Topping all of Saturday’s practice sessions, Bagnaia looks to be back to his best after a difficult start to the year on the new Ducati.
Having re-discovered the front-end feeling he has been missing in 2022 last weekend in Portugal, Bagnaia has been on top form at Jerez and carried that into qualifying.
The Valentino Rossi protégé blitzed the old Jerez lap record set by Maverick Vinales in 2020 by over four tenths with a 1m36.170s lap.
No one could get close to Bagnaia, who was 0.453 seconds clear of his nearest rival Fabio Quartararo in second.
The reigning world champion on his Yamaha headed Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia, who completed the front row for the second week in succession.
Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP
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The big scalp exiting the qualifying pole shootout before it began was joint championship leader Alex Rins, who will start the Spanish GP from 14th place on his Suzuki.
2022 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix: Full qualifying result and starting grid