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Narrow margins the difference on Saturday in Aragon

Narrow margins the difference on Saturday in Aragon

Aragon, September 18, 2022:  Steps forward for the Repsol Honda Team in Spain go unrewarded as fine margins separate Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro from further gains on Saturday.

Conditions were again near ideal as Saturday’s action began at MotorLand Aragon, temperatures steadily rising as the brisk morning faded. It was straight to work for the Repsol Honda Team as both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro attempted to set a top-ten time. A dramatic session saw Marquez’s magic elbow make a return as he saved a crash at the final corner. Unfortunately a second moment, this time at Turn 7, couldn’t be saved and the #93’s chances of a top ten were dashed. Pol Espargaro was able to improve his time, but the improvements were not enough, and he too would head into Q1.

Feeling no lasting impact from his earlier fall, Marquez was able to return to the track without consequence. A busy Free Practice 4 saw the eight-time World Champion work through several setting options with his team for the future. With good information found, he and the team prepared for their first Qualifying session since Mugello. Fast out of the gate, Marquez ended the first runs of the afternoon leading the way but a yellow flag on his ultimate lap of Q1 would end any chances of moving onto Q2. Set to line up 13th on the grid, Marquez’s 1’46.909 saw him miss out on a transfer spot by 0.340s.

Pol Espargaro’s complicated weekend in Aragon continued throughout Saturday, making improvements but constantly chasing the last half a second to join the fight for the top ten. A crash at Turn 5 towards the end of Q1 would add further complications to the day for the #44. Unharmed but unable to improve his time beyond a 1’47.511, Espargaro will line up 18th on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Sunday’s Aragon GP will take place over 23 laps when the lights go out at 14:00 Local Time. Round 15 starts the final push of the year, the end of the 2022 season in sight as the paddock prepares for six races in eight weeks.

Marc Marquez (13th)

“FP3 was a bit of a complicated session and we had our first crash since returning, but there were still some positives. It was nice to make an amazing save like this again and then in the afternoon I was feeling better. In the mornings I am struggling to find the rhythm and ride well at the moment, but then we get better – it’s normal. I don’t have any target for the race, it’s only about seeing what we can do and how the body reacts after 23 laps. I am looking forward to it!”

 

Pol Espargaro (18th)

“It was another difficult day today and we were chasing the grip again. The fall in Q1 hurt us because I think we could have gained some places if we finished this lap. Starting this far back always makes for a complicated race and especially here in Aragon the first few corners can be critical. Let’s see what we can do in the race, and let’s see how the grip is for the race.”

 

 

Aragon Grand Prix - Qualifying Results

 

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

BAGNAIA FRANCESCO

62

ITA

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

1'46.069

2

MILLER JACK

43

AUS

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

0.090

3

BASTIANINI ENEA

23

ITA

Team Gresini Racing MotoGP

Ducati

0.244

4

ESPARGARO ALEIX

41

SPA

Aprilia Racing

Aprilia

0.521

5

ZARCO JOHANN

5

FRA

Pramac Racing

Ducati

0.577

6

QUARTARARO FABIO

20

FRA

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

0.733

7

BEZZECCHI MARCO

73

ITA

Mooney VR46 Racing Team

Ducati

0.783

8

MARTIN JORGE

89

SPA

Pramac Racing

Ducati

0.842

9

RINS ALEX

42

SPA

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

0.843

10

BINDER BRAD

33

RSA

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

0.855

11

OLIVEIRA MIGUEL

88

POR

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

1.114

12

NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI

30

JPN

LCR Honda

Honda

1.205

13

MARQUEZ MARC

93

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

0.340 - Q1

14

MARINI LUCA

10

ITA

Mooney VR46 Racing Team

Ducati

0.487

15

DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO

49

ITA

Team Gresini Racing MotoGP

Ducati

0.550

16

VINALES MAVERICK

12

SPA

Aprilia Racing

Aprilia

0.768

17

MARQUEZ ALEX

73

SPA

LCR Honda

Honda

0.920

18

ESPARGARO POL

44

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

0.942

19

CRUTCHLOW CAL

35

GBR

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

Yamaha

0.972

20

MORBIDELLI FRANCO

21

ITA

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

1.082

21

FERNANDEZ RAUL

25

SPA

Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing

KTM

1.102

22

GARDNER REMY

87

AUS

Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing

KTM

1.278

23

BINDER DARRYN

40

RSA

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team

Yamaha

2.740

 

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