2022 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Long-Awaited Recital *UPDATED*

The headline act of what felt like a 24-hour rave did well to keep us entertained, the opening set seeing Ducati lose their lead man and their championship leader in Q1, followed by a sublime Aprilia encore. After a very strong FP2, Aleix Espargaro looked like the main threat for pole from the start, taking top spot provisionally by three tenths of a second, and resisted an attack from Jorge Martin to secure a first pole position for Aprilia in the MotoGP era. In the shadow of history being made, Martin settled for second on the grid, while Luca Marini rewarded his team's all-nighter with a first front row start, only four tenths off pole.

While his brother hogged the spotlight, Pol Espargaro had a much more challenging afternoon, stuck with one bike after a late crash in FP1 and having to go through Q1. He did so in style, from the top of the timesheets, before putting in a strong performance to climb onto the second row of the grid. Maverick Viñales could not quite replicate Aprilia’s FP2 feat but still climbed as high as fifth on the grid, ahead of reigning champion Fabio Quartararo, who got distracted by a squabble with Jack Miller on his final time attack.

Alex Rins and Joan Mir kept close once again and will open the third row of the grid, with Mir having a much more tense start to Q2 as his number one bike refused to start and then a yellow flag hindered his progress early on. Johann Zarco joins the Suzukis on the third row, eight tenths off pole. After leading FP1, Takaaki Nakagami was back on the pace to escape Q1 but could not climb any higher than 10th, opening fourth row ahead of Miller, whose session started with a tumble at turn one and ended with an investigation for getting in Quartararo’s way. Brad Binder closes fourth row, as the lead KTM rider and the only one in Q2 after Miguel Oliveira faded to 16th at the end of Q1.

However, the big stories of Q1 came from the Ducati camp, where Pecco Bagnaia got even more frustrated than he already was in FP2 and was yet to set a time with five minutes remaining of the session. He soon got back on track to briefly top the session but the Hondas hit straight back and left him stranded in 14th. Championship leader Enea Bastianini looked stronger at the start of the session, but a few mistakes dropped him to 13th on the grid, to cap a pretty gloomy Q1 for Ducati.

UPDATE: Jack Miller has been given a three-place grid penalty for riding slowly on the line and disturbing another rider. This promotes Binder, Bastianini and Bagnaia one position on the grid, dropping the Australian to 14th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:37.688    
2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:37.839 0.151 0.151
3 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:38.119 0.431 0.280
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:38.165 0.477 0.046
5 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:38.196 0.508 0.031
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:38.281 0.593 0.085
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:38.455 0.767 0.174
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:38.516 0.828 0.061
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:38.537 0.849 0.021
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:38.576 0.888 0.039
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:38.584 0.896 0.008
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:38.932 1.244 0.348
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:38.501    
Q2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:38.523 0.022 0.022
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:38.566 0.065 0.043
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:38.610 0.109 0.044
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:38.805 0.304 0.195
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:38.871 0.370 0.066
17 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:38.877 0.376 0.006
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:38.938 0.437 0.061
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:39.095 0.594 0.157
20 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:39.126 0.625 0.031
21 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:39.153 0.652 0.027
22 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:39.159 0.658 0.006
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:39.380 0.879 0.221
24 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:39.487 0.986 0.107
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What is going on with this guy ? Didn’t he just get a two year deal ? Didn’t factory go back to the “older “ bike and Pramac is testing the new parts ? Seems they are out performing the factory boys !!

If memory serves, nothing is more damaging to a rider's confidence than the full support of Ducati management. In fact, most of the team's success in the last decade came from the man they signed to be the reliable number 2 to various high profile, high hype signings...

So Miller gets penalized for just happening to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, while Bagnaia gets no penalty for nearly stopping on the frcikin' track in front of half a dozen other riders going for a fast time. I ask you, which was more dangerous? Honestly, the group I worked with who ran our local club races had a better idea of what tf was happening on track.

So many people wanted the rules to be followed. The first time Peco slowed up he was overtaken by a bunch of riders braking and doing their best to look like they were suddenly adjusting their leathers or re-tuning the radio or something. Slowing to the point of being slower than Peco hoping he would re-pass them. The second time the other riders seemed to keep going not prepared to waste the lap they were about to start. On both occasions he was on a part of the track not normally used, off the racing line. You can tell that from the amount of dirt being thrown up, makes his braking look extra special. That is allowed within the rules. Clever ? Hmmm Dangerous ? Hmmm well not judged to be so especially when viewed alongside DiGi, D Binder, Pol, Raul and Bez who pulled up ON the racing line so much that Peco was passing them into the next turn.

The Moto3 big stick needs to upgrade a category or two. One bike slowing off line is a little bit different than a huge gaggle doing it all over the track.

As pointed out by Crafar in commentary, someone popping out of the draft of another rider suddenly finding Baggers madly braking in the middle of the straight, maybe a 150+kmh speed difference... seems dangerous to me.  Double long lap penalty in my books, this can't be considered "OK"??  If there's no penalty for that applied tonight I will find it one of race control's more perplexing non-decisions.

Based on previous similar incidents, Miller deserved what he got.  Dithering around not at pace and not going slow, and most importantly not looking behind.  I sort of suspect there was something amiss with his 2nd bike or riding gear after the crash and he was distracted.

Well done Aprilia and Aliex!  Maverick also seems to have a bit of mojo this weekend, if he can find the way to 'click' with that bike you'd have to think there's the potential for a few race wins there (and some nondescript results as well).

The only rule Peco could fall foul of is failing to ride in a responsible manner. A rider may ride around the track at whatever speed they choose provided they are not on the racing line and do come to a stop on track. That goes for Jack too. Jack's mistake was to impede Fabio. Jack was slow but not dangerously slow in any respect. However, he was on the racing line.

What Peco did could be seen as irresponsible riding but if you were to penalise Peco you would have to penalise all the other riders. They managed to slow down just as much as Peco did despite there being no need to slow down. None of the other riders were forced to taking avoiding action as a direct consequence of Peco's actions. It's possible some of the riders were forced to take avoiding action due to what they were, as a whole, attempting to do. You could argue that DiGi, D Binder, Pol, Raul and Bez all committed the identical crime of riding in an irresponsible manner but actually on the racing line. They could have continued unimpeded. If they had continued we would have an example of a single rider, riding in an erratic and potentially dangerous manner. I'm not sure what happened to the Pramac rider who joined this group after the first 'flock' adjustment. Maybe he was happy to catch the group or was on an out lap. They could just have easily been on a fast lap and possibly, given enough pressure via circumstance, have chosen to press home that lap as best as they could.....nasty.

I don't think we've seen such a gaggle of crap in MotoGP since Germany last year, maybe there has been, memory is never perfect. The big stick needs to come out. How can it be possible to wag a scornful finger in the direction of Moto3 when the example being set by their idols is a carbon copy of their own behaviour.

This problem can be solved either with single rider superpole lap, or average the lap times from the session so there's a disincentive to lollygag around the track.

Watching FP for Moto2 and gp, as well as Q1 & Q2, seems almost everyone at some point is doing the head-to-tail shake on corner exit--not just Pecco. Is this just me or do you see it also?

There's a big bump there, definitely seems to unsettle some more than others. Pecco, most of all.

"Argentina? It's an Aprilia track."

Just trying it on. Feels nice to say stuff for the first time. The bike is REALLY close to doing the business. 

Bagnaia? Willfulness is a problem lately. Hopefully temporary. The sooner we stop struggling against "what is vs what should be" the better. Quit yelling into the wind mate. There is a MotoGP Championship in progress. Join it! Your frustration is not an asset. Nor becoming of you.

Taka's mad dash to S.America brought haste. Polsparagus's Q was most impressive. But let's go ahead and place the spotlight where it belongs...

Congrats Aprilia and Asparagus!!! Beautiful job. Chapeau.

Where does willful resistance to 'what is' (creating tension) come from? Where does unconditional love and acceptance arise from? How does someone integrate the two?

It's not so much "what is vs what should be" as it is 'what is vs what was', imo. He raved last season about his bike being perfect so then Gigi changed everything and had him testing until lights out at Qatar. Plus watching Besta win on his old bike. Ducati have once again messed up a possible top-shelf rider. No surprise but still a shock to see such dramatic falls from race time after time. Maybe the red halo is on 89 now. For now, anyway. 

I wish Ducati could learn that you can't engineer riders. They make the same mistake engineers make everywhere every day: "We made it perfect so if you can't win on it it's your fault". Which is bull. Engineers first need to look at what is in terms of riders and solve problems for them, not scathe the rider because he can't ride your perfectly engineered machine. If it was so perfect it would be rideable, eh?

Great start to the season. I did not have Bastianini, Oliveira and Aleix as the first 3 winners this year but I'd shake the hand of the person who did. What a year this is going to be.

Duc brass could have played the pre season hand better, true. Is it clear though that some of this didn't come of Pecco very last moment refusing the "rough from off throttle and too grunty" new engine? Also, I am not finding me so easy on Pecco watching his attitude so far this yr. Lots of riders have had to work hard on getting a bike ready. Guys like Cal and Dovi did it routinely. I like Pecco! And, don't want him to do a Princess and the Pea in the mattresses thing. He has always displayed being a bit particular. Even his mannerisms. What he has his sister doing and how. His very slow adaptation. 

Bagnaia got fast partway into last season. He is a very fast rider. Now, he also needs to become a Champion...to do so means flexible and adaptive as well as sharply determined.

He fought well for someone with no expectations on him not like someone with championship potential. He seems a sensitive sort, an artist, fragile almost with the need for support from a person he can truly trust. Being a Ducati factory rider that may be wise but they'll find a way to destroy him mentally anyway.

I think Ducati don't care so much for rider championships as that would allow the rider to get credit. My guess is they are plenty happy having the manufacturer's championship as they don't have to share glory with their rider. I totally disagree with their approach, along with Honda, where the rider is expected to be a robot. The others seem to consider the rider in the equation more which to me makes sense.

Aleix is a real championship threat. Who had that? Not I. Cheers, Shrink!

I have been re watching all the Star Wars films (free Spamazon and Dizney schplus). Are you struggling with the Dark Side?

The Duc bike looks like Darth Vader, I know. I always saw HRC as on the wrong imbalanced side of The Force, but then came Championship Electronics to restore balance to the Universe. 

After Gigi got his hands on things I have found Red rather refreshing in the big picture. Unformulaic. So was Suzuki and 2020. Scripts are out the window. 

I see the Duc management differently. Dark vitriol and concern? I may have that for ride height devices, and then Duc accordingly. Tilke tracks. A few other things perceived as detrimental to the racing. 

Re Duc and riders, I keep in mind that A) they have NO none nada zero pipeline program. So riders are not getting longer term faithful support relationships like some rivals. B) Their bike has been, perhaps until late 2020 when this Gen was sorted, an atypical odd thing to ride. It demanded a certain way of riding it, and this wasn't clear. Riders had to adapt and ride THIS bike. C) Ducati had long difficulty securing an Alien. A couple tries throwing big money at an inline 4 top rider worked out poorly. D) They are Italians. There will be big feelings. Things will be more personal. More drama. Expressed pressure. People will speak their minds and hearts. More will show than for Japanese teams. E) Where is it so good? Really, and enduring? I don't see an "over there" where the grass is so green that isn't just for a time. Right now, looking around - maybe KTM valuing Binder? But the bike has been up and down. He is often not looking happy. It is tough work! There is a happy family around Mir, but he nearly just left due to Suzuki underfunctioning re rate of development. Yamaha? Heck no. Sure, Morbidelli has been valued and doesn't say anything very negative, but he doesn't need to. Others are saying it for him, and he is just rider #2 with milder hopes. Aprilia? Ask Lowes and Redding, no cake walk. Honda? Pol isn't so comfortable. 

Which manufacturer right now is giving their riders a great bike to ride? A couple look strong. Red being one for sure. So shouldn't the riders be expected to be successful? 

Context you must see. Much anger you have, clouds seeing what is before you it does. Desire and pain it brings. Yoda voice listen to, yes.

Anger is just a response to an emotion. My emotion comes from being a rider, valuing riders and empathizing with them while managers/owners/whatevers think they themselves are the ones putting something on the line. I know who's putting something on the line and it ain't Saint Gigi. Maybe he risks a job, maybe a career in Motogp -- so what? The rider can be hospitalized or worse at any moment and very often when they are it is due to bad choices made by someone who isn't risking much of anything. The emotion I feel is revulsion for teams who feel riders are a replaceable cog in the machine like a camshaft or an oil pump. It is second hand humiliation I feel for the genius who must endure bureaucrats and other assorted idiots in order to express their gifts. Casey. It is shame I feel for the managers and team owners and factories who should be feeling it themselves. If it looks like anger it is because I am feeling all these things and I can do nothing about it except blather it onto a page once in a while. Other than that, what a fine sport. 24 riders within 1.1 sec. What a season it's going to be. Looks a lot rosier up here among the leaders. He he he. Cheers!

I think last year Peco realised he had what it took to be world champion. No more guessing, no more keeping faith, he saw that it was possible and what was required. He beat Fabio, he beat Marc, he won back to back races. He has landed into this year with a worse start than last year. After three races last year he had two podiums and a 6th bagging him 46 points. This year he has 12 points and hasn't looked to be near. His race on Sunday was strong. His Saturday was awful. He mentioned that they would try something which they found in Austin last year to help in the race with the bumps. Seemed to work. It must be extremely frustrating to be at one with your bike winning and the next month have, in comparison to the previous, a potentially faster bag of bolts. For all the Ducati riders the bike looked awful over that bump, riders adapting well but not every lap. Actually nice to see a bike struggle with bumps, from the comfort of the couch, that bike has issues. Very good race by Martin.

Fabio also not off to a strong start. Three races in last year he had 61 points, this year 35.

Of course last year we had two races in Qatar after a Qatar test. This year we have a 1 Qatar minus test, new track and a dirty Termas.

[for our historians]..  last time (or ever) brothers have podiumed together ??

Aleix & Pol have definite chance ;)

Aleix seems eerily calm and confident as well. I hope he can capitalize on that pole for tomorrow. What a great moment that would be for Aprilia and MotoGP in general.

IF and always a big IF to ask on a Saturday night.

But IF Aprilia wins tomorrow, when would be the last time 3 different manufacturers have won the 3 opening races and not one of them was Honda or Yamaha?

With the likes of Duke, Surtees, Ago, Hailwood, Read, Sheene, Roberts, Spencer, Lawson, Rainey, Doohan, Rossi...etc...on the planet there are only so many seasons in which you have three different riders winning the first three races. When you do they are often team mates of the other winners.

However !!!

In 1952 Jack Brett rode an AJS to victory in the Swiss GP. Next, Reg Armstrong won the Isle of Man TT on a Norton. Following that Umberto Masetti won the Dutch TT riding a Gilera. As you can see it's a common event. I'm not sure about the AJS and Norton of those years. Somewhere in the '50's they were both owned by AMC but I think that was later than '52.

In 1951 it was Umberto Masetti - Gilera, Fergus Anderson - Moto Guzzi and Geoff Duke - Norton.

In 1949 it was Harold Daniell - Norton, Leslie Graham - AJS and Nello Pagani - Gilera.

and previous to that...?

I read the question and thought...oh that's easy that was er...er...er...no...no. Ok check the stats...no...no....no...bloody hell no !....ahhhhhhhhh ! Three different bikes and riders isn't so rare but not a Honda or Yamaha...my god

This was one of the more interesting qualis of late. Pecco's gesticulating, Pol's desperate keeping the throttle open to the line no matter what. Miller escaping desaster by the hairs on his chinny, chinchin. Taka smoking it up!

This year more than any other year I reckon the title is going to be decided in the riders heads. The bikes have different characters but seem to be reasonably even throughout the field, the greatest differentiater being mental strength and attitude. For some reason the factory Ducs, seen to completing have last the plot. Being outperformed even by Pramac. I wonder wether the bikes really are the same. Miller seems to be able to dealing with it a little better than Pecco.

I was super impressed by the way Pol held the gas open to the line to not compromise his lap times despite some of the worst shakes in a long time.

Almost everyone had their moment so in the end it depends how one deals with these challenges. And with things being so much on edge and the line so fine, every little bit of mental clarity and the ability to not let frustrations get the better of one's equilibrium is the single, most important differentiator.

Let the games begin, looking forward to the race. Fabio for the win 😁

St Steve, we've had in the past a great deal of "pumping," esp from the pre Gigi through 2019 Red bike. "Waggling" for some other bikes, especially the Honda of not long ago. On drive out today, esp on Bagnaia's backside? Something new. 

Should we call it "spiralling?" "Hula hooping?" Wait, "loopty doopting!"