Bagnaia storms to Jerez MotoGP pole, Miller fourth
Sunday 1st May, 2022 - 4:44am
Francesco Bagnaia has broken the All Time Lap Record at Jerez on his way to pole position for the Spanish MotoGP, while factory Ducati team-mate Jack Miller qualified fourth.
As the latter three free practice sessions in particular had suggested, the battle for pole in Round 6 essentially came down to a duel between Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo.
At the end of the first runs in Qualifying 2, the championship leader was on top on a 1:36.790s, with Bagnaia second on a 1:36.863s, and Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro a relatively distant third on a 1:37.231s.
Kicking off his second run, Bagnaia stormed to a 1:36.170s while Quartararo could only fashion a 1:36.623s on his Monster Energy Yamaha.
With no subsequent improvement, the Frenchman thus missed out on pole at Jerez for the first time in his MotoGP career, having got his very first in MotoGP at the Spanish venue in 2019, both in the heavily COVID-affected 2020 season, and another again last year.
Miller provisionally had both Ducati Lenovo Team entries on the front row having set a 1:37.049s on his second run, but Espargaro reclaimed third position with a 1:36.933s on his final lap.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) qualified fifth and Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) sixth, the latter of whom left it very late to get out of Qualifying 1.
Row 3 is Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda) took seventh, from the other Q1 graduate in Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati), and then Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), who crashed in the closing stages at Turn 1.
Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) had a spill on his way to 10th and will share Row 4 with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing).
Tech3 KTM’s Remy Gardner ended up 18th after he ended up on the floor at the first corner during Q1.
Race start is scheduled for Sunday at 22:00 AEST.
Qualifying: Spanish MotoGP
|1||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:36.170||Q2|
|2||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:36.623||0.453/0.453||Q2|
|3||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:36.933||0.763/0.310||Q2|
|4||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:37.049||0.879/0.116||Q2|
|5||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:37.145||0.975/0.096||Q2|
|6||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:37.220||1.050/0.075||Q2|
|7||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1:37.254||1.084/0.034||Q2|
|8||72||Marco BEZZECCHI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:37.285||1.115/0.031||Q2|
|9||36||Joan MIR||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:37.330||1.160/0.045||Q2|
|10||89||Jorge MARTIN||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:37.526||1.356/0.196||Q2|
|11||23||Enea BASTIANINI||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:37.618||1.448/0.092||Q2|
|12||12||Maverick VIÑALES||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:37.675||1.505/0.057||Q2|
|13||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:37.138||0.135||Q1|
|14||42||Alex RINS||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:37.401||0.398/0.263||Q1|
|15||33||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:37.544||0.541/0.143||Q1|
|16||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:37.668||0.665/0.124||Q1|
|17||49||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:37.882||0.879/0.214||Q1|
|18||87||Remy GARDNER||AUS||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:37.889||0.886/0.007||Q1|
|19||10||Luca MARINI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:37.910||0.907/0.021||Q1|
|20||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||Team HRC||Honda||1:37.937||0.934/0.027||Q1|
|21||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:37.958||0.955/0.021||Q1|
|22||73||Alex MARQUEZ||SPA||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||1:38.014||1.011/0.056||Q1|
|23||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:38.064||1.061/0.050||Q1|
|24||32||Lorenzo SAVADORI||ITA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:38.244||1.241/0.180||Q1|
|25||40||Darryn BINDER||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:38.405||1.402/0.161||Q1|