MotoGP 2022. Quartararo, there is to suffer. Opportunity for Ducati and Aprilia

Quartararo will have to serve a "long lap penalty" in the race, a great opportunity for Aprila and last resort for Bagnaia. The unforgettable races at Silverstone

August 4, 2022

S.i returns to the track at Silverstone, where it is raced for the 12th time after returning to this track in 2010. The first world championship race held at Silverstone dates back to 1977 on a 4,710 meter long and very fast track (192.2 km / h). average obtained by a certain Kenny Roberts with Yamaha). Among the riders still on the track, only Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales have triumphed twice on this track, both once in Moto3 and once in MotoGP. In 2021 Fabio Quartararo won with six different bikes in the first six places: it had never happened before in MotoGP. Here are the most interesting themes on the eve of GP number twelve of the season.

Index

    Quartararo: (unfair) penalty to be served

    No.n 2021, he won his last race of last season here, but this year, it is unlikely that he will be able to repeat himself, because Fabio Quartararo will have to serve a “long lap penalty” in the race, an unfair penalty suffered for causing Aleix Espargaro to go off-track in the Netherlands. Without forgetting that the world champion has just returned from a "beginner" mistake, as he himself defined it. In 2022, Jack Miller demonstrated that even with a “long lap penalty” you can get on the podium, but he rides a Ducati and not a Yamaha, with which it is very difficult - if not impossible - to pass. He may therefore be the first of two rather complicated GPs, because in Austria the possibility of finishing behind many Ducatis is very high. But that's another story.

    Aprilia: the great opportunity

    THE precedents say that Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales can be great protagonists: Espargaro won the first podium for the RS-GP here in 2021; Vinales triumphed at Silverstone in 2016 for the first time in MotoGP. As if to say: Aprilia is competitive and the riders are very strong on this track. Dreaming doesn't count for anything ...

    Bagnaia: another last resort

    S.notched by 66 points by Fabio Quartararo, the Ducati rider faces this GP as another last resort: to aim for the title, he must absolutely finish ahead of Quartararo and, possibly, also of A. Espargaro.

    Morbidelli: we need a signal

    And'difficult, given what has happened so far, but Franco Morbidelli has to give some important signals for the future. As far as we know, his position in the Yamaha team is absolutely not in question, but it is essential that Franco regain some of the speed that led him to three GPs in 2020.

    Bastianini / Martin: last chance

    C.As Carletto Pernat (manager of Bastianini) also explained in the 77th episode of #atuttogas, the Sunday podcast of Moto.it, the future of Enea and Jorge will be decided at Silverstone and Zelteweg. Which of the two will join Bagnaia in the official 2023 team? The Spaniard must absolutely get two good results to show that it is right to bet on him.

    Honda, it takes motivation

    And'a Honda in demobilization, awaiting the return of Marc Marquez: Pol Espargaro goes to KTM (to be announced probably in Austria), Alex Marquez has already signed for Ducati, Takaaki Nakagami is very close to being replaced in 2023 by another Japanese, Ai Ogura. In short, the pilots could be even more unmotivated and the lack of competitiveness of the RC213V certainly doesn't help. Seen in this way, a simple GP is not expected.

    Silverstone: the unforgettable races

    2013: MotoGP class, which challenge between Lorenzo and Marquez

    Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez compete very closely throughout the GP, with Jorge in front and Marc always behind. The Honda rider takes the lead with three laps to go, but the reply of the Yamaha rival, with whom the world championship is also being played, is immediate. The last lap is fantastic, with Marc suffering from a dislocation in his shoulder, the consequence of a fall in the warm up;

    2014: MotoGP class, Marquez takes revenge

    A year later, it is still the two of them who are fighting for the victory. As in 2013, Lorenzo tries to impose his pace, but this time Marquez has more: he takes the lead on lap 14 and stays there for two laps, then is overtaken by Jorge, and then takes the lead definitively three laps behind. term. Nice race;

    2015: MotoGP class, all-Italian podium

    It is a red circle race for the Italian riders: in the rain, Valentino Rossi, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso monopolize the podium. It is not a super spectacular GP, but the result is to be remembered.

    2016: MotoGP class, the first for Vinales (and the new Suzuki)

    Maverick Vinales, in his first season in MotoGP, takes his first victory in this category, bringing Suzuki back to success after nine years. That of the Spaniard is a domain, in command from the first to the last lap.

    2017: MotoGP class, Dovizioso on Vinales and Rossi

    It is a beautiful and hard-fought race, with VR46 remaining in the lead from the first to the 17th lap. Then, three passes from the end, AD04 takes the lead and resists all attempts by Maverick Vinales, who in the meantime has overtaken Rossi. The challenge is passionate: Dovi wins with 0 ”114 over Vinales and 0” 749 over Rossi, with the fourth, Crutchlow, at 1 ”679.

    2019: MotoGP class; Rins sprinting on Marquez

    Another very tight race, another sprint finish, this time between Alex Rins and Marc Marquez, beaten at the finish line for 0 ”013 by the Suzuki rider. A really exciting last lap.

    The favorites for the title

    AndI see how my favorites for the title change after eleven races: Quartararo 45%, A.Espargaro 35%, Bagnaia 20%.

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