MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2022 Assen MotoGP Race Result: A Tale Of Joy And Jubilation – And A Bit Of A Blunder

An overcast cathedral invited premier class riders to a very noisy flare-filled sermon and the first to arrive was poleman Pecco Bagnaia, who rode a flawless race and was not intimidated by title rivals, rookies or rain flags on his way to his third victory of the season. The winner wasn’t even the loudest man in parc fermé, a delightfully joyous Mooney VR46 team celebrating their and Marco Bezzecchi’s first podium, the rookie securing a well-deserved second place ahead of Maverick Viñales, who takes his first podium for Aprilia.

With Bagnaia setting off in the distance as soon as the lights turned off on the grid, churchgoers had to focus their attention on the battle for best-of-the-rest, where Jorge Martin and Aleix Espargaro were making Fabio Quartararo’s life harder on the opening lap. While the Frenchman was finding a way past the Spaniards, Bagnaia extended a gap that nudged nine tenths of a second by the end of the first lap. Espargaro hinted at reducing that gap to half a second on the second lap, with Quartararo in tow, while Bezzecchi attacked Martin and Jack Miller served his long lap penalty, inviting Brad Binder into sixth position early on. The penalty dropped the Australian to the bottom of the top 10, ahead of the big losers of the opening lap, Johann Zarco having dropped to 11th position and Alex Rins to 16th, while Enea Bastianini found a couple places into 13th and Joan Mir lingered in 14th after a troubled start.

With Bagnaia attempting to stretch a healthy gap at the front, Quartararo was keen to pick up the pursuit – perhaps too keen – and made a rare mistake, losing the front at turn five while overtaking Espargaro and taking both of them through the gravel trap. Both riders were able to rejoin, Espargaro in 15th position, eight seconds off the lead, and Quartararo last, nine seconds behind his teammate. The early drama left Bagnaia with a generous one second advantage over Bezzecchi only five laps into the race, but the rookie, under pressure from Martin, set a hot pace and was finding a tenth here and there, to keep the gap manageable. Another second and a half behind, Binder led the pursuit from Viñales, while Miller was catching up once more after serving his penalty, with Taka Nakagami and Miguel Oliveira in tow. Helped somewhat by the incident ahead, Zarco and Mir joined the top 10 positions, with the Gresini duo knocking on the doors while Espargaro was pushing to bridge the one second gap to the two Ducatis. With not much movement at the front, the cameras were busy following Quartararo’s quick pitstop before re-joining the action one lap down and promptly getting thrown off again at turn five – the Frenchman looking annoyed and bruised but generally okay.

Although Bagnaia was under no immediate threat, Bezzecchi and Martin were keeping him on his toes until the hallway point of proceedings, when the leader picked up the pace and increased his advantage to 1.5 seconds over the next couple of laps. Another second behind the youngsters, Viñales had picked up the pursuit from Binder and Miller, while Nakagami dropped from 7th to 11th after serving a long lap penalty for exceeding track limits, leaving Oliveira in a rather lonely seventh position but soon to have company from a charging Aleix Espargaro, who made quick work of Mir and Zarco with 11 laps remaining.

As if the early drama was not enough, white flags started waved with 10 laps left, with sparse spots of rain showing on cameras. The Pramac riders were the first to blink, both of them losing a handful of positions over the next lap, Martin dropping to 6th and Zarco to 13th, but the rest of the field did not seem to be too bothered. Bagnaia maintained a one second gap over Bezzecchi, who in turn had the same advantage over Viñales, but with our usual rain enthusiasts battling it out for fifth just behind him, Miller attacking Binder with six laps remaining. Martin maintained position in sixth, with a just-about comfortable gap over Espargaro, while Mir, Oliveira and Rins settled the remaining top 10 positions.

With the rain flags proving to be a storm in a teacup, Bagnaia entered the final couple of laps with nearly two seconds’ advantage, while his rookie VR46 Academy colleague cruised home to secure the second step on the podium. However, Viñales’ third place was still under threat from Miller and the Ducati man attacked at the GT chicane before the start of final lap but ran wide and allowed Viñales to escape while Miller himself dropped into Binder’s clutches. Aleix Espargaro, who had robbed Martin of sixth on the penultimate lap, patiently watched the squabble between Miller and Binder and saw an opportunity to slide past both of them at the final chicane to claim fourth. Binder took fifth ahead of Miller, while Martin faded to seventh and Mir, Oliveira and Rins completed the top 10. An anonymous Bastianini came home in 11th position, ahead of the lead Honda of Nakagami in 12th.

Despite Quartararo’s blunder, Espargaro recovered to reduce the gap in the world championship to 21 points, so the Spaniard quite enthusiastically accepted his friend's apologies. Zarco lost further ground with a 58-point deficit, while victor Bagnaia is 66 points behind.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 40:25.2050
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 0.444
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1.209
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2.585
5 33 Brad Binder KTM 2.721
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 3.045
7 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 4.340
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 8.185
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 8.325
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 8.596
11 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 9.783
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 10.617
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 14.405
14 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 17.681
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 25.866
16 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 29.711
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 30.296
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 32.225
19 87 Remy Gardner KTM 34.947
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 35.798
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  25 Raul Fernandez KTM 28:44.7500
  20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 18:55.2880
  21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 14:16.5470
  40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 12:42.8170
Round Number: 
11
2022
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2022 Assen Moto2 Race Result: A Game Of Musical Chairs

A light cloud cover set the scene for the intermediate class race but there was no time to watch the skies, with several contenders making their bid for trophies throughout the 24-lap race, with varying degrees of success. Top of the list ended up being Augusto Fernandez, who made a swift recovery from the back of the third row to prove himself as the strongest rider in the second half of the race, claiming a third victory of the season with a half second advantage. Ai Ogura provided quite a few replay-worthy moments as he navigated his way up and down the timing screens but put together an impressive recovery to take second place, with poleman Jake Dixon joining them on the podium.

Dixon had made a solid start off the line, with teammate Albert Arenas close behind, while Sam Lowes left his braking a bit late into turn one, running wide and joining at the very back of the field, before crashing out a few laps later. Despite the strong start from the Aspar boys, Alonso Lopez was quick to separate the teammates and attacked for the lead at turn nine on the opening lap. Dixon and Arenas kept close, while Marcel Schrotter attacked Ogura for fourth but a couple of rodeo moments for the Japanese rider at turns 11 and 3 over consecutive laps dropped him all the way down to 17th position. That left Fernandez to inherit fifth, but almost a second behind the leading group and with a sizeable advantage over the fight between Jorge Navarro, Tony Arbolino, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts, with Celestino Vietti not too far behind, the championship leader not making any progress off the line and even losing a couple of positions.

Back at the front, Lopez kept calm in the lead of proceedings but with a charging Schrotter on his tail, while the Aspar duo had to contend with Fernandez, who quickly closed the gap to join the leading group by lap five, bringing local favourite Bo Bendsneyder with him. Lap eight saw Lopez and Schrotter extend a half second advantage at the front and the German took his turn in the lead at turn 7, but the chasers soon bridged the gap, making it an 8-man victory battle, including Arenas, Fernandez, Dixon, Bendsneyder, Beaubier and Arbolino. Vietti was leading the next group one and a half seconds down the road, which also included Ogura, who was starting to make some progress just outside the top 10.

With Schrotter settling in at the front, Lopez came under fire from Arenas and Fernandez by lap 10 and Arenas soon went on to pile on the pressure on the leader. The Spaniard’s job was done when Schrotter slid out of the lead at turn five with 13 laps remaining, leaving Arenas at the front, ahead of compatriots Lopez and Fernandez but with a growing leading group, as Vietti and Ogura caught up with the seven men ahead to join the podium battle for the final half of the race.

Arenas’ lead was unchallenged over the next few laps, Fernandez keeping Lopez busy until the rookie went into turn 1 a bit too enthusiastically and dropped to 6th in the group with 9 laps remaining. Right behind him, Vietti and Ogura kept each other entertained at the back of the leading group and soon invited the rookie into their exchanges.

Back at front, Fernandez made his move for the lead with 8 laps remaining and attempted an escape but could not shake Arenas off. The incessant battles behind them did drop the pursuers 8 tenths back over the next lap but Dixon’s frustrated fist-shaking did seem to work, Beaubier keeping calm and allowing the British rider to bridge the gap, bringing Ogura, Vietti and Bendsneyder with them, but steadily losing Lopez from the leading group.

Although Fernandez wasn’t shown a wheel yet, Arenas was not spared and both Dixon and Ogura got past him, the Japanese rider starting to look like a real threat for the final handful of laps. Ogura slid past Dixon to claim second at the first corner just one lap later and the Honda Team Asia rider continued to perform some rodeo moves while setting a hot pace to close the half second gap to Fernandez. However, instead of reducing the gap, the Spaniard started the final lap with seven tenths’ advantage and took the chequered flag with six of those still intact, forcing Ogura to settle for second, while Dixon crossed the finish line only three hundredths of a second ahead of Vietti, who posted the fastest lap of the weekend on the last lap. Arenas looked like the favourite for fourth until crashing out at turn nine on the penultimate lap, the leading group having already lost Beaubier a couple laps earlier. Bendsneyder celebrated a fine fifth place on home soil, only 1.4 seconds behind the winner, while Lopez, Arbolino, Roberts, Manuel Gonzalez and Filip Salac rounded out the top 10 positions.

With Fernandez matching Vietti on three victories each this season, the two now also share the lead in the world championship as well, with Ogura only one point behind and the missing Aron Canet dropping 30 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 39:07.1330
2 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 0.660
3 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 0.725
4 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 0.758
5 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1.485
6 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 5.417
7 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 5.553
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 7.396
9 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 7.589
10 12 Filip Salac Kalex 7.691
11 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 9.322
12 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 15.028
13 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 17.443
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 19.188
15 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 19.256
16 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 19.898
17 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 28.669
18 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 28.787
19 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 44.544
20 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 44.612
21 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 50.836
22 55 Alex Toledo Kalex 51.009
Not Classified
  28 Niccolo Antonelli Kalex 36:32.1530
  75 Albert Arenas Kalex 35:53.4500
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 32:38.8690
  61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 21:39.7970
  23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 17:59.1010
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 05:05.0940
Round Number: 
11
2022
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2022 Assen Moto3 Race Result: The Time Has Come

After an overcast early morning at the Cathedral, the sun eventually decided to attend the lightweight class race and was rewarded with a last lap rollercoaster that saw Ayumu Sasaki claim a maiden victory in the world championship. The poleman had to contend with a nearly impeccable Izan Guevara for 22 laps but won a close fight to give a precious birthday gift to the team boss. Speaking of birthdays, Guevara would have liked to go one better to celebrate his upcoming 18th birthday, but the youngster had to settle for second place – and a pretty lucky one, after starting the final lap down in fifth position. Even luckier was teammate Sergio Garcia, who suddenly found himself on the final step of the podium after a subdued race spent mostly at the back of the leading group.

Although the podium line-up might not look too unusual, with the poleman and the championship leaders, it does not tell the whole story of the 22-lap race. It was rookie David Muñoz who stole the show off the line, but Tatsuki Suzuki was quick to retrieve the lead into turn one from Muñoz, Sasaki, Guevara and Dennis Foggia. Suzuki was under attack from Sasaki and Guevara by the end of the second lap and the Spaniard took control of proceedings at the GT chicane, while teammate Garcia made some quick progress from 18th on the grid to join the top 10 after the first couple of laps.

Once Guevara took the lead, there weren’t many challenges coming his way for the next few laps, despite having a 16-man group lined up behind him – partly because of several yellow flags waving around in the early stages of the race. While Guevara was still waiting for a challenger, a leading group of six eventually separated at the front, including Suzuki, Sasaki, Jaume Masia, Muñoz and Foggia, although the Italian didn’t last there much longer, being served with a long lap penalty for shortcutting the final chicane and dropping to 13th position going into the second half of the race. Meanwhile, Garcia was stuck around seventh position and had dropped almost a second behind the leading group by lap 10, but luckily for him, John McPhee and Xavier Artigas soon picked up the lead of the chasing pack and did all the hard work in closing the gap to the leader, bringing Garcia and Foggia with them. Unfortunately for Garcia, the Italian easily found a way past him and the Spaniard did not seem to have the speed to respond or challenge the men ahead.

Back at the front, Guevara seemed untroubled while Muñoz was kept busy by the Sterilgarda Max Racing duo of Sasaki and McPhee and with the Leopard pair close behind. Masia, Artigas and Garcia were still part of the leading group but going a bit under the radar with 8 laps to go, with the chasing group over three seconds behind. Garcia benefitted once more from Foggia’s misfortune with 5 laps to go, when the Italian climbed the kerbs on the exit of turn one, as he got overtaken by Muñoz and lost control, crashing out of the podium battle.

In the battle for victory, Sasaki seemed to be the keenest to attack Guevara but the Spaniard was showing off with his defensive lines, so the first real attack had to wait until the final three laps, when Sasaki overtook at turn five. Guevara tried to hit back straight away at turn six and that started an overtaking bonanza for the next couple of laps, the duo trading places several times over the course of each lap. Once Sasaki settled the score with Guevara, the rest of the group started to get involved and the Spaniard was soon under attack from Suzuki, Masia and Muñoz, dropping to fifth by the start of the final lap.

Suzuki gave his compatriot some trouble on that last lap but could not stop Sasaki from securing a maiden victory. The Leopard Racing rider could not even hold onto the podium in the late drama that saw Muñoz losing the front at turn nine and taking Masia out of the podium battle, with McPhee sliding out just behind them, in a separate incident. That suddenly left the Aspar boys in podium contention, both of them attacking Suzuki in the final few corners, with Garcia crossing the finish line only seven thousandths of a second ahead of the Japanese rider. Artigas scores a top five finish, with Dani Holgado recovering from a couple of long lap penalties to take sixth, aided by a last lap incident at turn eight for Adrian Fernandez and Joel Kelso. Stefano Nepa, Ryusei Yamanaka, Deniz Öncü and Kaito Toba completed the remaining top 10 positions.

Garcia’s serendipitous podium keeps him in the lead of the world championship, but teammate Guevara closes in to only three points, with Foggia’s deficit growing to 67 points.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 37:28.3710
2 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 0.314
3 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 0.392
4 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 0.399
5 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 0.661
6 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 11.540
7 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 11.606
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 12.225
9 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 12.309
10 27 Kaito Toba KTM 12.368
11 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 12.596
12 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 12.878
13 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 12.976
14 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 17.903
15 16 Andrea Migno Honda 20.915
16 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 30.606
17 67 Alberto Surra Honda 37.419
18 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 44.008
19 85 Luca Lunetta KTM 44.132
20 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 44.135
21 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 44.366
22 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 44.486
Not Classified
  66 Joel Kelso KTM 35:57.4920
  31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 35:57.2270
  17 John McPhee Husqvarna 35:46.8430
  44 David Muñoz KTM 35:46.6710
  5 Jaume Masia KTM 35:46.5310
  7 Dennis Foggia Honda 28:59.1800
  19 Scott Ogden Honda 08:40.8790
  23 Elia Bartolini KTM 06:57.9970
Round Number: 
11
2022
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2022 Assen MotoGP Warm Up Result: Espargaro Leads Quartararo

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:32.424    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:32.548 0.124 0.124
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:32.680 0.256 0.132
4 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:32.799 0.375 0.119
5 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:32.819 0.395 0.020
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:32.854 0.430 0.035
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:32.855 0.431 0.001
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:32.886 0.462 0.031
9 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:32.914 0.490 0.028
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:33.038 0.614 0.124
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:33.041 0.617 0.003
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:33.109 0.685 0.068
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:33.284 0.860 0.175
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:33.286 0.862 0.002
15 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:33.372 0.948 0.086
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:33.398 0.974 0.026
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:33.407 0.983 0.009
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:33.452 1.028 0.045
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:33.612 1.188 0.160
20 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:33.752 1.328 0.140
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:33.867 1.443 0.115
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:34.028 1.604 0.161
23 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:34.191 1.767 0.163
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:34.436 2.012 0.245
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11
2022
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2022 Assen Moto2 Warm Up Result: Lopez In The Limelight

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1:37.223    
2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1:37.405 0.182 0.182
3 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 1:37.722 0.499 0.317
4 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 1:37.758 0.535 0.036
5 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1:37.800 0.577 0.042
6 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1:37.805 0.582 0.005
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1:37.817 0.594 0.012
8 12 Filip Salac Kalex 1:37.850 0.627 0.033
9 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1:37.891 0.668 0.041
10 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1:37.901 0.678 0.010
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:37.908 0.685 0.007
12 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:37.908 0.685 0.000
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:37.928 0.705 0.020
14 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1:37.933 0.710 0.005
15 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1:37.954 0.731 0.021
16 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:37.973 0.750 0.019
17 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:38.174 0.951 0.201
18 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 1:38.292 1.069 0.118
19 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 1:38.299 1.076 0.007
20 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 1:38.308 1.085 0.009
21 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1:38.327 1.104 0.019
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 1:38.553 1.330 0.226
23 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 1:38.825 1.602 0.272
24 55 Alex Toledo Kalex 1:38.851 1.628 0.026
25 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 1:38.926 1.703 0.075
26 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1:39.372 2.149 0.446
27 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 1:39.554 2.331 0.182
28 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 1:39.752 2.529 0.198
Not Classified
  40 Aron Canet Kalex   0.000 0.000
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11
2022
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2022 Assen Moto3 Warm Up Result: Holgado Leads Guevara

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1:42.162    
2 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 1:42.210 0.048 0.048
3 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1:42.299 0.137 0.089
4 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1:42.403 0.241 0.104
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1:42.417 0.255 0.014
6 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 1:42.421 0.259 0.004
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 1:42.431 0.269 0.010
8 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1:42.440 0.278 0.009
9 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1:42.458 0.296 0.018
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1:42.479 0.317 0.021
11 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 1:42.629 0.467 0.150
12 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1:42.637 0.475 0.008
13 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1:42.652 0.490 0.015
14 19 Scott Ogden Honda 1:42.679 0.517 0.027
15 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 1:42.756 0.594 0.077
16 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 1:42.880 0.718 0.124
17 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 1:42.909 0.747 0.029
18 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 1:42.943 0.781 0.034
19 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1:43.009 0.847 0.066
20 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1:43.053 0.891 0.044
21 44 David Muñoz KTM 1:43.059 0.897 0.006
22 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 1:43.109 0.947 0.050
23 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 1:43.138 0.976 0.029
24 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 1:43.185 1.023 0.047
25 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 1:43.611 1.449 0.426
26 85 Luca Lunetta KTM 1:44.161 1.999 0.550
27 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1:44.603 2.441 0.442
28 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 1:44.879 2.717 0.276
29 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 1:44.974 2.812 0.095
30 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1:44.988 2.826 0.014
Round Number: 
11
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2022 Assen MotoE Race 1 Result: Down To The Last Corner

The MotoE cup provided the first racing entertainment of the weekend at Assen, and it delivered a solid doze of adrenaline over eight hard-fought laps. Poleman Dominique Aegerter didn’t have it all his own way as Matteo Ferrari robbed him off the line, while Mattia Casadei ran wide at the first corner and dropped to fifth, behind the LCR duo of Eric Granado and Miquel Pons. By the end of the opening lap, Ferrari, Aegerter and Granado looked like they were extending a gap at the front but the chasing group were not keen to let them go and Casadei made a quick comeback into contention.

Granado was the standout performer by lap four, finding a way past both Aegerter and Ferrari at turn 15 in consecutive laps, leaving the two to keep each other busy. Aegerter attacked Ferrari at the final chicane and the Italian attempted to retaliate at the first corner but instead ran wide and dropped to fifth place for the final trio of laps, promoting Casadei and Marc Alcoba into the podium battle.

The penultimate lap brought Aegerter back to the front of the field for the first time since they lined up on the grid, but going three-wide into turn seven saw Casadei come out on top. A near tangle between Aegerter and Granado made the Brazilian lose touch with the leaders ahead of the final lap, leaving Casadei and Aegerter to battle it out for the win. The Swiss rider attacked at turn five but a mistake on the exit dropped him back behind the Italian, however, the moment did not seem to unsettle him in the slightest, Aegerter back on Casadei’s tail to make one last attack at the final chicane.

Aegerter took the chequered flag eight hundredths of a second ahead of Casadei and the Italian’s frustration out the final corner allowed Granado back into contention to steal second away by nine thousandths of a second. With Alcoba taking a fast tumble at turn 15 on the final lap, Ferrari took fourth unchallenged, ahead of Hector Garzo and Pons, while Bradley Smith and Jordi Torres both made the top 10 on their return from injury.

Aegerter’s victory adds some more points to his advantage in the world cup standings, now 34 points ahead of Granado and 42 over Ferrari, with Casadei 58 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 13:55.7040
2 51 Eric Granado Energica 0.072
3 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 0.081
4 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 0.507
5 4 Hector Garzo Energica 0.960
6 77 Miquel Pons Energica 1.224
7 7 Niccolo Canepa Energica 2.810
8 38 Bradley Smith Energica 5.310
9 40 Jordi Torres Energica 5.347
10 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 9.564
11 34 Kevin Manfredi Energica 9.742
12 12 Xavi Fores Energica 11.392
13 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 12.834
14 17 Alex Escrig Energica 12.917
15 6 Maria Herrera Energica 13.371
16 72 Alessio Finello Energica 17.992
Not Classified
  70 Marc Alcoba Energica 12:12.4210
Round Number: 
7
2022
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2022 Assen Moto2 Qualifying Result: A New Power Duo

The clouds were here to stay for the final qualifying session of the day, but the intermediate class was not to be deterred from attacking pole position until the last second of Q2, when Jake Dixon robbed teammate Albert Arenas of the honour by a minuscule hundredth of a second. The duo secured a one-two on the grid for a euphoric Aspar squad, with Arenas also registering his best qualifying result in the class in second position.

After leading the way just a handful of minutes earlier, Sam Lowes had to settle for the final spot on the front row, while Ai Ogura finds himself on the second row, despite being only five hundredths of a second slower than the poleman. Newcomer Alonso Lopez continues to show off with his speed, joining the second row ahead of Q1 leader Jorge Navarro. Joe Roberts and local favourite Bo Bendsneyder dropped back to third row after spending the early part of the session at the top end, while practice leader Augusto Fernandez could not match his earlier performance and settled for ninth.

Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top 10, sharing fourth row with championship leader Celestino Vietti, whose turn three tumble halfway through proceedings ended the session early for the Italian and allowed him to slip back to 11th place on the grid. Rookie Filip Salac closes fourth row, while Tony Arbolino fronts row five, ahead of Q1 graduates Barry Baltus and Manuel Gonzalez.

The notable absences in Assen continue to be Aron Canet, who is out of commission with a broken nose and recurring nose bleeds, and Pedro Acosta, the rookie fresh off the operating table after suffering a broken left femur in training.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1:36.736    
2 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 1:36.747 0.011 0.011
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:36.767 0.031 0.020
4 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1:36.787 0.051 0.020
5 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1:36.842 0.106 0.055
6 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:36.860 0.124 0.018
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1:36.884 0.148 0.024
8 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1:36.919 0.183 0.035
9 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1:36.967 0.231 0.048
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:37.028 0.292 0.061
11 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1:37.085 0.349 0.057
12 12 Filip Salac Kalex 1:37.124 0.388 0.039
13 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1:37.165 0.429 0.041
14 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 1:37.283 0.547 0.118
15 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 1:37.365 0.629 0.082
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1:37.444 0.708 0.079
17 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 1:37.452 0.716 0.008
18 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1:37.532 0.796 0.080
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1:36.912    
Q2 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 1:37.266 0.354 0.354
Q2 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 1:37.275 0.363 0.009
Q2 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 1:37.288 0.376 0.013
19 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1:37.342 0.430 0.054
20 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1:37.389 0.477 0.047
21 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 1:37.742 0.830 0.353
22 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 1:37.759 0.847 0.017
23 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 1:37.761 0.849 0.002
24 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 1:38.058 1.146 0.297
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1:38.150 1.238 0.092
26 55 Alex Toledo Kalex 1:38.251 1.339 0.101
27 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 1:38.509 1.597 0.258
28 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 1:38.861 1.949 0.352
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  40 Aron Canet Kalex   0.000 0.000
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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.

Results:

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
    Q1 Results:        
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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2022 Assen MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo vs Bagnaia Once More

An increasingly overcast FP4 saw a diverse assortment of tyres being sampled and the battle for top spot was back to a familiar picture, with Fabio Quartararo and Pecco Bagnaia swapping seats at the top of the timesheets. Despite not fully enjoying his time on the hard rear tyre, with a small moment leading him into the infamous gravel of the final chicane, Quartararo was still quick enough to claim the session at the chequered flag by one tenth of a second, after showing off his consistent pace on both the hard and medium tyre. An equally rapid Bagnaia settled for second, ahead of teammate Jack Miller, with FP3 leader Aleix Espargaro dropping to fourth, under four tenths off the lead and with solid pace despite a small front end moment of his own at turn five.

The KTMs got in the mix as well, with Miguel Oliveira climbing as high as fifth, just ahead of the Ducatis of Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini, with Maverick Viñales eighth, half a second off top spot. Brad Binder and Luca Marini rounded out the top 10 placements, while the Suzukis of Joan Mir and Alex Rins kept close behind. After starting the session as strong as in FP3, top Honda man Takaaki Nakagami slid down the timing screens and ended the session 15th, eight tenths off the lead, in between the Ducatis of Johann Zarco and Marco Bezzecchi.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:32.478    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:32.578 0.100 0.100
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:32.811 0.333 0.233
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:32.855 0.377 0.044
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:32.899 0.421 0.044
6 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:32.926 0.448 0.027
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:32.970 0.492 0.044
8 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:32.992 0.514 0.022
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:33.053 0.575 0.061
10 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:33.137 0.659 0.084
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:33.144 0.666 0.007
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:33.192 0.714 0.048
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:33.195 0.717 0.003
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:33.375 0.897 0.180
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:33.377 0.899 0.002
16 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:33.561 1.083 0.184
17 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:33.611 1.133 0.050
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:33.663 1.185 0.052
19 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:33.697 1.219 0.034
20 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:33.801 1.323 0.104
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:34.114 1.636 0.313
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:34.220 1.742 0.106
23 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:34.748 2.270 0.528
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:34.967 2.489 0.219
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