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MotoGP, Argentina GP 2022. Third round of the “Battle Royal” world championship. Enea Bastianini defends the leadership in the World Cup


The third round of the 2022 World Championship will take place on Sunday 3 April. More than a boxing match, with two opponents facing each other, the current MotoGP resembles a wrestling Battle Royal . All together in the ring to play them for good reason, in a sort of fistfight worthy of a Bud Spencer film. The metaphor fits perfectly, because after the races in Qatar and Indonesia, we have the beauty of nine riders enclosed in 10 points !

Against all odds, the leader of the world ranking is the Italian Enea Bastianini , winner at Lusail. The 24-year-old from Rimini of the Gresini team leads the ball despite having a Ducati in the 2021 version. Bravo to capitalize on the right moment, as the 2022 bikes are still immature. It is difficult to think of “La Bestia” as a serious contender for the title, also because Fabio Quartararo has shown in Mandalika that he has no intention of abdicating. Qatar’s difficulties have been forgotten and, had it not been for the rain, the Frenchman would have dominated the scene.

Now we change continent and from Asia we move to South America , where the World Championship hasn’t set foot since 2019. The Argentine Grand Prix will have to give us a series of answers, because after two rounds the MotoGP has no point of reference. Is the true face of Yamaha closer to that seen in Lusail, where or to that of Mandalika? At the same time, how much is Ktm really worth? Are Brad Binder’s second place in Qatar and Miguel Oliveira’s victory in Indonesia two consecutive episodes, or are Austrian bikes potentially a title?

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Ducati, intended as a factory team, is the main disappointed since the beginning of the championship. In particular, Francesco Bagnaia is still in fact dry-mouthed (the bad mistake in the Qatari desert was followed by an anonymous fifteenth square in the Indonesian jungle). Pecco must inevitably begin to make his mark, because the risk is to give too much ground to those who aspire to the World Cup. To be clear, even without scoring heavy points, Quartararo is already at +26 . Let’s be clear, the season is still eternal, but finding yourself chasing is never pleasant or productive.

Marc Marquez knows something about it, even absent from the Argentine appointment. The 29-year-old Spaniard has not yet fully recovered from the new episode of diplopia that hit him after the violent fall in the warm-up of the Indonesian Grand Prix. The talent and the handle of the Iberian are not in question, but the physical problems are multiplying and by now for 20 months they have followed one another at a disturbing pace , for one reason or another. There is no doubt that he will try to get up again this time, but he will have to watch the Rio Hondo race on TV.

30 – BASTIANINI Enea [ITA] {Ducati Gresini}
28 – BINDER Brad [RSA] {Ktm}
27 – QUARTARARO Fabio [FRA] {Yamaha}
25 – OLIVEIRA Miguel [POR] {Ktm}
24 – ZARCO Johann [FRA] {Ducati Pramac}
20 – ESPARGARO ‘Pol [ESP] {Honda}
20 – ESPARGARO ‘Aleix [ESP] {Aprilia}
20 – RINS Alex [ESP] {Suzuki}
20 – MIR Joan [ESP] {Suzuki}
14 – MORBIDELLI Franco [ITA] {Yamaha}