2022 Portimão Moto2 FP3 Result: Vietti Leads After A Windy Red Flag

The intermediate class started their Saturday in possibly the worst conditions of the weekend, with on and off rain and strong winds leading to the session being red flagged halfway through. After a short wait for the wind to calm down, FP3 was restarted but there were not many takers initially. The final 10 minutes got busier and although conditions didn’t look like they allowed much progress, the final handful of minutes finally saw some serious changes to the combined standings.

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2022 Portimão Moto2 FP2 Result: Schrotter Sets Sail

The intermediate class closed a very wet day one at Portimão, but the rain calmed down enough to allow the FP1 benchmark to drop only 15 minutes into the session. Although Joe Roberts and Barry Baltus were the main actors in the first half of the session, late crashes for both riders allowed some challengers to sneak ahead while navigating a multitude of yellow flags, with Marcel Schrotter picking up the lead for the final four minutes. The German rider ended the day half a second quicker than Jake Dixon, who in turn had two tenths over Cameron Beaubier.

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2022 Portimão Moto2 FP1 Result: Van Den Goorbergh Leads Rookie Charge In A Downpour

The intermediate class got the worst of the weather conditions, greeted by a downpour just as the clock started counting down their 40 minutes of track time. Joe Roberts braved the conditions early on but there were not many takers until the final dozen minutes, when we finally got a fight for the lead of the session. Although Roberts was on course to reclaim top spot on his final flying lap, a light tumble at turn 13 coupled with a fantastic last lap for Zonta Van Den Goorbergh allowed the Dutch rookie to extend a significant advantage of a second and a half on the timesheets.

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Austin MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Why Saturday Is Always A Red Letter Day

Qualifying in MotoGP is a conundrum. The closeness of the modern premier class means it is easy to find yourself down on the fourth row, or even out of Q2 altogether. Add in innovations such as aerodynamic wings and ride-height devices, which make braking ever more difficult, and the emphasis on qualifying only grows.

One factory has made something of a speciality of qualifying, having had at least one bike on the front row of the grid in every race since the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana in 2020. That is 23 races in a row. After Saturday in Texas, that streak has been extended to 24 races. And in that period, they have locked out the front row three times.

I am talking, of course, about Ducati. Over a single lap, the Ducati has proven to be almost peerless. In those 24 races, Ducatis have occupied 41 of the 72 available front row places, including 13 pole positions. Yamaha are the closest, though the gap is massive: they have 18 front row spots, and 7 pole positions. Jorge Martin and Pecco Bagnaia have 6 poles a piece for Ducati, Fabio Quartararo the same for Yamaha, with Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli taking a single pole each for Ducati and Yamaha respectively.

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2022 Austin Moto2 FP3 Result: Dixon Headlines Yellow Flag Festival

Day two in Texas was just as sunny and scenic and once more opened by the intermediate class showing off their race pace and fighting for Q2 tickets. However, it was a short-lived fight, with yellow flags halting progress in the final handful of minutes of the session and identifying yellow flag infringements taking longer than the actual time attack. After Aron Canet and Fermín Aldeguer both saw record-breaking laps cancelled, Jake Dixon got to keep top spot on the combined standings by one hundredth of a second.

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2022 Austin Moto2 FP2 Result: Aldeguer Finds His Feet In Texas

The second practice session in the heat of Texas started with a flurry of yellow flags, mainly around turn 11 but that did not prevent the FP1 benchmark from tumbling early on at the hands of Tony Arbolino. That was just the start, lap times dropping and the lead changing hands throughout the session, but the outcome was very much foreseeable, new Moto2 superstar Fermín Aldeguer snatching top spot at the chequered flag to end the day as the quickest man in the intermediate class.

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