Ducati MotoGP rider Francesco Bagnaia snapped Fabio Quartararo’s Jerez pole streak in qualifying for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.
Quartararo had been on pole in all four of his previous premier-class appearances at Jerez, but was powerless to resist Bagnaia’s 1m36.170s, which now stands as the new MotoGP lap record at the venue.
Having combined to lock out the top two spots in both third and fourth practice, 2021 title rivals Quartararo and Bagnaia established themselves as class of the field right away in Q2, lapping 0.073s apart and around four tenths quicker than anyone else.
Yet Bagnaia’s very first flyer after a mid-session pitstop elevated him to over six tenths clear of Quartararo, and the Frenchman could only whittle down the gap to 0.453s.
It was still plenty good enough for him to finish second, however, with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro in third another three tenths down on Quartararo.
Jack Miller tucked in behind Ducati team-mate Bagnaia on the Italian’s record lap to secure fourth on the grid, while Marc Marquez followed first Bagnaia and then Quartararo to bag fifth place.
The two Ducati riders who advanced from Q1, Johann Zarco (Pramac) and Marco Bezzecchi (VR46), wound up sixth and eighth, split by LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami. Bezzecchi had a minor crash in Q1 shortly after setting his best time.
Rookie @Marco12_B crashes moments after going to the top! 💥
The Italian holds just 3 thousandths over Pol! ⚔️#SpanishGP 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/DxQCXq2kLG
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) April 30, 2022
For Joan Mir (Suzuki), Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati), the crashes came in Q2, and the trio completed the top 11 – but all ended up ahead of Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales, the last of those in Q2.
Pole position challenge over for @JoanMirOfficial and @Bestia23! 🛑
They’ve both gone down late in the session! 💥#SpanishGP 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/683axY3SG9
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) April 30, 2022
Pol Espargaro came up 0.003s short of making the pole shoot-out, the Honda man outpaced by Bezzecchi by the smallest of margins before being relegated down to third in Q1 by a last-gasp Zarco improvement.
Espargaro will share row five with Spanish compatriot Alex Rins (Suzuki), who is currently level on points with Quartararo at the top of the standings, and the lead KTM of Brad Binder, who had a quicker laptime deleted for track limits but would’ve stayed in the same position anyway.
Quartararo’s team-mate Franco Morbidelli was only 16th, followed by a pair of rookies split by 0.007s – Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati) and Remy Gardner (Tech3 KTM), with Gardner crashing at Turn 1 late in the session.
Miguel Oliveira was third and last of the participating KTMs, with Tech3’s Raul Fernandez missing out through injury. Oliveira had his Q1 compromised by a mechanical failure denying him one of two planned runs, and will start 21st, one place ahead of LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez.
|1||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo team||Ducati||1m36.17s|
|2||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1m36.623s|
|3||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1m36.933s|
|4||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo team||Ducati||1m37.049s|
|5||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1m37.145s|
|6||Johann Zarco||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1m37.003s||1m37.22s|
|7||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1m37.254s|
|8th||Marco Bezzecchi||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1m37.135s||1m37.285s|
|9||Joan Mir||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1m37.33s|
|10||Jorge Martin||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1m37.526s|
|11||Enea Bastianini||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1m37.618s|
|12||Maverick Vinales||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1m37.675s|
|13||Pol Espargaro||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1m37.138s|
|14||Alex Rins||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1m37.401s|
|15||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1m37.544s|
|16||Franco Morbidelli||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1m37.668s|
|17||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1m37.882s|
|18||Remy Gardner||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1m37.889s|
|19||Luca Marini||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1m37.91s|
|20||Stefan Bradl||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1m37.937s|
|21||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1m37.958s|
|22||Alex Marquez||LCR Honda Castrol||Honda||1m38.014s|
|23||Andrea Dovizioso||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1m38.064s|
|24||Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1m38.244s|
|25||Darryn Binder||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1m38.405s|
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