoyable than others, but the extended red flag delay in Moto2 due to weather conditions was the first sign of trouble, followed by the cancellation of the final practice session and a delayed start for the premier class. At the end of two wet qualifying sessions, there were more grumpy faces than happy ones around but the first pleasant surprise was Marc Marquez’s return to parc fermé, three years after his last pole position at the same venue. The Honda man resisted pressure from Johann Zarco to claim top honours by two tenths of a second and still refuse to backtrack on his stated lack of podium aspirations. Zarco had to settle for second after being the star of Q1, while Brad Binder’s late charge secured him his first front row start in the premier class.

Also in a celebratory mood was Maverick Viñales, who went from ninth to third on his final flying lap, before being pushed back a place by Binder and opening the second row of the grid. The Aprilia man will be in familiar company, from Q1 graduate Jorge Martin and teammate Aleix Espargaro, who also made late progress from the lower half of the timing screens to be first amongst the title contenders in sixth place. In a particularly tricky afternoon for the factory Ducati squad, Jack Miller couldn’t work his usual rain dance and had to make do with seventh on the grid, while Miguel Oliveira was predictably fast in the tricky conditions but a crash in the final three minutes dropped him down to eight.

A rather annoyed Fabio Quartararo lost ground throughout the session and will be completing the third row of the grid, but on a positive note for the Frenchman, his closest title contender sits even further back. Pecco Bagnaia seemed to struggle to put a fast lap together, ending Q2 last, two seconds off pole and at the back of fourth row, behind Luca Marini and Pol Espargaro.

Up until that point, it looked like a much worse day for Enea Bastianini, whose late crash in Q1 left him stranded in 15th position on the grid, behind compatriots Marco Bezzecchi and Franco Morbidelli, but the Beast eventually found himself only one row behind his future teammate. Much like the Gresini man, Alex Rins will also have to pull off a trademark comeback through the field, after an underwhelming Q1 left him 18th on the grid. The convalescent home favourite, Takaaki Nakagami, gets the unlucky task of closing the back of the grid, after an early tumble in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:55.214    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:55.422 0.208 0.208
3 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:55.537 0.323 0.115
4 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:55.620 0.406 0.083
5 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:55.686 0.472 0.066
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:55.771 0.557 0.085
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:55.784 0.570 0.013
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:55.895 0.681 0.111
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:56.326 1.112 0.431
10 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:56.354 1.140 0.028
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:57.354 2.140 1.000
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:57.373 2.159 0.019
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:55.300    
Q2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:55.795 0.495 0.495
13 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:55.934 0.634 0.139
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:56.006 0.706 0.072
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:56.130 0.830 0.124
16 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:56.432 1.132 0.302
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:56.578 1.278 0.146
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:56.656 1.356 0.078
19   Tetsuta Nagashima   1:57.229 1.929 0.573
20 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:57.288 1.988 0.059
21   Takuya Tsuda   1:57.787 2.487 0.499
22 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:57.827 2.527 0.040
23 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:58.115 2.815 0.288
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:58.292 2.992 0.177
25 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:58.717 3.417 0.425
Round Number: 
16
2022
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2022 Motegi Moto2 Qualifying Result: Delaying The Inevitable

Following on from a soaking wet morning at Motegi, the weather disruption continued into the qualifying sessions, the rain getting particularly heavy by the time the intermediate class tackled Q2. So much so that the red flag waved a handful of minutes into the session and led to over an hour of delays, but it was definitely worth the wait for Aron Canet, who topped Q1 and then proceeded to dominate the restarted Q2 session. The Spaniard claimed his third pole position of the season with an advantage of seven tenths of a second over Jake Dixon, who inherited second when Fermín Aldeguer’s top time got cancelled for a yellow flag infringement. The penalty also promoted Tony Arbolino to the front row of the grid, dropping Aldeguer to the back of the second row, behind Somkiat Chantra and Filip Salac.

Despite a late tumble at turn four, Jorge Navarro kept seventh position, opening the third row ahead of Q1 graduates Cameron Beaubier and Keminth Kubo, while Barry Baltus rounded out the top 10 positions. The main title contenders seemed less keen to risk it all in the post-red flag Q2 rush and that saw Augusto Fernandez dropping down to 11th position and Ai Ogura to 13th place on the grid, with Alonso Lopez in between.

With his injury woes probably still fresh on his mind, Pedro Acosta also took it easy and ended Q2 last, over four seconds behind the poleman. On the topic of injuries, Sam Lowes’ return to action meant a return to the gravel as well, with a big tumble in Q1 leaving him out of the Q2 drama and down in 24th grid position. Meanwhile, Celestino Vietti also abandoned the fight in Q1, only qualifying 22nd.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:04.939    
2 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2:05.669 0.730 0.730
3 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2:05.891 0.952 0.222
4 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:06.111 1.172 0.220
5 12 Filip Salac Kalex 2:06.123 1.184 0.012
6 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2:06.311 1.372 0.188
7 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 2:06.468 1.529 0.157
8 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:06.680 1.741 0.212
9 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 2:06.785 1.846 0.105
10 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 2:07.119 2.180 0.334
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2:07.348 2.409 0.229
12 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 2:07.443 2.504 0.095
13 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2:07.697 2.758 0.254
14 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2:07.764 2.825 0.067
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2:07.831 2.892 0.067
16 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 2:08.284 3.345 0.453
17 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 2:08.634 3.695 0.350
18 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 2:09.394 4.455 0.760
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:05.543    
Q2 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 2:05.734 0.191 0.191
Q2 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 2:06.501 0.958 0.767
Q2 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:06.513 0.970 0.012
19 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2:06.790 1.247 0.277
20 29 Taiga Hada Kalex 2:07.002 1.459 0.212
21 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2:07.087 1.544 0.085
22 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2:07.114 1.571 0.027
23 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 2:07.296 1.753 0.182
24 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2:07.423 1.880 0.127
25 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 2:08.067 2.524 0.644
26 28 Niccolò Antonelli Kalex 2:08.684 3.141 0.617
27 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 2:09.131 3.588 0.447
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2:09.950 4.407 0.819
29 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 2:10.530 4.987 0.580
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30 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex   0.000 0.000
Round Number: 
16
2022
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2022 Motegi Moto3 Qualifying Result: Rain Favours A Home Hero

After getting a hint of sun prior to the festival of qualifying beginning at Motegi, rain made a return for Q1 and caused some surprises in Q2. The first was the return of Tatsuki Suzuki to the top of the pile on Saturday afternoon, the home favourite taking a well-received first pole position of the season by a sizeable three tenths of a second. The second surprise was Scott Ogden securing his first front row start, helped by the experience gathered in Q1 earlier on, much like Sergio Garcia in third. The Spaniard was Suzuki’s main rival throughout the session, until a late tumble halted his progress, but he might expect some penalties for impeding his teammate in the closing stages of Q2.

Ayumu Sasaki made a late jump into fourth, sharing the second row with the Italian duo of Dennis Foggia and a revitalised Andrea Migno. Riccardo Rossi opens row three from Deniz Öncü and Izan Guevara, who only managed to rejoin the top 10 on his final flying lap. Said top 10 was rounded out by Jaume Masia, joined on the fourth row by Q1 graduate Carlos Tatay and class veteran John McPhee.

Lorenzo Fellon escaped Q1 only to crash twice in the tricky conditions of Q2, the French rider holding onto a fifth row start, in the company of Adrian Fernandez and practice leader Diogo Moreira. David Muñoz was another of the names on the crash list and although he was able to rejoin the action, the Spaniard struggled to do better than 16th on the grid, sharing sixth row with local duo Ryusei Yamanaka and Kaito Toba. Some of the more surprising names to miss out on Q2 were rookies Ivan Ortolá and Dani Holgado, who will complete row seven behind Taiyo Furusato.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:11.246    
2 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:11.568 0.322 0.322
3 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2:11.788 0.542 0.220
4 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 2:11.942 0.696 0.154
5 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2:12.015 0.769 0.073
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2:12.038 0.792 0.023
7 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2:12.120 0.874 0.082
8 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2:12.124 0.878 0.004
9 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 2:12.155 0.909 0.031
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2:12.229 0.983 0.074
11 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 2:12.505 1.259 0.276
12 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 2:12.993 1.747 0.488
13 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2:13.109 1.863 0.116
14 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 2:13.686 2.440 0.577
15 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 2:14.078 2.832 0.392
16 44 David Muñoz KTM 2:14.856 3.610 0.778
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2:15.706 4.460 0.850
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2:15.837 4.591 0.131
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:11.779    
Q2 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 2:12.122 0.343 0.343
Q2 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2:12.126 0.347 0.004
Q2 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2:12.394 0.615 0.268
19 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 2:12.749 0.970 0.355
20 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 2:13.081 1.302 0.332
21 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 2:13.237 1.458 0.156
22 66 Joel Kelso KTM 2:13.393 1.614 0.156
23 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 2:13.447 1.668 0.054
24 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 2:13.755 1.976 0.308
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2:13.775 1.996 0.020
26 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 2:13.985 2.206 0.210
27 34 Kanta Hamada Honda 2:14.027 2.248 0.042
28 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 2:14.763 2.984 0.736
29 9 Nicola Carraro KTM 2:15.402 3.623 0.639
30 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 2:20.016 8.237 4.614
Round Number: 
16
2022
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2022 Motegi MotoGP FP2 Result: Rain Master Marquez Returns

The rain and mist of Motegi returned Marc Marquez to the top of the timesheets on his long-awaited return to Honda’s playground. The Spaniard enjoyed the tricky conditions, with rain intensifying throughout the session, and led the way for most of Saturday morning’s proceedings – the session making no difference to the Q2 line-up. Jorge Martin eventually closed the gap to his compatriot to only a tenth of a second, while Friday’s leader, Jack Miller occupied third position. Miguel Oliveira and Johann Zarco joined the top five, with only Franco Morbidelli and Enea Bastianini making the list of riders within a second of the leader.

Alex Marquez and Luca Marini also looked pretty solid in the tricky conditions, while Fabio Quartararo rounded out the top 10, after doing some off-roading to get things going. The rest of the title contenders joined him for a trip through the gravel at turn three early on, but the premier class avoided crashes until the final dozen minutes, when a red flag was needed to clear the track following a tumble for Pol Espargaro at turn eight.

After struggling early on, Aleix Espargaro made some late progress up into 11th position, while Pecco Bagnaia took it easy in 15th and Maverick Viñales lingered in 18th. The Suzukis weren’t having the most fun either, with Alex Rins ending the session down in 23rd position, over two seconds off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:55.232    
2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:55.376 0.144 0.144
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:55.387 0.155 0.011
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:55.428 0.196 0.041
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:55.630 0.398 0.202
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:56.168 0.936 0.538
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:56.197 0.965 0.029
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:56.349 1.117 0.152
9 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:56.548 1.316 0.199
10 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:56.561 1.329 0.013
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:56.577 1.345 0.016
12 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:56.588 1.356 0.011
13 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:56.655 1.423 0.067
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:56.743 1.511 0.088
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:56.752 1.520 0.009
16 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:56.851 1.619 0.099
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:56.874 1.642 0.023
18 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:56.925 1.693 0.051
19 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:57.003 1.771 0.078
20 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:57.292 2.060 0.289
21 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:57.606 2.374 0.314
22   Tetsuta Nagashima   1:57.656 2.424 0.050
23 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:57.671 2.439 0.015
24 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:57.827 2.595 0.156
25   Takuya Tsuda   1:58.631 3.399 0.804
Round Number: 
16
2022
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2022 Motegi Moto2 FP2 Result: Aldeguer Advances On Soaked Surface

After the downpour on Saturday morning, conditions continued to worsen throughout the final practice session for the intermediate class, but that did not fully halt progress on the timesheets. While Friday’s hierarchy was never under threat, the lead in FP2 changed hands a few times, until it stayed with Fermín Aldeguer for the final couple of minutes. Tony Arbolino dropped to second after a hairy moment late on, while Aron Canet settled for third and retreated to pitlane before the end of the session to prepare for Q1.

Filip Salac had a roller coaster of a morning, starting at the top of the timing screens and ending in the gravel at turn four, while holding onto fourth position. Jake Dixon completed the top five ahead of teammate Albert Arenas, while Alonso Lopez was able to rejoin the action after an early tumble at turn five and maintain seventh place. Somkiat Chantra, Augusto Fernandez and Jorge Navarro rounded out the top 10 places, while Ai Ogura joined the rather lengthy crash list with a a high side at turn 8 in the final couple of minutes.

The session even featured a brief red flag interruption, to allow Manuel Gonzalez’s bike to be removed from the track following an early tumble but the tricky session ultimately made no difference to the configuration of Q1, with the likes of Canet, Jeremy Alcoba, Marcel Schrotter and Celestino Vietti getting some extra track time on Saturday afternoon.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2:04.479    
2 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2:04.747 0.268 0.268
3 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:04.899 0.420 0.152
4 12 Filip Salac Kalex 2:04.917 0.438 0.018
5 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2:04.976 0.497 0.059
6 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 2:05.124 0.645 0.148
7 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 2:05.125 0.646 0.001
8 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:05.280 0.801 0.155
9 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2:05.333 0.854 0.053
10 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 2:05.334 0.855 0.001
11 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2:05.404 0.925 0.070
12 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:05.462 0.983 0.058
13 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2:05.587 1.108 0.125
14 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2:05.781 1.302 0.194
15 29 Taiga Hada Kalex 2:05.989 1.510 0.208
16 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 2:06.058 1.579 0.069
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2:06.089 1.610 0.031
18 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 2:06.309 1.830 0.220
19 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2:06.353 1.874 0.044
20 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2:06.490 2.011 0.137
21 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 2:06.542 2.063 0.052
22 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 2:06.800 2.321 0.258
23 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 2:07.271 2.792 0.471
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2:07.349 2.870 0.078
25 28 Niccolò Antonelli Kalex 2:07.519 3.040 0.170
26 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 2:07.562 3.083 0.043
27 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 2:07.677 3.198 0.115
28 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 2:07.752 3.273 0.075
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2:08.311 3.832 0.559
30 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 2:08.375 3.896 0.064
Round Number: 
16
2022
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2022 Motegi Moto3 FP2 Result: Foggia Doesn’t Sink

Saturday morning in Japan started with a surprise, but rain was not it, the forecast finally catching up with the lightweight class and soaking the circuit ahead of the second set of practice sessions. The surprise came from Dennis Foggia, the Italian looking unusually comfortable in the tricky conditions and even ending the morning at the top of the timesheets. Mario Aji also thrived on the wet track and missed out on top spot by only eight hundredths of a second, however, the conditions were too poor to allow any changes to Friday’s hierarchy and the Indonesian rider will have to contend with Q1 later on. Andrea Migno joined the top three of the session, ahead of birthday boy Tatsuki Suzuki and late crasher John McPhee - off track excursions not all that unusual during the 40-minute session.

Early session leader Deniz Öncü eventually dropped to sixth, narrowly ahead of Ryusei Yamanaka, while Carlos Tatay in eighth position was another half a second behind the local favourite. Although Sergio Garcia in ninth spot ended the morning session in a much better position than teammate and rival Izan Guevara in 16th, Friday’s rankings showed the opposite and it’s Garcia who will have to join Q1 together with the likes of Xavier Artigas, Dani Holgado or Ivan Ortolá.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2:09.684    
2 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 2:09.765 0.081 0.081
3 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2:09.904 0.220 0.139
4 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:09.909 0.225 0.005
5 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 2:09.922 0.238 0.013
6 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2:09.954 0.270 0.032
7 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2:10.025 0.341 0.071
8 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 2:10.609 0.925 0.584
9 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2:10.770 1.086 0.161
10 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2:10.856 1.172 0.086
11 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2:10.892 1.208 0.036
12 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2:10.932 1.248 0.040
13 44 David Muñoz KTM 2:11.030 1.346 0.098
14 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 2:11.074 1.390 0.044
15 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 2:11.109 1.425 0.035
16 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 2:11.141 1.457 0.032
17 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 2:11.170 1.486 0.029
18 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 2:11.265 1.581 0.095
19 66 Joel Kelso KTM 2:11.345 1.661 0.080
20 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 2:11.438 1.754 0.093
21 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2:11.537 1.853 0.099
22 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2:11.955 2.271 0.418
23 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 2:12.028 2.344 0.073
24 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 2:12.255 2.571 0.227
25 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:12.308 2.624 0.053
26 9 Nicola Carraro KTM 2:12.425 2.741 0.117
27 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 2:12.746 3.062 0.321
28 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 2:12.787 3.103 0.041
29 34 Kanta Hamada Honda 2:13.573 3.889 0.786
Not qualified (Out 105%)
  22 Ana Carrasco KTM 2:16.416 6.732 2.843
Round Number: 
16
2022
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