2022 Jerez MotoGP Monday Test Final Times: Zarco Fastest In Tricky Conditions

It was a busy day of testing at Jerez after Sunday's race, all six manufacturers having new parts to try. Conditions were far from ideal - it was much colder than Sunday, and there was a lot more wind, making it tricky to chase a fast lap time. Johann Zarco ended the test as fastest, ahead of Brad Binder and Fabio Quartararo, while Jack Miller was fourth quickest.

Pol Espargaro and Franco Morbidelli spent the most time on track, racking up 85 and 83 laps respectively, with Alex Marquez not far behind with 80 laps. At Honda, there was a new frame and Pol Espargaro was testing the exhausts used by Stefan Bradl over the race weekend. KTM had a new exhaust and new fairing, the exhaust a rather exotic shape looking more like a musical instrument. Yamaha had a new swingarm and a new front fender, the swingarm a slight improvement in terms of grip, but not a massive difference. Aprilia were working on a ride-height device and some aero.

The teams have now packed up and are off for a free weekend, before heading to Le Mans for the next race.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.136    
2 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.294 0.158 0.158
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'37.438 0.302 0.144
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'37.456 0.320 0.018
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'37.556 0.420 0.100
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.756 0.620 0.200
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.774 0.638 0.018
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'37.778 0.642 0.004
9 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'37.781 0.645 0.003
10 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'37.802 0.666 0.021
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'37.805 0.669 0.003
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'37.807 0.671 0.002
13 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'37.823 0.687 0.016
14 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'37.897 0.761 0.074
15 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'37.940 0.804 0.043
16 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'38.066 0.930 0.126
17 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.077 0.941 0.011
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'38.179 1.043 0.102
19 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'38.271 1.135 0.092
20 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'38.289 1.153 0.018
21 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'38.319 1.183 0.030
22 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'38.589 1.453 0.270
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'38.897 1.761 0.308
24 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'38.927 1.791 0.030
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Today heads of Suzuki gathered all members of the MotoGP team and informed them its decision to quit the series at the end of the year. No one knew.

An official announcement will likely arrive in the next few hours. Surely this is about budgets. Many think we are entering a sustained economic downturn more broad in base than the 2008 recession. The coronavirus pandemic steepened entry. Inflation is at record highs the last 9 months. Buckle up.

(This breaks my heart). It was sad to see Kawasaki leave, but nothing like this. The bike is fantastic! It just won a Championship! The Team is like a family. I love it being here. The "conventional bike" model is beautiful. It is the Inline 4 with grunt. It handles beautifully. Manages tires well. One could go on and on. 

NOOOOOOOOOooooooo!!! ! ! !

I can't imagine Suzuki pulling the plug! (I HAVE imagined a second Team added not long ago - I was just wondering if it would be Gresini, VR46, or something new coming up). This. Is. Horrible. My stomach hurts.

It is sad to see one go. Lets hope it is external factors and not a symptom of problems within the sport itself. I seem to remember last time that the company's values make their priority the core business and not spending lots of money on racing in bad times.

What was Livio's job ?

Wonder how much they'll have to pay Dorna for breaking the current contract to be around until what, 2025?

To add insult to injury it is just when everything seemed to be falling into place. The racing has never been better, all manufacturers are competitive for the podium every meet and the fanbase was swelling to record levels.

I hope Suppo lands another job as he's such a great bloke to have around the paddock. I got to have a solid chat with him both 2010 and 2011 and his voice is totally boss and there is never a dry seat in the house when he has the floor. In 2010 he was out the back celebrating Casey's PI win and smashing down the Marlboros which added all kinds of cool to the moment. What a champ. His insights are next level.

Fingers crossed for him to land another gig.

Gutted for the Suzuki team and for us fans and that bike looked a beautiful work of art, even when it was stood stil.

It was going to be really interesting to sort who was testing what until seeing that what Suzuki brought was an AXE.

Sheezus. Say what you will of Ducati, but they would spend their second to last Euro on racing.

With the advantages in braking that aero and ride-height devices have provided over the last three years, a period in which Marquez spent a considerable amount of time convalescing, the field may have reduced Marquez's vast superiority in this area.