MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2022 Mandalika World Superbike FP2 Result: Double Red Flags

Alvaro Bautista was quickest at the end of the second session, heading off a challenge by Toprak Razgatlioglu. Bautista's teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi was third quickest in a session that was seconds quicker than this morning's tentative outing on new tarmac.

Iker Lecuona and Hafizh Syahrin both brought out the red flags with big crashes in the extreme heat, with the track reaching 61ºC. Both riders were taken to the medical centre.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1'33.626   285,7
2 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.088 0.462 282,7
3 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'34.590 0.964 283,5
4 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.595 0.969 282,7
5 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.843 1.217 281,3
6 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 1'34.871 1.245 280,5
7 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.941 1.315 283,5
8 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'35.022 1.396 288,8
9 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'35.139 1.513 284,2
10 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'35.213 1.587 282,7
11 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.265 1.639 283,5
12 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.414 1.788 277,6
13 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1'35.610 1.984 282,0
14 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'35.766 2.140 284,2
15 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 1'36.331 2.705 282,0
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'36.948 3.322 286,5
17 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.088 3.462 277,6
18 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1'37.156 3.530 282,7
19 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'37.346 3.720 283,5
20 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.790 4.164 272,0
21 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'38.249 4.623 279,1
22 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.095 5.469 276,9
Round Number: 
11
2022
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2022 Mandalika World Supersport FP2 Result: Bulega Quickest Of Dominant Ducatis

With no Yamahas in the top six, the Next Generation rules hit home in the afternoon's session. Ducati came out on top, taking the top three spots ahead of a Kawasaki, MV Agusta and a Triumph. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1'38.004   246,0
2 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'38.227 0.223 248,3
3 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'38.249 0.245 247,7
4 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.295 0.291 246,6
5 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'38.345 0.341 246,6
6 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'38.568 0.564 246,0
7 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.702 0.698 246,0
8 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.839 0.835 247,7
9 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.912 0.908 244,3
10 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.321 1.317 245,5
11 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.362 1.358 247,7
12 9 S. JESPERSEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.488 1.484 247,1
13 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.707 1.703 243,8
14 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.801 1.797 247,1
15 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.014 2.010 242,7
16 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.156 2.152 246,0
17 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'40.174 2.170 246,6
18 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.208 2.204 242,2
19 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'40.607 2.603 246,6
20 91 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V2 1'40.889 2.885 245,5
21 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.318 3.314 240,5
22 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.937 3.933 243,2
23 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.589 4.585 245,5
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11
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2022 Mandalika World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Leads Lecuona

Toprak Razgatlioglu was quickest in the morning's session ahead of Iker Lecuona and over half a second quicker than championship leader Alvaro Bautista. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.938   279,1
2 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'37.127 0.189 283,5
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.509 0.571 287,2
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 1'37.719 0.781 279,8
5 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'37.882 0.944 287,2
6 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.913 0.975 280,5
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.932 0.994 281,3
8 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.965 1.027 280,5
9 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'38.052 1.114 282,7
10 11 K. SMITH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.114 1.176 274,8
11 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.694 1.756 282,0
12 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.697 1.759 275,5
13 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1'38.849 1.911 282,0
14 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'38.869 1.931 280,5
15 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'39.004 2.066 273,4
16 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.147 2.209 277,6
17 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.360 2.422 276,9
18 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1'39.444 2.506 280,5
19 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'39.749 2.811 278,4
20 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 1'39.754 2.816 279,8
21 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.704 3.766 275,5
22 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'41.630 4.692 284,2
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11
2022
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2022 Mandalika World Supersport FP1 Result: Manzi Triumphs

Stefano Manzi was quickest in the morning's session, opening the weekend two tenths quicker than Simon Jespersen. The session took a while to get up to speed due to the new surface on the track.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'42.090   244,3
2 9 S. JESPERSEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.307 0.217 243,2
3 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'42.347 0.257 244,9
4 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.658 0.568 243,8
5 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.962 0.872 243,8
6 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.221 1.131 244,9
7 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'43.235 1.145 241,1
8 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.236 1.146 244,3
9 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'43.304 1.214 245,5
10 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'43.685 1.595 243,8
11 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1'43.871 1.781 245,5
12 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.041 1.951 244,3
13 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.092 2.002 242,7
14 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'44.241 2.151 245,5
15 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.247 2.157 242,7
16 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.451 2.361 240,5
17 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.720 2.630 246,6
18 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.741 2.651 241,6
19 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'45.055 2.965 245,5
20 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.060 2.970 241,1
21 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.545 3.455 242,2
22 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.837 3.747 243,2
23 91 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V2 1'46.000 3.910 240,0
Round Number: 
11
2022
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2022 Valencia MotoGP Test Times Final: Marini Beats Viñales To End Test As Fastest

Luca Marini goes into the winter break as the fastest man in MotoGP, topping the one-day Valencia MotoGP test. The Mooney VR46 rider ended the day with a 1'30.032, four tenths shy of Jorge Martin's pole on Sunday. The Italian was two tenths faster than Maverick Viñales on the Aprilia, who was a few thousandths faster than Marini's Mooney VR46 teammate Marco Bezzecchi.

Miguel Oliveira impressed on the RNF Aprilia, ending the day as fourth and feeling very comfortable, according to team manager Wilco Zeelenberg, while Aleix Espargaro was fifth quickest.

Oliveira was the fastest of the bike switchers, while Alex Marquez was the next quickest bike changer, ending the day in 15th on the Ducati. Alex Marquez led a herd of bike swappers, with Pol Espargaro, Jack Miller, and Joan Mir taking spots 16th to 18th. Raul Fernandez ended the day in 21st, while rookie Augusto Fernandez was 22nd, 1.6 seconds behind Marini.

Testing now ceases for the winter. The MotoGP paddock will reassemble at Sepang on February 10th of next year.

Final times from the Valencia Test:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'30.032    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'30.257 0.225 0.225
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'30.262 0.230 0.005
4 88 Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 1'30.367 0.335 0.105
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.398 0.366 0.031
6 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'30.483 0.451 0.085
7 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'30.496 0.464 0.013
8 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'30.576 0.544 0.080
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.578 0.546 0.002
10 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'30.592 0.560 0.014
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.626 0.594 0.034
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.655 0.623 0.029
13 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'30.676 0.644 0.021
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.691 0.659 0.015
15 73 Alex Marquez Ducati 1'30.712 0.680 0.021
16 44 Pol Espargaro GasGas 1'30.757 0.725 0.045
17 43 Jack Miller KTM 1'30.787 0.755 0.030
18 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'30.914 0.882 0.127
19 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.081 1.049 0.167
20 42 Alex Rins Honda 1'31.228 1.196 0.147
21 25 Raul Fernandez Aprilia 1'31.340 1.308 0.112
22 37 Augusto Fernandez GasGas 1'31.730 1.698 0.390
23 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.805 2.773 1.075
Round Number: 
0
2022
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2022 Valencia MotoGP Test 4pm Times: Marini Leads Bezzecchi In VR46 1-2

Times at 4pm:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'30.032    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'30.262 0.230 0.230
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'30.325 0.293 0.063
4 88 Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 1'30.367 0.335 0.042
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.398 0.366 0.031
6 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'30.576 0.544 0.178
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'30.592 0.560 0.016
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.626 0.594 0.034
9 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'30.639 0.607 0.013
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'30.676 0.644 0.037
11 73 Alex Marquez Ducati 1'30.712 0.680 0.036
12 43 Jack Miller KTM 1'30.787 0.755 0.075
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.084 1.052 0.297
14 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.087 1.055 0.003
15 44 Pol Espargaro GasGas 1'31.127 1.095 0.040
16 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.186 1.154 0.059
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.257 1.225 0.071
18 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.289 1.257 0.032
19 25 Raul Fernandez Aprilia 1'31.340 1.308 0.051
20 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'31.560 1.528 0.220
21 42 Alex Rins Honda 1'31.609 1.577 0.049
22 37 Augusto Fernandez GasGas 1'32.238 2.206 0.629
23 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.805 2.773 0.567
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0
2022
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2022 Valencia MotoGP Test 1pm Times: Viñales Leads Espargaro In Aprilia 1-2

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'30.325    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.398 0.073 0.073
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'30.576 0.251 0.178
4 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'30.592 0.267 0.016
5 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'30.613 0.288 0.021
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.626 0.301 0.013
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'30.676 0.351 0.050
8 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'30.735 0.410 0.059
9 88 Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 1'30.936 0.611 0.201
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.084 0.759 0.148
11 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.087 0.762 0.003
12 73 Alex Marquez Ducati 1'31.140 0.815 0.053
13 44 Pol Espargaro GasGas 1'31.183 0.858 0.043
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.257 0.932 0.074
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.257 0.932  
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.289 0.964 0.032
17 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'31.314 0.989 0.025
18 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'31.560 1.235 0.246
19 43 Jack Miller KTM 1'31.638 1.313 0.078
20 25 Raul Fernandez Aprilia 1'31.638 1.313  
21 42 Alex Rins Honda 1'31.970 1.645 0.332
22 37 Augusto Fernandez GasGas 1'32.684 2.359 0.714
23 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.805 2.480 0.121
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2022 Valencia MotoGP Test 11am Times: Zarco Leads As 2023 Work Starts

Johann Zarco was fastest at the 11am mark at the Valencia test, leading Maverick Viñales and Luca Marini. Miguel Oliveira is currently fastest of the riders switching brands, taking to the Aprilia reasonably well. The ex-Suzuki riders are having a tougher time on the Honda.

There is a lot of stuff being tested today, as the factories use the opportunity of fine weather and the last chance to prepare for development over the winter. New frames have appeared in the Yamaha, Honda, KTM, and Aprilia garages, along with a completely new air intake for the Hondas of Marc Marquez and Joan Mir. Engines are being tested as well, though the first runs today were mostly made on the bikes riders raced with, to get a feel for the track again.

The test concludes at 5:30pm.

Times at 11am:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.626    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'30.715 0.089 0.089
3 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'30.853 0.227 0.138
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.994 0.368 0.141
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'31.194 0.568 0.200
6 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.326 0.700 0.132
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.359 0.733 0.033
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.536 0.910 0.177
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.552 0.926 0.016
10 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.572 0.946 0.020
11 88 Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 1'31.606 0.980 0.034
12 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'31.619 0.993 0.013
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.750 1.124 0.131
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'31.755 1.129 0.005
15 73 Alex Marquez Ducati 1'31.898 1.272 0.143
16 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.900 1.274 0.002
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.928 1.302 0.028
18 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'32.562 1.936 0.634
19 43 Jack Miller KTM 1'32.700 2.074 0.138
20 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.805 2.179 0.105
21 25 Raul Fernandez Aprilia 1'33.082 2.456 0.277
22 42 Alex Rins Honda 1'33.239 2.613 0.157
23 37 Augusto Fernandez GasGas 1'34.172 3.546 0.933
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0
2022
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2022 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: A Fairy Tale Curtain Call

At last, the grand finale for the premier class closed an eventful season with a great day for the sold-out crowd in a bright and cloudless Valencia. The home support was rewarded with Spanish victories in all three classes and put a fairy tale ending to Suzuki’s final race in the world championship, with a fantastic victory for Alex Rins. The Suzuki man resisted a relentless charge through the pack from Brad Binder, who bookends his season with second places. They were joined on the podium by poleman Jorge Martin, who claimed his fourth trophy of the season. While there were countless stories to follow throughout the 27-lap race, the title decider rightfully hogged the limelight and the chequered flag eventually celebrated the first Italian world champion on an Italian bike in five decades. A feisty start and a cautious end to the race helped Pecco Bagnaia secure the title and Ducati finally got to unpack some celebration t-shirts for a riders’ title, after a long wait.

The final lights-out of the 2022 season prompted a brilliant start for Rins, who shot into the lead at turn one, closely followed by Martin, Jack Miller and Marc Marquez, who traded overtakes early on. Meanwhile, the title contenders quickly found themselves in close contact, quite literally, Fabio Quartararo and Bagnaia exchanging paintwork over a not-particularly-sensible first couple of laps whose only victim, fortunately, was a Ducati winglet.

Rins, Martin, Marquez and Miller had stretched a one second advantage by lap four, mainly due to the hair-raising exchanges between Bagnaia and Quartararo for fifth, the duo still having a sizeable group on their tail but being allowed to sort this out between themselves so far. Quartararo had the upper hand once again by lap five, leading the pursuit and dealing with a one and a half seconds gap to the leaders.

Back at the front, Rins and Martin seemed to be ever so slightly quicker in the early stages, while Miller had a go at Marquez into turn one on the sixth lap, the Honda man attempting to retaliate but ultimately allowing the Ducati to bring them back into the victory battle. Quartararo was also very steadily closing the gap to the leaders, while more determinately dropping Bagnaia, who was now under pressure from Binder. The KTM man made a move stick on lap nine, leaving Bagnaia into the clutches of Joan Mir and Miguel Oliveira, with a group including Luca Marini, Enea Bastianini and Johann Zarco another second back but unlikely to pose a threat to Bagnaia.

Rins, Martin and Miller carried on untroubled at the front, but Quartararo got some unexpected help when Marquez tumbled out of fourth place at turn eight. The Frenchman was left 1.7 seconds behind the leading trio with 17 laps remaining and although he was able to match their pace, the gap was not coming down at a particularly fast rate. However, there was suddenly a threat from behind, where Binder was setting a red hot pace, prompting Quartararo to find some speed as well, both riders closing onto the podium battle at the halfway point of proceedings. Three seconds behind, Mir had found a way past Bagnaia to claim sixth, the cautious Italian not particularly keen to retaliate and soon under attack from Oliveira as well. Bagnaia was then holding back an obviously faster Marini, who eventually lost patience and got ahead at turn four with nine laps remaining.

Back at the front, Rins had stretched a one second advantage with 10 laps left, a reasonably safe gap to Martin and Miller, who finally had company from Binder and Quartararo, the two having swapped places one lap earlier. While Binder soon attacked Miller for third, Quartararo seemed to lose steam and dropped one second behind the podium battle. He still got promoted one position when Miller crashed out with five laps remaining, but fourth was nowhere near the result he was after. Binder went on to harass Martin, but it wasn’t until the final two laps that he managed to find a way past the poleman, leaving himself with a six tenths gap to close if he wanted to challenge Rins for victory on the last lap.

A tense final lap saw Binder close in to three tenths of a second, but Rins defended beautifully to gift Suzuki one final victory. Binder settled for a still impressive second, with Martin taking the final trophy on offer. Quartararo’s charge faded in the closing stages and the Frenchman had to admit defeat in the title battle, with Bagnaia taking the chequered flag in ninth place. Oliveira, Mir, Marini, Bastianini and Franco Morbidelli were also part of the final top 10 of the season.

Once Bagnaia changes from damp leathers into a suit and tie, he will be joined at the awards gala by runner up Quartararo and Bastianini, who secured third after Aleix Espargaro was forced to retire early in the race.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 41:22.2500
2 33 Brad Binder KTM 0.396
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1.059
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1.911
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 7.122
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 7.735
7 10 Luca Marini Ducati 8.524
8 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 12.038
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 14.441
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 14.676
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 17.655
12 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 24.870
13 87 Remy Gardner KTM 26.546
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 26.610
15 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 31.819
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 88.870
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 0.000
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  43 Jack Miller Ducati 33:43.6930
  12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 23:34.9340
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati 23:08.5810
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 13:50.8420
  40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 06:20.4270
  44 Pol Espargaro Honda 06:18.5050
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 05:09.8940
Round Number: 
20
2022
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2022 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Golden Leathers And A Glimpse Into The Future

A sunny almost summery Valencia set the scene for the first title decider of the day and it wasn’t short of drama, but in the end it was the site of a perfect afternoon for the home crowd. After missing out on pole by the narrowest of margins, Pedro Acosta took an impressive win to secure Rookie of the Year and set expectations for next season, while teammate Augusto Fernandez brought the world title home, getting to celebrate with an enthusiastic home crowd and two terrifying bunnies. Although all eyes were on the title celebrations, Tony Arbolino also ended the season with a fantastic third place, having led the way for much of the proceedings.

All eyes were on poleman Alonso Lopez at the start of the race, the youngster leading the way off the line ahead of Acosta, while Arbolino and Ai Ogura swiftly snuck ahead of Fernandez. Fermin Aldeguer unceremoniously attacked Fernandez soon after to demote him to 6th by the end of the opening lap. Acosta made his first move for the lead at the start of lap two, but Lopez was not keen to let him escape and responded by almost forgetting to brake into turn two, which earned him a conduct warning and allowed Arbolino and Ogura to swoop into the lead, leaving the Spaniards to continue their squabble down in third. Lopez and Acosta only had eyes for each other, as they were battling for the title of top rookie, but the scrappy first few laps turned into a mistake at turn 11 for Lopez, who slid out of contention after only four laps. That unleashed Acosta to catch up with Arbolino and Ogura, while promoting Fernandez to fifth, although the championship leader soon came under fire from the departing Cameron Beaubier, eager for a last go at the podium. The heroics didn’t last long, as the American soon crashed out of fourth and eased the pressure on Fernandez at the end of lap seven.

Back at the front, Ogura was not shy in attacking Arbolino, with Acosta keen to get into the mix as well. The rookie’s persistence in pressuring Ogura forced the Japanese rider into a heart-breaking crash at turn eight, handing Acosta second place and Fernandez the world championship title. It also left the two red Bull KTM Ajo teammates free to reel in leader, who had stretched a one second advantage amongst the drama. Acosta was very quick to close that gap and prompt a three-way battle for victory by lap 10, the rookie picking up the lead into turn one, followed by Fernandez demoting Arbolino another position at the halfway point of proceedings. Two seconds behind the leaders, Aron Canet was a lonely chaser, distancing Aldeguer by another two seconds. Somkiat Chantra was leading the fight for sixth, with Albert Arenas in tow, but the Thai rider abandoned ship with 11 laps to go, in a similar crash to his teammate’s at turn eight, compounding an already bad day for Honda Team Asia.

Over the second half of the race, Acosta maintained a relatively safe advantage over his teammate, Fernandez never really getting within half a second of the rookie but eventually securing a one-two for Aki Ajo. The orange machines had ditched Arbolino several seconds back in the closing stages, while Canet found some late pace to slowly bridge the gap to the Italian, eventually arriving within a second of him with seven laps remaining. The effort proved fruitless in the end, the Spaniard losing the front at turn five with six laps left and releasing Arbolino into a safe third, with Aldeguer equalling his best result in the class in fourth, over six seconds back. Canet’s misfortune also allowed Arenas to join the top five, ahead of Manuel Gonzalez and Jake Dixon. Jeremy Alcoba claimed eighth place in sketchy circumstances, with a strong move on Mattia Pasini which sent the Italian to the gravel trap and secured the Spaniard a long lap penalty. The sanction proved pretty pointless, as Alcoba had the benefit of a sizable gap to the next man on track in order to keep eight place at the chequered flag. Still, ninth was a pretty impressive result for replacement rider Senna Agius, while Marcel Schrotter bids farewell to the intermediate class with a top 10.

Once Fernandez changes out of his spectacularly golden leathers, he will be joined on the red carpet by Ogura and Canet, as the season’s top three in the world championship.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 39:52.4130
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1.232
3 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 10.163
4 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 14.407
5 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 18.904
6 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 20.554
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 21.244
8 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 25.868
9 8 Senna Agius Kalex 33.763
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 35.117
11 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 35.598
12 72 Borja Gomez Kalex 36.336
13 12 Filip Salac Kalex 38.942
14 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 41.710
15 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 45.238
16 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 51.827
17 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 52.884
18 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 53.109
19 17 Alex Escrig Energica 55.179
20 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 55.627
21 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 63.904
22 29 Taiga Hada Kalex 0.000
Not Classified
  40 Aron Canet Kalex 30:23.1730
  11 Mattia Pasini GasGas 29:01.7980
  28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 22:54.7740
  35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 22:29.7840
  13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 16:02.0190
  79 Ai Ogura Kalex 11:13.5390
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 08:03.6030
  21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 04:52.3500
  24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta  
Round Number: 
20
2022
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