2022 Sepang MotoGP Test Saturday Noon Times: Espargaro Leads Bastianini

Testing is underway for the 2022 MotoGP season, and the track has been busy from the outset. With little rain over the past few days, the track is in good condition, and so times are already very fast. Aleix Espargaro is close to the best times of qualifying for the 2019 race, and not far off the outright lap record held by Danilo Petrucci from the 2019 season. Espargaro has the advantage of an extra day on the track during the shakedown test.

After a quick run of familiarization on the old bikes, everyone is out on new machinery. The Repsol Honda garage is focusing completely on the 2022 bike, while Yamaha are swapping between the 2021 and 2022 machines. Ducati are also concentrating on the GP22, with only Johann Zarco spending much time on the old bike. The Red Bull KTM factory team are on 2022 bikes, while the rookies in the Tech3 team work with last year's bikes. Understandable, given their task is to get to grips with riding a MotoGP machine.

Times at noon:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:58.371    
2 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP21 1:58.638 0.267 0.267
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.340 0.969 0.702
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.415 1.044 0.075
5 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia RS-GP 1:59.426 1.055 0.011
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:59.667 1.296 0.241
7 89 Jorge Martin Ducati GP22 1:59.949 1.578 0.282
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP22 2:00.027 1.656 0.078
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 2:00.112 1.741 0.085
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 2:00.202 1.831 0.090
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 2:00.211 1.840 0.009
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 2:00.250 1.879 0.039
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Test M1 2:00.272 1.901 0.022
14 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2:00.276 1.905 0.004
15 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati GP21 2:00.315 1.944 0.039
16 4 Andrea Dovizoso Yamaha M1 2:00.342 1.971 0.027
17 25 Raul Fernandez KTM RC16 2:00.547 2.176 0.205
18 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 2:00.647 2.276 0.100
19 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 2:00.724 2.353 0.077
20 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP22 2:00.774 2.403 0.050
21 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP22 2:01.149 2.778 0.375
22 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha M1 2:01.405 3.034 0.256
23 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.456 3.085 0.051
24 87 Remy Gardner KTM RC16 2:01.587 3.216 0.131
25 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati GP21 2:01.754 3.383 0.167
26 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP22 2:06.251 7.880 4.497

Records:

Year No Rider Bike Time Session
2019 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:58.303 Q2
2019 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:59.661 Race
2019 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 1:58.239 Sepang Test
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Comments

Enjoy David! Must be good.

Bastiannini! Nice.

Quartararo was hitting top speeds of 327 ish km per hr - close to the Suzuki. 10km/h from the Ducati. This is nudge better than via rookies and testers.

Someone will interview Honda riders...

it looks like Bastianini is throwing his hat in the ring for the fight over the factory seat in 2023?

Aprilia is three days ahead in their testing schedule, so i guess overall their will be 1.57's and the end of the test?