2022 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Result: As You Were…

The hot asphalt at the Sachsenring prevented another attack at the lap record during qualifying but Pecco Bagnaia did his best to defend that achievement, the Italian leading the way throughout Q2 to secure a third pole position of the season. Fabio Quartararo had to push until his final flying lap to bridge the gap to his rival and eventually managed to join him on the front row of the grid, less than a tenth off pole. With compatriot Johann Zarco only two hundredths of a second slower, Quartararo will have to deal with a Ducati ambush into turn one, while Aleix Espargaro will have to fend off two Ducatis of his own from the second row of the grid. The Spaniard opens the way from impressive Q1 leader Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jack Miller, who is still awaiting a verdict on his practice crash under yellow flags.

Luca Marini leads a youthful third row ahead of Jorge Martin, who looked pretty solid throughout the weekend despite being fresh off the surgeon’s table. The duo will be joined by Maverick Viñales, the Aprilia man half a second off pole and aiming for a better start this time around. The lone Honda in Q2 did not fare that well, Takaaki Nakagami rounding out the top 10 after a late tumble at turn one, but the Japanese rider was still quicker than Q1 graduate Marco Bezzecchi and a confused and confusing Joan Mir, the Suzuki man slowest in Q2 and eight tenths off pole. Meanwhile, teammate Alex Rins ruled himself out of the rest of the weekend after giving it one final go in FP3.

Q1 produced quite a few surprises, starting with Pol Espargaro missing out on Q2 by only four thousandths of a second, continuing with no KTMs making it through and ending with Enea Bastianini struggling to even match his teammate and getting stuck in the middle of sixth row.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:19.931    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:20.007 0.076 0.076
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:20.030 0.099 0.023
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:20.120 0.189 0.090
5 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:20.128 0.197 0.008
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:20.150 0.219 0.022
7 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:20.168 0.237 0.018
8 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:20.219 0.288 0.051
9 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:20.468 0.537 0.249
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:20.562 0.631 0.094
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:20.593 0.662 0.031
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:20.732 0.801 0.139
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:20.307    
Q2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:20.600 0.293 0.293
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:20.604 0.297 0.004
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:20.656 0.349 0.052
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:20.757 0.450 0.101
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:20.888 0.581 0.131
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:20.905 0.598 0.017
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:20.908 0.601 0.003
19 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:20.965 0.658 0.057
20 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:21.020 0.713 0.055
21 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:21.089 0.782 0.069
22 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:21.322 1.015 0.233
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:21.322 1.015 0.000
Round Number: 
10
2022
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Comments

Simon Crafar wasn't quite loud enough to block Jack Miller's "I'm gunna get a f*#King penalty".

Well Jack you should have been as fast as Pecco, then a 3 grid penalty would mean the second row. Looks like 9th.

Congrats to FQ20 and Aleix, the odd ones in a sea of Ducs.

This is a good result for Mav, last finisher in 2021, I hope Topgun can make a good race and keep his head together.

Taka best Honda! Get well soon Marc Marquez, as Honda racing corporation would say.

Remy was the quickest KTM until the factory guys dug deep at the end. Brad seemed determined to go faster than his little brother.

Times are close at the slow end of the field as well. Darryn & Raul same time. Dovi 0.055 better than Franky, a third of a second quicker than his RNF team mate. Really Need Funding. Racing; Not Fast.