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Aleix Espargaro, Catalunya MotoGP, 3 June

As it happened: Aleix Espargaro sets new lap record in Catalan MotoGP qualifying

Last Updated: 04 Jun 2022 - 13:54

Round nine of the 2022 World Championship is well under way as we reach FP3 in the CatalanGP weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya.

After Friday’s sessions concluded it was advantage Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia with his team-mate Maverick Vinales next quickest on combined times after the opening day concluded.

Espargaro is on a fine run of form, with four consecutive third place finishes under his belt from the last four races, backing up his win from pole back in Argentina, which sees him sit an impressive second in the overall standings.

Ducati arrive on a successful run having taken the spoils in the Mugello MotoGP race as Francesco Bagnaia claimed his second victory in three races.

This time it was Gresini’s Enea Bastianini who was leading the way for the Italian factory after day one, third overall after picking up the pace in FP2, himself a recent winner having claimed victory one race earlier in Le Mans.

Bagnaia was fourth on the factory Ducati, with Jorge Martin giving him a run for his money on the Pramac entry, while Jack Miller posted the seventh best time on the opening day.

They were split by the KTM of Brad Binder in sixth.

Alex Rins arrived on home soil coming off another early exit in Italy with neither he nor team-mate Joan Mir scoring over the last two rounds. A promising first session turned out to remain Rins’ best effort as only he and the last two riders did not improve, though he still lead the way for Suzuki in eighth.

Reigining champion and standings leader Fabio Quartararo has work to do. The Yamaha rider has a new contract under his belt to remain with the factory,  but begins Saturday from ninth, one place ahead of team-mate Franco Morbidelli as he continues his resurgence.

Marc Marquez is a notable absentee at the Catalunya Grand Prix. The eight time world champion has already had his fourth right arm surgery since 2020 after announcing his decision in Italy. 

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13:54

A. Espargaro, Bagnaia, Quartararo, Zarco and Fabio Di Giannantonio is your top five. 

13:53

MotoGP Qualifying 2 - CLICK HERE for the full results

13:52

Aleix Espargaro is on pole for the Catalan MotoGP!

13:50

New lap record for Epsaargaro who goes top. 

13:48

Bagnaia goes into provisional pole. What a time as he gets within +0.016s of the lap record.

13:46

Bagnaia has often gone quicker on his second run in Q2, so if history repeats itself we could be looking at pole for the Mugello winner. 

13:45

Bagnaia is already back out on track to start run #2

13:44

Aleix Espargaro is third +0.012s off Quartararo. The Aprilia rider still has time to find in order to claim his second pole of the season. 

13:42

Bagnaia goes +0.010s off Quartararo, it's close out there. 

13:41

Fabio Quartararo sets a very competitive times to open Q2. 

 

13:29

MotoGP Qualifying 1 - CLICK HERE for the full results

13:28

Vinales and Nakagami make it through. Unreal stuff. Bezzecchi leads a fifth row of Bastianini and Bidner for tomorrow's race. 

13:27

Nakagami goes second!!

13:24

What a lap by Binder as he goes top by three tenths, however, Vinales and Bezzecchi have just beaten the KTM rider's time.

13:23

Here we go, Binder is on a big lap...

13:17

Vinales, who desperately needs to qualify well is currently fastest. 

13:15

Marco Bezzecchi sets the first sub 1m 40s lap in Q1 so far - Vinales is second.

13:12

It looks as though Alex Marquez will miss out on Q1 after his heavy FP4 crash. 

13:11

Here we go! Catalunya MotoGP Q1 is underway.

13:03
13:02

Espargaro has done it - that's three sessions in a row where he's finished fastest. 

12:55

Big crash for Alex Marquez at the final corner.

12:54

Brad Binder has crahsed at turn five - his second of the weekend. 

12:51

Like in Mugello, Bezzecchi and Luca Marini have once again shown very strong race pace - Marini is fifth with 10 minutes to go. 

12:50

Espargaro continues to lead but it's now Marco Bezzecchi in second.