2022 Aragon MotoGP Information And Outcomes (Up to date)

September 19, 2022

| September 18, 2022

The Gran Premio Animoca Manufacturers de Aragon might show a pivotal day within the 2022 season, with the highest three within the title struggle now cut up by solely 17 factors. By the flag, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) had served some Misano-flavored revenge on Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Staff) as the 2 dueled it out on the ultimate lap for the win, and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) was each again on the rostrum and again in severe Championship competition.

2022 Aragon MotoGP News And Results
Enea Bastianini celebrates the win on the Aragon MotoGP. Photographs: Gold & Goose

Earlier than all that, Fabio Quartararo (Monster Power Yamaha MotoGP) hit some severe dangerous luck, as he made contact with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Staff) after a slide for the quantity 93. The Championship chief crashed out, Marquez continued after which suffered a technical drawback from the prior contact that noticed Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) caught within the crossfire. From there, the pitboards went out for the opposite key Championship protagonists – Quartararo out – and the lay of the land after MotorLand is now a complete completely different story because the paddock heads to Japan.

Bagnaia headed the sphere into Flip 1 after a dream begin off pole place, nevertheless it was a nightmare for a number of riders behind him. From thirteenth on the grid, Marquez was already as much as sixth when he then had a second exiting Flip 3 and closed the throttle, leaving Quartararo with nowhere to go. The Frenchman rammed the again of the RC213V and was thrown off, sliding into the runoff. Rider okay however a 0 on the board. Subsequent the Marquez-Nakagami contact that noticed the Japanese rider slide off and a bunch of riders pressured into avoiding motion, a second shot of big drama. Not lengthy after, Marquez would additionally pit.

In spite of everything that, Brad Binder (Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing) had jumped from tenth on the grid to fifth after which by some means threaded his well beyond one other three bikes to be working an unbelievable second halfway by Lap 1, forward of Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Staff), Bastianini, and Aleix Espargaro. Miller then overtook the South African on Lap 3 at Flip 1 and Bastianini did likewise precisely a lap later, placing the KTM again to fourth, however he wasn’t achieved but.

Bastianini wasn’t both and he continued his progress with a transfer on Miller for second on Lap 6 at Flip 15, earlier than Binder executed a powerful overtake on the Australian by Flip 4 on Lap 7. Within the blink of a watch, Miller was all the best way again to fifth as Espargaro additionally bought by, at Flip 7.

Unhealthy information for one Ducati rider, then, however the Bologna marque’s future manufacturing unit pairing was about to interact in fight over first place – simply as they did two weeks earlier at Misano. Bastianini bought the transfer achieved at Flip 1 on Lap 9 and it seemed just like the Gresini rider would possibly have the ability to draw back, given the tempo benefit he appeared to have over Pecco. As an alternative, he outbraked himself half a lap later at Flip 12 and went very deep, handing the lead again to Bagnaia and barely holding off Binder by the chicane.

2022 Aragon MotoGP News And Results
Francesco Bagnaia noticed his win streak come to an finish, nevertheless it was a worthwhile day within the championship for the Ducati rider who’s now simply 10 factors behind chief Fabio Quartararo, who crashed out.

From there, nonetheless, Bagnaia and Bastianini began to place the hammer down, their margin over Binder as much as one full second on Lap 12, two seconds on Lap 18, and three seconds after only one extra. The Bologna bullets had been buying and selling fast laps round Aragon, and there was nonetheless no certainty over who would prevail. Bastianini twice had appears at Flip 16 and thought higher of it, however would there be one final assault?

There certain could be! Bastianini sprung a shock transfer on his works counterpart on the ultimate lap on the tight Flip 7 right-hander, and he was by, cuing up some candy revenge for dwelling race defeat at Misano. Bagnaia did give chase and when he bought a greater run off the ultimate nook, it was nonetheless within the stability, however the end line was shut sufficient to the exit of Flip 17 that Bastianini was simply capable of cling on by a margin of simply 0.042 seconds. One other beautiful duel, and within the final two races, which means the entire of the gaps between these two on the checkered flag totals a mere 0.076 seconds.

As for the opposite podium place, that went to Espargaro, nevertheless it was a late assault as Binder held station for a lot of the race. The Aprilia and Miller tailed Binder for a lot of the competition earlier than Aprilia’s ‘Captain’ pulled off the block go at first of the penultimate lap, and that was decisive. Espargaro completed six seconds behind the highest two however Binder was simply 0.240 seconds behind him on the checkered flag, and Miller solely one other 0.585 seconds in arrears in fifth.

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Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) took sixth after a late battle with fellow Ducati rider Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Staff), who bought dwelling in seventh forward of Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing), Alex Rins (Staff Suzuki Ecstar), and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Staff). Miguel Oliveira (Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing) earned eleventh, with the remainder of the factors finishers being Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) – who dusted himself off after a Heat Up crash – Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing), Cal Crutchlow (WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP staff), and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Staff). A complete of 20 riders made the checkered flag with Marquez, Quartararo, and Nakagami the one retirements. Nakagami escaped pretty unscathed from the drama however was declared unfit for Japan for a finger harm, so he’ll have to go a medical forward of his dwelling race.

2022 Aragon MotoGP News And Results

Gran Premio Animoca Brtads de Aragon

MotorLand Aragon

Teruel, Spain

Spherical 15

RESULTS (September 18, 2022)

1. Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP)  
2. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Staff) + 0.042
3. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) + 6.139
4. Brad Binder (Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing) + 6.379
5. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Staff) + 6.964
6. Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) + 12.030
7. Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Staff) + 12.474
8. Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) + 12.655
9. Alex Rins (Staff Suzuki Ecstar) + 12.702
10. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Staff) + 16.150

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QUALIFYING

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Staff) has given himself the absolute best alternative to take a fifth straight MotoGP win, taking pole place with a brand new All Time Lap Document on the Gran Premio Animoca Manufacturers de Aragon on September 17. Not solely did Bagnaia take pole with a 1:46.069, simply faster than Jack Miller in a Ducati Lenovo one-two, however he’s additionally set to begin a full row forward of his key World Championship rivals at MotorLand Aragon. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) got here from Q1 to take fourth on the grid, whereas Fabio Quartararo (Monster Power Yamaha MotoGP) may solely handle sixth. Will that 30-point hole look even smaller come Sunday?

2022 Aragon MotoGP News And Results
Francesco Bagnaia will begin on pole for tomorrow’s MotoGP at Aragona.

Q1

With so many massive names beginning Q1, somebody was sure to be disillusioned, and it turned out that Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Staff) could be certainly one of them. He was quickest after the primary runs on a 1:46.909 earlier than Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) went to the highest on a 1:46.843, however then Aleix Espargaro usurped each with a 1:46.569. Eight-time World Champion Marquez was unable to enhance as a yellow flag got here out too, and he’ll begin thirteenth, sharing Row 5 with Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Staff) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP).

Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) had his first crash of the yr, the same old front-end wash-out at Flip 2, and is about to begin sixteenth alongside Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Staff). The latter was the crasher late within the Q1 session at Flip 5, the yellow flag canceling a sooner lap from teammate Marc Marquez, amongst others.

Q2

As Q2 bought underway, it was Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) who bolted out of the blocks with a 1:46.580 on his preliminary flying lap, and that may nonetheless be the benchmark when the primary runs got here to an finish. Because the monitor went quiet on the halfway level, Bagnaia was nonetheless second on a 1:46.633, and Miller – certainly one of two with a smooth Michelin slick on the entrance in addition to the rear (the opposite being Staff Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins) – was third. Quartararo was solely seventh on a 1:46.952, and Aleix Espargaro sat eleventh with a 1:48.742, however having reused a rear tire after coming by Q1.

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As soon as Espargaro bought a brand new smooth Michelin slick onto the again of his RS-GP, he was capable of go second-quickest on a 1:46.590. That turned third when Bagnaia set the 1:46.069 – 0.253 seconds up on his year-old lap report – earlier than Bastianini clocked a 1:46.313 after which Miller a 1:46.159. These laps determined the entrance row – a Ducati lockout – and Espargaro could be categorised fourth.

At a harder monitor for man and machine, Quartararo was pushing onerous to make up the deficit to Bagnaia and firm when he was pressured into a brilliant save at Flip 2 on his penultimate lap, which ruined that flyer however gave ‘El Diablo’ a preventing likelihood. Quartararo was solely tenth when the chequered flag got here out and dug ever so deep along with his closing try, however the 1:46.802 was solely capable of transfer him as much as sixth. Beginning between Espargaro and Yamaha’s Frenchman on Row 2 will likely be one other Frenchman in Zarco, who additionally superior from Q1 earlier than setting a 1:46.646 in Q2.

Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Staff), Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing), and Rins lockout Row 3, the latter a spot forward of the place he began when he gained at MotorLand. Brad Binder (Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing) is in tenth forward of teammate Miguel Oliveira and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu).

With Marquez again on monitor however again within the pack, Quartararo mid-top 10, and Aleix Espargaro solely simply up the grid, there are already a complete host of headlines to be made on Sunday. Can Bagnaia be sure that they’re all a couple of fifth win in a row? We’ll discover out at 14:00 (GMT +2) because the lights exit for the premier class!

2022 Aragon MotoGP News And Results
High three: (L-R) Jack Miller, Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini.

MotoGP Pre-Race Information

Honda turns to Kalex

One bombshell dropped the week earlier than Aragon was that HRC had contracted Moto2 Constructors’ Champions Kalex to fabricate swingarms for Honda’s MotoGP males to attempt on the two-day Misano check.

Kalex, which has racked up ten straight Constructors’ titles in Moto2 as a chassis producer, has been supplying swingarms for BMW’s World Superbike program this yr, with spectacular outcomes. The information represents a serious shift in mindset for HRC, which is eager to enhance its response instances in bike growth, the place it lags behind European factories Ducati and Aprilia. Often, it produces most of its parts in-house.

Kalex’s element is aluminum, a transparent distinction from the carbon swingarm HRC has been utilizing since 2018. The German firm wants roughly six weeks to provide it, that means HRC suggested them a while in the past. Feedback on the Misano check had been optimistic. “As soon as I examined it for a few laps, and I felt like, one thing attention-grabbing,” stated Takaaki Nakagami. “There have been completely no negatives in any respect.” The outcomes had been so good, Marc Marquez used it throughout qualifying.

Angeluss MTA’s all-women staff makes historical past

For the primary time ever, an all-female squad entered a grand prix at Aragon. Maria Herrera is wildcarding for the Moto3 race for the MTA KTM squad, together with her crew consisting of 5 ladies – Aurora Angelucci (Staff Supervisor), Lidia Cerenzula (Crew Chief), Adriana Gallardo and Nekane Muros Salom (Mechanics) and Lara Hortences (Tyre Technician).

The technicians are at the moment working within the JuniorGP sequence. The aim of the wildcard, backed by title sponsor Angeluss, a sports activities administration agency for ladies, is to showcase the very best of feminine driving and technical expertise on the world stage.

“Our participation ought to be valued as an excellent achievement within the historical past of MotoGP,” stated Angelucci. “In truth, we sincerely hope to be a supply of inspiration for younger ladies who wish to enter this world. We held a preparatory check and what we carried out collectively confirmed that the staff can and does work properly, forming an all-female staff that can write new pages of this sport. The emotions are optimistic. We’ll make historical past collectively.”

Beaubier to return to MotoAmerica

The American Racing Staff arrived in Aragon reeling from the information Cameron Beaubier has determined to return to race within the States in 2023. The Californian was anticipated to resume for a 3rd season within the Moto2 class however has determined to return to the Moto America Superbike Championship, a sequence he gained 5 instances.

Explaining the explanations behind the shock resolution, Beaubier stated, “I primarily came visiting right here with the hopes of progressing into MotoGP, and I’m going to be 30 in December. So regardless of how good I do subsequent yr, I don’t see myself entering into MotoGP at 31 years previous. I’m okay with that, however I don’t wish to discover myself racing on this class yr after yr, so I’ve determined the twilight years of my profession could be higher spent at dwelling once more.

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“In addition to how intense it’s on the monitor, I’m not gonna lie, a part of my resolution comes from getting homesick. I’ve been in Northern California my complete life, and it has been tough spending vital quantities of time away from all the things and everybody I do know and love. I didn’t notice how a lot I appreciated racing within the MotoAmerica sequence and that potential to be dwelling after each race weekend.”

VR46 riders renew for 2023, caught with ’22 equipment

There was each excellent news and dangerous for the VR46 riders at Aragon. Firstly, each Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi had been confirmed to stick with the staff for the 2023 season. However on Friday, it was confirmed each could be racing year-old ’22 equipment subsequent yr, a step down for Marini particularly, because the Italian is at the moment racing the newest manufacturing unit bike.

This was a “resolution from the staff,” stated the Italian, a press release which suggests their reasoning relies completely on finances – paying Ducati for year-old equipment could be a superb deal cheaper than the newest, up-to-date package deal.

And Marini refused to view the scenario negatively. “This can be a resolution from the staff. As a rider, I would like the very best bike potential, however we noticed that now it’s not so clear. The event of the bike and know-how is so much, possibly an excessive amount of typically. It’s a must to attempt many issues. However you don’t have time, you don’t have exams. Each rider with the GP22 within the first three races this yr thought, ‘Fahk I need a GP21!’”

Marc Marquez is again

After a profitable two-day outing on the Misano check, the place he accomplished 100 laps and completed simply 0.5s off the quickest tempo, Marc Marquez was again competing at a grand prix simply 105 days after having a fourth main operation on his higher proper arm.

On the check, he commented how the humerus bone that was first damaged in July 2020 is now not a fear. Returning so quickly was to assist construct up muscle groups across the arm, that are a way off full energy. “The bone is 100% fastened. It’s extra the muscle groups. On the fracture space, I don’t really feel any ache. However it’s extra all of the elbow and particularly on the shoulder and on the again.”

This implies Marquez can now experience in a extra pure place, in contrast to 2021 and the primary races of 2022, when the humerus bone had reformed at an irregular angle. Crew chief Santi Hernandez famous, “From what we noticed in Misano he’s coming to a greater place. Earlier than he was driving in an unrideable place and he wanted to adapt. In Misano we began to see his driving as regular however nonetheless it’s not sufficient as a result of he nonetheless wants extra laps and energy in his arm.”

On the shut of Friday’s working, when he was simply 0.3s off the highest, Marquez commented, “My physique place was higher and that is what I actually like from the day,” he stated on the shut of Friday’s working.”

2023 MotoGP grid takes form

With Remy Gardner being shunned by KTM for 2023, Augusto Fernandez has signed a deal that sees the present Moto2 World Championship chief step as much as the MotoGP class. The Spaniard will be a part of Tech3, which will likely be rebranded the GASGAS Manufacturing unit Racing Staff subsequent yr. He’ll race alongside Pol Espargaro. “After we met once more just lately, it appeared very clear that Augusto was ready to come back to MotoGP,” stated Tech3 staff boss Hervé Poncharal.

Moreover, Takaaki Nakagami signed a one-year contract extension with LCR Honda for subsequent yr after months of hypothesis. In mild of Marc Marquez’s harm points, and the signings of Suzuki teamsters Joan Mir (Repsol) and Alex Rins (LCR), the Japanese rider represents continuity for HRC throughout a essential winter of growth.

What’s extra, Japanese Moto2 hot-shot Ai Ogura most well-liked to remain within the intermediate class for an additional season, regardless of HRC being open to the concept of his promotion.