2022 Motegi MotoGP FP2 Result: Rain Master Marquez Returns

The rain and mist of Motegi returned Marc Marquez to the top of the timesheets on his long-awaited return to Honda’s playground. The Spaniard enjoyed the tricky conditions, with rain intensifying throughout the session, and led the way for most of Saturday morning’s proceedings – the session making no difference to the Q2 line-up. Jorge Martin eventually closed the gap to his compatriot to only a tenth of a second, while Friday’s leader, Jack Miller occupied third position. Miguel Oliveira and Johann Zarco joined the top five, with only Franco Morbidelli and Enea Bastianini making the list of riders within a second of the leader.

Alex Marquez and Luca Marini also looked pretty solid in the tricky conditions, while Fabio Quartararo rounded out the top 10, after doing some off-roading to get things going. The rest of the title contenders joined him for a trip through the gravel at turn three early on, but the premier class avoided crashes until the final dozen minutes, when a red flag was needed to clear the track following a tumble for Pol Espargaro at turn eight.

After struggling early on, Aleix Espargaro made some late progress up into 11th position, while Pecco Bagnaia took it easy in 15th and Maverick Viñales lingered in 18th. The Suzukis weren’t having the most fun either, with Alex Rins ending the session down in 23rd position, over two seconds off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:55.232    
2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:55.376 0.144 0.144
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:55.387 0.155 0.011
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:55.428 0.196 0.041
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:55.630 0.398 0.202
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:56.168 0.936 0.538
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:56.197 0.965 0.029
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:56.349 1.117 0.152
9 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:56.548 1.316 0.199
10 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:56.561 1.329 0.013
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:56.577 1.345 0.016
12 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:56.588 1.356 0.011
13 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:56.655 1.423 0.067
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:56.743 1.511 0.088
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:56.752 1.520 0.009
16 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:56.851 1.619 0.099
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:56.874 1.642 0.023
18 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:56.925 1.693 0.051
19 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:57.003 1.771 0.078
20 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:57.292 2.060 0.289
21 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:57.606 2.374 0.314
22   Tetsuta Nagashima   1:57.656 2.424 0.050
23 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:57.671 2.439 0.015
24 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:57.827 2.595 0.156
25   Takuya Tsuda   1:58.631 3.399 0.804
Round Number: 
16
2022
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