MotoGP Valencia FP1 LIVE: Fabio Quartararo does the job!

The winner of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship will therefore be decided during the last weekend of the season between Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and the current holder Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™), and for the public watching, this makes the equation quite easy: the first condition, necessary but not sufficient, for Fabio Quartararo to renew his title, is to win the race in Valencia. If he does not, Francesco Bagnaia will not even need to cross the finish line, as his advantage of 23 points is great. And that’s just an already very difficult first step of the Frenchman’s almost impossible mission in Spain…

In the red corner, Francesco Bagnaia picked up seven wins and rallied from a 91-point deficit to take a 23-point lead. He broke more than one record and could become the first Ducati rider to win the crown in 15 years, which would also see the Bologna factory complete the triple crown for manufacturers, teams and riders. He won in Valencia last year, on a historic day for Ducati who secured the entire podium with jorge martin and Jack Millerand the Ricardo Tormo circuit therefore also plays in favor of Ducati for the final confrontation: if anyone other than Fabio Quartararo win the race, Francesco Bagnaia will be crowned!

In the blue corner, the year of Fabio Quartararo was a fine example of consistency. Few errors, some impressive victories and, until late, the only Yamaha to score constructor points every weekend testify to the success of this season despite a machine that was largely unchanged from last year. Valencia may not be the favorite place to Fabio Quartararo :
– 2019 was his first MotoGP™ race at Valencia, and he took pole for the sixth time in his rookie season. He led the first seven laps before being passed by Mark Marquezfinishing second to clinch the title of Top Independent Team Driver.
– At the 2020 European GP, ​​he qualified in 11th position. He crashed at turn 8 on the first lap and came back up to finish 14th.
– At the 2020 Valencia GP, he qualified 11th after going through Q1. He widened out at turn 2 before dropping out at turn 6 on lap 9.
– In 2021, he qualified in eighth position and finished the race in fifth position.

But Valencia is a place that has had 8 Yamaha victories, with Regis Laconi (1999), Garry McCoy (2000), Valentino Rossi (2004), Jorge Lorenzo (2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016) and Franco Morbidelli (2020/2)… So, without pressure, now that the weight of expectations has shifted to his opponent, will the Frenchman be able to pull out all the stops?

Alex Espargaro is no longer in contention for the title, and will even have to fight against Enea Bastianini for the 3rd step of the podium, but will console himself with his helmet decorated by his son: nice!

We will also salute with regret the last race of the Suzukis as well as the pilots who would have deserved another chance, Darryn Binder and Remy Gardner.

The weather is expected to be perfect throughout the weekend, which will avoid the hazards of a confrontation in fluctuating conditions.

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It is in this context that we are going to start this weekend of the Grand Prix of the Valencian Community whose race will take place over 27 laps of the 4 kilometer route, of which Jorge Lorenzo still holds the lap record since 2016!

Let’s find out more, as the 24 drivers prepare for this first 45-minute free practice session under pristine blue skies with temperatures of 19° in the air and 36° on the ground:

MotoGP™ Valence

2021

2022

FP1

1’40.569 Iker Lecuona (See here)

1’31.399 Fabio Quartararo (See here)
FP2

1’30.927 Jack Miller (See here)

FP3

1’30.529 Aleix Espargaro (See here)

FP4

1’31.208 Takaaki Nakagami (See here)

Q1

1’30.673 Alex Rins (See here)

Q2

1’29.96 Jorge Martin (See here)

Warm up

1’31.082 Joan Mir (See here)

Race

Bagnaia, Martin, Miller (See here)

Record

1’29.401 Jorge Lorenzo (2016)

When the red lights go out… Marc Marquez is the first to set off with his Honda equipped with saddle fins, Raúl Fernandez the last behind Fabio Quartararo.

At the tire level, it is unanimous: soft front / medium rear, except for Remy Gardner who uses a hard on the back.

After the first flying lap, Fabio Quartararo proves to be the fastest in 1’33.459 ahead of Alex Espargaro, then 1’31.866 on the next pass.

Marc Marquez then clocked 1’31.805, but the duel continued between the Spaniard and the Frenchman who clocked 1’31.689 before the Honda rider achieved 1’31.434.

Towards the end of the first quarter of an hour, Jack Miller comes between the two men.

The French pilot however regained his second place and, at the end of the first run, we found Marc Marquez one tenth ahead Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Franco Morbidelli, Miguel Oliveira, Maverick Vinales, Jorge Martin, Alex Márquez, Enea Bastianini, Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Aleix Espargaro, Alex Rins, Luca Marini, Cal Crutchlow, Francesco Bagnaia, Marco Bezzecchi , Fabio Di Giannantonio, Takaaki Nakagami, Brad Binder, Raul Fernandez, Remy Gardner and Darryn Binder.

On recovery, Alex Espargaro rises to 5th position while Marc Marquez minor fall at turn #2.

Darryn Binder also made a minor mistake a few moments later, while Fabio Quartararo now test the medium front tire.

This seems to suit him since on his first flying lap, the Frenchman achieves 1’31.399 and puts his name at the top of the table.

As we approach the final 10 minutes, the top 10 now consists of Fabio Quartararo35/1000 in front Marc Marquezthen Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Miguel Oliveira, Aleix Espargaro, Joan Mir, Franco Morbidelli, Enea Bastianini and Alex Rinswhile Francesco Bagnaia moved up to 13th position.

While many riders have now switched to medium front tyres, no one is switching to soft rear tyres, and lap attacks in the final minutes are quite limited. Francesco Bagnaia, for example, remains in 16th position.

Alex Rins goes up, however, to the fourth position, then Brad Binderwith new tyres, leapt to third place!

For now, Fabio Quartararo, Marc Márquez, Brad Binder, Jack Miller, Alex Rins, Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin, Miguel Oliveira, Aleix Espargaro and Joan Mir are prequalified for Q2…

See you at 2:10 p.m. for FP2!

Grand Prix FP1 Results MotoGP of the Valencian Community on the Ricardo Tormo circuit:

Ranking credit: MotoGP.com

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