A complicated day saw the Repsol Honda Team unable to show their speed as falls and rear tyre issues held back Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro.

Weather gods were not on the side of the Repsol Honda Team as Saturday dawned, torrential rain soaking the 4.3km long circuit and sporadic showers making sure it stayed wet. No chance of a dry Free Practice 3 meant both Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez would have to contend with Q1.

As the track dried in FP3, Marquez switched over to slick tyres and showed that his incredible ability in the mixed conditions has not faded as the eight-time World Champion set a string of fastest laps. Closing the gap further to the 1’32.1 needed for a Q2 spot was simply impossible in the conditions on track but Marquez did stamp his authority down with a 1’34.067 to top the session. Q1 would be a complicated session for the #93 as he suffered a fall at Turn 13 with just under half the session remaining. Making a classic Marquez-dash back to the box, he remounted his second machine and returned to the track only to suffer a second fall, this time at Turn 12.

Pol Espargaro, like his teammate, pushed to the limit to try and make the top ten overall in FP3 after issues on Friday. With the track still drying, the #44 was unable to improve and rolled out of pit lane for Q1. Struggling to find the feeling in the dry with the revised Michelin rear slick, Espargaro set a best time of 1’31.831 – almost 0.8s slower than his fastest time from the test just a few weeks ago. An understandably frustrated Espargaro will start just behind his teammate for Sunday’s race.

Honda Team Asia in Moto3 gave the home fans something extra to cheer about as Mario Aji became the first Indonesian rider to qualify in the top three of a Grand Prix.

Forecasts remain mixed for what will happen during the race, which is scheduled to start at 15:00 Local Time. Rain could offer the Repsol Honda Team the opportunity to show their true potential as the revised rear continues to struggle for grip.

Marc Marquez

14th 1'31.830

“I am more or less OK after the two crashes today, when you are in Q1 you need to take risks and this is what can happen. I can’t be happy about today, all Honda riders are struggling. The only good thing was that we were starting 15th on the clean part of the track but now we will start on the dirty side after Morbidelli’s penalty. It is what it is, tomorrow we have to attack. Our reality is much better than what today showed, even with the different rear. The objective is to try to finish the race.”

Pol Espargaro

16th 1'31.831

“Today was a super tough day, I can’t say that I am anything but disappointed. The different rear tyre we have here is not working with our new bike and it’s causing us to struggle a lot and have more problems. We showed our potential here in the first test with the tyre we will use all year, you can see the impact it has because now other riders who struggled a lot during the test are flying. Tomorrow’s race will be about making it to the end, it’s all that we can do. We will be back stronger.”

MotoGP 2022
Testing Round 2   Mandalika

Qualifying Results - Indonesian Grand Prix

Dry
Humidity
67%
Track Temp
42°C
Air Temp
30°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.067
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.213
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.311
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.366
5 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.437
6 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.440
7 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.499
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.515
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.647
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.656
11 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.762
12 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.447 Q1
13 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.476
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.611
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha Penalty
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.612
17 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 0.651
18 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.656
19 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.768
20 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.787
21 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.903
22 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.921
23 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.080
24 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.111
Location Information

Mandalika International Street Circuit (known as Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit) is located in the Mandalika resort area on the Central Lombok Regency in West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. The circuit is a venue for Asia Talent Cup, Superbike World Championship and Grand Prix motorcycle racing races.

Length 4.3 km
Width 15m
Left Corners 6
Right Corners 11
Longest Straight 723 m
Constructed 2021

Records

Pole Position 1'31.067 (170.0Km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2022)
Race Lap 1'38.7490 (156.7Km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2022)
Race Time 33'27.223 (154.2Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2022)
2022 Winner Miguel Oliveira (KTM)