The final Qualifying of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season is already in the history books. In sunny weather the decisive day in Valencia, Spain, started fresh in FP3 this morning, which lead to several incidents. Yet from midday, temperatures were rising and providing perfect conditions.
Thereby, Cal Crutchlow experimented in his role as Yamaha test rider throughout the day, testing different solutions to help out with the development of the Yamaha YZR-M1. In Free Practice three, the Brit even managed to improve on his time from Friday by 0.224 seconds. Focusing on a fast lap in Qualifying, he went more than half a second faster again and ended Q1 in P7, missing out on a possible Q2 entry by just 0.355 seconds in the ultra-competitive premier class field. He’ll start the last dance of 2022 from row six.
Meanwhile, Darryn Binder, who already experienced a tough Friday, unfortunately went down again on Saturday. Yet, he was still able to lower his lap time in FP3 this morning by 0.667 seconds, finding his way closer to the front. Yet, another fall was tricky for him to take, therefore he was missing some confidence in Qualifying and ended up in P14 of Q1, which means he’ll have to launch his final MotoGP race for now from the eighth row of the grid tomorrow at 14:00 local time.