Bagnaia quickest on final day of Jerez MotoGP test


Though conditions were dry for the start of the final day of MotoGP running of the year, the wind had picked up and would prove problematic for the rest of the day.

Honda’s Pol Espargaro was first out on track on the 2021 RC213V before switching to one of the two 2022 prototypes he had to evaluate.

But it would be Honda stablemate Takaaki Nakagami – who topped Thursday’s action – who would end hour one fastest with a 1m37.672s, as he put more miles on his LCR-backed 2022 RC213V.

By the end of hour two 2021 championship runner-up Bagnaia had taken over from Nakagami with a 1m36.872.

The Ducati rider had various items to try on his 2022 GP22, including a new engine and fairing, and feels the Italian manufacturer is improving an “already perfect” package.

Bagnaia’s time would go unchallenged through to the end of the eight-hour test session, beating world champion Fabio Quartararo by 0.452 seconds.

The Yamaha rider tried a new chassis on Friday on top of the various other items the Japanese marque have brought to Jerez for its 2022 challenger, but once again felt like no real improvement over the 2021 bike has been made.

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Quartararo headed Suzuki’s Alex Rins, who crashed at Turn 6 at the start of the day, but was able to complete 59 laps as he put the 2022 GSX-RR – which included a new chassis – through its paces.

Espargaro was the top Honda runner in fourth with a 1m37.496s after 46 laps on his RC213V, with Maverick Vinales completing the top five on the factory Aprilia.

Joan Mir trailed him by 0.012s on the other Suzuki, with the 2020 MotoGP world champion pleased with the steps made by the Japanese marque with its 2022 bike – noting the new engine has a bit more power.

Nakagami headed Gresini’s Enea Bastianini, his factory Ducati counterpart Jack Miller and LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez to complete the top 10.

Brad Binder was the fastest of the KTM’s in 11th with a 1m37.942s, with VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini and Andrea Dovizioso behind him, the latter putting more miles on the 2022 RNF Racing-run Yamaha.

Fabio Di Giannantonio was the fastest of the rookies in 19th on his Gresini Ducati, the Moto2 graduate 1.656s off the pace ahead of Tech3’s Raul Fernandez – who had his day interrupted by a technical issue on his KTM.

Reigning Moto2 world champion Remy Gardner found well over a second in lap time from Friday to end the test 22nd and 1.8s off the pace, while VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi and RNF’s Darryn Binder – who had a crash – brought up the rear of the field.

Pos Rider Bike Time  Gap  Laps 
Franceso Bagnaia Ducati 1’36.872   42
Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1’37.324 0.452 68
Alex Rins Suzuki 1’37.423 0.551 59
Pol Espargaro Honda 1’37.496 0.624 46
Maverick Vinales Aprilia 1’37.622 0.750 82
Joan Mir Suzuki 1’37.634 0.762 73
Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1’37.672 0.800 36
Enea Bastianini Ducati 1’37.698 0.826 25
Jack Miller Ducati 1’37.717 0.845 39
10  Alex Marquez Honda 1’37.760 0.888 56
11  Brad Binder KTM 1’37.942 1.070 56
12  Luca Marini Ducati 1’38.025 1.153 56
13  Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1’38.029 1.157 58
14  Miguel Oliveira KTM 1’38.085 1.213 56
15  Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1’38.100 1.228 30
16  Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1’38.149 1.277 55
17  Johann Zarco Ducati 1’38.160 1.288 65
18  Jorge Martin Ducati 1’38.435 1.563 34
19  Fabio di Giannantonio Ducati 1’38.528 1.656 45
20  Raul Fernandez KTM 1’38.691 1.819 55
21  Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1’38.724 1.852 60
22  Remy Gardner KTM 1’38.728 1.856 64
23  Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1’39.040 2.168 56
24  Dani Pedrosa KTM 1’39.185 2.313 58
25  Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1’39.312 2.440 62
26  Darryn Binder Yamaha 1’39.941 3.069 55

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