2022 Misano MotoGP Test Day 2 final Result: Quartararo Leaves Test As Fastest

Fabio Quartararo leaves the Misano test as fastest, the Yamaha rider diving under Pecco Bagnaia's pole record in the afternoon session of the last day. It was a relatively quiet session, half the grid having completed their work before the lunch break, choosing to pack up and head home.

Pecco Bagnaia ends the test second fastest overall, with Maverick Viñales third quickest. Miguel Oliveira is the fastest KTM rider at the test, ending eighth half a second behind Quartararo. Marc Marquez is best Honda rider in thirteenth, just under six tenths off the time of Quartararo.

Marquez was pleased with being able to ride both days, and in the afternoon of the session, but said that longer runs were still not possible. He had tried to do 7 laps consecutively, but his muscles were not capable. He will now wait for a couple of days to recover, to assess whether it will be possible or useful to try to race in Aragon.

Times below, extensive analysis later in the week, complete with photos from the test.

Combined times from 2 days of test:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:31.054    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:31.172 0.118 0.118
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:31.189 0.135 0.017
4 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:31.260 0.206 0.071
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:31.333 0.279 0.073
6 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:31.439 0.385 0.106
7 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:31.473 0.419 0.034
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:31.585 0.531 0.112
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:31.591 0.537 0.006
10 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:31.605 0.551 0.014
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:31.606 0.552 0.001
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:31.614 0.560 0.008
13 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:31.642 0.588 0.028
14 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:31.707 0.653 0.065
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:31.786 0.732 0.079
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:31.803 0.749 0.017
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:31.864 0.810 0.061
18 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:31.927 0.873 0.063
19 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:31.936 0.882 0.009
20 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:32.070 1.016 0.134
21 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1:32.308 1.254 0.238
22 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:32.346 1.292 0.038
23 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:32.433 1.379 0.087
24 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:32.634 1.580 0.201
25 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:32.820 1.766 0.186
26 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:33.379 2.325 0.559
27 77 Dominique Aegerter Suzuki 1:33.907 2.853 0.528
28 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:34.897 3.843 0.990

Wednesday afternoon times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.054    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'31.435 0.381 0.381
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.714 0.660 0.279
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.786 0.732 0.072
5 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.803 0.749 0.017
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.864 0.810 0.061
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.327 1.273 0.463
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'32.702 1.648 0.375
9 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'32.819 1.765 0.117
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.948 1.894 0.129
11 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'33.546 2.492 0.598
12 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'33.905 2.851 0.359
No time set
  4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha      
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati      
  10 Luca Marini Ducati      
  23 Enea Bastianini Ducati      
  25 Raul Fernandez KTM      
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia      
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki      
  43 Jack Miller Ducati      
  49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati      
  51 Michele Pirro Ducati      
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati      
  72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati      
  77 Dominique Aegerter Suzuki      
  87 Remy Gardner KTM      
  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM      
  89 Jorge Martin Ducati      
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Wondering which model year they were setting times on, or are the times set limited to current year (with upgrades) only?

Thirteenth after spending nigh on 2 years on the sidelines? I know he was racing earlier in the year and would have got back to a certain level of race fitness, but all the same, if this works out for him the others should start worrying.

Always nice but dangerous to get one’s biases confirmed. Never was too impressed with Pol (nor Aleix), both good but not consistently great. To see Marc as top Honda must have a few Honda / team staff scratching their heads. It would be great if Rins and Mir can up the ante.

And yes… although a big fan of Morbidelli, something similar ought to happen for Yamaha. Get a satellite team and have more than one great rider!

To be honest I’m still not convinced Fabio is alien material, in fact I don’t see anyone on the grid (MM excepted) in that league right now. I say this because I’m sure the likes of Marquez, Rossi, Doohan etc would be cutting through from 5th or 6th regardless, it’s just what they do. I know it’s never fair to compare era’s, that things were different back then, but I’m also sure all of them would say there were weekends when their bike was a wreck compared to others but they rode it and won anyway.

Back when a flagon of cider was 2 shillings and six pence there were only a handful of truly factory bikes with the rest being customer bikes, so it's not surprising that the handful of riders on them  were the winners.

True, the real field was much smaller, but there still tended to be one rider who ate the others for breakfast. I’ll freely admit that I might be talking out my backside, but I just think being able to win only I f you’re leading into the first corner is not alien talent. I think too that riders within some teams are sometimes being flattered by the very poor results of their team mates; for instance Aleix espargaro was looking outstanding but not Mav has dialled in, it looks like maybe Aprilia have cracked it at least as much as the rider. Which makes me wonder how things would look if Morbidelli got a wriggle on.

Forgive me repeating myself. Marc and Quarty = Aliens. Then we have "Astronaut" humans that leave Earthly orbit. Everyone in MotoGP is a great rider! But I'd say Bagnaia, Bastiannini, Mir, Brad Binder and perhaps Maverick could be Astronauts. Something special. 

Quartararo is SO far ahead of anyone else on this Yamaha. If the whole rider market can pivot around a rider, that's something right? Dani Pedrosa? Not Alien. Lorenzo? I think he gets called Alien, right? Rossi of course, and where the term began. Rare and special/qualitatively different. 

Doohan, yes! Stoner for SURE. 

Toprak I think! And Rea. 

You are probably right but i think he's up there. If his body was a bit tougher then i'm sure his tally would be higher and it's pretty high as it is.

 

I just can't take to Rea, i've watched his youtube vids and he just has something that rubs me the wrong way. Can't knock his riding.

In the same way even if Marquez beats Rossi's stats he'll still never be the GOAT.

I wonder if the Alien term originated in the paddock, and if Gabbarini's 'not human' description of Stoner through T3 at PI had anything to do with it. Someone on the inside, or closer to it, probably knows about this. I may be mistaken, but memory says that it began in the press as a plural to describe the riding of the four top guys during that era (Bridgestone shod) - Rossi, Pedrosa, Stoner, and Lorenzo - because they were winning almost all of the races.

I have a recollection of it originally being Colin Edwards talking about the four you mention.

Yeah, I don't remember that, but it sounds like something Edwards would say. I recall during the pre-race hype, a race announcer talking about a conversation between a journalist and Pedrosa where Pedrosa was asked to describe each alien as a racer in one word. He said Rossi was "Skillful" (and he knew how to use the skill), Stoner was "Animal", himself he described as "Determined" (maybe, I not sure), and I forget Lorenzo's description, but it was also complimentary. 

... with Toprak as so many are. Fast, sure. Marginally dirty, to my mind (the Sofluoglu influence). Super-impressive? Not really. As fast as Rea, Bautista, Redding ... that's impressive, but not "alien" territory to me.

I agree with Shrink's ratings but the point I want to make is that no one can ascend to the highest level without the right team and support system around them. They all have different strengths and weaknesses and as other mutterers have pointed out they all evolve at different rates. I don't think we really know that much about their character (except that a certain amount of assertiveness is required) but on the whole my admiration for them as a group of high performance athletes is at the highest level. I want to see them all do well and get to compete at their best. And MM's and Fabio's test results are incredibly impressive - from completely different perspectives.

^ Well said. No favorites though? You sure? 

There are different kinds of riders. Put together so very differently. This makes it more enjoyable. Some, like Bagnaia, such "thinkers." Dovi too. 

Others, more "heart" and feeling. Fabio Quartararo is one. Some are impulsive externalizers (Aleix Espargaro), others more contemplative or quiet (Pedrosa except for cheating on a BOATING exam?). I like the fun friendly sorts, and we have a good current circus in that regard. I really rate Marc Marquez highly! GOAT level. I think Vale even said once "like me, but upgrades" just before shit his the fan in 2015. I agree. The guy is AMAZING. Saves unlike we've seen. Aggressive, yes. Risk taking, YES. I thought he would stay healthy and win it on the all new Honda this yr. Nope. Maybe next yr?

Btw, David Emmett and Co here? Alien journalism! Thank you all SO much. Loving it.

Cheers

Not an Alien!? He's lapping faster than most KTM riders while haven't competed for 3 years. You mean Dani Pedrosa right?

I think no rider wins without the bike. The 'original' four, if there is such a thing, regularly beat each other. Rossi won everything in the early 00's but there wasn't much competition. Or, there was but he just played ace after ace ? Some races he could make the worst start in history, run off track, wave to the crowd, start a charge and take the lead with one lap to go. The Honda of 2002 was streets ahead, the Yamaha of 2004/5 ? A great rider, given a great bike wins 'everything' because that's how the world works. A great rider on a great bike who doesn't win everything is either not a great rider or doesn't have a great bike or is sharing the grid with other great riders. That was Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa. The results swung one way or the other, good years came to them all, bikes better or worse. However, as long as the other three turned up, it was almost never the case that any one of them simply had to avoid bad luck in order to win.

I guess we have a lot of aliens now.

That summarises it very nicely. And maybe that last sentence is the truth of it, that half (or more) of the field can be exceptional on their day, and with the bikes being so much closer, even win on the day. Though there’s also Marquez, who can do all that and more even on a bad day.

I think it is only true if we try to compare a previous era using the same scale. If we could somehow shift Dani and his pace 15 years forward we would be shaking our heads, bemoaning his unacceptable inconsistency and offering suggestions as to which WSBK rider could replace him. The problem with tiny gaps across the grid is that small differences have large effects on position. If one of 'the four' slightly disagreed with their bike on any given weekend they started 4th and finished 4th maybe 10 seconds down. Today, they wont make Q2, they might manage 10th in the race but actually finish less than 10 seconds down. Some say that the modern bikes are technically easier to ride fast, it is easier to get to whatever...98% of the potential (provided you can physically handle it and provided you have a bucket of talent). The result is that the rider makes less of a difference, the lap time is more bike, less rider. However, the smaller difference the rider can make is amplified in terms of position compared to previous eras and therefore, the end result is very similar. On average, the top riders will be on top across time.

Remember Mugello '08? D'Angelis was riding for Gresini and his crew found something in the warm up. He started tenth and got pushed back a few places by the end of lap one. He then began passing one or two riders per lap (and they showed some passes on the telly). By lap nine he was in fourth from Rossi, Stoner and Pedrosa (Lorenzo DNF'd earlier). Edwards, Toseland, Capirossi and Dovi jostled positions a bit behind him for several laps until the order settled in. Everything seemed to come together for D'Angelis that day. Alien quality ride.

Or Folger at the Sachsenring going head to head with Marquez until a couple of laps from the end. Or Elias at Estoril using a tire made for Pedrosa. 

You do tend to forget some of the important detail, such as the normal gap between packs way back when. I think Rossi made that very point one or two years back, that he was actually faster then than 15 years earlier but placing in the lower half of the field.

I think the machines are the machines, if they all have similar potential it always comes down to the rider (or driver) and whatever sliver of extras they can extract on the day.

I wonder if we'll ever see those jaw-dropping rides again, from dead last to first.

Agreed. Maybe I worded it wrong or I'm just muttering my head into oblivion. The rider makes less difference in absolute terms of lap time than in previous eras. However, a given difference in lap time results in a far greater difference in terms of the finishing order. Therefore, it's much the same result. The top riders make the difference and finish top. Which raises the question of exactly how well Peco and Enea are doing ? Especially Peco. The Ducati are fast, yes. Where are the other Ducati riders ? Not far behind but not winning. Without Peco and Enea, let's say they crashed out of the races they have won, Ducati would currently have 2 wins compared to their current 9 wins out of 14 races. The grid is very tight, Peco and Enea have 6 other riders with the same bike. Peco in particular is being very alien. An alien, given the fastest bike, wins everything....especially if he stops crashing. He's won 6 out of the last nine races, he has quallified on the front row for 7 of those race, 4 poles, 3 DNF.

Hope we do get more, they are entertaining. 2021 Acosta pulled one didn't he? Big confidence booster. Most fun I ever had racing was a pitlane start pass-fest. Enjoyable! Outside line multiple pass T1 to T2. Smiles.

D'Angeles briefly had a D"Angerous nickname around that time for a bit of contact passing. Dani complained I think. I never cared for D'Angeles much. 

I do NOT miss Rossi domination races, wondering who would come in 2nd. I sure liked the V5 Honda ripping around spinning sideways. The switch to Yamaha? Very exciting! Disliking Biaggi was entertainment. Some drama, like grid cleaning penalties, last corner clacking into Sete, et al. 

I prefer the now. Lots of reasons why. 2017 on has been delicious. I rather wish we had Kawasaki, and an American in GP's. But hey, never perfect nor what one wishes. That might be a good thing. 

The one saving grace of Rossi's early years was his awful starts and terrible 1st laps. Not always but often enough. There was always an inevitability to the result though. I too wish for another wave of Americans, miss Lawson's humour. Well I thought he was funny.

I would love to see the green machines return to Motogp. It would have to be a long-haul and expensive effort to really be competitive in the front group at multiple circuits on the calendar, though. Just throwing a bucketload of cash at the project did not work out so well the first time around for Kawasaki. The stories of Ducati, Suzuki, Aprilia, and KTM show that while it may be possible to win a race in a new manufacturer's first or second year, it also might take until the fourth or eighth year. And win the elusive championship? Only been done twice among the newcomers - with a rider that would later be widely recognized as a phenom, and during a pandemic-shortened season. But yeah, Ninja prototypes on the grid would be great.

  

With Yamaha's speed and acceleration problems at the forefront, I'm surprised threr were no top speeds on the lap charts,

If you have access to the web site you can go to the results section, test results and on the left side of the page click analysis. This opens up a PDF showing every lap of each rider for that session. They are labeled as FP1, 2, 3, 4 etc morning and afternoon sessions across two days. The figure on the far right of each lap is the speed through the trap. I think that's what it is, can't be average speed it's too high.

In days gone by commentators used to refer to the “magic” 1sec mark when someone made a break out front….that was the point when the rubber band broke.

With much less human variation involved these days (all bikes accelerate +/- 1% from optimum vs +/- 10% when human controlled), I’d hazard a guess the way folks looked at that 1sec gap back in the day is much much less these days.

Having said that, MM, like Fabio, is a front end freak, the one area that remains 100% human controlled. If there’s time available he will find it.

Will fight for the championship next year with Fabio and Maverick.

It shows to me how outstanding Maverick is and how Yamaha obviously threw the stick in his front wheel because they already favored Fabio. Championship material for next year.

Underdog of the year, championship material next year. It shows us that Yamaha chose Fabio before Mav had a real chance once Rossi was out.