Marc Marquez gave his all today to earn pole position for the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, but despite being the only rider other than Jorge Lorenzo to break through the 1’30” barrier, he ultimately ended the qualifying session with the second best lap time, three tenths down on his pole-setting countryman.
The 2016 World Champion was nevertheless happy with the result as he was able to display very competitive form throughout the day, ending both FP3 and FP4 in P1.
Dani Pedrosa handled both pain and a lack of strength to gain direct passage into Q2, recording the fifth best time in FP3. He survived a small crash without injury in FP4 (as did his teammate a few minutes later) and ultimately scored an impressive third-row start thanks to an eighth best lap time in qualifying.
The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.
|Length||4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles|
|Longest straight||0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles|
Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)|
|Race Lap||1m 31.042s (158.3km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||41m 22.250s (156.8 km/h) Alex Rins (Suzuki, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Alex Rins (Suzuki)|