Di Giannantonio on pole for Italian MotoGP, Miller misses Q2
Sunday 29th May, 2022 - 4:48am
Rookie Italian Fabio Di Giannantonio has taken pole position for his home MotoGP event while Jack Miller failed to progress from Qualifying 1.
There is some small consolation for the Queenslander, however, with a grid penalty for fellow Ducati rider Jorge Martin elevating him to the fourth row of the grid at Mugello anyway.
Despite those negatives, Ducati in fact dominated qualifying for Round 8 of the season, sweeping the top five positions at a circuit which plays to the Bologna marque’s straight line strength.
Lap times continued to tumble through Qualifying 2 as the field opted for slick Michelin tyres in spitting rain, and matters were largely decided with the chequered flag out.
It was then that Prima Pramac’s Johann Zarco set a 1:46.383s, only to be beaten by Mooney VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi with a 1:46.244s and Gresini Racing’s Di Giannantonio on a 1:46.156s.
As such, the front row will be Di Giannantonio alongside fellow rookie Bezzecchi and the latter’s VR46 team-mate, Luca Marini, who went as quick as a 1:46.327s.
Zarco ended up fourth and, ironically, the last of that initial bunch of five Desmosedici riders was the factory Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco Bagnaia on a 1:46.471s.
The best of the rest was Monster Energy Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo with a 1:46.506s on a track which certainly does not suit the YZR-M1, from Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, Idemitsu LCR Honda’s Takaak Nakagami, the Repsol Honda Team’s Pol Espargaro, and another Gresini Ducati rider in last-start winner Enea Bastianini.
Martin (Prima Pramac Ducati) was 11th-fastest in Q2 but will start from 14th after being pinged for irresponsible riding in Free Practice 3, elevating Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to 11th on the grid, Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) to 12th, and Ducati test rider Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing) to 13th.
Marquez set his 1:47.468s after a nasty highside on his out lap right at the start of the session.
He walked away from the crash but the impact tore the front off his first RC213V and also caused it to catch fire, triggering a red flag to clean up the fluid spill.
Earlier in Q1, he had used Miller as a reference, following #43 around the Mugello circuit in the closing stages.
Given the track was drying out after an earlier, heavier period of rain which saw everyone start that session on wets, Miller was essentially in the wrong place given Marquez and Di Giannantonio were circulating just behind him and hence took the chequered flag later.
The other Australian in the field, Tech3 KTM’s Remy Gardner, qualified 19th.
The 23-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 22:00 AEST.
Qualifying: Italian MotoGP
|1||49||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:46.156||Q2|
|2||72||Marco BEZZECCHI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:46.244||0.088/0.088||Q2|
|3||10||Luca MARINI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:46.327||0.171/0.083||Q2|
|4||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Prima Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:46.383||0.227/0.056||Q2|
|5||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:46.471||0.315/0.088||Q2|
|6||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:46.506||0.350/0.035||Q2|
|7||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:46.507||0.351/0.001||Q2|
|8||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1:46.561||0.405/0.054||Q2|
|9||44||Pol ESPARGARO||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:46.667||0.511/0.106||Q2|
|10||23||Enea BASTIANINI||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:46.679||0.523/0.012||Q2|
|11||89||Jorge MARTIN||ESP||Prima Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:47.223||1.067/0.544||Q2|
|12||93||Marc MARQUEZ||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:47.468||1.312/0.245||Q2|
|13||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:47.621||0.402||Q1|
|14||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||1:48.209||0.990/0.588||Q1|
|15||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:48.231||1.012/0.022||Q1|
|16||33||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:48.255||1.036/0.024||Q1|
|17||36||Joan MIR||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:48.732||1.513/0.477||Q1|
|18||73||Alex MARQUEZ||ESP||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||1:48.846||1.627/0.114||Q1|
|19||87||Remy GARDNER||AUS||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:48.907||1.688/0.061||Q1|
|20||40||Darryn BINDER||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:49.471||2.252/0.564||Q1|
|21||42||Alex RINS||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:50.266||3.047/0.795||Q1|
|22||32||Lorenzo SAVADORI||ITA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:50.270||3.051/0.004||Q1|
|23||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:55.369||8.150/5.099||Q1|
|24||12||Maverick VIÑALES||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:56.479||9.260/1.110||Q1|
|25||25||Raul FERNANDEZ||ESP||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:57.106||9.887/0.627||Q1|
|26||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:57.671||10.452/0.565||Q1|
Note: Martin three-position grid penalty