Pecco Bagnaia conquers pole position at Aragon and aims for the fifth consecutive victory with Ducati in MotoGP. Enea Bastianini in the front row.
The 18th qualifying round of the 2022 MotoGP season took place on the MotorLand circuit in Aragon. Moments of fibrillation from the first qualifying round where there were many illustrious names, starting with Marc Marquez, struggling with a physical condition not optimal and a Honda RC213V that raises some worries too much at the front, also causing him a fall in FP3.
In the first session, Aleix Espargarò and Johann Zarco gain access to the next heat, while Marc Marquez will have to settle for 13th place on the grid. The Cervera champion missed Q2 by a whisker, proving that he has not lost his polish, but that he also has to deal with some physical hitch. The goal remains to complete the 23 laps of the race, thinking of aiming for the podium will be really difficult. But never say never when it comes to Marc.
Pecco Bagnaia aims for the fifth victory
The pole position goes to Pecco Bagnaia who stops the chronometer hands in 1: 46.069 and anticipates his fellow boxer Jack Miller by just 90 thousandths. “I knew that after the first time attack it was essential to set the time on the first lap, at turn 2 I took a risk, but it was the only obstacle to make a perfect lap“, Says the Ducati poleman in the closed park of Aragon.
Closes the front row Enea Bastianini who until a few minutes from the end had the pole in his hands. The Gresini team rider returns to have a good time: “We did a good job, I was first for most of the session, then Pecco did a good lap and I made some mistakes. After the break I improved in qualifying, let’s try to continue like this and have a good race tomorrow“.
Aleix Espargarò, Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo will start in the second row, with the Yamaha champion who manages to stay hooked to the three Ducati arrows. In the third row will be Marco Bezzecchi, Jorge Martin and Alex Rins. Brad Binder’s KTM closes the top 10. Joan Mir forfeited after FP3, his pain forced him not to force himself on the body.
The lap record is smashed by 3 tenths! 👊
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