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  • MotoGP Qatar: Jorge Martin Takes First Pole Position of 2022, Fabio Quartararo 11th

  • The Round 1 of MotoGP 2022, Qatar Grand Prix took place at Lusail International Circuit in Doha on March 5, 2022.
    Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) claimed his fifth pole position of premiere class with 1'53.011 seconds, following Valencia GP 2021.
    2nd place was Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati) behind Jorge Martin by 0.147 seconds.
    Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took 3rd position. This marks his first event since wining of Emilia Romagna GP 2021 and after rehab due to crash during off-road training sessions 2021.
    Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) finished 4th and will start on the second row. But his teammate and last year's Qatar GP poleman Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) was 9th.
    2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) advanced Q2 from Q1, but was 11th.
    Also, last year's Qatar GP winner Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) was 19th.
    In Q1, Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) got bettering Fabio Quartararo's top time in the final time attack run, but set his lap under yellow flag conditions as Darryn Binder (WithU Yamaha RNF) crashed at turn two. Finally, his record was canceled and he couldn't advance to Q2.

    Jorge Martin said, “We always find something on a Saturday. I hope we find something for tomorrow. I'm happy. In general the weekend was not so bad. It's been difficult to be consistent because we have been trying many set-ups, different mappings, but anyway, I think the pace is not bad. We will be one of the candidates for tomorrow, but I think we need something else to fight for the victory. Also the tyre choice will be crucial. Both the soft and medium are working well, but they are different and it's something we need to understand. But I'm happy with this pole position and to make back-to-back poles here. For the race, let's see. I think it will be a group but not as big as last year. Last year the top ten finished in four second or less. It all depends on the tyres and whether you can push at the beginning or not. I think it won't be like last year because we did five day of testing, then the first race and second race, so that second race was super close and the pace was amazing. I think the pace is similar or maybe faster than last year, but I don't expect many riders.”

    Grand Prix Of Qatar Qualifying Results
    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 1'53.011s
    2. Enea Bastianini / Gresini Ducati / +0.147s
    3. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.272s
    4. Jack Miller / Ducati Lenovo / +0.287s
    5. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.308s
    6. Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +0.335s
    7. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.339s
    8. Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.396s
    9. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.400s
    10. Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.470s
    11. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.624s
    12. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +0.971s
    13. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / 1'53.78s
    14. Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / 1'53.819s
    15. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / 1'53.915s
    16. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'54.038s
    17. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / 1'54.222s
    18. Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / 1'54.224s
    19. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / 1'54.228s
    20. Andrea Dovizioso / WithU Yamaha RNF / 1'54.244s
    21. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 1'54.276s
    22. Remy Gardner / KTM Tech3 / 1'54.378s
    23. Raul Fernandez / KTM Tech3 / 1'54.889s
    24. Darryn Binder / WithU Yamaha RNF / 1'56.011s

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  • source : MotoGP
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