2022 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Result: Binder Halts Honda Charge

The premier class provided a good distraction at Losail, with all the shiny new machinery out in action and the timesheets as jumbled as ever. Although a hot FP1 hierarchy might not mean much come Sunday, KTM led the way as Brad Binder stole top spot at the chequered flag by five hundredths of a second. Honda also got its fair share under the spotlight, with Takaaki Nakagami as their main actor in second position and the rest of their riders all making it into the top 10. Alex Rins was the only rider tempted by a time attack on soft tyres and although he briefly led the way towards the end of the session, the Spaniard got pushed back to third, only a tenth off top spot. Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez completed the top five for Repsol Honda, while Franco Morbidelli was the lead Yamaha in sixth position.

Joan Mir enjoyed a quick stint at the top before dropping to seventh, half a second off top spot and narrowly ahead of early session leader Aleix Espargaro. Alex Marquez and Miguel Oliveira completed the top 10, with reigning champion Fabio Quartararo another tenth back. Ducati machines were a notable absence from the top 10 of the session, on what is usually a favourite playground of theirs. Jorge Martin and Jack Miller ended the session eight tenths off the lead in 12 and 13th positions, while Pecco Bagnaia dropped to 18th on the timesheets after a rare mistake saw him crash out at turn six in the final five minutes of the session. Amongst the excellent crop of rookies, Remy Gardner was the quickest of them in FP1, in 19th position and a second and a half behind the leader.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'54.851    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.907 0.056 0.056
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.978 0.127 0.071
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.126 0.275 0.148
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'55.137 0.286 0.011
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.294 0.443 0.157
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'55.371 0.520 0.077
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.378 0.527 0.007
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.385 0.534 0.007
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.470 0.619 0.085
11 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.600 0.749 0.130
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.688 0.837 0.088
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.745 0.894 0.057
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.768 0.917 0.023
15 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'55.815 0.964 0.047
16 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'55.895 1.044 0.080
17 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'55.960 1.109 0.065
18 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'56.112 1.261 0.152
19 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'56.262 1.411 0.150
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'56.540 1.689 0.278
21 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'56.660 1.809 0.120
22 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'56.753 1.902 0.093
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'57.347 2.496 0.594
24 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'57.430 2.579 0.083
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You have a gift for moto gp journalism. I subscribe for it. I don't give a a quantum of a a sliver of a damn about your thoughts on politics, social justice or science or any thing else other than motogp. You should take a leaf out of the riders books - they know when to STFU about subjects they clearly know they are out of their depth on. I would cove for you to prognosticate from a another puplit but it is clear you are determined to shove this down my throat on this platform. I'll be going now and have had my say for the final time, but for future subscribers sakes - stay focussed David. (in reference to the earlier post where the comments were blocked)


Chill out, just don't read it, skip over the subjects you don't like. Never post or send emails when drunk...platinum rule numero uno. It was a few paragraphs at the begining, the rest was all bikes.

You’ve been around MM for a long time. A very long time, 12 years plus, through thick and thin. David wrote a blog piece earlier in 2022  about how he saw MM developing. ‘This year, I will worry less about providing a constant stream of news updates and articles, and more on writing in-depth analysis of the background to it all.

So there will be fewer and less frequent updates, but the articles on the site will be longer, more analytical, more in-depth. If a website is to have a niche, that will be ours.

It will take me a while to find the right balance, and figure it all out. So I hope you, reader, will bear with me while I do that.’

Stick with it, you’ve come this far, continue to feed in your views, see how things develop. And to other subscribers, whether they agree with jk or not, be kind to one another. What binds us together will always be more powerful than what drives us apart. 


This is nothing new--he's sprinkled in his thoughts (and facts!) for quite some time. Qatar being most notable. I don't think it's fair to characterize someone as "out-of-their-depth" just because they may not share the same world view. Anyway, hope you enjoy the season, wherever you follow it. 

I agree with jk on this. There is a delicate line between reporting and editorializing. One has to be careful of the path.

I love the motorcycle content, look forward to more of your high quality content.

Motorcycles are a way to experience life. For most of the people who end up here, I imagine they are the only way to do so. And seeing how everything is interconnected in unfathomable ways, it's impossible to ignore the things you see around motorcycles. It happens all the time, even if one may not wish to. Motorcycles are our world, but the world is also much more than them. Peace. 

I’m happy for the discourse to get into the politics for the very reasons David has given; MotoGP and every other sport or entertainment on this scale has an impact on the localities it visits and I’ve found myself becoming more and more uncomfortable about that over the years. What I don’t like about it becoming a political discussion is that people sometimes become much more polarised, aggressive, intolerant etc. This is the dilemma, isn’t it. Do we bury our heads in the sand that this weekend and in a couple of weeks time, people just like us have lost everything so that we can pump in our €200 per year, sit on the sofa and enjoy, or do we talk about that and somehow, sometime, possibly affect it for the better. I’d prefer the latter but, as I say, dislike that we come to ‘virtual’ blows when we do so. I wish we could carry across the best of what we do when talking about the bikes - that great generosity and tolerance towards fellow travellers of all stripes - because there is a great deal of intelligence on here and, who knows, something good may come of it.

Part of that, David, is keeping the comments open, however unwelcome they may be. There’s no conversation if it’s a one way street.

Wow! Just wow. Being a decent human is about many things…one being considering the full effects on other humans of any activity. Sounds like you’d be quite ok fir the motogp tracks of the world to be paved with the remains of slaves….and god forbid anyone ever point that out to you cause it’s not about the racing!! You’re an example of why the shitty humans on the planet keep getting a free pass on their actions. You just don’t want anything real to spoil your rose tinted view of the wonderful world. Cloud cuckoo land is where you wanna live…and no one is to ever point out anything to spoil it for you. Disgusting.

I appreciate your drawing attention to all aspects of this fantastic sport. Exposing sports-washing and other forms of corruption that uses our sport can also possibly make these people face up to the fact that it is not acceptable, will be exposed, and maybe they will try to improve. 

The first FP1 and this season is already shaping up to be a cracker.






Sergi Sendra is worse at his job than you are. Talking to everyone

There are very few reactive personal attacks here in the MM community. That is good. Not too much to have to skip over/ignore. 

Friday was interesting! Some disappointment lay only in mundane stuff like several liveries are not looking so great.

But then there is SUZUKI. Oh how you can make the heart sing wee Hamamatsu gem! Beautiful bike. Big step on that motor. Carves and handles like a...well...Suzuki!? It may be our benchmark for what is possible with balance of power and rideability. That the Duc turns is a bloody miracle. That this I4 appears to have motor for the drag race is as well, eh?

Just watched FP1 and wow that's a surprising/disappointing start for Ducati. They have a full third of the field on their machines and couldn't get a single one into the top 10. If Tardozzi was fired up before-hand, he would have been steaming after that. 

I'd like to add my thanks to David for including factual information about the world outside the paddock in his reports. Funny how often people complain about those riders who have banal PR-friendly responses to journalists questions, but might then expect journalists to toe the sanitised PR line. 

Much smarter thinkers than myself have said it all in a more elegant way: 

Howard Zinn - "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train", Dante - "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis", Desmond Tutu - "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor". 

Love the racing. Love the deeper discussion. Love Motomatters!

^ Your name is my favorite on here. I see your game show host Muppet face. 

Sunday, the Red bike will do the business. It races great. A few bikes will Q and grid ahead of it. The excitement around them will be swallowed before T1. That bike starts like a demon. It also nurses tires by some soul sold to the devil for a laptop simulator hell trick. 

Watch how many times riders on other bikes mention the Duc after Sunday eve. How was your race? "Well, I got swallowed up by three Ducatis at the start." "Passing a Ducati is very difficult." "The power of the Ducati is really challenging for us." "I push, but the Ducati just pass me again on the two big straights here." 

If I am right, pizza. Wrong? Sushi. Either way dinner Sunday will be tasty.

Right enough you are, that red rocket is unlikely to disappoint. I wonder whether their dominance in Sepang being followed by a drubbing in Mandalika hasn't set team Red a bit highly strung, especially with expectations so high. Certainly the Thriller was looking abit tense in FP2. Righto - time to catch up with Quali and see how it's all shaken out.