Italian MotoGP Qualifying Results | di Giannantonio storms to shock Mugello pole

Gresini Ducati's Fabio di Giannantonio takes a shock maiden pole position from fellow rookie Marco Bezzecchi for the Italian MotoGP in Mugello

Fabio di Giannantonio - Gresini Ducati

Fabio di Giannatonio has taken a sensational maiden pole position on home soil for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello after taking full advantage of sketchy weather conditions for a landmark result.

In a season that has seen the rookie overshadowed by his three-time race winning Gresini Ducati team-mate Enea Bastianini, qualifying for his first home soil MotoGP race flipped the script for di Giannantonio.

He leads an entirely unexpected front row that includes countrymen Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini on the VR46 Ducatis as Ducati locked out the top five positions.

Key to di Giannantonio’s efforts was coming through a dicey Q1 session immediately before, held in damp but drying conditions, Mugello having been struck by a lightning storm amid humid temperatures in the run up to qualifying.

While all riders were on slicks by the time Q1 came to an end, it was di Gianantonio that timed his fast lap to perfection to top the order, before using the benefit of that track time to emerge as the shock pace setter in Q2.

Even so, it still took his final effort to power to the top, denying fellow rookie Bezzecchi what would have been an equally historic pole position for both himself and the team.

Nevertheless, in the first Italian MotoGP since Valentino Rossi hung up his helmet, Bezzecchi and Marini ensured his legacy remains large in second and third.

Their efforts pushed down better fancied Ducati counterparts Johann Zarco and Pecco Bagnaia on the Pramac and factory GP22s respectively, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo made the most of the more technical conditions to haul his Yamaha up to sixth position, ahead of his championship rivals Aleix Espargaro and Bastianini, coming in seventh and tenth respectively.

Takaaki Nakagami led a three-strong Honda challenge in Q2 in eighth, with Pol Espargaro behind him in ninth. They fared better than Marc Marquez who, having joined di Giannantonio in progressing via Q1, suffered a huge high-side just seconds into Q2, causing a red flag period.

He returned to track when action resumed, but could only manage 12th, just behind Jorge Martin in 11th.

With Q1 being as much about having steely nerves as well as timing, Marquez once more didn’t make himself popular as he used a close tow from Jack Miller ahead to snatch the second of the Q2 spots, leaving the furious Australian 13th.

He starts ahead of wild-card Michele PIrro in 14th, with Miguel Oliveira the best of the KTMs from team-mate Brad Binder.

On a dismal day for Suzuki, Joan Mir could only manage 17th on the grid, while Alex Rins faces an uphill task from 21st.

Yamaha didn’t fare much better outside of Quartararo, with Darryn Binder on the RNF machine next up down in 20th, ahead of Franco Morbidelli in 23rd and Andrea Dovizioso in 26th.

2022 Italian MotoGP | Mugello | Qualifying Results

2022 Italian MotoGP | Mugello | Qualifying Results | Round 8 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 46.156
2Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m 46.244
3Luca MariniITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m 46.327
4Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP221m 46.383
5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221m 46.471
6Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 46.506
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 46.507
8Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 46.561
9Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 46.667
10Enea BastianiniITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 46.679
11Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP221m 47.223
12Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 47.468
13Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221m 47.621
14Michele PirroITAAruba .it RacingDucati GP221m 48.209
15Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 48.231
16Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 48.255
17Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 48.732
18Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 48.846
19Remy GardnerAUSTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161m 48.907
20Darryn BinderRSAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 49.471
21Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 50.266
22Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 50.270
23Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 55.369
24Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 56.479
25Raul FernandezESPTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161m 57.106
26Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 57.671