MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2022 Sepang MotoGP Race Result: Victory And Vindication

The prospect of rain, an eclectic front row and a title on the line, but with the line drawn in middle of a feisty pack – there were a lot of reasons to be equal parts anxious and excited about the penultimate race of the season. Thankfully the rain stayed away and the premier class rewarded us with a tense battle to the final lap, when Pecco Bagnaia secured a seventh victory of the season and sealed the team’s championship for Ducati. Although they had plenty of reasons to celebrate, the Bologna squad suffered through 20 laps of intense pressure from Enea Bastianini, who spent the race taunting his future teammate before settling for second. While Bagnaia had a perfect race, rival Fabio Quartararo wasn’t too far off and claimed the final step of the podium to take the title fight to a final round decider.

Poleman Jorge Martin had made a great start to lead the field from the off, but Bagnaia stole the spotlight with what he himself called the best start of his career, going from ninth on the grid to second by turn two, ahead of Bastianini and Marc Marquez. Quartararo followed his example with a great first few corners, climbing into sixth, behind Franco Morbidelli, who caused no further trouble for his teammate and focused on keeping the chasing Suzukis at bay in the early laps. Brad Binder made some quick progress into ninth, with Aleix Espargaro lingering in 10th and battling Marco Bezzecchi after a sluggish start for both riders. Their teammates didn’t fare much better, both dropping out of the top 15 on the opening lap and with Luca Marini going on to retire with a mechanical issue.

Meanwhile, Martin was in a rush to escape right out the gate and held a seven tenths’ advantage after the first couple of laps, while Bastianini held station behind – close behind – Bagnaia and with Marquez dropping one second back and into the clutches of the Yamaha and Suzuki duos. Morbidelli was less of a threat at that stage, the Italian serving his first of two long lap penalties on lap five and dropping to 10th position, but Quartararo was keener to get past Marquez and was helped by the Honda man leaving the door wide open at the first and last corners. Quartararo picked up fourth place on lap five and was left with two and a half seconds to find to the leading trio, where Martin maintained a one second gap over his Ducati colleagues. If two of the title contenders were enjoying their rapid comebacks, Aleix Espargaro continued to struggle and dropped to 15th, behind Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow, and soon came under fire from Morbidelli, who had lost further ground after his second long lap penalty.

Back at the front, disaster struck on lap seven, when Martin gifted Bagnaia the lead by unceremoniously crashing out, but this also handed Quartararo a podium position. The Frenchman was almost three seconds behind Bagnaia and Bastianini but was enjoying a one and a half second buffer to the next group, where a rampant Bezzecchi was quite fiercely battling Marquez and Joan Mir, with Alex Rins more patiently in tow. Bezzecchi looked like the quickest of the lot and soon stretched a bit of a gap over the Spanish trio, while closing in on Quartararo to join the podium battle and try to play his part in the title fight.

The hierarchy had settled by the halfway point of proceedings, with Bagnaia closely stalked by Bastianini – a bit too close for comfort for the Ducati garage - while Quartararo appeared unable to make any significant inroads into their three-second advantage. Bastianini eventually decided that lap 11 was the right time to make his move and took the lead at turn four, leaving Bagnaia with a decision to make – and he made it quickly, immediately showing intentions to retaliate. While all eyes were on the somewhat unexpected victory battle, Bezzecchi was steadily reeling in Quartararo, the gap down to half a second with nine laps remaining and about to put Ducati in the uncomfortable situation of asking for favours publicly.

While the cameras lingered on Ducati’s whispering holy trinity, Bagnaia appeared keen to take matters into his own hands, glued to the rear tyre of his future teammate and attacking at the final corner with seven laps remaining. Although Bastianini still seemed keen to respond, the attention briefly turned to Quartararo and Bezzecchi, who were yet to trade places but had closed in to 1.5 seconds of the two leaders. Although the Frenchman was not closing in at a fast rate, he soon put a second into Bezzecchi and distanced the Italian with four laps remaining. The Suzukis had lost over four seconds on the podium battle while dealing with the Marquez bottleneck, but the Honda man was keen to keep entertained for the remaining laps and gladly mingled with his compatriots. However, a threat was coming from behind, where Jack Miller found some late pace to gain ground inside the top 10, also helped by Mir fading from the battle for fifth and crashing out with three laps left.

Bagnaia and Bastianini entered the final lap still inseparable and although the Pramac man kept everyone’s heart rate up right until the chequered flag, Bagnaia secured victory by two tenths of a second. Quartararo claimed third over two seconds later, to ensure the title battle goes to Valencia, while Bezzecchi secured a safe fourth, six seconds ahead of Alex Rins. The Suzuki man got a bit of breathing room from Marquez in the final handful of laps, while the Honda rider came under late pressure from Miller, the Australian stealing sixth place on the last lap. Binder, Johann Zarco and Morbidelli rounded out the top 10 positions over the line, although Aleix Espargaro was handed back 10th after a review of a last lap tangle with Morbidelli. 

Bagnaia and Quartararo head to the final round separated by 23 points in the world championship battle, while Espargaro gives up his title hopes and keeps third place by a sole point from Bastianini.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 40:14.3320
2 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 0.270
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 2.773
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 5.446
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 11.923
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 13.472
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 14.304
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 16.805
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 18.358
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 21.591
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 23.235
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 24.641
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 24.918
14 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 25.586
15 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 27.039
16 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 30.427
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 33.322
18 87 Remy Gardner KTM 33.691
19 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 41.838
Not Classified
  49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 20:22.0200
  40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 20:21.1900
  89 Jorge Martin Ducati 12:03.5180
  45 Tetsuta Nagashima   08:16.9860
  10 Luca Marini Ducati 02:24.9900
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2022 Sepang Moto2 Race Result: Another Go On The Rollercoaster

The intermediate class race got underway under some intimidating cloud cover and with the tense prospect of a world championship crown in play, but if the weather didn’t cause any drama, the title contenders did. Tony Arbolino resisted some intense pressure from Ai Ogura but a crucial mistake from the poleman helped Arbolino secure his third victory of the season by a whooping 11 seconds. Two of the other men in top form at the moment joined him on the podium, Alonso Lopez taking his fifth podium and Jake Dixon his sixth third place trophy of the season.

Arbolino had the perfect launch off the line to arrive into turn one ahead of poleman Ogura, while Dixon was quickly up into third but soon under attack from Lopez. Manuel Gonzalez had snuck ahead of Augusto Fernandez, who made a rather cautions start but did not lose too many positions, helped by Pedro Acosta and Somkiat Chantra not making it past turn two. Chantra tagging the back of Dixon had caused him to crash and Acosta could not avoid a collision. Aron Canet was more fortunate and was able to react, but it cost him track position and dropped him to 15th on the opening lap. However, the Spaniard’s speed helped him recover some of that and he was knocking on the doors of the top 10 by lap three.

While the replays were still rolling, Arbolino had stretched a seven tenths’ gap over Ogura, who in turn had dropped Lopez one second back. The Spaniard wasn’t under any immediate threat either, but Gonzalez was steadily reeling him in. Another second back, Dixon kept Fernandez at bay, while Aldeguer fronted a bigger group two seconds behind, including Marcel Schrotter, Cameron Beaubier, Filip Salac and Canet. Other than occasional exchanges in this fight for seventh position, status quo was maintained amongst the leaders over the next handful of laps. Meanwhile, Celestino Vietti had recovered a bunch of places from his 20th place start but his progress halted when he crashed out at the final corner at the end of lap six.

Back ahead, Arbolino continued to set a fast pace at the front early on, keeping Ogura around eight tenths back, while Lopez and Gonzalez had dropped almost four second behind by lap eight. Gonzalez climbed onto the provisional podium at the start of lap nine and kept Lopez at arm’s length for the next few laps, while the battle for victory seemed to be hotting up as well by the halfway point of proceedings, with Ogura closing within half a second of Arbolino. The Japanese rider was glued to Arbolino’s rear tyre with six laps remaining and swiftly attacked at the first corner, but a mistake next time around turn one handed back the lead to the Italian. Eight seconds behind, Lopez had retrieved third at turn 11 and it looked like he would have more rivals to contend with, as Dixon and Fernandez joined the battle for the final podium place in its closing stages. Fernandez had a good few goes at Dixon in the final handful of laps, but the frequent (and often quite close) exchanges distanced them once more from the podium positions, only Gonzalez’s fourth place still within reach. Dixon eventually claimed fourth at the penultimate corner of the penultimate corner on the penultimate lap, with Fernandez also attacking Gonzalez on the final lap.

Meanwhile, Ogura had kept close to Arbolino in the final laps, the Italian starting the last lap in the lead but soon saw an attack from Ogura at turn nine. Unfortunately the poleman could not rederess his unsettled machine and tumbled out immediately, throwing away a safe second and the lead in the championship to go with it. Lopez inherited second following the crash and Dixon climbed onto a very familiar third spot on the podium. Fernandez finished fourth, Gonzalez equalled his best result in the championship with fifth, while Schrotter, Beaubier, Canet, Alcoba and Aldeguer rounded out the top 10 positions.

Ogura’s mistake hands Fernandez a 9.5 point advantage in the world title chase heading into the final round in Valencia, with Canet a pretty secure third but just about within reach of Arbolino.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 38:25.2330
2 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 11.411
3 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 11.802
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 13.206
5 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 14.770
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 17.166
7 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 20.222
8 40 Aron Canet Kalex 24.279
9 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 24.407
10 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 24.482
11 12 Filip Salac Kalex 30.636
12 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 33.595
13 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 34.448
14 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 34.927
15 29 Taiga Hada Kalex 43.757
16 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 44.940
17 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 45.182
18 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 48.818
19 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 53.121
20 72 Borja Gomez Kalex 54.465
21 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 54.812
22 20 Azroy Anuar Kalex 55.685
Not Classified
  79 Ai Ogura Kalex 36:15.8280
  61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 20:03.7370
  51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 19:44.4420
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 18:02.5150
  13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 10:53.1430
  35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 03:12.9860
    David Sanchis MV Agusta  
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2022 Sepang Moto3 Race Result: Quite The Comeback

Despite the extensive cloud cover, the weather behaved ahead of the lightweight class race, and after a long wait, the local crowds got to enjoy the usually chaotic Moto3 show once more. As if to prove just how disorderly it can get, the victory was settled in a brawl at the final corner and went the way of the man who started 22nd on the grid – John McPhee putting in one of his very best performances to fight through the field and take a first victory since 2020. Teammate Ayumu Sasaki kept him company on the podium from its second step, both him and Sergio Garcia securing their ninth podiums of the season.

The start of the 17-lap race told a different tale, with world champion Izan Guevara swiftly picking up the lead from poleman Dennis Foggia, the two trading places early on, closely followed by Garcia. The attacks were only just getting started at the front, with Jaume Masia, Diogo Moreira and a fast-starting David Muñoz joining the exchanges, but Foggia managed to complete the opening lap still at the front of proceedings. The likes of Tatsuki Suzuki and Stefano Nepa had also impressed at the start, making their way into the top five early on, but the Italian’s race soon ended at turn nine, the incident creating a slight gap between the leaders and the chasing pack. However, Dani Holgado was quick to reel them back in by lap four, bringing a small group including Ivan Ortolá, Sasaki and Guevara back into contention. McPhee had quickly made up ground from his lowly grid position and was part of the next group down the road, one second behind the world champion on lap four. That particular group also included Suzuki, but not for long, the Japanese rider crashing out of the top 10 by the end of that lap. A similar incident at turn nine also took Muñoz out of contention, reducing the leading group further.

Back amongst the leaders, Masia picked up the lead by lap six, with Moreira, Foggia, Garcia, Holgado and Sasaki queuing behind and with Ortolá and Guevara still pushing to keep up with the leaders, making it an eight-man podium battle by lap seven. The shenanigans continued at the front, the lead changing hands several times a lap, aided by the many slipstreaming opportunities, but the early headliners were mainly Moreira, Foggia, Garcia and Masia, the rest of the group biding their time for an attack at the podium. It wasn’t until the halfway point of proceedings that Guevara made his way back into the lead and, by then, the lead group grew to ten, Riccardo Rossi and McPhee joining them at the back of the pack.

Over the next few laps, Foggia and Guevara traded top spot, the Italian eager to disrupt the world champion’s rhythm, while Sasaki kept Garcia busy just behind. Masia and Moreira tagged along more quietly at this stage, while the rest of the group yoyo-ed in and out of contention. The GASGAS duo was back in control of proceedings with six laps remaining, but Foggia and Sasaki were keen to catch up to avoid an escape and their attacks on Garcia allowed Guevara some more time in the limelight. The leading group reduced slightly just as the race entered its final five laps, when Rossi crashed out of sixth position.

That seemed to unleash a frenzy at the front too, Sasaki attacking Guevara at the final corner but seemingly missing a gear and sending both of them for a ride through the wet grass. Both riders were able to rejoin but Sasaki was luckier than Guevara, who slid down the order, losing touch with the leaders and dropping out of the top 10. Sasaki lost prime position as well, Garcia taking the opportunity to lead the field over the line for the remaining three laps. Although his advantage was never more than a three tenths of a second, the squabble for second allowed Garcia a bit of breathing room until the final lap, when Foggia finally made his move at turn eight but ran wide soon after and invited attacks at turn 12. There were many takers, with McPhee making his first real bid at the podium by attacking at turn 14 and becoming the eventual winner of the six-wide final corner battle. Teammate Sasaki crossed the finish line four hundredths of a second behind, with Garcia taking the final podium position. Masia missed out by less than a tenth of a second, with Moreira also sneaking ahead of Foggia, who lost significant ground in the last handful of corners. Holgado took the chequered flag over five seconds later, with Yamanaka, Ortolá and Deniz Öncü rounding out the top 10 positions.

World champion Guevara ended up a lowly 12th after the impressive start, while Garcia moves 8 points clear of Foggia in the fight for second in the championship, with Sasaki another six points behind the Italian.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 38:04.5890
2 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 0.048
3 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 0.146
4 5 Jaume Masia KTM 0.245
5 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 0.319
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 0.371
7 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 5.817
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 6.034
9 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 6.230
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 6.732
11 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 6.789
12 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 9.148
13 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 13.416
14 16 Andrea Migno Honda 13.682
15 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 14.659
16 63 Syarifuddin Azman Honda 14.812
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 14.990
18 66 Joel Kelso KTM 20.530
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 28.240
20 9 Nicola Carraro KTM 28.285
21 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 43.055
22 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 43.250
23 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 54.110
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  72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 33:48.2670
  99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 27:20.6010
  54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 26:55.0270
  67 Alberto Surra Honda 18:16.6360
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 10:06.4220
  44 David Muñoz KTM 06:49.0810
  19 Scott Ogden Honda 02:26.1990
  82 Stefano Nepa KTM 02:22.0430
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2022 Sepang MotoGP Warm Up Result: Zarco To The Fore

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 2:02.442    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2:03.134 0.692 0.692
3 73 Alex Marquez Honda 2:03.617 1.175 0.483
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2:03.998 1.556 0.381
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 2:04.089 1.647 0.091
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 2:04.552 2.110 0.463
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 2:04.646 2.204 0.094
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 2:04.713 2.271 0.067
9 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 2:05.186 2.744 0.473
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 2:05.435 2.993 0.249
11 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2:06.415 3.973 0.980
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2:06.435 3.993 0.020
13 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 2:06.991 4.549 0.556
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 2:07.768 5.326 0.777
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2:08.483 6.041 0.715
16 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 2:08.597 6.155 0.114
17 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 2:08.630 6.188 0.033
18 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 2:09.422 6.980 0.792
19 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 2:09.722 7.280 0.300
20 43 Jack Miller Ducati 2:10.188 7.746 0.466
21 87 Remy Gardner KTM 2:10.532 8.090 0.344
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima   2:10.828 8.386 0.296
23 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 2:11.019 8.577 0.191
24 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 2:11.214 8.772 0.195
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2022 Sepang Moto2 Warm Up Result: Fernandez Ahead Of Acosta

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2:20.094    
2 51 Pedro Acosta Kalex 2:20.115 0.021 0.021
3 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2:20.480 0.386 0.365
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2:20.487 0.393 0.007
5 40 Aron Canet Kalex 2:20.557 0.463 0.070
6 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2:21.247 1.153 0.690
7 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 2:21.496 1.402 0.249
8 21 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 2:21.806 1.712 0.310
9 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2:21.849 1.755 0.043
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2:22.045 1.951 0.196
11 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 2:22.334 2.240 0.289
12 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2:22.353 2.259 0.019
13 75 Albert Arenas Kalex 2:22.625 2.531 0.272
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2:22.679 2.585 0.054
15 20 Azroy Anuar Kalex 2:22.710 2.616 0.031
16 12 Filip Salac Kalex 2:22.813 2.719 0.103
17 72 Borja Gomez Kalex 2:22.885 2.791 0.072
18 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2:22.893 2.799 0.008
19 18 Manuel Gonzalez Kalex 2:23.162 3.068 0.269
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2:23.583 3.489 0.421
21 42 Marcos Ramirez MV Agusta 2:24.561 4.467 0.978
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Kalex 2:24.638 4.544 0.077
23 28 Niccolň Antonelli Kalex 2:25.268 5.174 0.630
24 4 Sean Dylan Kelly Kalex 2:25.554 5.460 0.286
25 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2:25.605 5.511 0.051
26   David Sanchis MV Agusta 2:25.872 5.778 0.267
27 29 Taiga Hada Kalex 2:26.052 5.958 0.180
28 61 Alessandro Zaccone Kalex 2:26.421 6.327 0.369
Not Classified
  96 Jake Dixon Kalex   0.000 0.000
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2022 Sepang Moto3 Warm Up Result: Masia Leads Garcia

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2:25.542    
2 11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 2:25.648 0.106 0.106
3 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 2:26.033 0.491 0.385
4 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 2:26.435 0.893 0.402
5 44 David Muñoz KTM 2:26.653 1.111 0.218
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:26.672 1.130 0.019
7 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 2:26.691 1.149 0.019
8 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2:26.751 1.209 0.060
9 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 2:26.754 1.212 0.003
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 2:26.911 1.369 0.157
11 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 2:27.355 1.813 0.444
12 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2:27.357 1.815 0.002
13 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 2:27.407 1.865 0.050
14 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2:27.435 1.893 0.028
15 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2:27.686 2.144 0.251
16 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2:27.701 2.159 0.015
17 48 Ivan Ortola KTM 2:27.895 2.353 0.194
18 67 Alberto Surra Honda 2:27.949 2.407 0.054
19 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 2:28.034 2.492 0.085
20 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2:28.069 2.527 0.035
21 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2:28.187 2.645 0.118
22 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2:28.310 2.768 0.123
23 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 2:28.693 3.151 0.383
24 9 Nicola Carraro KTM 2:28.756 3.214 0.063
25 66 Joel Kelso KTM 2:28.834 3.292 0.078
26 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 2:29.225 3.683 0.391
27 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 2:29.760 4.218 0.535
28 63 Syarifuddin Azman Honda 2:29.784 4.242 0.024
29 28 Izan Guevara GasGas 2:30.894 5.352 1.110
30 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2:31.167 5.625 0.273
Not Classified
  99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto   0.000 0.000
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2022 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Race One Result: Hard Passes Necessary

World Superbike's first race out of Europe had five manufacturers in the top five places. Philipp Oettl had a three place grid penalty and the track had warmed up since terrible overnight weather with 49ºC track and 19ºC air. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu got the jump from pole position ahead of Jonathan Rea but Alvaro Bautista took the lead down the straight, but Razgatlioglu crashed out under Bautista at turn nine after the straight, going far too fast trying to take the lead back. Starting the second lap after the dust settled, Jonathan Rea led Axel Bassani and Iker Lecuona, but Bassani took the lead down the back straight and set a fastest lap on lap two, a 1'37.731. Razgatlioglu rejoined in last place.

At the start of lap four, Bassani led Rea, Lecjuona and Bautista with Michael Ruben Rinaldi over a second back in fifth place ahead off Scott Redding and Loris Baz. Bautista took third place down the back straight, setting a fastest lap of 1'37.546, nudging Lecuona out of his way. 

Alvaro Bautista exited turn nine and swept past Rea to take second place before turn ten and he started lap eight on Axel Bassani's tail with Jonathan Rea just two tenths of a second behind. Iker Lecuona was over a second off the podium places with Michael Ruben Rinaldi over a second behind him. Bautista passed Bassani down the mile long straight and Rea made an aggressive pass into turn twelve to take second place, but Rea went wide before the long straight and Bassani blew past Rea and gave him a long hard stare as he glided past. Rea tried hard to take the place back, harassing Bassani enough for Bautista to escape at the front, over a second and a half clear at the start of lap ten.

At the start of lap twelve, past half race distance, Alvaro Bautista led by almost three seconds as Bassani held off Rea, lapping a second slower than Bautista in front. Rea and Bassani continued their scrap with Rea taking second off Bassani at turn twelve and Bassani taking it back a few corners later. 

With a three second gap to Bautista, Bassani upped his pace to join Bautista in the 1'37s, gaining four tenths of a second over Rea and finally putting some fresh air between them. Iker Lecuona in fourth place still had a large gap ahead and behind with a lonely Michael Ruben Rinaldi behind him. Alex Lowes in sixth place fended off Scott Redding and Xavi Vierge with Andrea Locatelli a couple of seconds behind them.

On lap fourteen of twenty one, Alvaro Bautista set a new fastest lap of 1'37.536, almost four seconds ahead of Axel Bassani and Jonathan Rea. Toprak Razgatlioglu was ten seconds behind the points with seven laps left and he was lapping at over two seconds quicker than the riders in the last few points in front of him. 

Lap sixteen and Alvaro Bautista set a 1'37.389, approaching Scott Redding's 2021 lap record to within a twentieth of a second, leading Axel Bassani and Jonathan Rea by over five seconds. Rea remained under two tenths of a second from Bassani as Bautista was over six seconds clear. Rea followed Bassani intently, seeming to choose where he would pass him for second place. He chose turn fifteen, but he couldn't hold it to the front straight. Turn one of lap nineteen, Rea made another move but this time it stick. Rea kept his position throughout the lap, sweeping left and right down the long straight and slowly teasing out a lead throughout the flippety-flop remaining nine turns to start the last lap a second clear, securing his place. Razgatlioglu was under two tenths of a second behind Loris Baz in fifteenth place. 

Alvaro Bautista won the race by just over five seconds over Jonathan Rea with Axel Bassani taking the last step of the podium a second and a half behind him. Iker Lecuona was five seconds further behind in fourth place while Toprak Razgatlioglu registered a single point after passing Loris Baz on the last lap.

Alvaro Bautista gained twenty four points from Toprak Razgatlioglu with his victory to stretch the lead to eighty points over Razgatlioglu and eighty seven points over Jonathan Rea. Rea's second place combined with Razgatlioglu's unforced error on the first lap put him to within seven points of Razgatlioglu. 

With five full-point races remaining this year, Bautista's eighty point lead is almost certainly a championship deciding lead, but a hotly contested second place is still up for grabs. Much like in this race, Rea looks more focussed on second place. However, there are two races remaining this weekend and Razgatlioglu will have something to say about that.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5.141
3 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 6.689
4 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 11.917
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 13.882
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14.507
7 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 18.402
8 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 18.869
9 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 19.540
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 24.661
11 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 31.397
12 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 32.969
13 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 35.081
14 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 36.961
15 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 39.885
16 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 40.371
17 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 44.885
18 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 45.220
19 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'04.546
20 27 M. SCHEIB Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'19.515
21 39 M. SOLORZA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'32.427
RET 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 7
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2022 San Juan Villicum World Supersport Race One Result: Last Lap Fight

World Supersport's first flyaway race would start with Bradley Smith being demoted three places for holding up Dominique Aegerter. With the European championship wrapped up, there would be fewer starters than usual and the track was still a little dusty after the overnight sandstorm. The race would be nineteen laps with a long over one kilometre straight halfway round the track.

Federico Caricasulo led into turn two, inside Dominique Aegerter. Glenn van Straalen crashed out onto the back straight and the bike was cleared off the track in time to avoid a red flag.

Lorenzo Baldassarri had a bad start, struggling in eighth place. Raffaele De Rosa sat behind Caricasulo with Nicolo Bulega behind Dominique Aegerter to make it three Ducatis in the top four. Fifth-placed Niki Tuuli set the fastest lap, a 1'42.887, on lap two. Can Oncu had charged up to ninth place, behind Lorenzo Baldassarri and set a 1'42.270 fastest lap on lap three of nineteen.

Stefano Manzi took fifth place from Niki Tuuli on lap four and fourth from Nicolo Bulega on lap five. De Rosa used the long straight to pass Federico Caricasulo for the lead and Stefano Manzi took third place from Dominique Aegerter in the complex after the straight, setting a fastest lap of 1'42.238 in the process.

With clear track ahead of him, Raffaele De Rosa set a lap of 1'42.005 ahead of Federico Caricasulo. The leading pair were over a second clear of Stefano Manzi, Dominique Aegerter and Niki Tuuli. Aegerter took third place back into turn eight at the end of the long straight and stared down a long gap to the leading pair. 

Over lap eight, Aegerter escaped from the fight between Manzi and Tuuli with Baldassarri catching them up. Aegerter set the fastest lap, a 1'41.851, as he reeled in the leaders. Caricasulo and De Rosa swapped places at the end of the long straight and De Rosa held the lead. 

Nine laps in, past the halfway mark, as Stefano Manzi went wide and lost a few places, Raffaele De Rosa led Federico Caricasulo with Dominique Aegerter closing behind them. Niki Tuuli was a couple of seconds further back, fending off Can Oncu and Nicolo Bulega with Stefano Manzi struggling behind them. 

Lap ten, Raffle De Rosa set the fastest lap, a lap record of 1'41.693, two tenths quicker than Caricasulo behind him. Lorenzo Baldassarri fought through Can Oncu and Niki Tuuli to take fourth place, three seconds behind Dominique Aegerter as Aegerter closed on second-placed Caricasulo.

Behind the top six, Stefano Manzi was in a lonely seventh place, with a second ahead of him and a second behind to a four way fight for eighth led by Yari Montella and Nicolo Bulega. 

With five laps to go, Dominique Aegerter closed up to the Ducatis ahead of him and staring lap fifteen, he was less than half a second from second place and under a second from the lead. Five seconds behind, Can Oncu led Lorenzo Baldassarri and Niki Tuuli in the fight for fourth place. Tuuli and Baldassarri got track limit warnings as Tuuli took fifth place from Baldassarri.

Lap seventeen and Caricasulo missed his braking marker and ran on a little to let Aegerter pass him for second place. With two laps to go, Aegerter closed in on De Rosa as Lorenzo Baldassarri dropped back to ninth place missing turn eight at the end of the long straight. Aegerter clawed up to De Rosa to start the straight and hold on to take the lead into turn eight. Aegerter held his line and led by almost three tenths of a second over the line.

Dominique Aegerter pulled off a couple of incredible laps at the end of the race to beat Raffaele De Rosa with Federico Caricasulo on the last step of the podium over two seconds further back. Can Oncu, almost seven seconds off the win, took fourth place over two seconds from Niki Tuuli. Lorenzo Baldassarri finished in ninth place, not helping his championship hopes. Aegerter's strong last pair of laps denied Ducati their first win in almost two decades.

Dominique Aegerter extended his championship lead over Lorenzo Baldassarri to sixty three points, with Can Oncu consolidating his third place, 

Five riders didn't finish the race and only two finished out of the points.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6  
2 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 0.292
3 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 2.205
4 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.486
5 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 9.240
6 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 11.945
7 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 12.963
8 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.544
9 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 14.247
10 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 14.695
11 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1.480
12 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 0.416
13 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.821
14 57 B. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 19.415
15 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 8.503
16 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 40.614
17 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 10.118
RET 91 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V2 4 Laps
RET 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 6 Laps
RET 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 7 Laps
RET 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 12 Laps
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2022 San Juan Villicum World Superbike Superpole Result: Record Pace Beginning To End

World Superbike superpole qualifying for the first time this year outside Europe would open with a new lap record and close with all five manufacturers doing well. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu opened the session with a 1'36.687, getting a tow from Andrea Locatelli to get a new lap record ahead of Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista and a lap later Loris Baz and Jonathan Rea set equal lap times thirty four hundredths of a second off Razgatlioglu before everyone pitted in for new tyres and a natter with their crew. 

After the break, Alvaro Bautista posted a 1'36.671. on his own around the track on a Q tyre, a new all time lap record. Jonathan Rea set a 1'36.449 while towing Scott Redding to fourth place on the grid. Toprak Razgatlioglu crossed the line with a handful of seconds remaining and Loris Baz crashed out behind him, bringing out yellow flags. 

With nowhere near enough tyre left under him, Razgatlioglu still managed to set a 1'36.216 to claim pole position ahead of Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista. Iker Lecuona knocked Scott Redding down to fifth place, squeezing all five manufacturers into the top five places. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.216   311,2
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.449 0.233 308,6
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1'36.671 0.455 319,5
4 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'36.953 0.737 313,0
5 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'36.974 0.758 314,0
6 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1'37.027 0.811 310,3
7 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.031 0.815 310,3
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.066 0.850 314,9
9 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.122 0.906 308,6
10 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'37.159 0.943 316,7
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.347 1.131 310,3
12 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.399 1.183 304,2
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.634 1.418 300,0
14 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 1'37.770 1.554 314,0
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.108 1.892 305,1
16 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 1'38.119 1.903 310,3
17 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1'38.149 1.933 307,7
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'38.153 1.937 310,3
19 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'38.184 1.968 312,1
20 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.683 2.467 301,7
21 27 M. SCHEIB Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'39.225 3.009 307,7
22 39 M. SOLORZA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.750 4.534 292,7
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2022 San Juan Villicum World Supersport Superpole Result: A Dusty Lap Record

World Supersport qualifying followed the cold and dusty Superbike session and the riders would have twenty minutes to set a qualifying time. 

Dominique Aegerter opened with a 1'42.525, beating Raffaele De Rosa and Can Oncu on the first flying lap, but De Rosa moved the target a lap later with a 1'41.818. On the third lap, Federico Caricasulo found his pace with a 1'41.797 before riders pitted in for their mid-session tea break. Can Oncu arrived back in the pits a little late after throwing away a good lap with a lowside crash. 

In the last few minutes, Dominique Aegerter clawed his way back to the top, knocking Federico Caricasulo off the top, with a 1'41.408 until Caricasulo claimed the top spot with a 1'41.336. Aegerter replied with a 1'41.181 lap record as Jules Cluzel and Raffaele De Rosa pushed Lorenzo Baldassarri to fifth place as the flag came out. 

Lorenzo Baldassarri hit third place taking the flag, but De Rosa pushed him off the front row as Niki Tuuli in fifth place thought was slowed by Can Oncu on his last lap. Jules Cluzel rounded out the second row and ex-GP rider Bradley Smith will start in thirteenth place for his first World Supersport race. 

Dominique Aegerter set a new lap record in beating Federico Caricasulo to pole position.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.181   267,3
2 64 F. CARICASULO Ducati Panigale V2 1'41.336 0.155 267,3
3 3 R. DE ROSA Ducati Panigale V2 1'41.362 0.181 266,7
4 7 L. BALDASSARRI Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.391 0.210 266,0
5 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 800 RR 1'41.575 0.394 265,4
6 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.689 0.508 262,1
7 11 N. BULEGA Ducati Panigale V2 1'41.730 0.549 266,0
8 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.779 0.598 266,7
9 62 S. MANZI Triumph Street Triple RS 1'41.978 0.797 266,0
10 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.984 0.803 266,7
11 38 H. SOOMER Triumph Street Triple RS 1'41.988 0.807 264,7
12 99 A. HUERTAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.087 0.906 266,0
13 57 B. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.115 0.934 265,4
14 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.126 0.945 266,7
15 94 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.398 1.217 262,1
16 55 Y. MONTELLA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.541 1.360 267,3
17 32 O. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale V2 1'42.603 1.422 264,1
18 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.712 1.531 264,1
19 91 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V2 1'42.727 1.546 263,4
20 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.979 1.798 264,7
21 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.222 2.041 257,1
22 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.731 2.550 268,7
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