In a few days the first MotoGP of the post-Valentino Rossi era will officially begin and there is therefore great curiosity to understand how MotoGP will be able to renew itself at the Italian and international level starting from 2022 after the farewell of a legend who marked the last 25. years of this sport. In the premier class, a three-way challenge for the next world title seems to be looming on paper , even if there are several luxury outsiders ready to enter the world fight in the event that they manage to rise in strokes throughout the entire championship.
One of the men to beat will certainly be the reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo , fresh from a 2021 in which he has finally found a good consistency of performance (even in unfavorable contexts) while maintaining an amazing performance in qualifying and further improving in the management of the races compared to previous seasons. The big unknown in his case is linked to Yamaha , with an M1 which, as seen in the winter tests, does not seem to have grown compared to 2021 on the engine front. In 2022, however, the Diablo will find (at least) two extremely formidable opponents, consequently repeating the performances of the past season could prove insufficient to aspire to an encore world champion.
Spotlights for Italian fans on Francesco Bagnaia , called to fight for the world championship until the end of the year after having shown that he is on average the strongest of the lot starting from the second half of the last championship. “Pecco” has by now found an optimal feeling with his Ducati and is able to compete stably for the podium on every track, while in the perspective of victory his real bugbear is perhaps represented by Marc Marquez .
The 25-year-old from Piedmont, who landed in MotoGP in 2019 and promoted to the official Ducati team at the beginning of 2021, has never had to face the best version of the eight-time world champion until now . The Honda Spaniard, after the serious injury he sustained two years ago in Jerez, has pursued for a long time (without success, for now) the sensations he felt on the bike before the accident and now he finally seems close to an optimal physical condition.
The pre-season tests have shown a Honda almost revolutionized (in terms of characteristics) compared to the recent past and the first indications have been decidedly encouraging. The bike is easier to ride and in fact even riders who do not respond to the name of Marc Marquez are competitive (for the first time since Daniel Pedrosa’s retirement), so also pay attention to the possible exploits of Pol Espargarò.
The outsiders who will try to enter the title race could finally be the Ducati riders Jack Miller and Jorge Martin, as well as a Franco Morbidelli finally equipped with an official M1 in the same box as Quartararo. Also not to be underestimated are the Suzuki bikes of Joan Mir (2020 world champion) and Alex Rins, while it is still too early to talk about the World Championship at KTM and Aprilia.
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