2022 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Result: Aleix Espargaro In A League Of His Own

MotoGP machines were unleashed in another beautiful low grip morning in Barcelona and spent much of their time chasing a precious Q2-worthy flying lap. Despite some early eagerness from the likes of Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales, they were no match for the man of the moment, Aleix Espargaro, who posted the first 1:38 time of the weekend to go over half a second quicker than the opposition. Rivals spent the final third of the session trying to close down that gap and Johann Zarco eventually managed to come within a tenth of the Spaniard, but Espargaro’s new lap record meant he didn’t even have to bother with the final time attack.

Gaps were significantly more modest behind Espargaro and Zarco, with Jorge Martin joining the top three only two thousandths of a second ahead of Pecco Bagnaia, who in turn had only six hundredths in hand over teammate Jack Miller. After leading the way early on, Quartararo dropped to sixth, three tenths off top spot and another tenth ahead of Luca Marini – the Italian’s late pace causing some mixed feelings in the Aprilia garage, as he pushed Viñales out of top 10 contention. The remaining Q2 tickets were claimed by Pol Espargaro – despite an early tumble at turn five – Alex Rins and Fabio Di Giannantonio, the Italian rookie proving his speed once more to complete a top 10 covered by six tenths of a second.

Despite the fast start to his weekend/session, Viñales found himself in Q1 once more, but this time with better odds of making it out. However, he is likely to face strong competition from the likes of Enea Bastianini, who dropped out of contention in the closing stages of FP3, as well as Joan Mir, Marco Bezzecchi or Takaaki Nakagami. The gaggle of KTMs will have to enjoy some Q1 action as well, with Brad Binder as their top performer in 16th position, eight tenths slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:38.771    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:38.902 0.131 0.131
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:39.005 0.234 0.103
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:39.007 0.236 0.002
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:39.074 0.303 0.067
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:39.088 0.317 0.014
7 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:39.233 0.462 0.145
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:39.246 0.475 0.013
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:39.260 0.489 0.014
10 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:39.413 0.642 0.153
11 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:39.423 0.652 0.010
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:39.439 0.668 0.016
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:39.505 0.734 0.066
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:39.540 0.769 0.035
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:39.577 0.806 0.037
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:39.609 0.838 0.032
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:39.665 0.894 0.056
18 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:39.856 1.085 0.191
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:39.903 1.132 0.047
20 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:39.907 1.136 0.004
21 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:40.008 1.237 0.101
22 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:40.083 1.312 0.075
23 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:40.213 1.442 0.130
24 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:40.292 1.521 0.079
25 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:40.409 1.638 0.117
Round Number: 
9
2022
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