Qatar MotoGP Practice Results | Rins quickest as Suzuki show speed

Alex Rins tops the timesheets on the opening day of Friday free practice for the 2022 MotoGP opener in Qatar, ahead of Marc Marquez and Joan Mir

Alex Rins - Suzuki Ecstar
Alex Rins - Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki emerged from the first day of Friday free practice action for the opening round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar as the team to beat after landing first and third on the timesheets in Lusail.

The Japanese squad looked the most assured following the first night-time session of the Qatar MotoGP weekend and appeared to confirm the gains made by the team over a single lap as Alex Rins topped the timesheets with a 1m 53.432s, while Mir was only a tenth further back in third place.

Splitting the pair was Marc Marquez, who showed a strong turn of form on the new Repsol Honda, with Jorge Martin leading a muted Ducati challenge in fourth around a circuit expected to suit the new GP22.

Franco Morbidelli flew the flag for Yamaha in fifth position for a solid start to proceedings for the Italian in his first event of full fitness for nine months, while Jack Miller was sixth despite being aggrieved after being baulked on the final corner.

Similarly, Aleix Espargaro was furious with team-mate Maverick Vinales after being held by his his fellow Aprilia rider, but the Spaniard was still safely inside the cut-off for Q2 in seventh.

Defending champion began his title defence with eighth best on the Yamaha, ahead of Honda’s Pol Espargaro and Ducati’s Pecco Bagnaia, who bounced back from a crash in FP1 to sneak into the top ten.

With the cooler conditions of FP2 potentially making it the more advantageous session compared with FP3 - which will be held earlier in the day - those outside the top ten will potentially find it a task to crack Q2 automatically.

This was demonstrated by Brad Binder, who plummeted from 1st to 15th between sessions as one of four KTMs unable to make it into the top ten. Also on the cusp are Enea Bastianini in 11th, Takaaki Nakagami in 12th and Johann Zarco down in 18th.

Top rookie was Raul Fernandez in 19th, ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Remy Gardner.

2022 Qatar MotoGP | Lusail International Circuit | Friday PRACTICE [FP1+FP2]

2022 Qatar MotoGP | Lusail International Circuit | Friday PRACTICE [FP1+FP2] | Round 1 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 53.432
2Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 53.467
3Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 53.579
4Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 53.652
5Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 53.845
6Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 53.870
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 53.886
8Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 53.906
9Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 53.963
10Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 53.971
11Enea BastianiniITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 54.013
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 54.038
13Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 54.053
14Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 54.153
15Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 54.247
16Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 54.475
17Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprila RS-GP1m 54.524
18Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 54.565
19Raul FernandezESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 54.884
20Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m, 54.900
21Remy GardnerAUSTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 54.929
22Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 55.371
23Luca MariniITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m 55.775
24Darryn BinderRSAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 55.915

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