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MotoGP – Austrian GP 2022: Bastianini’s first pole position with Aleix Espargar far behind

Enea Bastianini achieved her first pole position in MotoGP in Austria. It had to be a Ducati. The clouds had dissipated a bit and it was warmer: 2


Enea Bastianini achieved her first pole position in MotoGP in Austria. It had to be a Ducati.

The clouds had dissipated a bit and it was warmer: 25 degrees in the air and 30 on the asphalt.

Most of the looks Q1 were focused on Aleix Espargar. The second of the World Cup was required, but the Ducati legion and other surprises were the threat of him.

The one from Granollers came out determined and pulled his brother to take command, but with little distance. Both were in the cut, but with Marini a few thousandths.

On the second try, Bezzecchi and lex Márquez ruled out when they fellfollowed, at the exit of the new chicane.

Pol moved back behind his familiar, but he had trouble keeping up. But Oliveira, Nakagami or Marini pressed. However, it was Di Giannantonio, with the GP21, who kicked out Repsol Honda. Aleix, just in case, I’d better register him to pass. On the grid, 13 Marini, 14 Nakagami, 15 Pol, 16 Morbidelli, 17 Oliveira, 18 Bradl, 19 Gardner, 20 Dovizioso, 21 Bezzecchi, 22 Darryn Binder, 23 Ral Fernández, 24 Savadori and 25 Lex Márquez.

In Q2, the start was a give and take between Aleix, who was ‘plugged in’ and Jack Miller, which always performs well at the Red Bull Ring. Bagnaia had to go straight at the chicane and wasted his first run. Pecco took a fall in the spare room. Bastianini, Zarco and Mir climbed. Quartararo was sixth and was not satisfied. The oldest of the Espargars saw how his best lap was annulled for exceeding the limits of the track at turn 8, with which he was fifth.

Those who don’t have a Ducati knew that starting behind them could be a drama due to the difficulty in overtaking.

Bagnaia fixed their problems with a very good attempt in the final phase to get second. The Devil, on the other hand, lost him in the third angle.

Pecco puts more pressure improving in the later turn. I adjusted to the maximum to beat Miller. Martn relented when he was improving.

Bastianini surprised and prune with everyone at the end. Neither Miller, nor Viales, nor Quartararo, nor anyone could later overcome him. He never had a pole position in Moto2 nor did he have one in the premier class. The first of his life. He had nine previous in Moto3. Pressure for Jorge Martn, his rival for the place in the official team in 2023. Five Ducati in the first six places. Aleix, only ninth.

The Beast usually goes from less to more in the race, so his chance to win is high. Bagnaia, with options to cut Fabio and Espargar.