MotoGP: Zarco Breaks Lap File, Earns Pole Place At Silverstone (Up to date) – Roadracing World Journal


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Extra, from a press launch issued by Dorna:

Zarco obliterates the lap document to beat Viñales to Silverstone pole

Zarco, Viñales, Miller, Quartararo, Bagnaia and Aleix Espargaro all put in 1:57s in an excellent shootout at Silverstone


Johann Zarco. Picture courtesy Dorna.

Saturday, 06 August 2022

Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) got here out on prime after a critical assault on the lap document in Q2 on the Monster Power British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the Frenchman placing in a 1:57.767 to simply beat Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) by 0.098. Zarco extends his document because the rider with most premier class poles with out a win and Viñales takes his first entrance row with Aprilia, with Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Workforce) finishing that entrance row simply one other 0.066 again. The entrance two rows all went underneath the 1:57 barrier and eight riders beat the 2019 lap document.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) will begin from Row 2 after a 1:57 and a surprising salvage job. The Aprilia rider suffered a big highside  in FP4 at Flip 12 and was despatched skywards, given the all clear to proceed by the Medical Centre with no fractures however undoubtedly left with a ache barrier to trip by way of in qualifying and on Sunday.


Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) headed by way of on prime, the Italian not likely threatened by the remainder in Q1 however the battle behind proving shut.

It was Brad Binder (Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing) holding onto second till later within the session, however a late lunge from Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Workforce) noticed him usurp the South African to maneuver by way of.

Some early drama unfolded for Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) within the session because the Spaniard crashed down on the Vale chicane, rider okay however nonetheless lead Honda down in P17.


After his big highside at Flip 12 in FP4, a bruised Aleix Espargaro was again out on monitor, in the meantime Martin laid down a high quality early banker to edge teammate Zarco by lower than a tenth after the primary flying laps – which means a 1:58.377 was the time to beat.

Quartararo did then higher that by 0.118s as Miller rose to P2, 0.001s off the Frenchman. Espargaro’s first effort was 1.6s away from Quartararo’s tempo, however that was simply an exploratory run to see how he was feeling. New tyres had been fitted and the quantity 41 was again out to see how far up the grid he may get.

It was Espargaro’s teammate Viñales who occupied provisional P3 heading into the ultimate 5 minutes of the session although, with Martin and Zarco shuffled right down to P4 and P5, with Alex Rins (Workforce Suzuki Ecstar) P6 forward of seventh positioned Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Workforce).

Consideration then turned to Aleix Espargaro. Three purple sectors resulted in a 1:57.966 – amazingly, a brand new all-time lap document and a phenomenal try. It wasn’t going to be sufficient for pole place, nonetheless, as a flurry of fast instances had been about to return in. Quartararo briefly returned to P1 earlier than Miller then bettered the Yamaha rider, however then got here Zarco. He took over and the lap held agency because it wasn’t overwhelmed by Bagnaia, who slotted into P4.

The final rider to cross the road on a flying lap was Viñales and it was a belter. Prime Gun’s 1:57.865 was sufficient to shoot him as much as second place, incomes the Spaniard his greatest qualifying end result with Aprilia and his first entrance row since claiming pole on the 2021 Dutch TT.

The Grid

Zarco’s new all-time lap document provides the person third within the World Championship chase his second pole of the season, forward of Viñales and Miller. Quartararo will likely be praying for a fantastic getaway from P4 as he faces the much-talked-about Lengthy Lap penalty on Sunday afternoon, as three key title contenders line up on the second row: Bagnaia begins P5, Aleix Espargaro begins P6.

After coming by way of Q1, Bezzecchi begins seventh forward of fellow Q1 graduate Bastianini – amazingly, each of the Ducati riders had been underneath Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Workforce) previous lap document at Silverstone too. That’s simply how aggressive MotoGP™ is in 2022!

Martin has to accept P9 regardless of being lower than half a second away from pole, as Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Workforce), Rins and Joan Mir (Workforce Suzuki Ecstar) spherical out the Q2 locations in P10, P11 and P12 respectively.

In any case that, we’re arrange for a spell-binding Sunday at Silverstone. Don’t miss a vital battle within the Championship at 13:00 native time (GMT+1) because the premier class tackle the Monster Power British Grand Prix.


1 Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) – Ducati –  1’57.767

2 Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) – Aprilia – +0.098

3 Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Workforce) – Ducati – +0.164

Johann Zarco: “Fairly comfortable. I bought good confidence in FP4 with the arduous rear, and on the primary lap on the smooth rear in qualifying, I felt this 58.4 was coming with good management. So, then it was essential to have an additional push with the second tyre, and I’m fairly comfortable that I may do it instantly from the primary lap when the tyre has the very best efficiency. There was no one on monitor – nobody slowing down and disturbing me – only a few guys in entrance of me. It was adequate to get this additional motivation and revel in a great time.”

Fernandez pips Roberts to put down the gauntlet on Saturday

The Spaniard is again on prime for the primary time since 2019 as he denies Roberts by simply 0.034

Augusto Fernandez (Crimson Bull KTM Ajo) took his second profession pole place on the Monster Power British Grand Prix, simply holding off Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Workforce) by 0.034 after a detailed Q2 on Saturday. Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Workforce Asia), who trails Fernandez by a single level within the standings, strains up third for what guarantees to be a basic intermediate class race at Silverstone.


Jorge Navarro (Flexbox HP 40) emerged on prime by a tenth within the first session, heading by way of forward of Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 Grasp Camp Workforce), Alessandro Zaccone (Gresini Racing Moto2) and Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Workforce Asia), who simply beat Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Italtrans Racing Workforce) to a spot in Q2 by hundredths.


It was Fernandez vs Jake Dixon (GASGAS Aspar Workforce) for a lot of observe however that duel couldn’t fairly materialise in qualifying because the Brit took a tumble – rider completely okay and rejoining – however not then capable of push for pole. Fernandez, nonetheless, saved it nearly pitch good to take to the highest, again on pole for the primary time for the reason that 2019 Catalan GP and for less than the second time thus far.

Roberts gave it a great go and bought inside 0.034, however the American is compelled to accept second forward of Ogura because the Japanese rider joins fellow Championship challenger Fernandez on the entrance row.

Albert Arenas (GASGAS Aspar Workforce) takes fourth forward of Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Workforce) because the latter pushes to carry onto that moniker on Sunday, additionally dealing with down a Lengthy Lap penalty as Fernandez and Ogura line up forward of him. Dixon completes Row 2, properly in the precise postcode to push for a house podium.

Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Workforce), Alonso Lopez (CAG Pace Up) and Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) are on Row 3, with Aron Canet (Flexbox HP 40) down in P10 and on the lookout for extra on race day.

That race day is a little bit later for the intermediate class at Silverstone, with lights out at 14:30 (GMT +1) – don’t miss it!


1 Augusto Fernandez (Crimson Bull KTM Ajo) – Kalex –  2’04.103

2 Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Workforce) – Kalex – +0.034

3 Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Workforce Asia) – Kalex – +0.177

Augusto Fernandez: “Yeah, it was a great one, I’m so proud of this pole. Additionally, as a result of we struggled a little bit bit this morning – not so much – however in the long run we may make a great lap. Yeah, it was flying this morning and we wished to do a great lap. A 2:04.1, I believe, was the pole, so feeling good, feeling a bit higher with the bike when it comes to tempo, so prepared for tomorrow!”

Moreira makes historical past to turn into first Brazilian to take light-weight class pole

The rookie heads Guevara by simply 0.068, with Garcia dealing with a struggle again from P11 

Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets – MSI) grew to become the primary Brazilian rider to take pole place within the light-weight class on Saturday on the Monster Power British Grand Prix, the rookie driving the venue for the very first time and getting the higher of Championship challenger Izan Guevara (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Workforce) by simply 0.068. Ryusei Yamanaka made it each MT Helmets – MSI riders on the entrance row as he took third, and the Japanese rider was nonetheless inside 0.078 of pole because the margins proved small regardless of the expanse of Silverstone Circuit.


Two big names discovered themselves down in Q1: Championship chief Sergio Garcia (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Workforce) and a number of winner Jaume Masia (Crimson Bull KTM Ajo). All of it went right down to the wire and Riccardo Rossi (SIC58 Squadra Corse) moved by way of on prime, simply forward of Xavier Artigas (CFMoto Racing PrüstelGP). Garcia held on to 3rd forward of Taiyo Furusato (Honda Workforce Asia) because the Japanese rider stayed forward of David Muñoz (BOE Motorsports), Adrian Fernandez (Crimson Bull KTM Tech3) and Masia – who faces race day down from P20.


After the primary runs it was Moreira on prime already, and regardless of a Leopard Racing freight prepare of Tatsuki Suzuki and Dennis Foggia giving it a shot, and nobody may topple the Brazilian on take two both. So the rookie retains pole forward of Championship challenger Guevara, with Yamanaka on the heels of the Leopard prepare and coming by way of to take third.

Rossi holds fourth after topping Q1, forward of Stefano Nepa (Angeluss MTA Workforce) in fifth and Deniz Öncü (Crimson Bull KTM Tech 3) in sixth because the Turk seems to be to increase his streak as the one rider to attain in each race thus far in 2022.

Foggia and Suzuki head up Row 3, not capable of achieve on the ultimate run, with Assen winner Ayumu Sasaki (Sterilgarda Max Racing Workforce) pipping residence hero teammate John McPhee simply behind as the 2 Husqvarnas full the highest ten.

Behind them, Championship chief Garcia faces a struggle again from P11 and will likely be on the lookout for extra on Sunday, with teammate Guevara completely poised to assault that factors lead. Can the quantity 11 hit again?

The lights exit for the light-weight class on the barely later time of 11:20 (GMT +1) on Sunday, tune in to see who will head the standings on the best way to Austria!


1 Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets – MSI) – KTM – 02’10.9510

2 Izan Guevara (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Workforce) – GASGAS – +0.068

3 Ryusei Yamanaka (MT Helmets – MSI) – KTM – +0.078

Diogo Moreira: “For positive, we’re comfortable – my first time right here in Silverstone and my first pole place. I believe we’re in a great way, we skilled so much for the primary day right here and I hope tomorrow stays the identical. Let’s see!”


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