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Moto2, Qatar GP 2022: Pedro Acosta among the favorites already in his debut race, Vietti and Arbolino observed special at home in Italy


The long wait is about to end and, after the winter tests, this weekend we will begin to get serious on the track in Losail for the 2022 Qatar Grand Prix , the inaugural round of the new season for the World Championship. In Moto2 the top three finishers of the last championship are absent (in order Remy Gardner, Raul Fernandez and Marco Bezzecchi), all landed in MotoGP, consequently it will be very interesting to discover the new values ​​on the field.

Headlights focused in particular on the Spanish baby phenomenon Pedro Acosta , outgoing Moto3 champion (at the first attempt), who has already impressed all the professionals during the pre-season tests, demonstrating that he can keep up with the best immediately in the intermediate category .

The 17-year-old native of Mazarron should in fact be considered one of the favorites for the podium (and for success) already on the occasion of his debut GP in Moto2 with the Triumph-powered Kalex of Team Red Bull KTM Ajo. The reigning world champion team seems able to monopolize the scene again as it did in 2021 also thanks to the contribution of another Iberian driver, Augusto Fernandez , called to make the definitive leap in quality at the sixth season in this category.

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The other possible contenders for stage victory in Qatar are the British Sam Lowes (although not yet physically top), the Japanese Ai Ogura (second best rookie last year behind Raul Fernandez), the American Joe Roberts (great Losail specialist) and the Spaniards Aron Canet, Fermin Aldeguer and Albert Arenas.

Italy clings mainly to Celestino Vietti and Tony Arbolino , both of them having their second experience in Moto2 after a decent debut season, but called for a clear improvement also compared to the winter tests in order to aspire to a prestigious placement already in Qatar. Less ambitious goals on paper to date for the other blue centaurs, including the rookie Niccolò Antonelli in Team VR46.

Credit: Press