Bagnaia and Ducati hit the hardest – GP Inside

Bagnaia and Ducati hit the hardest – GP Inside


Ducati never took a good position in Le Mans, but that was before. Not only did the Italian company win the French Grand Prix 2022 qualification, with Francesco Bagnaia, but it even won twice thanks to Jack Miller. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo will open second in fourth place, with Johann Zarco sixth on his right.

The great public interest in the Bugatti circuit was not enough to carry three colors to a good position. The best time at the end of a free practice, Johann Zarco (sixth) did well in the qualifiers, this Saturday afternoon, with his 1’30.863 allowing him to return to second tier. This will be unveiled by his compatriot Fabio Quartararo (4th), the best in the first two sectors, but slowly in the last part of the cycle. This does not exclude them from the platform candidates this Sunday, but for that it will be necessary to win the three men placed in front of them. Including two official Ducati teams, stars of the day in Sarthe.

Down at 1’30.450, Francesco Bagnaia holds the new Bugatti circuit record, two weeks after doing so in the Jerez-Angel Nieto. The vice-world champion confirms his excellent shape, like that of his Desmosedici GP22. Which will also take second place in the front row thanks to Jack Miller, a Le Mans winner last year. The Aussie took the helm of his teammate in his final race, and the team strategy bore more fruit.

Falling into the fourth period of free practice an hour earlier, Aleix Espargaro (3) got the full answer and will complete the front row, which includes 100% of Italian motorcycles. Enea Bastianini (5) even puts the fourth in the best-5, and so will start to be surrounded by three colors Fabio Quartararo (4th) and Johann Zarco (6th).

After passing the destination, Joan Mir (7th) is progressing well and is even 34th place ahead of teammate Alex Rins (8th), the last of eight who dropped 1’31. Jorge Martin (9th) saves the furniture after playing also in Q1, but is behind the officials, with a rhythm like on a quick thigh. Finishing in the top 10 and approaching the top 5 should be his goal after two consecutive white results.

Still struggling to use his new Honda, Marc Marquez could not do better than a tenth-place finish. Poor performance, but the best results of the HRC since defeating Pol Espargaro (11th) and Takaaki Nakagami (12th), he headed one second from Poleman.

Le Mans (French GP) – Q2 MotoGP:

Grid continuity:
13. Marco Bezzecchi
14. Maverick Vinales
15. Luca Marini
16. Fabio di Giannantonio
17. Miguel Oliveira
18. Brad Binder
19. Franco Morbidelli
20. Andrea Dovizioso
21. Alex Marquez
22. Remy Gardner
23. Darryn Binder
24. Raúl Fernandez





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