MotoGP Results – 2022 MotoGP World Championship round 17

Updated with a quote from Danilo Petrucci after his first session on the Suzuki GSX-RR.

Thailand MotoGP, Buriram – Free Practice (1) Results
Pos Rider Nat Team Time/Diff Lap Max
1 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1’30.523s 16/18 330k
2 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.032s 19/21 333k
3 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.065s 19/19 336k
4 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +0.098s 21/22 334k
5 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.118s 21/22 331k
6 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.223s 19/19 334k
7 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.233s 19/19 328k
8 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.242s 20/20 328k
9 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) +0.267s 19/20 331k
10 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.319s 18/20 333k
11 Cal Crutchlow GBR WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) +0.358s 19/20 329k
12 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.462s 21/21 338k
13 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* +0.481s 17/18 333k
14 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.484s 20/20 330k
15 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.536s 22/24 329k
16 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +0.564s 18/19 329k
17 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +0.637s 19/19 332k
18 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* +0.707s 21/21 334k
19 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +0.802s 17/19 329k
20 Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +1.028s 21/21 327k
21 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) +1.132s 21/21 331k
22 Danilo Petrucci ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +2.183s 17/19 327k
23 Darryn Binder RSA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* +2.426s 13/19 323k
24 Tetsuta Nagashima JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +2.550s 20/22 330k

* Rookie

Official Buriram MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 29.719s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 30.904s (2019)

Marc Marquez began opening free practice for the 2022 Thailand MotoGP with a small fall but finished it on top of the Buriram timesheets.

The eight-time world champion, who took his first pole in three years at a wet Motegi last weekend, snatched the top spot from reigning title holder Fabio Quartararo during a frantic end to the session, which saw just 0.098s cover the top four riders.

After almost continuous rain for the last two days, courtesy of storm Noru, the sky brightened slightly on Friday morning.

A wet but drying track for Moto3 progressed to slick tyres during the Moto2 session, although some damp patches were still present as the premier class then took to the circuit for the first time since 2019.

Marc Marquez – winner of broth previous Thai Grands Prix – and Miguel Oliveira were caught out with falls early, Marquez running wide and losing the front of his RCV on the (probably damp) blue paint, before remounting and continuing without pitting.

Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco was leading Francesco Bagnaia and Quartararo as riders put in soft rear tyres for a late-time attack in case of further rain, which remains a threat for the rest of the weekend.

While Quartararo began the weekend strongly for both race pace and time attack, title rivals Francesco Bagnaia and Aleix Espargaro had a more complicated session.

Bagnaia had suddenly dropped from second to twelfth with two minutes to go, putting him in danger of missing a top ten place. The Italian then climbed back to sixth, only to be pushed down to 13th, before returning to sixth on his very final lap.

That nudged an impressive Cal Crutchlow to eleventh, while Aleix Espargaro was left 16th for Aprilia (but only +0.564s) and must also hope for further dry weather to try and break into the top ten by the end of FP3 and avoid a visit to Qualifying 1.

Danilo Petrucci: The Suzuki is such a nice bike

Danilo Petrucci, drafted in as a late substitute for the injured Joan Mir at Suzuki, completed his first MotoGP session since last year’s Valencia finale with a best lap time a creditable 2.183s from Marquez – putting him ahead of both Darryn Binder and Tetsuta Nagashima.

“I’m really happy that I’ve tried the Suzuki GSX-RR. I was so nervous because, you know, the bike is s different to anything I’ve been used to ride in the past, but it is such a nice bike that I enjoyed it very much,” Petrucci said.

“Really, I was not expecting that the bike was so good. For sure everything is really difficult because the other guys are going really really fast, and I still need to understand how to ride the bike and adapt my riding style to it, but I’m really happy and I didn’t expect to be so fast since the very beginning.”

Fabio Quartararo takes an extended 18-point world championship lead over Francesco Bagnaia into the final four rounds, after the Italian’s last lap accident at Motegi.

The Japanese Grand Prix was also a race to forget for Aleix Espargaro, who has slipped 25 points from the top after technical issues forced a last-minute bike swap, leaving him 16th.

The last time MotoGP raced at Buriram, in 2019, Marc Marquez – on pole at Motegi last weekend – narrowly held off then rookie Quartararo to wrap up his eighth world title, with Maverick Vinales completing a podium covered by just 1.3s.

MotoGP welcomes back Danilo Petrucci this weekend. Fresh from finishing runner-up in the MotoAmerica Superbike championship, the double premier-class winner (with Ducati) is stepping in at Suzuki for the injured Joan Mir.

Petrucci won’t be the only substitute on track, with HRC test rider Tetsuta Nagashima, who crashed out of a MotoGP race debut last weekend at Motegi, called up in place of injured countryman Takaaki Nakagami at LCR Honda.

Wet weather is forecast throughout the Buriram event.

As with the other end of season ‘flyaways’, absent from the calendar since Covid restrictions in 2019, ten riders have no prior experience of racing in MotoGP at Buriram: Brad Binder, Alex Marquez, Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini, Luca Marini, plus this year’s rookies Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio di Giannantonio, Darryn Binder, Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez.

Thailand MotoGP schedule

Friday September 30

3am – Moto3 FP1

3.55am – Moto2 FP1

4.50am – MotoGP FP1

7.15am – Moto3 FP2

8.10am – Moto2 FP2

9.05am – MotoGP FP2

Saturday October 1

3am – Moto3 FP3

3.55am – Moto2 FP3

4.50am – MotoGP FP3

6.35am – Moto3 Q1

7am – Moto3 Q2

7.30am – Moto2 Q1

7.55am – Moto2 Q2

8.25am – MotoGP FP4

9.05am – MotoGP Q1

9.30am – MotoGP Q2

Sunday October 2

4am – Moto3 warm-up

4.20am – Moto2 warm-up

4.40am – MotoGP warm-up

6am – Moto3 race

7.20am – Moto2 race

9am – MotoGP race

Motegi: MotoGP World Championship standings
Pos   Rider Nat Team Points Diff.
1 = Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 219  
2 = Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) 201 (-18)
3 = Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) 194 (-25)
4 = Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) 170 (-49)
5 = Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22) 159 (-60)
6 ^1 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) 148 (-71)
7 ˅1 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22) 138 (-81)
8 ^1 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) 120 (-99)
9 ^1 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) 113 (-106)
10 ˅2 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 108 (-111)
11 = Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) 106 (-113)
12 = Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) 101 (-118)
13 ^1 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* 80 (-139)
14 ˅1 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 77 (-142)
15 = Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 73 (-146)
16 ^1 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 47 (-172)
17 ˅1 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 46 (-173)
18 = Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) 42 (-177)
19 = Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 28 (-191)
20 = Fabio di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* 23 (-196)
21 = Andrea Dovizioso ITA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) 15 (-204)
22 = Darryn Binder RSA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* 10 (-209)
23 = Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 9 (-210)
24 = Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 8 (-211)
25 ^1 Cal Crutchlow GBR WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) 3 (-216)
26 ˅1 Stefan Bradl GER Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2 (-217)

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