Quartararo achieves his first pole of the year at the Indonesian Motorcycle GP


The MotoGP world champion, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), achieved his first pole position in 2022 this Saturday and will start ahead of the Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati-Pramac) and the Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) on Sunday at the Indonesian Grand Prix.

Brad Binder (KTM), Enea Bastianini (Ducati-Gresini), surprising leader of the championship after his victory in Qatar a fortnight ago, and 2021 runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) will start on the second row.

Six-time MotoGP champion Marc Márquez crashed twice in a row in the first part of qualifying and will start in 15th position on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. local time (07:00 GMT).

Quartararo, in form since Friday’s first practices, is looking for a rebound after his 8th place in the opening test in Qatar, with a Yamaha without power.

On the brand new Mandalika circuit and under the tropical heat of the island of Lombok, the Frenchman signed the 16th pole position of his career in the elite.

It is the first time, since June 2021 in Catalonia, that he has set the best time in qualifying.

“It’s good to be back here, it’s been a long time! He acknowledged smiling after the test from the place reserved for interviews with the top three. “I’m very happy.”

The third line will be made up of Miguel Oliveira (KTM), Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Jack Miller (Ducati).

In Moto2, the ‘pole’ went to the British Jake Dixon, ahead of the Spanish Augusto Fernández and his compatriot Sam Lowes.

In Moto3, the Spanish Carlos Tatay will be the fastest and will be joined on the front row of the grid by the Brazilian Diogo Moreira and the Indonesian Mario Aji.

– Starting grid of the MotoGP Indonesian GP

1st line:

1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) 1:31.067

2. Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati-Pramac) 1:31.280

3. Johann Zarco (FRA/Ducati-Pramac) 1:31.378

2nd line:

4. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 1:31.433

5. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati-Gresini) 1:31.504

6. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) 1:31.507

3rd line:

7. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 1:31.566

8. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 1:31.582

9. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati) 1:31.714

4th line:

10. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 1:31.723

11. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Ducati-Gresini) 1:31.829

12. Luca Marini (ITA/Ducati-VR46) 1:31.666 (in Q1)

5th line:

14. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1:31.830 (Q1)

6th line:

18. Joan Mir (ESP/Suzuki) 1:31.875 (Q1)