2022 Mandalika MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Lively Jog And A Walk In The Park

Just like everyone expected, premier class qualifying provided palpitations start to finish, with Q1 turning into The Marquez Show – a horror rather than a thriller this time – and Q2 a bit of a Quartararo parade but with last minute upsets on the front row. Fabio Quartararo led the session pretty much from the start to make a long-awaited return to pole position, but the world champion will have to contend with two rapid Ducatis setting off alongside him on the front row. However, once again, it’s not the factory Ducatis making waves at the front and it’s the two Pramac Racing men. Jorge Martin closed the gap to Quartararo to two tenths of a second despite sliding all over the place, while teammate Johann Zarco made a very late jump into third.

The final couple of minutes of qualifying got pretty hectic, when a crash for Aleix Espargaro brought out yellow flags that impacted on a few hot laps, but a handful of riders managed to make a difference on the timesheets on their final laps. Two of those riders were Brad Binder, the KTM man breaking up a Ducati-heavy top six, and Enea Bastianini, who will be defending his early lead in the championship from fifth place on the grid. The duo’s late charge was at the expense of Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian impressing in Q1 but unable to replicate that time in Q2 and eventually dropping to P6.

Miguel Oliveira opens the third row of the grid, half a second off pole and accompanied by Alex Rins, who extracted a solid result out of a really challenging weekend so far. A subdued Jack Miller joins them on row three, while Aleix Espargaro dropped to 10th following his late tumble at turn 10. The Spaniard will be joined on the fourth row by a surprise Q1 graduate, Fabio Di Giannantonio and a less pleasant surprise from Franco Morbidelli, who topped FP4 only to crash out early in Q2.

And now to Q1, where despite great performances from Di Giannantonio, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, all eyes were quite understandably on Marc Marquez. The Honda man was determined to go for a two-stop strategy and it seemed to pay off early on, but it quickly turned into a soap opera as he crashed on the second outing at turn 13 and jogged straight back to pitlane to his other machine without wasting a second. While it was an impressive achievement in itself that he managed to get out for one final flying lap, the Spaniard got so desperate to recover the time he lost behind Nakagami that he lost again the front at turn 12. A livid Marquez was forced to settle for 15th, in what was a very frustrating afternoon for Repsol Honda, with teammate Pol Espargaro making much less noise but finishing one thousandth of a second behind Marquez. While Marquez will have to contend with the youthful Mooney VR46 duo off the line from row five, Espargaro will have company from Andrea Dovizioso and a pretty underwhelming Joan Mir, who ended the session in the gravel trap as well.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff    
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:31.067    
2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:31.280 0.213 0.213
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:31.378 0.311 0.098
4 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:31.433 0.366 0.055
5 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:31.504 0.437 0.071
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:31.507 0.440 0.003
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:31.566 0.499 0.059
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:31.582 0.515 0.016
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:31.714 0.647 0.132
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:31.723 0.656 0.009
11 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:31.829 0.762 0.106
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:32.336 1.269 0.507
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:31.219    
Q2 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:31.631 0.412 0.412
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:31.666 0.447 0.035
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:31.695 0.476 0.029
15 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:31.830 0.611 0.135
16 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:31.831 0.612 0.001
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:31.870 0.651 0.039
18 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:31.875 0.656 0.005
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:31.987 0.768 0.112
20 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:32.006 0.787 0.019
21 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:32.122 0.903 0.116
22 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:32.140 0.921 0.018
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:32.299 1.080 0.159
24 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:32.330 1.111 0.031
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Fence jump, he skipped the fence jump (Marquez running like Forrest Gump again).

Seriously strange shit is afoot. Still. 

When conditions are strange and pressure is high, look for Zarco to take a not so necessary dive and take out someone minding their own biz. 

Everyone that let Dorna know that Drive to Limit Oz shouldn't be dubbed, please now also let them know that they should toss the Q1 top 2 a few more Softs. No harm in adding shuck fapeshifters should you not fancy Ducati. Thank you.

The Factory Red bikes are still teething the updated 2021 motor into their package. So the 2021's are at advantage (wait, the PRAMAC bikes on the grunty brute 2022 wait-no-2021.5 motor are at the top?! On a handling track w short straights?). Uhm. Ok. Carry on. Making minimal sense, and so is this.

Look at who is where on this Q. Rub your eyes, and shake your head. Then, if you are one of our several Aussies, say "f@ck me dead!" No, not a root rat murder, you are surprised mate. If you aren't Australian, this paragraph isn't for you.

Here is decent video of Q should you need it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ-gFV11rUE

Look, I really appreciate Marc. Not cheering for him in particular, but HUGE appreciation. I'll say it, he is a crasher now. He was before too. Not on sunday! He has been one of our top crashers for a long time. His exploration of the limit is three notches ahead of everyone else.

Marc crashing alot now? It could be seen as a sign that The Marc is still here. His self preservation gene is not so expressed is it? 

He learns how to ride a bike by crashing it at the apex, and getting the feel for saving it. It boggles the mind! Or, if you are him, visual function. It is a VERY rare occurrence indeed to have one of these riders around. 

Whatever your personal views, enjoy getting to see a rider approaching things this way. He is BARELY back into fitness, and binning the shit out of the 2022 bike just to get a feel for it and get him back up to speed. Speed in this case being over the toppers.

Middle of the night, stayed up for Q, half asleep and bewildered by events. Afraid it isn't going to make more sense than this. 

Could you please explain what you mean

 

"This Indonesian Round, it is driving me MAD...my head, it feels so...numb! I must have drinks."

It really has been a long time since so little sense could be made of things. Is it enjoyable? I really can't say. Interesting? Oh yes, for sure, like putting down a pig and gutting/carving it up. There better be some bacon in here.

Quartararo vs Ducatiarmada. Plus a few (Go Binder!!). 

Unless it is full wet? Totally new game, again. And what of mixed conditions? Bloody pig guts if you ask me. 

Crazy business this.

Best comment in a while. This not having any idea what is going on is a bee in my helmet. Time isn't moving quickly enough. Soon it will fly.

No matter the conditions ima go way out on a limb and pick BB33 to win and absolutely any order behind him 

Have Honda gone from a bike without rear traction to one without traction at both ends?

Qualifying on those tires at that track made it look that way.

I can't imagine how frustrating it is for the team, knowing that they won't really understand how the bikes will go at the European tracks until they get to the European tracks. Do they change them drastically now when they could well work exactly as intended at Jerez, or Mugello, or Le Mans. The number of 'fly away' races almost equalling the continental tracks (Is Silverstone a fly away now?)

I wonder if the racing teams will push back on the more race days/less testing situation. 

Wow what a crash festival!

Marc Marquez back to his skittle days. Two in five minutes! What? well at least we know he is trying. Qualifying what where 15th.

Fifteenth! I can't believe it, since when has Antman been so out paced for a quick lap? Unheard of. HRC we are looking at you.

(Am I bad to anticipate the sacking of Alberto Puig with glee? )

Warning to MotoGp riders; Don't get in MM93's way. Marc will be passing you tomorrow sir. You know it.

Congratulations Fabio Quartararo no one is so fast as Fab Q!

*.... me dead 'shrink I'm very bloody surprised! *Australia term of endearment similar to mate.

Where did your people learn to speak?

You flip everything into a sing-song turn of phrase. Lots of silly single syllable additives. Way in the back of your mouth you make large exagerrations of tonality, sticking your butt out like Doohan ean sloiding yeh reah toiah.

Oh! I get it! Mick, Casey, Jack - they roiyde eh boike loiake yeh speeek.

Really enjoying 'Shrink not understanding another's comment! Maybe it was too short for comprehension?  ;-)

Marc looks to cause some mayhem tomorrow. His skill/physical ability has declined but not his aggression, might be trouble from the back of the grid.

Today i had an enjoyable breakfast watching TheMarc going berzerk after losing it and at the same time watching Morbido sliding out in the same manner and staying calm ...

Seriously, can Fräncky ( german pronouncation for Franco/Franky ...!) be the dark horse for the 2022 campaign, he is already up to speed and remembering his 2020 season - why not?

Anytime Marc has to leave/end racing he should pursue acting ... Ruffalo is getting older and we need the Hulk in the MCU :)

I imagined Marquez crashing the first bike on purpose because it would not comply to the demands he willed. The way he surfed the gravel and launched into a gallop looked pre-determined. But after passing Taka, his riding looked beyond the ragged edge. Almost desperate...

The guy needs his front end back. Maybe his team can turn the bike upside down at the next official test.

Wait, wasn’t everybody claiming the new Honda was great, after testing just a month ago? It’s still early. And in this case, a new track. I just hope Marc doesn’t hurt himself. 

It does look good. A lot better than the previous. That's roughly based on Pol's times. Marc is also looking rapid. It's been rapid at the tests and in Qatar. However, at this track with these tyres it has jumped into freak mode, still fast but moves around so much, almost constantly. I'm not making any predictions about this race. Temperature changes, the tyres behave differently, Fabio and Franco go into reverse, Ducati 'engine' shines or gets lumpy again, Marc starts from nowhere and wins, Rins remembers which day it is, Zarco does an interview without looking like he needs to burp, anything could happen. Last time there were so many bikes floating around on a dry track KTM won with Binder....busy shock shop tonight?

That is what Zarco looks like. I have never been able to put my finger on it. LOLOL I do love listening to him.

It's gonna be wild. I think it's down to rider at this point as none of the bikes seem to be fully sorted. That puts BB, MM, Jack, Martin, Fabio, Rins if he doesn't fall off he will fall off so nvm, maybe Franco in contention. Of them, I have no idea, could be anyone or Besta or DiGi, I'm sure I'm missing someone, probably the winner. Wow, I'm glad I'm not betting on this.

Personal opinions are subjective and the subject is a slippery dude that's subject to the opinions of other subjects which can change one's subjective perspective.

What a hoot was that Q1, eh? FP4 too with Suzuki hosting a barbeque!

Everyone seems to be saying the Ducatis have figured things out and the Hondas and Suzukis have lost the plot but it's these older special one-off stiffer carcass tire designs from 2018 they're using to counter the heat I'm telling ya and it's still too darn early in the season to know who has the better machine.

On another site, P.Espargaro is complaining that it's not fair to bring surprise tires but I would imagine if they used current spec tires and they all blistered or gave out, people would be complaining too?

Looking forward to the show tonight. Things (Moto3) actually gets underway at a decent hour my time - 9:00 PM so I don't have to get up or stay up until 2:00 or 3:00 AM to watch live. Yay.

PS. I won't be surprised if Marc crashes again.

You are going to fit in just fine here. Love the analysis. Cheers! 

They can't win, somebody's always going to be bitching. I'm glad they've decided to err (if they are) on the side of safety even if it does throw a serious spanner in the works for much of the grid.

Not quite ready to draw too many conclusions about the bikes yet.  Qatar is frequently talked about as a good show, but one that doesn't give much insight into the rest of the season.  This track... I feel like most of the bikes are so far from whatever 'base' they have just to stay on track that it also may not represent what we can expect later.  It's going to be a war of attrition tomorrow.

Franky made a mistake at the end. During the practice starts. Oops.

FM21 goes back to 15th. Luca Marini goes forward a row, Bezz and Marc move up one position.

We speak Strine over here 'Shrink. Blame the Cockneys, Irish and poor people transported to Oz as punishment back in the 18th century.

Jack Miller has an accent all his own. Queenslanders like to add an Aye on the end of each sentence Aye. Similar to our Canadian friends I believe.

What did Morbidelli do?  The actual crime was not mentioned in the roundup.

We could hope that it is "failure to do a horn mono" or some such, but the reality is likely less interesting.

Morbidelli pulled up infront of Mir on the grid where they were doing the practice starts (after it had been moved there to help clean the track a bit), and Mir had to swerve to avoid him while starting. Didn't seem to be a particularly close call, but Franky acknowledged he'd done wrong.