|Aprilia Racing's Aleix Espargaro can only praise their bravery|
The Italian MotoGP qualification did take place in conditions that were not easy. It was raining on the Mugello Circuit in Italy which became the arena for the race on Saturday (29/5/2022) afternoon local time before qualifying took place. The red flag was also raised when Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) experienced a highside until the front of his motorbike was badly damaged.
Such conditions provide an opportunity for racers who were previously in the shadows to show their tajir. Fabio Di Gianantonio (Gresini Racing) who had been blinded by the light of his teammate, Enea Bastianini, surprisingly took pole position. Qualification 1 was used by Di Giannantonio to observe the rain specialist duo in MotoGP, namely Marc Marquez and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo).
The racer who is familiarly called Digia was able to apply it to qualify for qualifying 2 and score the fastest lap time. While the second and third positions were filled by two racers from the team formed by Valentino Rossi, Mooney VR46, namely Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. Bezzecchi is also a debutant racer like Di Giannantonio. According to the author of the official MotoGP statistics book, Martin Raines, this is the first time that two debutants have filled the two pole positions in a long time.
"Last time a MotoGP debutant took two pole positions? The opening race of the 2008 season in Qatar: Jorge Lorenzo and James Toseland," Raines wrote on Twitter. Espargaro praised the achievements of Di Giannantonio et al. "The young drivers are very brave, it will be difficult to overtake them during the race," said Espargaro, quoted by Bolasport.com from PaddockGP. Espargaro actually had a chance to compete after showing a good rhythm in the free practice session.
However, having to start the race from seventh position makes Espargaro's struggle to continue the podium trend not easy. Getting first position from the start of the race was then seen by Espargaro as a way to achieve his target of winning. "My goal is to win," said Espargaro. The Italian MotoGP is not only important for Espargaro but for the Aprilia manufacturer from the country of Piza.