(Sports news, MotoGP racing news) After 112 days since the last race of 2021, MotoGP 2022, the longest season in history with 21 races has officially kicked off with a familiar destination – the racecourse. Lusail, Qatar. Three formats with three different races, but all have in common with the victory belonging to the Italians.
* Moto3: “Bitter fruit” for Sasaki, Migno ascended the throne after nearly 5 years of waiting
Izan Guevara won the first pole of his Moto3 career. However, the 18-year-old Spanish driver made a mistake and interfered in the Q2 qualifying run with two other drivers, champion candidate Dennis Foggia and teammate Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing) had to appear. distribute at the end of the race and execute the Long Lap penalty. Ayumu Sasaki “inherited” the pole position and controlled the race too well to win the first stage of his career.
Migno has won after nearly 5 years of waiting
However, in the 12th round, a rare incident happened when Sasaki’s body shell burst open after the situation of losing control. This caused his nearly 3.5s lead advantage to disappear within the next 1 minute, even Sasaki was forced to stop the race early and empty-handed at this stage.
Taking advantage of the above incident, Andrea Migno, with the speed of the Honda showed her bravery and experience, to finish first and win her second career, for the first time in 83 races, since Italian GP 2017 home stage.
Sergio Garcia, P3 of the 2021 season, tried his best but finished 2nd with only 0.035s slower than Migno. Meanwhile, Kaito Toba placed 3rd and had 2nd podium in Qatar after winning the 2019 stage. Foggia and Guevara finished impressive P7 and P8 despite starting the race in the last places.
* Moto2: The perfect start for Rossi’s “chicken”
Vietti dominates at the Moto2 race
After a season with the complete dominance of Red Bull KTM with the duo Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner (who moved to compete in MotoGP), the VR46 racing team is expected to return to its original position. Celestino Vietti entered the 2nd season in Moto2 format and got the first pole after defeating two opponents of the Marc VDS team, Tony Arbolino and Sam Lowes.
Confidence was shown by Vietti from the start and he did not give the drivers behind a chance to rise. Driver #13 took the lead for 20 laps and claimed his first victory and podium in the middleweight format of MotoGP by more than 6s from 2nd place, Aron Canet, who only started in first place. 9. The Spanish driver had the 6th podium at Moto2, following the success from the 2021 season.
The race for the P3 position was a competition between Ai Ogura, Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes, in the end Lowes was the beneficiary after the remaining 2 competitors competed too fiercely and then made a mistake in the decisive corner.
* MotoGP: Winning the feeling of gratitude to the late boss of the racing team
Sad day for Ducati factory team
The new generation of “rookies” in the MotoGP format continued to create surprises right in the opening leg of the season when Jorge Martin won a convincing fifth career pole while rookie in 2021, Enea Bastianini on a Ducati GP21 2nd start. Marc Marquez, hoping to return to his prime, is the last name in the first row.
The signal to start the race came out, the Ducati racing team showed incredible synchronization, when all their riders were in turn… lost their positions. Martin was relegated to 7th place, Bastianini was relegated to 5th, and factory duo Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller were not even in the top 10.
In contrast, Repsol Honda rose strongly as Pol Espargaro took the lead from P6, followed by Marquez, along with Brad Binder from P7.
Binder and KTM won the first podium of the season
Ducati’s nightmare did not stop there. Miller entered the pit at the end of lap 7 and dropped out of the race after a very bad start. 5 laps later, in an attempt to overtake Martin in round 1, Bagnaia made a mistake that caused both to have an accident and exit the race. After all, rookie Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing) was also unable to complete his first MotoGP race.
Pol Espargaro maintained his No. 1 spot two-thirds of the way, but in the background Bastianini was doing his best to save a forgettable evening for the Italian team. Handlebar #23 is known for its impressive tire retention, and that shows in this race. He overcame Binder in round 13 and gradually shortened the gap with the leader.
The defending champion was a big disappointment
By lap 18, taking advantage of the speed of the Ducati, Bastianini was up to P1 on the straight, Pol tried to brake late to keep his position but that forced him to make a very wide turn on corner 1. From there, Bastianini did master the rest to finish first after 22 laps, winning the first MotoGP stage of his career. More importantly, this win serves as a special tribute to Gresini Racing’s boss, Fausto Gresini, who passed away from COVID-19 in early 2021.
The emotional victory gave Bastianini a temporary lead after the first stage. Second place is Brad Binder, which is also a very positive start for him and the KTM team. Pol Espargaro won the remaining podium in the opening leg and Repsol Honda rose to the top of the team rankings with Marc Marquez’s 5th place finish. Pol’s brother, Aleix Espargaro finished 4th and helped Aprilia have the closest result to victory in history, when only 2,242s away from Bastianini.
Bastianini got his first win
The last two MotoGP champions have had modest, if not disappointing, results. Joan Mir and teammate Alex Rins placed 6th and 7th respectively for Suzuki and Fabio Quartararo finished 9th, losing P8 in the final meters (0.007s slower) to Johann Zarco.
The second race will visit a new destination, Mandalika racecourse, Indonesia, on March 18-20.
Detailed results of Qatar GP 2022:
Individual rankings after stage 1:
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