Bagnaia, Miller in Ducati qualifying one-two at French MotoGP
Sunday 15th May, 2022 - 3:56am
Francesco Bagnaia has taken pole position while Jack Miller made it a factory Ducati one-two in qualifying for the French MotoGP.
Joining the Ducati Lenovo Team duo on the front row at Le Mans will be Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo was fourth-fastest on his Monster Energy Yamaha.
The fight for pole had essentially been a duel between Bagnaia and Quartararo a fortnight earlier at Jerez, and it was shaping up to be much the same at Le Mans.
The Yamaha man held sway at the end of the first runs of Qualifying 2 with a 1:30.688s, 0.011s up on his chief Ducati rival, while Miller sat seventh on a 1:31.314s.
On his second flyer back out of the pits, however, Bagnaia charged to an All Time Lap Record 1:30.450s, and towed his Australian team-mate to a 1:30.519s in the process.
Quartararo had no improvement on his opening run, and would be nudged off the front row when Aleix Espargaro set a 1:30.609s on his final lap.
Joining ‘El Diablo’ on the second row will be Gresini Ducati rider Enea Bastianini and Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir.
Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) had qualified sixth-fastest but was slapped with a three-position grid penalty for impeding Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) late in the session.
Row 3 will therefore be headed up by Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar), from Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) and Zarco, with Row 4 comprised of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), Pol Espargaro, and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda).
Martin and Mir had come from Qualifying 1, in which Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) missed the top two by 0.007s.
Bezzecchi, who sprayed off the track and through the gravel at Turn 1 earlier in the session, is therefore set to start from 13th, while Tech3 KTM duo Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez qualifying 22nd and 24th respectively.
Race start is scheduled for Sunday at 22:00 AEST.
Qualifying: French MotoGP
|1||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:30.450||Q2|
|2||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:30.519||0.069/0.069||Q2|
|3||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:30.609||0.159/0.090||Q2|
|4||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:30.688||0.238/0.079||Q2|
|5||23||Enea BASTIANINI||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:30.711||0.261/0.023||Q2|
|6||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:30.863||0.413/0.152||Q2|
|7||36||Joan MIR||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:30.943||0.493/0.080||Q2|
|8||42||Alex RINS||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:30.977||0.527/0.034||Q2|
|9||89||Jorge MARTIN||ESP||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:31.068||0.618/0.091||Q2|
|10||93||Marc MARQUEZ||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:31.148||0.698/0.080||Q2|
|11||44||Pol ESPARGARO||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:31.526||1.076/0.378||Q2|
|12||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1:31.595||1.145/0.069||Q2|
|13||72||Marco BEZZECCHI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:30.940||0.136||Q1|
|14||12||Maverick VIÑALES||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:31.271||0.467/0.331||Q1|
|15||10||Luca MARINI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:31.363||0.559/0.092||Q1|
|16||49||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:31.487||0.683/0.124||Q1|
|17||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:31.547||0.743/0.060||Q1|
|18||33||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:31.610||0.806/0.063||Q1|
|19||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:31.617||0.813/0.007||Q1|
|20||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:31.618||0.814/0.001||Q1|
|21||73||Alex MARQUEZ||ESP||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||1:31.763||0.959/0.145||Q1|
|22||87||Remy GARDNER||AUS||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:31.820||1.016/0.057||Q1|
|23||40||Darryn BINDER||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:32.596||1.792/0.776||Q1|
|24||25||Raul FERNANDEZ||ESP||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:32.767||1.963/0.171||Q1|
Note: Zarco three-position grid penalty