2022 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Result: What A Difference A Week Makes

With Pecco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo hogging the limelight throughout practice, the leading actors in the battle for pole were clear from the very beginning. The duo exchanged top spot throughout qualifying, the Frenchman one step ahead after the first run and then the Italian finding nearly half a second in the final time attack to secure a first pole position of the season and avenge the nightmare of last Saturday in Portimão with a lap record. Quartararo couldn’t quite keep his pole record in Jerez going but still has fantastic race pace to rely on, starting from the middle of the front row. Aleix Espargaro managed to escape a couple of yellow flags in the final minutes of Q2 and made his way into third on home soil, for back to back front row starts.

Jack Miller opens the second row of the grid, albeit eight tenths of a second behind his teammate, while Marc Marquez, obviously a firm believer in equal opportunities, employed the services of both Bagnaia and Quartararo as premium references that helped him into fifth place – a solid result after a particularly difficult weekend for Honda. Johann Zarco caused some headaches in Q1, popping out of nowhere to claim top spot and then climbing onto the second row of the grid, one full second behind the poleman.

Takaaki Nakagami opens row three ahead of Q1 graduate Marco Bezzecchi and the less pleasant surprise of Joan Mir in ninth, the Suzuki man uncharacteristically ending the session in the gravel trap at the first corner after a good showing in practice. Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini also joined the crash list in the short Q2 session, Ducati's youngsters eventually sharing fourth row with a subdued Maverick Viñales.

Pol Espargaro was the first to lose out in Q1, the Spaniard demoted by Zarco’s late attack and forced to start 13th on the grid for only three thousandths of a second. If one side of the Suzuki garage will have some crash damage to fix, the other will be even more unhappy with Alex Rins’ 14th place, although the joint championship leader will have encouraging memories of his excellent recovery ride in Portimão from a much worse starting position. KTM’s woes continued, with Brad Binder joining the Spaniards on fifth row and Miguel Oliveira down in 21st, missing the start of Q1 with mechanical issues and then struggling to get going.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:36.170    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:36.623 0.453 0.453
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:36.933 0.763 0.310
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:37.049 0.879 0.116
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:37.145 0.975 0.096
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:37.220 1.050 0.075
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:37.254 1.084 0.034
8 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:37.285 1.115 0.031
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:37.330 1.160 0.045
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:37.526 1.356 0.196
11 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:37.618 1.448 0.092
12 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:37.675 1.505 0.057
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:37.003    
Q2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:37.135 0.132 0.132
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:37.138 0.135 0.003
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:37.401 0.398 0.263
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:37.544 0.541 0.143
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:37.668 0.665 0.124
17 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:37.882 0.879 0.214
18 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:37.889 0.886 0.007
19 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:37.910 0.907 0.021
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:37.937 0.934 0.027
21 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:37.958 0.955 0.021
22 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:38.014 1.011 0.056
23 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:38.064 1.061 0.050
24 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:38.244 1.241 0.180
25 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:38.405 1.402 0.161
Round Number: 
6
2022
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Comments

Looking forward to seeing Alex on the podium tomorrow - am confident he can do it!

Every time Rin's rides I am expecting a return to his old form. Hope I'm wrong. Also looking forward to a good aggressive ride through the pack this weekend.

Regardless, this Suzuki qualifying 3rd row+ BS has to get put straight if they want a championship. Portimao an abberation?

Right before Mir went down (Bastiannini did a moment later too) he was looking GORGEOUS. He was flying and really pushing the limit. Credit for efforts Joan. Rins? Tougher couple tracks here, time for Yamaha (er, Fabio) to shine.

Bezzecchi!!! Again!

Aleix and Aprilia, they are the real deal. Amazing Q performance, chapeau.

Have to say it, the likes of Oliveira and Alex Marquez can't be languishing behind rookies in the shop window. Ogura just took Moto2 pole, and has a hand on one Honda seat. A.Marquez doesn't seem to want to stay much? Get hungry kid! Or start interest in WSBK.

1min36.1!!! Think about that for a moment. Half a second ahead of Quarty in 2nd. A full second ahead of 5th. Bagnaia amazing pole time, great race pace, and will have a go at Quarty. This is a very important race for him. Convert this into confident momentum? Or remain in a rut? Bring the goods Pecco.

^ Me too on awaiting a RinsBins return to gravel traps. Hope I'm wrong. I think Bagnaia just came out of his slump, and Rins may be returning to one.

Popcorn out on Mir and Martin, Bastiannini coming forward together and battling. And is there ANY single person not enjoying and applauding BlackAsparagus right now? Brilliant. 

Europe. Jerez. Sunday! Good conditions. Boom.

Peco pace not as consistent as Fabio pace. See what the race brings. I guess it will be decided on the start or tyres. Fabio leads into T1, see ya. Peco leads then probably still Fabio but maybe the tyres will play tricks.

Alex appears to have sorted out the root cause of last year’s multiple crashes. He’s calm, focused and much more patient. It’s a pleasure to see him happy and doing so well.

Well done by all the riders on the front row!

Aleix and Aprilia, they are the real deal. Damn right 'shrink!

Maverick gets into Q2 in back home in Spain and does.... not much, I'm disappointed.

Mir pushes a bit too hard, odd crash, and grabs 9th on the grid. Should be OK in the race.

There were six riders in the 1m:36s in FP3 but, Marc, Taka, Mav & Bastianini couldn't repeat the times in Qualy?

Aleix went faster by 0.126 or an eighth of a second.

The field is a bit more spread out than expected. Will be interesting to see how the race goes.

So how will the Aprilia situation play out if they lose their concessions? Do they submit their spec immediately and start playing with the big boys? What is the process for their "freeze"? Anyone know?

They're allowed to carry on as normal this season with the concessions being withdrawn for next season.