Binder heads third row after first MotoGP qualifier of 2022

Binder heads third row after first MotoGP qualifier of 2022

Red Bull KTM and Tech3 KTM Factory Racing riders will tackle the initial Grand Prix of 21 in 2022 tomorrow, with Brad Binder the highest-placed qualifier in Qatar thanks to the 7th position on the grid at the top Lusail International Circuit.

  • Binder makes the first Q2 session of the season
  • Oliveira is so close to Q2 cut and takes 14th
  • Red Bull KTM riders with solid race pace in FP4
  • Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Gardner and Fernandez 22nd and 23rd in debut MotoGP qualification

Pleasant temperatures and a strong breeze marked the first qualification ‘Q1’ and ‘Q2’ periods of 2022 at Lusail as MotoGP pushed through the afternoon, dusk and early evening sessions in preparation for round one.

On Friday afternoon, Brad Binder was fast out of the box for the first Free Practice and was P1. The second day of work saw Binder and Miguel Oliveira working on a solid race pace – with top five-speed on the RC16 for most of FP4 – and with conditions closest to what the riders will find on Sunday. 

Miguel Oliveira MotoGP 2022 Qatar Qualification

On his seventh attempt at a ‘flyer’, Brad entered the top-two positions for Q2. The South African then saved his tires for two time-attacks and at one stage held a slot on the front row until being nudged down to 7th. Oliveira was marginal hundredths of a second from emerging out of Q1 and will begin the Qatar Grand Prix from 14th.

Tech3 KTM Factory Racing rookies Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez negotiated the first two days of the MotoGP chapter of their careers, and their efforts in Q1 delivered 22nd and 23rd places respectively for what will be a significant educational step around Lusail tomorrow.

The first 22-lap race of the season will begin at 16.00 CET on Sunday.

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Brad Binder“Today was a solid day. I’m happy with the work we did, and after being a little disappointed on Friday afternoon, this was much better. I felt good, and the bike feels great – the best I’ve ever felt in Qatar – and we’re ready for the race tomorrow.”

Miguel Oliveira“It was a tough qualifying. Nevertheless, I felt perfect in FP4. We just missed a bit of time in the fourth sector of the lap, and that’s where I was losing the most. I’m confident about tomorrow and happy with our work. The starting position doesn’t help us too much, but I know we can make a decent start and place ourselves for the year’s first race. We will be in a big group, so it will be about managing the tires and hoping to finish with some rubber left.”

Remy Gardner: “It was the first qualifying in MotoGP for me. We want more, but it is just the beginning of the season. We need to learn and study what we did today to improve and prepare as much as possible for the race tomorrow. I want to thank my team for their work, and I cannot wait for tomorrow.”

Raul Fernandez“It was a difficult day for me today. We were fast during the pre-season tests, but here in Qatar, we cannot replicate the speed, especially on the braking where we have some difficulties, and we are struggling to understand exactly why. We need to study this to be ready for tomorrow. Tonight, I will try to get some rest and reset my mindset because I want to enjoy my first MotoGP race.”

Remy Gardner MotoGP 2022 Qatar Qualification

Moto2 & Moto3

Jaume Masia, winner of the 2021 Grand Prix of Qatar, will push his Red Bull KTM Ajo RC4 onto the front row of the Moto3 grid tomorrow. The Spaniard ended Q2 with his last and best lap hovering just two-tenths of a second away from Pole Position. Masia was the lead KTM rider with Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Öncü in 12th and Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie Dani Holgado qualifying well in 15th.

Less than three-tenths of a second split Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Augusto Fernandez from a first Moto2 Pole Position for the team and the intimate nature of the class means the Spaniard will take 6th spot on the grid at the end of the second row. Moto2 rookie Pedro Acosta was an impressive 10th quickest after his first Q2 experience in the class and will get away from the tip of the fourth row. He was denied a final time attack due to a fall at the end of the session.

Races: March 6th, 2022 – Moto3 13.00 CET | Moto2 14.20 CET | MotoGP 16.00 CET

Results Qualifying MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar

  • 1. Jorge Martin (ESP) Ducati 1:53.011
  • 2. Enea Bastianini (ITA) Ducati +0.147
  • 3. Marc Marquez (ESP) Honda +0.272
  • 4. Jack Miller (AUS) Ducati +0.287
  • 5. Aleix Espargaro (ESP) Aprilia +0.308
  • 7. Brad Binder (RSA) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +0.339
  • 14. Miguel Oliveira (POR) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (Q1) 1:53.819
  • 22. Remy Gardner (AUS) Tech3 KTM Factory Racing (Q1) 1:54.378
  • 23. Raul Fernandez (ESP) Tech3 KTM Factory Racing (Q1) 1:54.889

Results Qualifying Moto2 Grand Prix of Qatar

  • 1. Celestino Vietti (ITA) 1:59.082
  • 2. Tony Arbolino (ITA) +0.112
  • 3. Sam Lowes (GBR) +0.144
  • 6. Augusto Fernandez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.257
  • 10. Pedro Acosta (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.446

Results Qualifying Moto3 Grand Prix of Qatar

  • 1. Izan Guevara (ESP) GASGAS 2:04.811
  • 2. Ayumu Sasaki (JPN) Husqvarna +0.085
  • 3. Jaume Masia (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.212
  • 12. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Tech3 +1.362
  • 15. Daniel Holgado (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.634
  • 23. Adrian Fernandez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Tech3 (Q1) 02:06.9970

via KTM Press

 

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