Austrian… | First pole for Bastianini, Ducati 1-2-3-4
Enea Bastianini will start a MotoGP race from pole position for the first time in his fledgling career after emerging as the fastest of a formidable Ducati contingent that otherwise locked 1-2-3-4 on the grid for Austrian MotoGP.
In a groundbreaking second season that has already seen the Gresini Racing rider reach the podium three times this year, his first pole position comes at a fortuitous moment amid Ducati’s decision on whether he or Pramac’s Jorge Martin will be promoted. at the factory for 2023.
While few could look past Ducati’s vast eight-bike flotilla for pole position after dominating free practice around a Red Bull Ring he took six wins from nine races staged, he was less clear which driver would ultimately win.
With many citing the Pramac duo of Johann Zarco, who was on pole last time out at Silverstone and fastest in testing, and last year’s Austrian MotoGP winner Jorge Martin as cautious favourites, it was rather the pair of factory of Jack Miller then Pecco. Bagnaia who seemed on track for first place.
However, in a determined charge on the final lap, Bastianini – despite being slower than Bagnaia entering the final sector – pulled out of the bag to snatch pole position by 0.024 seconds. It is his first career MotoGP pole position and a first for Gresini Racing since the 2012 British MotoGP at Silverstone with Alvaro Bautista.
As expected, Ducati largely dominates the top spots on the grid with Bagnaia and Miller completing the front row, with Martin and Zarco fourth and sixth.
Of them, only championship leader Fabio Quartararo was able to penetrate the Ducati stronghold in fifth place, despite a few mistakes as the Yamaha man took his relatively lackluster package to the extreme.
Maverick Vinales led the Aprilia challenge to seventh place, with the Spaniard outperforming teammate Aleix Espargaro who, after racing through Q1, was only able to finish ninth on the grid after having his fastest lap scrapped for marginal track limits at Turn 8.
Suzuki managed to place both its motos in Q2 with Joan Mir eighth – with an identical time to Espargaro in ninth – and Alex Rins in 11th.
Fabio di Giannantonio joined his team-mate on pole position in Q2 after advancing in Q1 before moving up to tenth on the grid, while Brad Binder placed the best of the KTMs in 12th.
With Espargaro and di Giannantonio sneaking into Q2 via Q1, the VR46 Ducati team was mostly disappointed after Luca Marini missed just 0.036 seconds to join the fight for pole position, while rookie teammate Marco Bezzecchi paid the price of a late fall. at the new chicane to leave 20th.
Alex Marquez was another to tumble at the same time and place as Bezzecchi, albeit in separate incidents, to finish 25th and last, but his LCR teammate fared better as the top Honda rider in 14th, in front of Pol Espargaro. and the best of fellow Yamaha riders Franco Morbidelli.
While Brad Binder is keeping KTM bosses happy further up the grid, Miguel Oliveira – who is still being sued by the Austrian firm over its rebranded GASGAS satellite entry next year – was only able to finish 17th on the circuit, he took his first MotoGP win of 2020.
Andrea Dovizioso, meanwhile, will start his penultimate MotoGP race in 19th position as he prepares for his next swansong outing at Misano.
Austrian MotoGP 2022 | Red Bull Ring | QUALIFYING RESULTS
|Austrian MotoGP 2022 | Red Bull Ring | QUALIFYING RESULTS | Round 13 / 21|
|Pos||Rider||Nat.||MotoGP Team||MotoGP bike||Hourly|
|1||Enea Bastianini||ITA||Gresini Racing||Ducati GP21||1m 28.772|
|2||Francesco Bagnaia||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati GP22||1m 28.796|
|3||Jack Miller||AU||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati GP22||1m 28.881|
|4||jorge martin||ESP||Pramac Racing||Ducati GP22||1m 28.958|
|5||Fabio Quartararo||ENG||Monster Energy Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-M1||1m 29.003|
|6||John Zarco||ENG||Pramac Racing||Ducati GP22||1m 29.046|
|seven||Maverick Vinales||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia RS GP||1m 29.135|
|8||Joan Mir||ESP||Suzuki Ecstar Team||Suzuki GSX-RR||1m 29.255|
|9||Aleix Espargaro||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia RS GP||1m 29.255|
|ten||Fabio di Giannantonio||ITA||Gresini Racing||Ducati GP21||1m 29.316|
|11||Alex Rins||ESP||Suzuki Ecstar Team||Suzuki GSX-RR||1m 29.424|
|12||Brad Binder||RSA||Red Bull KTM races||KTMRC16||1m 29.536|
|13||Luca Marini||ITA||VR46 Race||Ducati GP21||1m 29.386|
|14||Takaaki Nakagami||JPN||LCR Honda||HondaRC213V||1m 29.390|
|15||Pol Espargaro||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||HondaRC213V||1m 29.475|
|16||Franco Morbidelli||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-M1||1m 29.540|
|17||Miguel Oliveira||ORP||Red Bull KTM races||KTMRC16||1m 29.613|
|18||Stefan Bradl||ALL||Repsol Honda Team||HondaRC213V||1m 29.809|
|19||Andrea Dovizioso||ITA||With U RNF Racing Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-M1||1m 30.085|
|20||Marco Bezzecchi||ITA||VR46 race||Ducati GP21||1m 30.122|
|21||Darryn Binder||RSA||With U RNF Racing Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-M1||1m 30.328|
|22||Remy Gardner||AU||Tech3 KTM Racing||KTMRC16||1m 30.397|
|23||Raul Fernandez||ESP||Tech3 KTM Racing||KTMRC16||1m 30.475|
|24||Lorenzo Savadori||ITA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia RS GP||1m 30.487|
|25||Alex Marquez||ESP||LCR Honda||HondaRC213V||1m 33.653|