2022 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Result: The Best-Laid Plans…

The premier class started battle for pole position in the hottest conditions of the weekend at Le Mans and the expected fight between Pecco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo was just as hot as the track. The Italian started strong, straight into the 1:30s, but the Frenchman was quickly back ahead to lead after the first run. Bagnaia retaliated on the second run with a new all-time lap record, presumably in a rush to get back in time for Eurovision. The Italian also gave himself a nice buffer zone on the front row by helping teammate Jack Miller with a tow into second position, six hundredths behind the poleman. Quartararo got one final chance to respond but while he was doing that, a consistently impressive Aleix Espargaro pushed him off the front row and the world champion lost time in the final sector, being forced to start his home race from fourth on the grid.

Enea Bastianini finally managed to avoid anything too eventful on this particular outing and climbed as high as fifth on the grid, while Johann Zarco lost his record and a front row start in the last few minutes of Q2, dropping to sixth and possibly due a visit to the stewards’ office for getting in Pol Espargaro’s way. Despite a good showing from Alex Rins in the morning sessions and a successful escape from Q1 for Joan Mir, the Suzukis didn’t play a big part in the fight for pole, spending the whole session in the bottom half of the timing screens and opening third row, Mir ahead of Rins and Q1 leader Jorge Martin.

Meanwhile, in the Honda camp, things were about as gloomy as the weather prediction for the race, with Marc Marquez having to run his second machine following a late tumble in FP4 and then poor timing leaving him without a good reference for his final time attack. All he could do in clean fresh air - with added mistakes - was tenth on the grid, seven tenths off pole and top Honda rider. Teammate Espargaro and colleague Takaaki Nakagami will join him on the fourth row of the grid, while Marco Bezzecchi missed out on Q2 by seven thousandths of a second and not from a lack of effort, with a fast off-road adventure at turns 3-4 before joining the no-longer-that-exclusive 1:30 club.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:30.450    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1:30.519 0.069 0.069
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:30.609 0.159 0.090
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:30.688 0.238 0.079
5 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:30.711 0.261 0.023
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:30.863 0.413 0.152
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:30.943 0.493 0.080
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:30.977 0.527 0.034
9 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:31.068 0.618 0.091
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:31.148 0.698 0.080
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:31.526 1.076 0.378
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:31.595 1.145 0.069
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:30.804    
Q2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:30.933 0.129 0.129
13 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1:30.940 0.136 0.007
14 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1:31.271 0.467 0.331
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:31.363 0.559 0.092
16 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1:31.487 0.683 0.124
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:31.547 0.743 0.060
18 33 Brad Binder KTM 1:31.610 0.806 0.063
19 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:31.617 0.813 0.007
20 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1:31.618 0.814 0.001
21 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1:31.763 0.959 0.145
22 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1:31.820 1.016 0.057
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1:32.596 1.792 0.776
24 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:32.767 1.963 0.171
Round Number: 
7
2022
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