2022 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Bit Of A Deja Vu

The final qualifying session of the season was an open invitation for premier class riders to squabble for pole and put up a fight against the more nervous title contenders. The session started and finished unsurprisingly with Jorge Martin in the limelight, the Spaniard posting the best time of the weekend on only his second lap in Q2 and going on to secure a third consecutive pole position. While keen to finally get his first victory of the season, Martin will face serious competition from someone equally eager to achieve that: Marc Marquez. The sniffly and nearly voiceless Spaniard surprised himself as he took second on the grid after an otherwise lowkey Saturday. Jack Miller will want a say in the last race of 2022 as well, the Australian claiming a front row for his final outing with Ducati, despite a late tumble.

Starting on the first two rows was a necessity for Fabio Quartararo and he almost seemed disappointed to end up fourth, after running wide on his final flying lap. Alex Rins escaped Q1 and managed to climb as high up as fifth, flying the Suzuki flag one final time from the middle of the second row. After topping Q1, Maverick Viñales was the lead Aprilia in sixth position, three tenths of a second off pole.

Brad Binder in seventh was the sole KTM in Q2 and the fast-starting South African is likely to be serious competition for Pecco Bagnaia on the third row. The Italian was in no rush early on and although he improved throughout the session, he was never really in contention for pole and had to settle for eighth place, ahead of a friendlier face, that of Johann Zarco. Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top 10 in qualifying, opening fourth row ahead of Luca Marini and Joan Mir.

The big headline in Q1 was Enea Bastianini crashing out on a hot lap that was likely to help him into Q2, forcing the Gresini man to settle for 13th and attempt another trademark comeback come Sunday. While Marquez gave Honda one reason to smile later on, there weren’t many of those to go around in Q1, where Alex Marquez struggled with a technical issue on his way to 15th on the grid, Pol Espargaro crashed out and dropped to 21st, and Taka Nakagami was handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Martin in FP3, leaving him last on the grid.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:29.621    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:29.826 0.205 0.205
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:29.834 0.213 0.008
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:29.900 0.279 0.066
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:29.940 0.319 0.040
6 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:29.955 0.334 0.015
7 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:30.039 0.418 0.084
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:30.049 0.428 0.010
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:30.102 0.481 0.053
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:30.124 0.503 0.022
11 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:30.143 0.522 0.019
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:30.241 0.620 0.098
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:30.090    
Q2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:30.126 0.036 0.036
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:30.193 0.103 0.067
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:30.236 0.146 0.043
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:30.453 0.363 0.217
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:30.504 0.414 0.051
17 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:30.548 0.458 0.044
18 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:30.588 0.498 0.040
19 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:30.695 0.605 0.107
20 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:30.804 0.714 0.109
21 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:30.830 0.740 0.026
22 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:30.936 0.846 0.106
23 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:31.676 1.586 0.740
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:31.989 1.899 0.313
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Good leaders show confidence - in themselves, in the situation and in those around them. They make their 'troops' feel better about themselves and the situation they're in. The 'troops' may even be able to block out some of the noise by focusing on the faith their employer has in them. The best leaders exude a sense of purpose that never approaches desperation. Then there's the Ducati braintrust...

Why are there *so* many of them?

Tardozzi, Ciabatti, Dall'Igna, even Domenicali this week.

What does Tardozzi actually do, except flirt with Suzi, and make Pecco feel pressured? 

Like the senior people in many if not most other teams. The racing matters to them, they live it, it’s their lives and livelihoods and those of many others at the circuit and back at the factory. And, yes, Brian, they are leading. Supporting investment in racing - unlike others - developing riders - unlike others - and not hiding away from the media - unlike others. 

Better they put the focus on the rider. That's the genius, not the guys in the box. Ducati management try to take too much credit when in reality Pecco is winning in spite of their antics not because of them. I don't like their style. That's my opinion from having followed this circus since 1978. Suzuki and Aprilia do it right imo regarding treatment of their riders. 

Offers some fascinating insights. Agree with your thoughts on the season. Complex, frustrating, surprising, refreshing, exhausting mentally and physically, sub plot after sub plot, ebbs and flows. I’m feeling tired myself - but can’t wait for tomorrow. One more push. Do your best, boys, stay safe. 

If Gigi isn't a genius, then who is imo.

Anyway, have you ever listened to an interview by any of them? They praise Pecco (and Jack for that matter) every chance they get. I really don't see how they are 'taking credit'. By displaying passion and emotion? For me, that's the beaury of any sport. The commitment, sacrifices, joy, tears, etctec.

And it's not like they ask to be filmed all the time, right? Or do you think they pay for the 'in-box' airtime? Sure, why not...

Fair enough, their treatment of riders can suck from time to time.
Aprilia? Better not ask SL22 or SR45 about that.
That stuff goes on everywhere. It's a cut troath business, just like all top level pro sports. MotoGP ain't no exception son...

My mistake. 

Gigi is an engineering genius, not a motorcycle racer genius. I remember well how Aprilia treated the Brits but that was old management. Sorry for the misunderstanding. 

Are late to the party. Have a nice day! 

I think it's more likely he does than doesn't. I hope he surprises us.

I think it's more likely he does than doesn't. I hope he surprises us.

I have him overcooking T1 or crashing in T3, and may change another rider's race doing so. 

Very fast one lap, his mind and body are running too lean...the kid pre detonates. Ducati has for sure made the right decision re Red riders. Bastianini is coming thru again tomorrow. Tons is going on! Several good surprises. Marquez, Binder, a Suzuki, an Aprilia, and a handful of 2022 Top Bike Ducatis all doing the business. Plus Quarty/Bagnaia. Miller going out w a bang. Et al.

Marc Marquez is BAAACK. And his magic plus that motor can do what Quartararo’s magic without motor can't.

Feeling confident Jorge Martin will get a good start and lead the race until...

Hope I am wrong but JM89 will probably crash while leading. Jorge crashing out of the lead? seems more likely than not J & N.

Well done  Fabio Q! fourth is a good result for that bike. Much better than the other Yamahas. Franky & Cal only 0.6 slower in 16th & 17th. Darryn Binder? Dear oh dear what a disappointing end to his year in MotoGp! 12 points from 19 races, 6 DNFs. Another ex-Mahindra rider with the right stuff on the wrong bike. Jumping from Moto3 to the Big time didn't work so well. Totsiens Darren.

Brad on the other hand may well have a good race. I don't want to mention BB33's Tuesday team mate, good luck to him & all.

Remy Gardner also had a difficult year on the KTM, that's racing. Good luck to him in Superbike with the GRT Yamaha team in 23.

Motoshrink I'm not 100% sure about Bastianini. Enea is fast, looks after his tyres well, but too many crashes so far in MotoGp. Four wins & 4 DNFs this year. Not a super good 2021, two podiums. Smarter Motobrains than me have said "if you are fast and crash a lot you can learn not to crash" Was that Vale? 

The Beast more likely to win the race than Jorge Martin in my opinion.

Best of luck to Quartararo, he will need some.

Francesco B don't get involved in other riders problems. Another start like Sepang would be handy as well.


I thought he did a pretty good job, all things considered. Best wishes to him next season in Moto 2.

You are right WaveyD Darryn did do a decent job as a rookie. Franky Morbidelli, Gp winner, only has 36 points. Four Yamahas, Darryn, Dovi, Franky & Cal have less points altogether than Bezzecchi; top rookie!

Some tracks Darryn struggled for speed but it doesn't make much difference in the points when they are fighting over a point or two. At  the beginning of the season I thought the Yamaha would be a good bike for Darryn but looking at all of the Yamaha riders except Fabio...hmmmm nope. Then again, he was lucky, at least he was not riding a Tech3 KTM.