Five MotoGP riders who shocked us in qualifying at Phillip Island | MotoGP


Ducati will start Sunday’s race with a strong chance of securing another MotoGP victory in 2022, as Martin is also joined in the front row by Francesco Bagnaia.

But that said, other racers are well and truly in the mix, which should make for a very exciting race at Phillip Island, the first since 2019.

Before that, here are the five Crash.net riders who shocked us during qualifying.

Jorge Martin – 1st

Starting at the post keeper, Martin was the first rider to go under the 1m 28s barrier as he broke Jorge Lorenzo’s nine-year-old lap record which was run on Bridgestone tyres.

With Johann Zarco showing incredible pace aboard his Pramac Ducati all weekend, such a result appeared more likely from Martin’s teammate.

But immediately after the start of Q2, Martin looked like a contender as he led the way after the opening round flurry.

Closing in on his best form in recent races, Martin should be a contender for victory in Sunday’s Grand Prix, although team orders at Ducati could be a factor if Bagnaia has a chance of victory.

Marc Marquez – 2nd

Marquez was one of the standout riders, not just in qualifying but throughout Saturday at Australian MotoGP.

The fastest in FP3, Marquez was also strong in FP4 before claiming second place in the second quarter with a time that was just +0.013s on Martin’s pole lap.

The six-time premier class world champion also produced a miraculous ‘save’ at turn ten which brought the Aussies fans to their feet.

It was a lap that, at the time, was going to be enough for the provisional pole although no faster than when he finally defined when he followed Bagnaia.

Enea Bastianini – 15th

Although Bastianini could and probably should have fought his way through the first quarter – instead the Gresini rider lost after being hampered by Miguel Oliveira who was seen touring the racing line – the second-year MotoGP rider has no rhythm for much of the weekend.

Bastianini, who remains a title contender for Ducati, could see his hopes etched in a big way in Sunday’s race as Bagnaia, Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Quartararo are not inferior to second row.

When Bastianini started towards the front of the field he generally produced great results, however, going through the peloton after a difficult qualifying also led to mistakes in the earlier rounds.

Miguel Oliveira – 21st

The winner of Thailand MotoGP last time out, Oliveira’s hope of becoming a back-to-back race winner was all but ended after a disastrous qualifying.

Admittedly, KTM lacked pace against its rivals this weekend, so a victory challenge was never really on the cards – that’s unless rain falls, which is not expected. .

Restarted by Brad Binder late in the first quarter, Oliveira was also overqualified by Tech 3 KTM rider Remy Gardner.

Franco Morbidelli – 24th

With only replacement rider Tetsuta Nagashima behind him, qualifying for Australian MotoGP was nothing short of a disaster for Morbidelli.

After showing good race pace in FP4, Morbidelli’s one-lap struggles continued as he finished a second fastest time from Zarco in the first quarter.

The Italian hasn’t shown any improvements as the year has unfolded, which is going to put him under real threat when it comes to keeping his factory Yamaha seat behind. beyond 2023.

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