our debriefing in 5 points

The show was there this weekend in Mugello! In stage 8 of the season, Pecco won Bagnaia at home, their second win this season after Jerez. Fabio Quartararo takes a 2nd place in the air of victory and Aleix Espargaro a 4th consecutive podium. Here are the 5 highlights of the 2022 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix!

1. Bagnaia and Ducati win at home!

100% Italian win over Mugello! Francesco Bagnaia won for the second time this season with his Ducati after a very solid weekend. The Italian dominated the free practice sessions by setting the fastest time then qualified 5th on the starting grid, at the end of a Q2 full of twists and turns on a drying track. He took control of the Grand Prix on lap 9 and finished the race without ever worrying, this 2nd win this year allows him to come back 41 points behind Fabio Quartararo (1st) in the drivers’ standings!

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2. Quartararo’s unexpected second place

Fabio Quartararo is still the championship leader at the end of this Italian Grand Prix! The Frenchman consolidates his lead thanks to a 2nd place finish that looks like a win given the pace of the Yamaha this weekend. Quartararo has indeed qualified in extremis for Q2 during free practice with only the 10th fastest time, he who was the pole man at this track last year. The reigning World Champion, who started from 6th position, quickly finished 3rd behind Luca Marini and waited until lap 11 to overtake him and gave chase to Bagnaia. Quartararo could not get back on the Ducati rider but takes important points for the championship, he will have to continue his momentum next week in Barcelona!

3. And four for Aleix Espargaro!

Aleix Espargaro finished 3rd again, this is his 4th consecutive podium! The Aprilia rider’s outstanding start to the season continues with 5 podiums including 1 victory (Argentina) in 8 races. 7th on the starting grid, Aleix Espargaro overtook Johann Zarco for 6th in lap 3 and Fabio Di Giannantonio in lap 7. He then overtook the two Ducati VR46s of Marini and Marco Bezzecchi on laps 15 and 17 to take 3rd place behind Quartararo, this very good result allows him to keep in touch with the Frenchman in the championship with only 11 points behind!

4. The two Suzukis still on the mat

As at Le Mans at the last Grand Prix, Suzuki left Mugello without scoring a single point after the fall of Joan Mir and Alex Rins. It’s a second weekend in a row to forget for the Japanese brand, Mir and Rins both crashed into the pack on lap 8 in places 16 and 13. The two drivers are in poor dynamics that must be broken at their home Grand Prix in Barcelona next week, in 2 races Suzuki moved from the team championship leader to 4th place 26 points behind Aprilia (1st).

5. Marc Marquez’s last in 2022

With a 10th place in this Italian Grand Prix, the 2022 season ends for Marc Marquez. Since his fall in Jerez in 2020 Marc Marquez feels pain in his right arm while driving, which prevents him from performing and causes him to have numerous falls that do not improve his condition. After another big crash in qualifying, the Spaniard decided to operated on his right arm for the 4th time, the operation will take place in the United States next week, ending its season. The six-time MotoGP World Champion has promised that his absence will be only temporary and plans to do everything in his power to return to the highest level in 2023!

MotoGP now gives you an appointment from 3 to 5 June 2022 at the Barcelona circuit for the Catalunya Grand Prix, the 9th round of the season!

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