MotoGP Italian: Fabio Di Giannantonio Takes Maiden MotoGP Pole Position at Mugello
- The Round 8 of MotoGP 2022, Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley took place at Tuscan circuit in Mugello on May 28, 2022.
Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati) advanced to Q2 form Q1 and took his maiden premier class pole position of his career with 1'46.156s.
Following him, rookie Marco Bezzecch (Mooney VR46 Ducati) and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) were 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The front row is comprised of three Italians including two rookies from two Italian teams with Ducati.
Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) will start on the second row.
Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) had a 3 place penalty for impeding in FP3 and dropped to 11th from 8th. This result marks Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), Takaaki Nakagam (LCR Honda) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) will start on the third row.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) advanced to Q2 from Q1 with Fabio Di Giannantonio, but happened a heavy highside at Turn 2. He came straight back into pitlane after just a few corners on his second bike and would not reappear until the final five minutes. Finally he was 12th.
After Qualifying, he announced that he will undergo a fourth surgery on his right humerus at the Mayo Clinic in the US. He will take racing hiatus after Italian GP.
Fabio Di Giannantonio said, “Well, what to say? It's something incredible, because you arrive here in Mugello and expect to do a good result for all the people who come for you, who cheer for you, all the support that you have here in your home race. Already riding a Ducati MotoGP bike in Mugello is something incredible, and riding to the pole position is something else. It was such a great end of the day for me, and one of the dreams of my life is to be on top of the grid in MotoGP. And today we achieved it here, so incredible. Well, for sure already knowing more or less the conditions of the track were helping me. But also following Jack and Marc during Q1 that are the fastest guys in these conditions usually. I was behind them, I saw that the limit of the tyre was really high, so I could push really hard to go fast. And that gave me the motivation, the knowledge that it would be possible in Q2 to push like this. So, it was well preparing me for Q2, so it helped. For tomorrow, it's a question mark. We are on top, but at the moment honestly we don't have the race pace to win for sure. We will try to enjoy the race, to fight in the first laps and then we will see. But we have the warm-up session to better understand which is our place. And honestly I arrived here just to reconfirm the good performance in Le Mans. So, to reconfirm that would be quite good for me.”
Marc Marquez said, “Unfortunately, I have to take a break from the 2022 season that will keep me away from competition for a while. After all these months of intense work with my new medical team in Madrid, my physical condition has improved and I have reduced the discomfort in my right arm to be able to compete at the Grands Prix, but I still have significant limitations in my humerus that does not allow me to ride the bike properly and achieve the goals I have always set for myself. It is for this reason, that together with my medical team, Dr. Samuel Antuña and Dr. Angel Cotorro, and after consulting with specialists from the Mayo Clinic, that I have made the decision to carry out a new operation with the aim of improving my position on the bike that will allow me to ride without the current limitations. Personally, I have the maximum motivation and enthusiasm to continue working and to make the effort to return to compete at the highest level. I want to thank all the support that my family has always shown me, those trusted people around me, the Repsol Honda Team, my entire medical team and especially all the fans who are always there with me in the good and bad times.”
Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley Qualifying Results
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 1'46.156s
- Marco Bezzecch / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.088s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.171s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +0.227s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.315s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.350s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.351s
- Takaaki Nakagam / LCR Honda / +0.405s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +0.511s
- Enea Bastianini / Gresini Ducati / +0.523s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +1.067s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +1.312s
- Jack Miller / Ducati Lenovo / 1'47.621s
- Michele Pirro / Aruba.it Racing / 1'48.209s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / 1'48.231s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / 1'48.255s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / 1'48.732s
- Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / 1'48.846s
- Remy Gardner / KTM Tech3 / 1'48.907s
- Darryn Binder / WithU Yamaha RNF / 1'49.471s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 1'50.266s
- Lorenzo Savadori / Aprilia Racing / 1'50.27s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / 1'55.369s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / 1'56.479s
- Raul Fernandez / KTM Tech3 / 1'57.106s
- Andrea Dovizioso / WithU Yamaha / 1'57.671s
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