2022 Argentina MotoGP FP2 Result: Aleix Espargaro Leads Aprilia Assault

The second hour-long practice session of the day was a very slow build-up to the first time attack in the premier class, although the late shootout made no impression on the two Aprilias that held the lead for the entirety of FP2. Although Maverick Viñales had a quick taste of top spot, it was teammate Aleix Espargaro who sat pretty at the front for most of the session, even affording to skip the final few minutes and still end up two tenths ahead of the field. Viñales stayed a very respectable second, while Jack Miller was the lead Ducati, unknowingly timing it right to avoid late yellow flag drama.

Fabio Quartararo also kept close, only two tenths off top spot, with Brad Binder as the top KTM in fifth, after having to ditch his first machine in a cloud of smoke halfway through the session. Alex Rins and Joan Mir continued their consistent run inside the top seven, while teammates Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco added a few more Ducatis to the mix after a slower start in the morning session.

The final top 10 position seemed highly disputed and ended up at the mercy of yellow flags. The tale starts with Pecco Bagnaia getting frustrated with his chasers and pulling aside quite questionably along the main straight, leaving himself with one less lap to make an impact on the timesheets. A scrappy penultimate lap didn’t bring an improvement and then Marco Bezzecchi crashed at turn 1 right next to him, bringing out yellow flags and effectively ending the session early for most of his rivals. The one man who did escape the unintended punishment was teammate Luca Marini, whose final lap placed him in the top 10 and pushed Miguel Oliveira out of Q2 contention. Bagnaia was left 12th, ahead of FP1 leader Takaaki Nakagami and Franco Morbidelli, while championship leader Enea Bastianini was also caught out by yellow flags and had to settle for 16th. It was a particularly bad session for Honda, with Pol Espargaro taking a tumble at turn one 20 minutes into the session and then struggling to go quicker than 17th place, almost one second off the leading Aprilia.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:38.244    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:38.454 0.210 0.210
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:38.463 0.219 0.009
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:38.471 0.227 0.008
5 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:38.548 0.304 0.077
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:38.619 0.375 0.071
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:38.626 0.382 0.007
8 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:38.704 0.460 0.078
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:38.797 0.553 0.093
10 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:38.915 0.671 0.118
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:38.924 0.680 0.009
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:38.943 0.699 0.019
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:38.951 0.707 0.008
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:38.959 0.715 0.008
15 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:38.973 0.729 0.014
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:38.985 0.741 0.012
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:39.178 0.934 0.193
18 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:39.503 1.259 0.325
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:39.553 1.309 0.050
20 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:39.600 1.356 0.047
21 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:39.749 1.505 0.149
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:39.940 1.696 0.191
23 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:40.040 1.796 0.100
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:40.078 1.834 0.038
Round Number: 
3
2022
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Comments

Times are tight at the top.

Congratulations Aprilia & Aleix!

Seventeen riders within a second. Less than three quarters of a second from Mav to Pol E.

Current championship leader & Qatar winner 16th.

Previous race winner M.O.88 is 11th.

No Q2 for Pecco and he is not happy.