MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2022 Misano World Supersport FP2 Result: Bulega Puts Ducati On Top

Another session, another Italian putting a Next Generation bike on top, this time it was Nicolo Bulega with the Ducati holding off Stefano Manzi on the triumph. Dominique Aegerter was third quickest and the only Yamaha in the top five. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1'37.620   238,9
2 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'37.845 0.225 242,7
3 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.049 0.429 236,8
4 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'38.230 0.610 237,9
5 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'38.399 0.779 237,9
6 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.472 0.852 242,2
7 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.618 0.998 238,4
8 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.720 1.100 232,8
9 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.907 1.287 235,8
10 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.917 1.297 234,8
11 27 M. CASADEI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'38.975 1.355 240,0
12 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'38.992 1.372 237,9
13 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.029 1.409 236,3
14 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.117 1.497 240,0
15 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.125 1.505 236,3
16 17 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.171 1.551 232,3
17 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.178 1.558 236,8
18 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.199 1.579 242,2
19 13 L. OTTAVIANI Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.230 1.610 234,8
20 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.261 1.641 238,4
21 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.266 1.646 237,9
22 90 M. PATACCA Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.272 1.652 237,9
23 22 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.382 1.762 235,3
24 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.459 1.839 236,8
25 73 M. KOFLER Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.522 1.902 239,5
26 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.561 1.941 237,4
27 29 N. SPINELLI Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.573 1.953 233,8
28 54 B. SOFUOGLU MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'39.723 2.103 238,4
29 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.010 2.390 238,9
30 21 B. CURRIE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.004 3.384 236,8
31 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.013 3.393 234,8
32 36 S. KROEZE Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.461 3.841 235,3
Round Number: 
4
2022
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2022 Misano World Superbike FP2 Result: Bautista Returns

With everyone apart from Andrea Locatelli improving on their morning's times, Alvaro Bautista held off Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea in a predictable top three ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Philip Oettl and Garrett Gerloff marked their return with fifth and sixth quickest laps. Kohta Nozane was barred from entering qualifying for the first ten minutes of the session for "failing to comply with the marshals’ instructions" after his morning's crash. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1'34.008   281,3
2 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.115 0.107 272,7
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.134 0.126 271,4
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'34.184 0.176 274,8
5 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1'34.498 0.490 276,9
6 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.605 0.597 271,4
7 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.706 0.698 273,4
8 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'34.793 0.785 274,8
9 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'34.812 0.804 274,1
10 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'34.861 0.853 275,5
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.921 0.913 272,7
12 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'34.931 0.923 274,8
13 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1'35.261 1.253 272,0
14 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.452 1.444 266,7
15 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'35.632 1.624 277,6
16 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.726 1.718 268,0
17 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.835 1.827 267,3
18 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 1'35.911 1.903 268,7
19 25 A. DELBIANCO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.919 1.911 264,7
20 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'35.960 1.952 269,3
21 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'36.007 1.999 273,4
22 53 T. RABAT Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.063 2.055 269,3
23 37 I. MYKHALCHYK BMW M1000RR 1'36.668 2.660 270,7
24 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'36.673 2.665 270,0
25 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.725 3.717 268,7
Round Number: 
4
2022
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2022 Misano World Supersport FP1 Result: Manzi Puts Triumph On Top

Stefano Manzi set the quickest time in the morning's session on his Triumph, ahead of Dominique Aegerter. 

Can Oncu, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Federico Caricasulo and race-winner Andy Verdoia rounded out the morning's top six, putting four different manufacturers in the top five.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'38.082   242,7
2 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.219 0.137 240,5
3 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.660 0.578 241,6
4 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.971 0.889 239,5
5 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.020 0.938 239,5
6 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.065 0.983 242,2
7 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.125 1.043 240,5
8 17 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.128 1.046 237,4
9 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.195 1.113 237,9
10 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.341 1.259 234,3
11 27 M. CASADEI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'39.508 1.426 239,5
12 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.691 1.609 240,5
13 90 M. PATACCA Ducati Panigale V2 1'39.738 1.656 238,4
14 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.816 1.734 242,7
15 13 L. OTTAVIANI Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.849 1.767 236,3
16 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.976 1.894 239,5
17 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.053 1.971 240,0
18 73 M. KOFLER Ducati Panigale V2 1'40.118 2.036 240,0
19 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'40.258 2.176 239,5
20 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'40.348 2.266 242,2
21 29 N. SPINELLI Ducati Panigale V2 1'40.424 2.342 234,3
22 22 F. FULIGNI Ducati Panigale V2 1'40.518 2.436 240,0
23 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.604 2.522 240,0
24 54 B. SOFUOGLU MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'40.608 2.526 243,2
25 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.615 2.533 237,4
26 21 B. CURRIE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.639 2.557 235,3
27 24 L. TACCINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.726 2.644 242,2
28 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.795 2.713 234,8
29 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.096 3.014 238,9
30 36 S. KROEZE Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.663 4.581 240,0
31 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.771 6.689 233,8
Round Number: 
4
2022
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2022 Misano World Superbike FP1 Result: Factory Yamaha On Top

Under grey clouds and a few drops of rain, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli topped the timing sheets ahead of Jonathan Rea and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.603   272,7
2 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.844 0.241 273,4
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.867 0.264 271,4
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'34.963 0.360 276,2
5 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'35.080 0.477 275,5
6 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'35.086 0.483 274,8
7 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'35.096 0.493 276,2
8 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1'35.372 0.769 279,1
9 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1'35.641 1.038 273,4
10 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.737 1.134 274,1
11 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.756 1.153 270,7
12 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'35.805 1.202 272,0
13 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'35.992 1.389 275,5
14 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1'36.035 1.432 272,0
15 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.095 1.492 266,7
16 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'36.614 2.011 268,7
17 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 1'36.862 2.259 269,3
18 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.978 2.375 266,7
19 53 T. RABAT Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.198 2.595 271,4
20 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.931 3.328 272,7
21 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.204 3.601 269,3
22 37 I. MYKHALCHYK BMW M1000RR 1'38.757 4.154 270,0
23 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'38.858 4.255 268,0
24 25 A. DELBIANCO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.893 4.290 261,5
25 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.254 9.651 259,6
Round Number: 
4
2022
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Barcelona MotoGP Test Times: Quartararo Fastest As Riders Work On Aero And Settings

Fabio Quartararo ended the Monday test at Barcelona as fastest, with a time that was nearly three quarters of a second faster than his fastest lap on Sunday. Pecco Bagnaia ended the day in second, just four thousandths off the time of Quartararo, while Johann Zarco was third fastest, and Aleix Espargaro was fourth fastest.

Not too much should be read into the times. Track conditions on a Monday after a race are always much better than on race day, with nobody having removed the Michelin rubber laid down during the race. In Barcelona, where the track has very low grip, the additional grip was almost welcome, making the track feel almost like a normal circuit. The downside of course is that it makes comparisons with the data and feeling of Sunday difficult, though the data itself is still valuable.

With 11 races left in the MotoGP season, this was the test used to evaluate aero for the remainder of 2022. Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, and Suzuki had all brought aero updates, while Yamaha and KTM went back to retest the two options they have already used this year. For Fabio Quartararo, it was a chance to try the new low downforce aero he had debuted at Mugello, but the test merely reconfirmed his decision to ditch the new aero for the race in Italy. They lost too much to wheelie in acceleration than they gained on the straight on top speed.

Similarly, the KTM riders stuck with their aero update already used this year, which consisted of removing the side pods to reduce the resistance to turning.

Aprilia brought the biggest update, a new fairing with a wider bottom half and a longitudinal ridge. Though the Aprilia riders did not speak after the test, we can assume that the new fairing is to help produce ground force in the corner and perhaps function like side pods, perhaps pre-empting any attempt at restricting aero add-ons.

Aleix Espargaro also tried the tail wing and aerofoil-style tail section Lorenzo Savadori tested at Mugello.

Suzuki also brought a new fairing, which Joan Mir tested alone, Alex Rins ruled out due to a fractured wrist. Mir was positive, and told us it helped reduce wheelie, and that on the basis of his feeling in the test, he would be keen to have it for the Sachsenring, where wheelie is a big problem.

Ducati brought a revised version of the 2022 fairing, already being used by the factory and Pramac riders. The fairing is slightly larger than GP22 version, providing a fraction more protection while still making the bike easy to turn, and even helping with top speed.

Enea Bastianini also tried the new fairing, and was keen to use it on his GP21. He felt it would work well at tracks with fast changes of direction, saying that it would be well-suited to a track like Silverstone. He had no idea whether he would get the fairing after the summer or not, however.

Honda also had a new aero package, a lower downforce package which Pol Espargaro tested. That helped with the wind, Espargaro said. Espargaro also tested the swingarm and chassis used by Taka Nakagami this weekend, confirming that the differences were small.

Apart from aero, there were swingarms and frames also being tried, as well as a lot of setup changes. At KTM, they were working with different front fork setups in the pursuit of more feel and confidence. For Remy Gardner, they found a better feeling by torquing a bolt at the rear of the bike to improve the feeling at the front. Gardner would not be drawn on precisely which bolt it was.

The satellite RNF WithU riders had a good test as well. Andrea Dovizioso found a setting which helped him brake without locking the front, something which helped a lot, while Darryn Binder felt improved confidence from the front with some fork changes.

The paddock packs up now and heads north for the next two rounds, starting at the Sachsenring. But first, a week to rest and recover.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.447    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.451 0.004 0.004
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.500 0.053 0.049
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.558 0.111 0.058
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.688 0.241 0.130
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.742 0.295 0.054
7 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'39.780 0.333 0.038
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.795 0.348 0.015
9 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'39.844 0.397 0.049
10 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'39.963 0.516 0.119
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.998 0.551 0.035
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.027 0.580 0.029
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.047 0.600 0.020
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.088 0.641 0.041
15 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'40.197 0.750 0.109
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.335 0.888 0.138
17 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.474 1.027 0.139
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'40.610 1.163 0.136
19 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'40.627 1.180 0.017
20 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'40.746 1.299 0.119
21 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'40.765 1.318 0.019
22 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'41.144 1.697 0.379
Round Number: 
0
2022
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MotoGP Barcelona 3pm Test Times: Quartararo Leads On Busy Day

Times at 3pm:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.447    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.500 0.053 0.053
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.558 0.111 0.058
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.688 0.241 0.130
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.689 0.242 0.001
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.742 0.295 0.053
7 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'39.780 0.333 0.038
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.795 0.348 0.015
9 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'39.844 0.397 0.049
10 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'39.963 0.516 0.119
11 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.047 0.600 0.084
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.088 0.641 0.041
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.113 0.666 0.025
14 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'40.197 0.750 0.084
15 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.308 0.861 0.111
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.335 0.888 0.027
17 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.474 1.027 0.139
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'40.610 1.163 0.136
19 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'40.627 1.180 0.017
20 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'40.746 1.299 0.119
21 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'40.765 1.318 0.019
22 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'41.144 1.697 0.379
No time set
  30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda      
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki      
  89 Jorge Martin Ducati      
Round Number: 
0
2022
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2022 Barcelona MotoGP Race Result: A Masterclass And A Rookie Mistake

The incessant heat of Barcelona was always going to cause some drama in the premier class but it was not quite the kind we expected to have. Despite all the talk about tyre preservation ahead of the 24-lap race, Fabio Quartararo set an impressive pace at the front of the field to take a dominating victory by over six seconds. Poleman Aleix Espargaro seemed to have the speed to take second place but a rookie mistake saw him celebrate one lap too early and allowed the Pramac Ducati duo of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco to join Quartararo on the podium.

Although the bulk of the race was not particularly action-packed, it was bookmarked by significant events, starting with Quartararo getting the holeshot into turn one over Espargaro while just behind them, Takaaki Nakagami lost the front on the brakes and unluckily tagged both Pecco Bagnaia and Alex Rins, taking them into the gravel with him. That left the Pramac boys with the task of chasing the two race favourites left in contention, with Pol Espargaro and Joan Mir close behind – the Suzuki man particularly impressive coming from 17th on the grid. Luca Marini, Maverick Viñales and the Gresini boys completed the top 10 after the opening lap, with the factory KTMs knocking at the doors as well.

Quartararo’s early pace gave him half a second of advantage straight away, while Martin attacked Aleix Espargaro to lead the pursuit by lap three, dropping Zarco one second back. Another second behind the Frenchman, the younger Espargaro was under pressure from Mir and Marini, the duo quickly getting ahead of the Honda and frequently swapping places in the lead of the group, while Espargaro lost more positions to Bastianini and Viñales, dropping into the clutches of the factory KTMs and continuing to fade. However, Bastianini’s comeback did not last much longer, as he crashed out of seventh position on lap eight, swiftly followed by his teammate, Fabio Di Giannantonio, replicating the mistake at turn 13 by the end of that same lap.

Back at the front, Quartararo extended his advantage to over 2.5 seconds on lap eight, Martin leading the pursuit with Espargaro in tow. The Aprilia man managed to overtake the youngster at the start of lap 10 but had a 3.3-second gap to close if he wanted to challenge Quartararo as well. Although Zarco had rejoined the podium party and was close behind his teammate, didn’t really swap paint and were biding their time to retaliate against Espargaro. Meanwhile, Mir was dropping Marini in the fight for fifth and Alex Marquez had admirably joined the top 10 party as the standout Honda, with Nakagami and Bradl having crashed out and Espargaro steadily fading to the back of the field.

Although the pace started to settle at the halfway point of proceedings, Quartararo still managed to increase his advantage to four seconds, while Aleix Espargaro could not quite shake off Martin and Zarco. The status quo was maintained in the top 10 for the next few laps, with significant gaps from fifth place onwards, Espargaro the only rider under pressure at that stage. With nine laps remaining, Martin pulled alongside the Aprilia man into turn one and deposed his compatriot of second, but Espargaro was not keen to give up just yet, glued to the Ducati’s tail. Zarco kept close but was saving his first attack, hoping that the harder rear tyre would present an advantage at the right time.

With Quartararo off in the distance by five long seconds, all the attention was on the battle for second, where Espargaro returned the favour to Martin at turn one with four laps remaining. The poleman picked up the pace in an attempt to shake off the Ducatis and it seemed to work, Martin quickly dropping half a second back and out of overtaking range for the next couple of laps. There was still a smidgen of drama in store though, Espargaro’s maths failing him as he entered the final lap, disgruntledly waving to the fans and unintentionally gifting Martin and Zarco the remaining podium positions. By the time the Spaniard realised his mistake, Mir had gone past as well and although he snatched fifth back from Marini, it was a massive own goal in the world championship standings. Teammate Viñales came home in seventh position, ahead of the KTMs of Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, while Alex Marquez rounded out the top ten as the top Honda, coming from last on the grid and after a massive tumble in practice.

Quartararo’s undisputed victory and Espargaro’s rookie mistake helped the Frenchman extend a 22-point advantage in the world championship standings, while Bastianini drops a sizable 53 points back, as the headliner of Ducati’s title bid, with Bagnaia dropping to fifth, 66 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 40:29.3600
2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 6.473
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 8.385
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 11.481
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 14.395
6 10 Luca Marini Ducati 15.430
7 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 15.975
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 21.436
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 26.800
10 73 Alex Marquez Honda 30.460
11 87 Remy Gardner KTM 32.443
12 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 32.881
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 33.168
14 43 Jack Miller Ducati 34.693
15 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 37.844
16 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 44.533
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 46.199
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  4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 29:23.8590
  49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 14:56.8140
  23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 11:55.3070
  72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 09:39.3690
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 04:29.5870
  30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda  
  6 Stefan Bradl Honda  
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki  
Round Number: 
9
2022
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2022 Barcelona Moto2 Race Result: Back To Winning Ways

The intermediate class served a rollercoaster of a race for the enthusiastic crowds in Catalunya and although it would have been the perfect opportunity to find out what’s the deal with Aron Canet’s bow tie, Celestino Vietti had other plans to secure a third victory of the season and regain an advantage in the title battle. The Italian’s last lap move placed him on the top step of the podium, but surrounded by Spanish flags, as he was accompanied by Canet and Augusto Fernandez.

The spotlight at the start of the 22-lap race was firmly on Jake Dixon, the British rider making a lightning start from the second row of the grid to lead the way ahead of Joe Roberts, Canet and poleman Vietti. However, it only took a couple more turns for Roberts to retrieve the lead, with Canet and Dixon in tow and a long queue of riders behind them. Roberts’ lead went unchallenged early on, the American holding onto a half second advantage over Canet, who in turn had that same gap over Dixon – the Aspar rider busy fending off Ai Ogura, Vietti, Fernandez and Marcel Schrotter. Alonso Lopez and Sam Lowes led the pursuit one second down the road, in a group also including the likes of Pedro Acosta and Tony Arbolino.

Back at the front, Roberts put the pace shown in practice to good use and extended a one second advantage by the end of lap seven, with Canet, Dixon and Arenas holding station and allowing the cameras to focus on the joint championship leaders fighting it off for fifth position. While entertaining, the exchanges between Vietti and Ogura dropped them half a second behind the podium battle and allowed Fernandez and Schrotter to join their party. Vietti seemed to have the upper hand in that fight, dropping Ogura one second back by lap nine, helped by Schrotter hounding the Japanese rider, as well as some early tyre struggles. After a fast start, Ogura seemed to be going backwards, quickly dropping behind Schrotter and into the clutches of Lowes.

Lap 10 brought on some drama at the front as well, when Dixon nudged Canet out of the way at turn 10 and while replays were still running, Roberts lost control at turn five, throwing away a comfortable victory. Dixon and Canet suddenly found themselves battling for a maiden win and Canet hit back at turn one, to lead with 10 laps to go, but with Vietti, Fernandez, Arenas and Schrotter sniffing around as well. Vietti in particular was a man on a mission, attacking Dixon at turn 10 with 8 laps remaining and setting off for leader Canet. Another lunge at turn 10 rewarded the Italian with the lead of the race heading into the final seven laps, but Canet slipstreamed past at turn one a couple of laps later, while Dixon, Fernandez and Schrotter were biding their time just behind, dropping Arenas out of podium contention.

Canet started the penultimate lap with a slender advantage of one tenth of a second and a predictable attack from Vietti came at turn 10, but Canet hit back at turn one, at the start of the final lap. Canet did his best to take a tight defensive line at turn 10 but Vietti still found a gap on the exit to take his third win of the season and deny the Spaniard victory on home soil. Right behind that battle, Fernandez robbed Dixon at turn 12 to take third and add another Spanish flag to the podium. Dixon had to settle for fourth, with Schrotter not quick enough to challenge for anything better than fifth. After fading from the podium battle in the final few laps, Arenas retired with a mechanical issue and a crash from Lowes with three laps remaining left sixth place up for grabs in a late battle between Acosta, Ogura and Lopez. The rookie came out on top, but Ogura presumably appreciated the unexpected gift from Arenas and Lowes, as it saved him some points in the world championship. The incidents also allowed Manuel Gonzalez and Tony Arbolino to join the top 10, despite a long lap penalty for the Italian.

Vietti’s victory allows him to extend a 16-point advantage over Ogura in the championship standings, with Canet in third, 24 points back, and Fernandez promoted to fourth, with a 37-point deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 38:42.9580
2 40 Aron Canet Kalex 0.081
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 0.522
4 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 0.646
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1.470
6 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 6.298
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 6.320
8 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 7.229
9 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 10.746
10 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 12.056
11 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 12.614
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 13.206
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 18.335
14 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 18.495
15 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 19.894
16 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 21.721
17 7 Barry Baltus Kalex 22.269
18 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 22.513
19 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 36.869
20 84 Zonta Van Den Goorbergh Kalex 37.020
21 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 38.420
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 45.612
23 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 47.326
24 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 54.598
Not Classified
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 33:29.4390
  75 Albert Arenas Kalex 33:28.1410
  61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 27:36.1370
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 17:33.7650
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 07:10.6610
  12 Filip Salac Kalex 05:22.6560
  55 Alex Toledo Kalex 03:39.8280
Round Number: 
9
2022
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2022 Barcelona Moto3 Race Result: Some Heroes, Some Heartache

Beautiful Barcelona deserved to start the day with a good old Moto3 scrap and the Spanish flag got put to good use at the end of a closely-fought 21-lap race, after Izan Guevara made a very late escape to secure victory on home soil. If the Spaniard was a familiar sight in parc fermé, David Muñoz enjoyed the views from the podium for the first time in only his second Grand Prix start, after putting in a fantastic performance to recover from 20th on the grid and climb onto the second step of the podium. Tatsuki Suzuki secured back to back podiums after a last-lap final-corner move on the championship leader.

The start of the action had some different contenders at the front, with Dennis Foggia making a great start from pole to lead the way ahead of Guevara, while Riccardo Rossi and Sergio Garcia jumped ahead of front row starter Deniz Öncü. Having started 10th on the grid, Suzuki was immediately in the mix for the top five, while Jaume Masia lost even more ground from 14th on the grid, dropping down to 18th on the opening lap.

Although he had a sizeable leading group in tow, Foggia was untroubled for the first couple of laps, as the Aspar duo kept each other entertained behind him. Foggia was soon accompanied by his own teammate for assistance but as soon as Suzuki got to the front on lap four, the spotlight turned to the squabble between him and Guevara for the lead of the race. The two traded top spot countless times over the next couple of laps but then Garcia had a go at the lead heading into turn one on lap six.

The Aspar and Leopard Racing duos continued to be in the limelight, all four men taking turns at the front, but they still had a massive group in tow. The exclusive party was spoiled on lap seven, when Foggia had to retire with mechanical issues – back-to-back DNFs making a serious dent in his title bid. That left teammate Suzuki alone to fend off the Aspar machines, but he also had new rivals to contend with, the likes of Öncü and Ryusei Yamanaka spicing things up in the leading group of 20 men, which also included replacement rider David Salvador, rookie sensation Muñoz and a resurgent Masia. Unfortunately, Salvador did not get to enjoy the best kind of airtime as he was soon tagged by Yamanaka at turn 10 and the incident also took Dani Holgado out of contention. The incident not only reduced the leading group, but it also caused a split amongst the contenders, with Suzuki, Guevara, Öncü, Garcia, Muñoz, Adrian Fernandez and Masia stretching a 1.5 second advantage ahead of the pursuit led by Kaito Toba.

Back at the front, it was the turn of Öncü and Muñoz to have an opportunity to lead the race at the halfway point of proceedings but the achievement was short-lived as Guevara and Masia reclaimed control, but the frequent exchanges at the front allowed the chasers to bridge the gap, with Toba, John McPhee, Rossi, Joel Kelso, Carlos Tatay and Xavier Artigas back in the mix – a third group less than a second back with 8 laps to go.

Guevara made what eventually proved to be the decisive move at turn one with seven laps remaining, quickly stretching a gap of half a second. Fully aware of his teammate’s pace, Garcia quickly made his way to the front of the pursuit and went unchallenged for a couple of laps, allowing him some time to reel in the leader, but he struggled to get within half a second of Guevara. With Guevara setting a rapid pace at the front, only Garcia, Muñoz and Suzuki seemed able to just about keep up with three laps remaining, while Öncü, Masia & Co dropped almost a second behind. Despite Guevara’s gap rarely growing too much over half a second, moments at turns 5 and 10 for Garcia on the penultimate lap suddenly allowed his teammate one second of breathing room going into the final lap.

While Guevara enjoyed his escape at the front, Garcia was under attack from both Muñoz and Suzuki, the trio continuing to squabble until the chequered flag. Muñoz made his move for second place at turn one and then defended beautifully to secure the position, while a desperate dive at the final corner from Suzuki demoted Garcia off the podium. Öncü crossed the finish line some seven tenths of a second later, taking sixth place ahead of McPhee, Masia and Rossi, although the Italian was soon demoted to 11th position for failing to comply with a long lap penalty, which promoted Fernandez and Artigas to the top 10. Guevara’s joy on home soil also helped him reduce the gap to Garcia in the world championship standings to 16 points, while Masia drops 47 points back and Foggia a painful 55.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 38:22.3510
2 44 David Muñoz KTM 1.975
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1.985
4 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2.036
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2.752
6 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 3.134
7 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 3.341
8 5 Jaume Masia KTM 3.633
9 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 5.285
10 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 5.555
11 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 7.626
12 66 Joel Kelso KTM 9.215
13 18 Matteo Bertelle KTM 11.325
14 19 Scott Ogden Honda 11.379
15 27 Kaito Toba KTM 24.644
16 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 25.007
17 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 25.036
18 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 25.165
19 63 Syarifuddin Azman Honda 25.210
20 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 25.239
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 40.387
22 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 58.048
Not Classified
  89 Marcos Uriarte Honda 27:55.8630
  16 Andrea Migno Honda 26:01.2100
  70 Joshua Whatley Honda 22:43.1290
  72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 16:38.8230
  64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 14:43.7090
  96 Daniel Holgado KTM 14:39.7520
  38 David Salvador Husqvarna 14:39.1320
  7 Dennis Foggia Honda 10:59.2270
Round Number: 
9
2022
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2022 Barcelona MotoGP Warm Up Result: Viñales Leads While The Poleman Tests The Gravel

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:40.135    
2 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:40.141 0.006 0.006
3 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:40.248 0.113 0.107
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:40.361 0.226 0.113
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:40.367 0.232 0.006
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:40.450 0.315 0.083
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:40.488 0.353 0.038
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:40.564 0.429 0.076
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:40.585 0.450 0.021
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:40.589 0.454 0.004
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:40.698 0.563 0.109
12 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:40.710 0.575 0.012
13 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:40.745 0.610 0.035
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:40.746 0.611 0.001
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:40.761 0.626 0.015
16 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:40.800 0.665 0.039
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:40.804 0.669 0.004
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:40.890 0.755 0.086
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:40.900 0.765 0.010
20 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:41.316 1.181 0.416
21 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:41.434 1.299 0.118
22 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:41.482 1.347 0.048
23 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:41.729 1.594 0.247
24 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:41.798 1.663 0.069
25 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:41.807 1.672 0.009
Round Number: 
9
2022
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