Aleix Espargaro (212 points) is still in contention for third in the Championship, along with Enea Bastianini (211).
Luca Marini – P11
“A real shame, a bad qualifying and a bad position on the grid. I felt good on the bike, I thought I had done two good laps, not at the level of the very first ones, instead the gap is bigger than expected. I was curious to understand and immediately stopped at the garage to check the data. I’m very strong in braking but I lose in the exit of the corner. We have to work to have more grip on the rear and manage this aspect better. In FP4, on the other hand, we didn’t go badly, it means that tomorrow we can recover, even if it won’t be easy, and have fun.”
Joan Mir – P12
“Overall, we’ve made a big step today compared with yesterday, and we were able to go directly to Q2 – which is really important. Then, in FP4, I think I still have a small margin to continue improving a couple of tenths, but the good thing is that I feel a lot better than yesterday. We’re not really in the position that we want; I hoped to go faster on my second exit in Q2, but the feeling wasn’t bad and my early laps were pretty competitive. But we’ll try to start well tomorrow and set a good pace.”
Enea Bastianini – P13
“We made some steps forward in FP4, but the crashed affected our confidence to some degree. Our race pace isn’t too bed and we still can make some further adjustments to the set-up during warmup. The goal of finishing the season in the top three is still alive.”
Miguel Oliveira – P14
“I was disappointed today. When you do FP4 with some of the best race pace out there and then come up short in Q1 it is always frustrating but this season has been a bit like that. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the race and our last one tomorrow.”
Álex Márquez – P15
“Last qualy of the season and it went quite well I would say, P15. We are in a not bad position to start and to try to make a good race. We had a really good rhythm in FP4, so we will try to enjoy tomorrow. I also enjoyed today on the bike, we did a good job and need to keep going like this and enjoy tomorrow with the team in an emotional last race.”
Franco Morbidelli – P16
“I’m frustrated because I missed the Q2 by 0.048s this morning. This afternoon I was caught out by the different conditions. I couldn’t cope with that, and I didn’t have the speed this afternoon. If I had entered Q2 in the morning, I’m pretty sure we could have done something about it tomorrow. If I would have started from, let’s say, 12th or 10th position, it’s different than starting from P16. But, anyway, we can still make a step for tomorrow.”
Cal Crutchlow – P17
“I felt okay, we had a different tyre strategy and the rear wings also which I already tested before and know what they do. It was just not the right time to test because the track conditions and the temperature was not great. I was just a bit concern having no weight on the front wheel at that time in the morning when the sun is low. But overall I felt good today, especially in FP4, probably not consistently fast enough, but it felt more okay with the bike and I think we can get some speed for tomorrow and have a good race.”
Marco Bezzecchi – P18
“A really complicated day: this morning I immediately crashed, it was a big big crash and even in the second run I wasn’t able to make the steps forward I was hoping for. In FP4 I was better on the pace for the race, while in Q1 I was unable to go beyond the eighth place. Tomorrow will not be easy, but we will try.”
Fabio DiGiannantonio – P19
“Another difficult day. We made a small step forward time attack wise, but we were hoping for something more. It’s the last race of the year and we’d like to honour it with a top-15 finish, which is not that far. We still have some decisions to make before the race and we hope the warmup will be an enlightening one.”
Remy Gardner – P20
“We did our fastest lap of the weekend in qualifying today, it was not a bad one but we are still a bit too far. I would like to be able to finish the race tomorrow and be in the points but the track is difficult, tight and you can make mistakes easily. We will see what we can do.”
Takaaki Nakagami – P21
“I’m getting better session by session and am able to adapt my speed. I’m improving my riding and am quite happy with how we’ve progressed today, my lap time is getting closer and closer to the top 10. In qualifying I was expecting to be a few tenths faster than I was, but here a qualifying lap and race pace are a different story. Tomorrow’s race is 27 laps and it’s going to be very long and tough, but I’ll try my best. It’s the last round of the season, so I’ll try my best for the team, they’ve done a really great job this weekend. We’ll push until the end and hopefully we can finish in a high position.”
Pol Espargaro – P22
“Of course today did not go to plan. I mean, in Free Practice 4 I was fourth, the pace was good and I was riding well. But in FP3 and Q1 I couldn’t get the lap, the crash in Q1 really ended our hopes. It’s going to be a long and tough race and it will be really difficult to do anything from that far back on the grid. Valencia is a circuit I like a lot and it’s the last one of the year, so why not go for it? I want to do a good result for me and for the guys here who have kept working all year long for me – no matter what.”
Raul Fernandez – P23
“The crash I had this morning in FP3 was a typical one here in Valencia to be honest, in turn 10, and it was not a bad crash itself. But when I crashed, I rolled a lot in the graveland I stayed for a few seconds on the floor before being able to get up. I felt dizzy afterwards, so I was taken to the medical centre and then to the hospital to do a full check up. Everything was good, and I came back to the circuit for qualifying 1. We will see how we feel tomorrow for the race, but I want to give my best for my final race with KTM. I would like to thank my team and especially my mechanics, because I destroyed the bike and I had a new one ready for my Q1, so thank you! I want to do a good race for them too tomorrow.”
Darryn Binder – P24
“This has been another very difficult day here in Valencia. The track conditions this morning have been tricky with the air and track temperature being quite a bit cooler than yesterday. It had warmed up nicely this afternoon and there was a lot less wind than yesterday, but it’s been really difficult for me. Unfortunately, I had two crashes today, which really didn’t help my confidence going into the QP. I obviously went out and just tried to get some laps under my belt trying to regain some confidence. I need to reset, start over tomorrow and try again.”
MotoGP Qualifying Report
On pole it’s Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) followed by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) to make some interesting front row dynamics, while Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) pushed as hard has he could – and then some – to earn P4 on the grid at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Results 2022
1 Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) – Ducati – 1’29.621
2 Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – Honda – +0.205
3 Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) – Ducati – +0.213
Importantly for Yamaha’s title contender, he will start a full row ahead of World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), who qualified eighth – with everything still very much possible in this title fight…
As was the case a fortnight ago in Malaysia, Martin was on the pace immediately in Q2, setting a 1:29.621 which would still be fastest at the end of the first runs. Miller was second on a 1:29.834 and Quartararo fourth on a 1:30.135, while Bagnaia was back to pitlane after a single 1:30.766 which left him 11th when the track went quiet.
Miller’s hopes of one last pole for Ducati then disappeared when he crashed at Turn 2, while an under-the-weather Marc Marquez jumped from ninth to P2 when he fired in a 1:30.049. Bagnaia then moved to sixth, ahead of Quartararo, before ‘El Diablo’ leapfrogged his title rival by clocking a 1:30.027.
There were more yellow flags when Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) had a spill at Turn 6, while Bagnaia toured the run-off at Turn 8. Quartararo was still on a hot lap and, fortunately for him, it was unaffected as he sought to elevate himself further up the grid. He did indeed move up two spots more to fourth with a 1:29.900 before running into the Turn 2 gravel trap on his final lap of the session – although that was in fact a moot point with replays showing FQ20 also running onto the green at Turn 1 beforehand.
Martin had no improvement during his second run but still bagged pole, ahead of Marc Marquez and Miller, who kept his berth on the front row despite the tumble. Quartararo heads up Row 2, next to Q1 graduate Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and the pace-setter in that earlier qualifying session, Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing). Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was classified seventh, ahead of Bagnaia, Zarco, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar).
Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) had moved into second place in Q1 with a 1:30.193 but Rins hit back and then Bastianini’s chances of advancing to Q2 were dashed when he crashed at Turn 2 – rider okay. ‘La Bestia’ is set to start 13th and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who topped FP4 and then threatened to upstage both Viñales and Rins late in Q1, from 14th.
MotoGP Race Day Stats Update
Jorge Martin has qualified on pole position for the ninth time in MotoGP, the fifth time so far this season along with the Qatar, Americas, Australian and Malaysian GPs and the second successive time in Valencia. He will be aiming to win for the second time in the class along with Styria last year.
This is Ducati’s 16th pole this season, equalling the record of most poles in a single MotoGP season set by Honda in 2011.
Marc Marquez has qualified second for his third successive front row start. He will be aiming to win for the first time since Emilia-Romagna last year (378 days). Over his seven races in MotoGP in Valencia, he has scored six podiums, including two wins.
For his last race with Ducati, Jack Miller has qualified third which is his seventh front row of the season. This is his third successive front row in Valencia, and he will be aiming for a third podium in a row at the track.
With Martin and Miller, this is the 40th successive race with at least one Ducati in the top three in qualifying.
Fabio Quartararo has qualified fourth for his second-best qualifying result in MotoGP in Valencia after 2019 when he was on pole. To retain the title, Quartararo must win while his rival Francesco Bagnaia must not finish better than P15.
After passing through Q1, Alex Rins has qualified fifth for the second successive time following Malaysia, which is his best qualifying result since he qualified second at the Portuguese GP last year. He has finished on the podium at Valencia twice, in 2018 and in 2020/1, both times in P2.
Maverick Viñales, who also passed through Q1, has qualified sixth for the best qualifying result for Aprilia in Valencia. He will be aiming to stand on the podium for the first time since San Marino when he was third.
Brad Binder has qualified seventh equalling his third-best qualifying result of the season from Qatar (when he finished second), after Japan (when he qualified third) and Indonesia (when he qualified fourth).
Winner last year in Valencia, Francesco Bagnaia has qualified eighth which is the sixth time so far this year he failed to start from the front two rows. He could clinch the MotoGP title if he finishes within the top 14 or, if he finishes P15 or fails to score any points and Quartararo doesn’t win.
Johann Zarco, who crashed in Q2, has qualified ninth which is the sixth of the season he failed to start from the front two rows. He is still aiming to take his maiden win in MotoGP.
Aleix Espargaro has qualified 10th which is only the sixth time this year he doesn’t start from the front three rows (including Japan when he started from pitlane due to a technical problem). Aleix Espargaro (212 points) is still in contention for third in the Championship, along with Enea Bastianini (211).
Bastianini has qualified 13th after a crash in Q1. This is the seventh time this season he has failed to start from the front four rows.
MotoGP 2022 Valencia Combined Qualifying Times
|13||Enea BASTIANINI||DUCATI||Q1||(*) 0.103||327.4|
|14||Miguel OLIVEIRA||KTM||Q1||(*) 0.146||322.8|
|15||Alex MARQUEZ||HONDA||Q1||(*) 0.363||324.3|
|16||Franco MORBIDELLI||YAMAHA||Q1||(*) 0.414||322.8|
|17||Cal CRUTCHLOW||YAMAHA||Q1||(*) 0.458||322.8|
|18||Marco BEZZECCHI||DUCATI||Q1||(*) 0.498||325.8|
|19||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||DUCATI||Q1||(*) 0.605||327.4|
|20||Remy GARDNER||KTM||Q1||(*) 0.714||322.8|
|21||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||HONDA||Q1||(*) 0.740||321.3|
|22||Pol ESPARGARO||HONDA||Q1||(*) 0.846||325.8|
|23||Raul FERNANDEZ||KTM||Q1||(*) 1.586||322.8|
|24||Darryn BINDER||YAMAHA||Q1||(*) 1.899||324.3|
MotoGP Championship Points Standings
|20||DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio||ITA||23|
Beta Tools Speed Up’s Alonso Lopez has taken his first Grand Prix pole position by just 0.001, setting a new Lap Record to pip his rival for Rookie of the Year, Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo), to the top.
Acosta was the pace-setter in both FP2 and FP3, and he started Q2 in the same fashion with a 1:34.972 on his opening flyer. Next time through, Lopez took over P1 with a 1:34.314 before Acosta fell just short of reclaiming top spot by a single thousandth. Still, both are under the All Time Lap Record. Incredibly, Lopez then went and set yet another 1:34.314, meaning he can boast two identical fastest laps of the session!
Championship protagonists Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) take P3 and P5, respectively, with the former also leading the latter by 9.5 points in the standings ahead of a decisive final race of the season.
After Ogura had closed in on Fernandez in FP3, he laid down the challenge by lapping quicker than the Spaniard in the early stages of Q2. The Championship-leading KTM Ajo ultimately overhauled him to sit third but Ogura will be just one row behind in fifth.
Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Results 2022
1 Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools Speed Up) – Boscoscuro – 1’34.314
2 Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – Kalex – +0.001
3 Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – Kalex – +0.167
Between them on the timesheets is Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team), who came from Q1 to take fourth on the grid with a 1:34.583. Sixth went to fellow Q1 graduate Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team) and seventh to Aron Canet (Flexbox HP 40), while Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools Speed Up) dusted himself off from a crash at Turn 2 to move up to eighth thanks to a 1:34.771 on his final lap.
Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) topped Q1 before securing a P9 start and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Italtrans Racing Team) rounded out the top 10.
In his fourth appearance for MarcVDS this year, Senna Agius continued his strong showing from Friday and just missed out on a place in the top 14 in FP3, finishing 15th. The Australian was on course to progress to Q1 but some late improvements by other riders shuffled him back to fifth, meaning he’ll start from 19th – his best qualifying in four World Championship appearances.
“I improved my personal best today but I couldn’t extract the maximum from the package. I just missed finding the limit of the bike in every corner to do one really fast lap time. I have good consistency but I’m just lacking that one perfect lap. Overall, we have to be happy. It’s my best qualifying in the World Championship. But Q2 was definitely on the cards. I really thought I could have got it today. I’m a little disappointed we missed it, but we’ve worked well this weekend and we have good pace. I think if I have a clear head tomorrow, I can do a good result. It’s going to be a tyre battle at the end. Everyone is going to have a big drop. Whoever can make as few mistakes as possible, and stay consistent from the beginning and save something, they’ll have more at the end. It’s going to be a long race but good pace at the end will be key.”
Moto2 2022 Valencia Combined Qualifying Times
|10||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA||KALEX||Q2||+0.552||275.0|
|19||Senna AGIUS||KALEX||Q1||(*) 0.318||270.7|
|20||Bo BENDSNEYDER||KALEX||Q1||(*) 0.322||268.5|
|21||Borja GOMEZ||KALEX||Q1||(*) 0.351||271.7|
|22||Marcel SCHROTTER||KALEX||Q1||(*) 0.407||271.7|
|23||Alessandro ZACCONE||KALEX||Q1||(*) 0.524||269.6|
|24||Alex ESCRIG||MV AGUSTA||Q1||(*) 0.651||264.4|
|25||Taiga HADA||KALEX||Q1||(*) 0.716||273.9|
|26||Simone CORSI||MV AGUSTA||Q1||(*) 0.873||268.5|
|27||Sean Dylan KELLY||KALEX||Q1||(*) 0.979||270.7|
|28||Keminth KUBO||KALEX||Q1||(*) 1.065||269.6|
|29||Marcos RAMIREZ||MV AGUSTA||Q1||(*) 1.152||270.7|
|30||Zonta VD GOORBERGH||KALEX||Q1||(*) 1.198||270.7|
|31||Niccolò ANTONELLI||KALEX||Q1||(*) 1.402||272.8|
Moto2 Championship Points Standings
|22||DALLA PORTA Lorenzo||ITA||19|
|28||KELLY Sean Dylan||USA||5.5|
|32||VD GOORBERGH Zonta||NED||0|
Reigning Champion Izan Guevara (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) will start his final Moto3 race from pole position as he pipped Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) by just 0.046 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.
Sergio Garcia (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team), who is currently two points ahead in the three-way fight for second overall, locks out the front row.
Valencia Moto3 Qualifying Results 2022
1 Izan Guevara (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) – GASGAS – 1’38.479
2 Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech3) – KTM – +0.046
3 Sergio Garcia (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) – GASGAS – +0.175
Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing), the rider two points off Garcia, will start seventh, with Ayumu Sasaki (Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max), currently fourth overall but still in contention for second, lining up fifth.
Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets – MSI) is fourth on the grid, and the Brazilian leads the fight for Rookie of the Year heading into the final race. He is currently on 104 points ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Daniel Holgado (97) and BOE Motorsports’ David Muñoz (84), his only rivals. Muñoz qualified 14th and Holgado 15th, but both will move up a place as 11th-fastest rider Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will start from pit-lane.
Aussie teenager Joel Kelso will start from 19th on the grid.
Moto3 2022 Valencia Combined Qualifying Times
|18||Nicola Fabio CARRARO ITA||KTM||Q2||+0.828||223.9|
|19||Joel KELSO||KTM||Q1||(*) 0.629||226.9|
|20||Filippo FARIOLI||GASGAS||Q1||(*) 0.656||230.7|
|21||Elia BARTOLINI||KTM||Q1||(*) 0.722||229.2|
|22||David ALMANSA||KTM||Q1||(*) 0.769||231.5|
|23||Lorenzo FELLON||HONDA||Q1||(*) 0.924||226.9|
|24||Andrea MIGNO||HONDA||Q1||(*) 0.931||225.4|
|25||Kaito TOBA||KTM||Q1||(*) 0.979||226.1|
|26||Adrian FERNANDEZ||KTM||Q1||(*) 1.101||229.2|
|27||Scott OGDEN||HONDA||Q1||(*) 1.192||229.9|
|28||Alberto SURRA||HONDA||Q1||(*) 1.207||221.8|
|29||Taiyo FURUSATO||HONDA||Q1||(*) 1.334||224.7|
|30||Mario AJI||HONDA||Q1||(*) 1.641||221.8|
|31||Joshua WHATLEY||HONDA||Q1||(*) 1.878||226.1|
|32||Ana CARRASCO||KTM||Q1||(*) 2.527||226.9|
Moto3 Championship Points Standings
|35||RIU MALE Gerard||SPA||0|
|36||CARRARO Nicola Fabio||ITA||0|
|37||RUEDA José Antonio||SPA||0|
2022 Valencia MotoGP Time Schedule
|Sunday November 6, 2022|
|19:00 – 19:10||Moto3||Warm Up|
|19:20 – 19:30||Moto2||Warm Up|
|19:40 – 20:00||MotoGP||Warm Up|
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