Enea Bastianini, Qatar MotoGP, 6 March 2022

Enea Bastianini wins MotoGP at COTA - as it happened

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2022 - 20:27

Round four of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship continues with race day from Austin, Texas. 

Jorge Martin led the first-ever Ducati quintet in MotoGP qualifying, while world champion Fabio Quartararo could only manage sixth after a turn 19 fall.

Martin's pole was enough to set a new all-time MotoGP Lap Record around the Circuit of the Americas, while also keeping his 100% front row start in 2022 alive.

After exiting pit lane with Enea Bastianini right behind him, Marc Marquez elected to let the Italian through before starting his first flying lap, clearly the eight-time world champion wanted to keep his cards close to his chest.

Marquez, who was now behind Bastianini, was setting an unbelievable time as Bagnaia provisionally went top, but just as Marquez looked like smashing the Italian’s lap time, the Honda rider abandoned his effort due to Bastianini crashing right in front of him. 

Miller then replaced Bagnaia at the front by just +0.008s. 

More drama then followed as reigning world champion Quartararo crashed at turn 19 after looking set to break Ducati hearts with provisional pole. 

The Frenchman was back on his feet with immediate effect as he did his best Usain Bolt impression through the gravel. Determined to find his way back to pit lane, Quartararo was dropped off on the back of a scooter by a marshal, before heading out for his second run. 

First out of the pits for the final run was Bagnaia as the Italian went quickest by nearly two tenths, however, Miller produced a new lap record to move ahead of his team-mate. 

A sure-fire pole position, his first of 2022 - that’s the line we expected to bring you before qualifying specialist Jorge Martin gained close to two tenths in the final sector as he set a new all-time lap record by just +0.003s.

Expected to go much better, Marquez made an error on his final lap which meant a starting position of ninth - his worst qualifying results ever at the Circuit of the Americas.

Behind the top three of Martin, Miller and Bagnaia was the second Pramac bike of Zarco and Bastianini. 

Quartararo recovered well from his fall to claim sixth ahead of Alex Rins.

Surprisingly Q1 was made up of Rins, Maverick Vinales, Jorge Martin and Aleix Espargaro, despite all four showing much better potential at times in practice.

Following his brother Brad, RNF Yamaha rider Darryn Binder crashed at turn three on what was his first flying lap. 

Rins immediately got down to a searing pace as the Suzuki rider set a 2:02.723s - a lap time that would have been good enough for a top six in FP3. 

Martin, who had not been off the front row so far this season, then went quickest with a stunning time of 2:02.487s. 

Joining Binder in the crash column was fellow rookie Remy Gardner after the Australian suffered a front-end washout. 

While the other three pre-session favourites were occupying the top three places in Q1, Vinales was down in 22nd and in need of serious improvements.

While Vinales did just that to go fourth, Espargaro suffered a crash at turn eight, thus eliminating himself from contention for Q2. 

Heading the start of row five will be Espargaro and Vinales, while Andrea Dovizioso had to settle for fifth (15th for the race).

After finishing inside the top four in FP4, race pace looks strong for both Vinales and Espargaro, however, winning Sunday’s race will now be close to impossible. 

Advancing to Q2 were Martin and Rins, two riders who could be major players for the podium.

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Miller fights back though...


Last lap time as Rins gets ahead of Miller for second. 


Double moment as Marquez and Quartararo both had their left foot off the peg. 


Marquez is starting to run out of tyre - Quartararo is all over him. 


Bastianini is beginning to inch away from Miller. Could he become the first double winner in 2022?


Marquez and Quartararo are now ahead of Martin. 


Bastianini leads! Great move heading into turn 12. 


Bastianini is coming. A move should take place anytime now. 


Bastianini looks like the favourite as it stands. He's right with Miller. 


Marquez has got past Qaurtararo at turn 12, he's now seventh. 


New all-time race lap record from Marquez. 


This is serious pace from Marquez - he's on the back of Quartararo for eighth - 8 laps remaining. 


Marquez sets a new fastest lap as Martin is now down to fourth. The Pramac rider is struggling. 


Rins is trying very hard to get ahead of Bastianini, but has so far failed to do so. 


Marquez is now through on Aleix Espargaro for P9. 


The top six are still together - Miller leads with 11 laps to go. 


Rins is making good progess - he's ahead of Zarco for P4. 


Huge moment for Marquez over the bumps at turn ten. What a save! 


Marquez is through on Pol Espargaro and is the fastest rider on-track. This has shades of Jerez 2020. 


Alex Marquez has crashed at turn 11. 


Mir is now ahead of Quartararo who seems to be struggling for pace.


Quartararo and the two Suzuki's are right behind the five Ducati's however, overtaking the Bologna bullets is proving very, very difficult.