Japanese MotoGP Results, Qualifying | Marquez takes first pole in three years

The Mobility Resort Motegi hosts the 2022 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, round 16 of this year's World Championship. Qualifying was delayed due to weather.

Marc Marquez, 2022 Japanese Grand Prix. - Gold and Goose.

Qualifying for the 2022 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix took place in unpredictable, but fully wet, conditions, after delays due to the weather conditions. 

Typhoon Nanmadol was the major worry ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. It swept through Japan on Friday, but by Saturday Typhoon Talas had arrived and for MotoGP it meant the cancellation of their third and final practice session of the race weekend, and a delayed start to qualifying. 

When qualifying finally did get underway, conditions remained completely wet, and the threat of added rainfall contributing to even worse conditions as the session went on meant that every lap was crucial. 

Aragon race winner Enea Bastianini was one of several big names in Q1, but it was the Pramac Racing duo - Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco - and Franco Morbidelli who set the pace in the first part of the session while Takaaki Nakagami crashed.

In the end, it was the Pramac pair that went through to Q2, with Zarco ahead of Martin, while Bastianini crashed with two minutes left and will start from 15th.

In Q2, the conditions were slightly better, but there was never even a remote possibility of moving to slick tyres. This was good news for Marc Marquez, who topped Saturday morning's full-wet FP2 by over 0.1 seconds.

And Marquez made the most of it to take his first pole position since Motegi 2019, almost three years ago. Further, with dry weather expected for Sunday, and Johann Zarco and Bad Binder joining Marquez on the front row, an early escape for the eight-times World Champion could put him in genuine victory contention, even with questions over his race fitness. 

Maverick Vinales will start from the head of the second row in fourth place, alongside Jorge Martin and the second-placed Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro, who is best-placed of the championship contenders. 

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo will start from the third row in ninth place, behind seventh-placed Jack Miller and Miguel Oliveira in eighth; while Francesco Bagnaia - who came to Motegi just 10 points behind the Frenchman - will start 12th, having lapped slower than Remy Gardner, who finished Q1 in 10th. Luca Marini (10th) and Pol Espargaro (11th) will join Bagnaia on row four. 

Full Japanese MotoGP qualifying results are below.

2022 Japanese Grand Prix | Motegi Mobility Resort | Qualifying Results

2022 Japanese Grand Prix | Motegi Mobility Resort | Qualifying Results | Round 16 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:55.214
2Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP221:55.422
3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161:55.537
4Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:55.620
5Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP221:55.686
6Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:55.771
7Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221:55.784
8Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161:55.895
9Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZF-M11:56.326
10Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP221:56.354
11Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:57.354
12Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221:57.373
13Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP211:55.934
14Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZF-M11:56.006
15Enea BastianiniITAGresini RacingDucati GP211:56.130
16Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP211:56.432
17Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1:56.578
18Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1:56.656
19Tetsuta NagashimaJAPHRC TeamHonda RC213V1:57.229
20Remy GardnerAUSTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161:57.288
21Takuya TsudaJAPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1:57.787
22Raul FernandezESPTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161:57.827
23Cal CrutchlowGBRWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11:58.115
24Darryn BinderRSAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11:58.292
25Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1:58.717

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