News 15 Oct 2022

All-time lap record for Martin with Australian MotoGP pole

Spaniard bests Lorenzo's benchmark of nine years with blistering lap.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin has set an all-time MotoGP lap record on his way to pole position at Phillip Island, stopping the clock at a blistering 1m27.767s.

Martin bested Jorge Lorenzo’s standard set back in 2013 by 0.132s, and is joined by Marc Marquez (Respol Honda Team) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) on the front row for tomorrow’s 27-lap Australian GP.

Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro qualified fourth, notably suffering a sizeable headshake out of the final turn on his fastest lap. The number 41 leads Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) in fifth – the top five all posting a time in the 1m27s bracket.

Friday’s pace-setter Johann Zarco will line up in P6 after notching a 1m28.007s, as Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completed the top 10.

Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) was fastest in FP4 and will start from 12th, as Australia’s Remy Gardner (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) posted a 1m28.820s in qualifying one to secure P19 on the grid.

Ayumu Sasaki set a new all-time Moto3 lap record on the way to pole position, the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max talent the first and only rider to achieve a 1m35s lap in the class.

The only rider who came close to eclipsing Sasaki’s 1m35.854 was second-placed Sergio Garcia (Gaviota GasGas Aspar Team), notching a 1m36.041 which placed him half a second clear of Ivan Ortola (Angeluss MTA Team) in third. Championship leader Izan Guevara (Gaviota GasGas Aspar Team) qualified seventh courtesy of a 1m36.774s.

Australia’s Joel Kelso will launch from P14 in his first home GP tomorrow, with a 1m37.031 securing the CIP Green Power rider a spot on the fifth row of the grid.

The record-breaking trend continued in Moto2 with Federmin Aldeguer banking a 1m32.233s in the early stages of the session before geese on track brought out the red flags with less than a minute remaining in the session.

The Beta Tools Speed Up rider bested Tito Rabbat’s eight-year-old standard to take pole ahead of championship leader Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) as teammate Alonso Lopez completed the front row.

Notably, Lopez was on a lap that was set to challenge for P1 before the red flags brought a premature end to proceedings.

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