2022 Mandalika MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Teases But Doesn’t Threaten

One way or another, FP3 was going to be dramatic for the premier class. If dry, it meant another tough fight for the top 10, if wet, it would become a long drumroll for a premium Q1 line-up. The weather seemed set on the latter, with heavy rainfall on Saturday morning, but a drying line creeped in early into the session and hinted at some headline-worthy antics in the closing stages.

Perhaps predictably, Jack Miller was the first to make a statement on slick tyres 15 minutes into the session and was the early pacesetter with an advantage of over three seconds. The gap reduced as rivals followed his example but by the halfway point, the top time was still some five seconds away from threatening Friday’s top 10. The substantial cloud cover prevented those dry patches from expanding too quickly but that didn’t stop Marc Marquez from headlining the second half of the session and pushing from the front to climb as high as possible on the combined standings. While a valiant effort all the way to the chequered flag, it ultimately fell about two seconds short of the combined top 10. However, Marquez managed a nice consistent pace and a trouble-free run in tricky conditions, if Sunday decides to serve more of the same.

Pecco Bagnaia was the closest rival, about two tenths behind the Honda man, while the Mooney VR46 duo impressed by joining the top four, rookie Marco Bezzecchi ahead of Luca Marini. While the men ahead will meet up in Q1, Alex Rins gets a pass into Q2, to go with fifth place in FP3. Pol Espargaro gave it a go on fresh soft rubber in the last couple of minutes of the session, but the gamble didn’t really pay off and the Spaniard finished sixth, ahead of Miller, Miguel Oliveira and Joan Mir. Andrea Dovizioso’s experience paid off in the changing conditions and the Italian joined the top 10, seven tenths off the lead.

Fabio Quartararo was in no rush to sample the conditions early on and when he did actually join the action on slick tyres, tech gremlins popped up once again and the Frenchman returned to pitlane straight away. Championship leader Enea Bastianini and Aleix Espargaro had enough after a couple of wet laps and sat out the rest of the session, securely into Q2 and waiting for the likes of Marquez, Bagnaia, Mir and Pol Espargaro to put on a show in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff    
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:34.067    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:34.250 0.183 0.183
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:34.350 0.283 0.100
4 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:34.409 0.342 0.059
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:34.633 0.566 0.224
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:34.643 0.576 0.010
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:34.713 0.646 0.070
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:34.750 0.683 0.037
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:34.840 0.773 0.090
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:34.852 0.785 0.012
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:34.942 0.875 0.090
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:34.947 0.880 0.005
13 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:35.060 0.993 0.113
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:35.127 1.060 0.067
15 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:35.210 1.143 0.083
16 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:35.268 1.201 0.058
17 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:35.317 1.250 0.049
18 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:35.856 1.789 0.539
19 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:35.944 1.877 0.088
20 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:36.339 2.272 0.395
21 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:37.304 3.237 0.965
Not qualified (Out 105%)
  23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:50.269 16.202 7.006
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:43.263 9.196 1.809
  20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:41.454 7.387 4.150
Round Number: 
2
2022
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Comments

Marc and Pecco checking each other out. Following each other around, passing & observing alternate lines on the new piste.

Jack and Marc will be there if the conditions are sketchy.

Yamaha Yes! Cool to see Dovi and Franky up there for a while. But not Fabio Q, another bright flashing light in FQ20's dash. Did they try to get more ponies out of the Yammy. If so the engine doesn't seem to like this new tune-up.

Could it be the valves? Don't tell me they made them out of trophy metal again!